L’artisan, Cheltenham

Overall rating – 4/5

A lovely French Restaurant that could easily become a family occasion favourite, serving delicious traditional food, fine-dining style.

££ = £100 for 2 people; 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 desserts, 1 side & 2 bottle of wine

I had the chance to visit this fine French restaurant in Cheltenham whilst I was working away in Tewkesbury! A family favourite for one of my work friends, I could see why as soon as I walked in.  With fairly traditional and typical decor, the restaurant is definitely inviting. The staff are more than attentive and very friendly, the owners I believe are from France themselves.

Whilst waiting for your food, you have the choice of a selection of fresh French bread, and homemade herb butter. The bread is served fresh & warm – love this!!

chicken starter lartisan

For our starters we decided to go with the “Which came first the chicken or the egg?  – Variation around the chicken.” This is a starter which appears on the menu regularly, however the choice of the meat changes every so often. This gives you the chance to discover some really good variations of whichever meat is on the menu at that time. Chicken served in many ways… so we had chicken ballotine stuffed with sweetcorn and served with a puree, chicken liver pate, chicken popcorn tweel, a chicken skin crisp, a fake “egg” which was actually made from chicken stock and creme fraiche and the yolk was sweetcorn puree. I thoroughly enjoyed this feast of a dish, and would love to try another meat version some time! Definitely recommend trying this starter. Starters will cost you from £7.95 – £10.95.

duck main lartisan

For my main I chose the Confit Duck with Herb Crust and Raspberry and Duck sauce.  My duck was cooked perfectly, and although the sauce was sweet and quite powerful, I really enjoyed this and thought it went well with the duck. The vegetables were cooked well and were just enough to compliment the meat. My friend chose the Seared Beef Fillet which she said was cooked to perfection. Mains consist of fish or meat dishes, with a vegetarian option, and will typically cost between £14.95 = £24.95.

crepes lartisan

I really shouldn’t have had a dessert seen as I am going on holiday in 4 weeks!! BUT I was treating myself! And I went for the crepes of course. Served with Lemon & sugar, and some fresh berries. Yum Yum. They also had Creme Brulee (the size of a plate!!) which looked delicious. Desserts are priced from £6.95.

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and service here and ate everything we were served! I would recommend dining here is you are a fan of French food or if you’re not sure and want to try some really decent fine food!

For a sample of their A La Carte menu, click here.


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