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“High expectations”

The Montpellier Chapter
Ranked #334 of 473 Restaurants in Cheltenham
Price range: US$34 - US$60
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The landmark Regency building housing The Montpellier Chapter is a glorious setting for dinner and drinks. The most perfect fusion of old and new, traditional and contemporary, The Montpellier Chapter hotel has been restored to its former glory and given a designer style facelift, its stunning new look evident nowhere so much as in its superb restaurant. Parquet flooring, simple painted walls, sinuously lined furniture and carefully thought out mood lighting do little to distract from the main event ��� The Montpellier Chapter���s food. Prepared in the restaurant���s open kitchen with its beech clay oven, dishes are seasonal British favourites with a firmly classical flavour and local ingredients used wherever possible. Award winning head chef Tom Rains is very much led by inspirational cook and food writer Simon Hopkinson (Roast Chicken and Other Stories) and his philosophy of thoughtfully prepared food. The results are stunning; simple and delicious at once. Open from 10am The Montpellier Chapter���s bar is the ideal setting for not only an aperitif but morning coffee, afternoon tea or a drink and a catch up with friends.
Reviewed 14 October 2013

I don't want to damn this modern busy hotel/restaurant but as a huge fan of Simon Hopkinson went with very high expections. Young staff very friendly and keen to please and I was being treated to dinner as a birthday present. Delicious light bread rolls and the first course of scallops and black pudding was great, three good sized scallops - I wanted more ! The dish of the day
plaice on a bed of crab and coriander was generous, fish cooked well but risotto tasteless, no
crab or coriander came through and underseasoned. Pudding of hazlenut pannacotta with a raisin icecream - again flavours did not come through and the pannacotta was heavy and gelatinous. Bordering on expensive with wine, sorry, wanted to rave.

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Thank Saltgrass
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Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

Had dinner in this restaurant for the first time and it was excellent. Cured salmon starter very refreshing and then the monkfish main with stir fry was absolutely full of flavour. Even though I was fining by myself I didn't feel awkward or out of place. Great service team.

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Thank Djsloan
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

Four excellent starters and only tow really good mains , Pizza was very disappointing in all respects., Belly pork not the best but fish of the day good and venison Tender. Portions a bit on the small side , Of tow tarte tatisn one have over -cooked burnt caramel .
Food range of wines including several in 50 ml carafes - a good point
With the competition locally even at £50 per head tis place needs to sharpen up

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Thank Adam M
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Reviewed 12 September 2013 via mobile

Fantastic food & drink, I particularly like my champers drink being in a teapot and drinking out of tea cups ... Just lush
Excellent waitress
The only thing that lets this place down is the bathrooms

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Thank moononline
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We had phoned and booked afternoon tea on a Sunday at 3pm for a special occasion, so it was disappointing when we were kept waiting for our table on arrival. We were then led to our table in the restaurant, but on the edge on the main part. Unfortunately the restaurant was still full of diners having Sunday lunch. They were busy but there did seem to be a lot of staff......who were all busy with the Sunday lunch crowd.

We had to wait nearly 20 mins to order, and then only after we had asked someone from reception if we could order. As soon as we did order (which took a little under two minutes given that we had in fact booked for afternoon tea, so therefore knew what we wanted), a second waiter arrived to take our order!

After a further wait, the hot drinks arrived; a pot of hot chocolate for the children which was very nice, and tea for the adults which was extremely strong.

Unfortunately however, we then had to wait again for the food to arrive, by which time the hot drinks were almost finished and only lukewarm.

We asked for extra hot water (would have been nice to have been brought or offered this automatically), then started on our food. The "Afternoon tea for two" was disappointing - dry finger sandwiches which were undoubtedly lovely when first made, even drier cakes and scones.

We had ordered a "Childrens afternoon tea" which was good value but the sandwiches were basically thick butter with a scraping of ham, a gorgeous chocolate brownie (perfect for adults - should be offered with the afternoon tea - but far too rich for children) and chocolate ice cream, plus a strawberry milkshake.

It was a shame that the staff were so rushed off their feet that they seemed not to be bothered. In truth, this afternoon tea was disappointingly poor quality and even poorer service. We thought the Montpelier Chapter hotel could learn a lot from M&S where their afternoon tea in the restaurant is much fresher, more generous and better quality!

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