I’d heard of this restaurant, both from friends and the excellent Essence series of books written by the proprietor David Everitt-Matthias. Sometimes anticipation of somewhere with an excellent reputation can lead to disappointment, but not in this case.
You could walk right by the restaurant every day and probably never notice it (hence the title of this review). It’s in a plain white and blue building on the A40 going into Cheltenham and the entrance is literally off the pavement. Once inside however, you are welcomed into a beautifully decorated and laid out restaurant.
The set menu is £59 for three courses and of course being a fine French dining experience you will also be served a variety of amuse-bouches and palette cleansers. The food is fantastic and inventive so don’t expect pies or chips! The wine list is not overly extensive, but caters for any budget.
If you like eating in top end restaurants then you have to eat here, it’s as simple as that.
Visited June 2014.
Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham
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