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“Wow fresh fish in landlocked Cotswolds!”
Review of Purslane

Purslane
Ranked #10 of 482 Restaurants in Cheltenham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$46
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Critically-acclaimed, small, independent restaurant specialising in sustainable British seafood and local Cotswold produce.
Reviewed 10 August 2012

We went to the newly opened Purslane on a unpromising, cold summer Tuesday. We were lucky to be able to park outside in Rodney Road as it is free at that time of evening. The decor of Purslane is really elegant, lovely muted greys and vibrant lemons, really cheering this depressing summer. As previously mentioned there are 2 menus a Prixe Fixe and an a la carte, the former being really good value and with a reasonable choice. The lady at front of house suggest a sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne with elderflower cordial, this was so yummy I could have just drank that all evening! However, at my age you have to be sensible so we ordered a half carafe of a really excellent dry white, again suggested by the same person. I (being awkward) ordered my main from Prixe Fixe and started from a la carte and could not resist adding 3 oysters. My dining companion ordered from the a la carte. The oysters were so fresh and delicious I wished I had forgone the started and had 6 of them instead. (I'll do that next time). Although the portions are no huge they are very adequate, the other half had some bread with local butter which he very much enjoyed, being ceoliac I just watched, however when it was discovered I was apologised to and promised that next time they would have some bread for me. My main course of mackeral was great beautifully succulent and cooked perfectly, he, who must be obeyed, had hake which again absolutely hit the mark. I couldn't find space for dessert but a shared cheese plate seemed an excellent idea. In summery I don't think, for such fresh ingredients, the prices are excessive and certainly the Prixe Fixe is a steel! It is a lovely relaxed and friendly atmosphere and we will definitely be going again. We are recommending guests in our holiday cottage to try this restaurant as well.

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Thank Jayne D
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

Whilst staying in Cheltenham for the Prescott Hill Climb event at the weekend, my husband and I came upon this restaurant quite by accident and were luck y enough to be given the last free table. What a find! We had no idea that we had arrived only a couple of weeks after its launch, but all we knew was that The Purslane is definitely going to be on our agenda next Prescott Hill Climb. The food was delicious, presented with flair and precision. The choices available were out to tease us. A huge fish lover, I was delighted in the concept of freshly caught sea creatures of varied kinds, despite not being that close to the coast; my husband, more a meat lover, was equally delighted with his non fishy choices, though his onglet steak was a little chewy. We eat out quite often and have sampled Michelin star offerings - the Purslane can hold its own with any of them! Long may this new venture succeed

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Reviewed 28 July 2012

I went to the newly opened Purslane with some friends last week. The restaurant itself has been really nicely decorated and appointed. There are two menus to choose from, one a small fixed price menu which seemed good value if you fancied what was on there or the main menu which was wasn't cheap, so be prepared for that, e.g starters were 8 pounds, mains 16 pounds and deserts 6 pounds. The wine list catered for all budgets with sauvignon blanc starting at 17 pounds a bottle.

The food which is obviously the main attraction was excellent, I went for two fish courses and thoroughly enjoyed them both. My monkfish main came with gnocchi which was the best I have ever tasted.

If you're worried about going with someone who doesn't like fish, don't as the menu caters for everyone - I was really tempted with the rabbit main.

In summary, I would definitely go back again and would recommend, though given the pricing it is probably somewhere i would visit on a special occasion (and the food and ambiance merit that too) rather than more frequently.

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