I'm in danger of developing a Trip Advisor dependency.
On a recent trip to Cheltenham our accommodation (Strozzi Palace) and choice of restaurants was totally T.I. led.
On this occasion we'd left our apartment in search of Cafe Rubik or Vanilla. I'd done a quick search on GoogleMaps and worked out the routes to follow. Maybe it was due to the fact that my SatNav dependency has taken over my usual carrier pigeon sense of direction - but we couldn't find either.
However, whilst doing what seemed like a circuit of Cheltenham we'd seen a couple ducking down some stairs into a bistro - so with aching feet and a rumbling stomach we retraced our steps and descended to the basement level Bistrot Coco.
Needless to say, if you have severe walking difficulties you will struggle. I need a stick to get around but had no problems.
It was a Monday evening but the place was buzzing with activity. Following a warm welcome - how nice it is not to be asked if you have a reservation - we were shown to a table.
A good indication of the quality of any restaurant is their house wine. It should always be good yet reasonably priced. Bistrot Coco's didn't disappoint at £16.00
We both went for escargot followed by ribeye steaks with peppercorn sauce.
The snails were great, the steaks sensational. I've travelled to many countries, including the USA where you'll encounter some excellent steaks. To date the best I've ever tasted - on two separate occasions, two years apart - were to be found in a small restaurant in Javea, Spain. The memory of their open-hearth barbecued steaks live on in my memory.
But they now have a serious contender. Coco's ribeye steaks simply melted in the mouth - no exaggeration - mine was so flavoursome and beautifully cooked I couldn't bring myself to use the sauce.
By the time we'd finished we were two very contented diners.
Just £68.85 plus tip.
Even better, I'd found it without the help of Trip Advisor - double result.
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