Back in May one of Cheltenham’s most loved dining establishments and the original home of The Lucky Onion fell victim to a fire which caused significant damage to the roof and necessity dictated that it closed it’s doors to the public.
CheltenhamMaman and MumBoss Georgie Pearman and her partners over at The Lucky Onion however are not the sort of Cheltenham folk to let such a blow defeat them and in November The Tavern proudly reopened it’s doors to the public for it’s #Reload.
We finally found a free day and as it turned out that day was miserable, grey and raining so the whole family couldn’t have been happier to head over this Sunday to see what was on offer. The CheltenhamBébé in fact was so excited that she fell asleep and remained that way throughout the whole meal so we were all able to have a wintry relax.
So what did we find? Well you should definitely go and see for yourselves but just in case you need some help picking up the phone to make your booking here’s ten reasons why you should visit The Tavern.
- If like us, a cheeky little drink during the day on a Sunday is your idea of heaven (even if it does mean the afternoon is unbearably long) you will be spoiled for choice. The Papa voted his pint of Deya Steady Rolling Man as one of the best he’s ever tasted and I couldn’t resist giving the Bloody Mary a go – it was a delight.
2. I’ve interviewed Georgie Pearman on the site before so it was no surprise to see the interiors are really pleasing on the eye – lots of wood, metal and leather but no change to the original layout of the restaurant.
3.I’m really partial to a good chicken wing having grown up in the states very close to Buffalo – the original home of the chicken wing. They’re great and I shared a platter with Enfant No 2 sampling a few of the different marinades they are available in.
4. The burgers got a big fat thumbs up from Papa and Enfant No 1 – and the beef has only travelled from Wiltshire which is a bonus.
5. There is no specific children’s menu but the main menu is one of those that leaves you with loads of options. We didn’t have the Mac n Cheese but I spotted it and I reckon it would feed two very happy little toddlers just nicely (maybe with one of Daddy’s chips too.) At £6 for the dish – that’s pretty reasonable.
6. In fact all of the food was fairly reasonably priced. Though their drinks menu is vast you could just come for a light lunch and have a small salad or basic burger for £6 and tap water was readily available and happily provided. If you’re going all out with drinks, mains and sides – expect to pay more like £25/£30 a head.
7. Service was great. Lots of smiles, advice on how hot wings were etc. Not too intrusive but they obviously cared.
8. For a night out there is a taxi rank right outside….. this means it doesn’t matter that you can’t walk in the stilettos that make your ankles look really great and you can probably squeeze in another cocktail!
9. It was Sunday and the enfants were on good form – it was only right therefore that we let them tick a couple of boxes on the sundae menu… they were not disappointed!
10. Nice loos (100 Acre products!), great baby changing facilities if you’re there with the family AND the best bit for us baby Mamans…. they even have a stack of nappies in there for those ‘oh shitting hell’ moments when you realise you’ve come out without them.
So in a nutshell it’s an option for a family brunch, lunch or dinner. It’s an option for drinks any time and I am told (by a man who may be my husband and just may have spent an evening their last week with a friend challenging the barman to fruit juggling competitions) that it’s a great place to let your hair down and catch up with good mates over a cocktail/pint or three.
Word of warning…. it is not a traditional Sunday lunch option like it was several years back. The menu is great but there’s not a Yorkshire pudding in sight – you can take a look at what’s on offer here so you know what to expect.
Be sure to peruse their lovely website and the other Lucky Onion offerings here. Don’t forget we’re teaming up with The Tavern’s sister site No 38 The Park to host Clemmie Hooper on Saturday 4th February. Find out more and book your ticket here.