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Friday, 5 July 2013

The Cheltenham Five - Part Two where we drink cocktails

This is Part II of our #smuts Food Blogger meet in Cheltenham but before I go any further, I have to say a huge thank you to Fiona of London Unattached for the sterling work she did in finding our two eateries.  You can read about how well we were treated at the Well Walk Tea Room in part I.  For part II we were booked for dinner at The Tavern, Cheltenham and were delighted to be treated to complimentary cocktails as Fiona had forewarned them that we would be taking photographs and writing about our experience.

Of course, I stuck to sparkling water (liar, liar pants on fire!) and loved the little tin mugs of popcorn that we enjoyed with our drinks.  My drink of choice was actually a Mojito Royal and very nice it was too.

Fried Nocellera Olives
 Moving on from the cocktails to the dinner, you can see the full menu on The Tavern website, we chose some nibbles to eat while we decided on what to choose from the menu.  We had Fried Nocellara Olives, which I really didn't enjoy, it seemed a waste of a good olive to cover it in breadcrumbs and fry it!  What we all enjoyed were the Chickpea Chips and Chilli Jam.  These Chickpea chips are made using gram flour cooked and set like polenta then cut into chips, rolled in semolina and fried. They were delicious.

Chickpea Chips with Chilli Jam

Sea Bass was a popular choice and was a delicious dish with all the juices from the fish soaking into the vegetables below.
Choclette chose this amazing looking vegetable burger, loaded with lots of vegetable goodies with more of those amazing chickpea chips.

I couldn't resist the ribs which were one of the specials for the day, they were tasty but not quite as tender as they were billed to be.

We shared a plate of samphire and pancetta with a poached egg.

What a delightful dish, it was a great combination and my first taste of samphire.

Apologies for dodgy photo!
We also had some Chermoula, Aubergine, bulgar and rocket salad,  It was probably my least favourite dish, but Ros's favourite!

By this time we were stuffed but couldn't resist a pudding, we chose this chocolate fondant with pistaschio icecream to share between us, it was heavenly!

Many thanks to the chefs and waiting staff at The Tavern, Cheltenham for their cheerful attention and excellent service and delicious food.  

Fiona and Karen
And thanks to my fellow diners, Fiona, Karen, Ros and Choclette for their great company.

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At 6 July 2013 at 12:33 , Blogger Marmaduke Scarlet said...

It sounds like you all had a fabulous day. I am so jealous!

At 9 July 2013 at 19:33 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Wow! You are so organised with your lovely #smuts posts Janice.....I have been so busy and then was at #FBC5 least weekend! I will be sharing some naughty notes and photos, lol! In the meantime, your posts have reminded me just how great the weekend was! Karen

At 14 July 2013 at 08:47 , Blogger Choclette said...

Another great write up Janice. I really must get on to doing mine I have a cue of posts to write that is so long it's causing me to lose sleep.


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