Bringing a hefty dose of continental elegance to Cheltenham’s St George’s Place, just west of the town centre in the Regency-era borough of Lansdown, Chelsea Bar & Brasserie combines cocktails and refined British cuisine for a superior experience. The brasserie’s walls are lined with an incredible selection of new and old world wines, and it’s under the glow of these bottles that you can indulge in modern British cuisine prepared by a cheffing team versed in European gastronomy, making what are typically hearty dishes lighter, outfitted with a more nuanced flavour profile.
Offering an a la carte, lunch, and Sunday menu, bracketed by a special continental menu that showcases more distinctly European dishes, Chelsea is a top spot in Cheltenham for relaxed and casual fine dining and drinking. Every Monday evening you’ll find live jazz played by talented locals serenading the restaurant. It’s the perfect time to browse the tiers of old and new world wines that the Chelsea Bar & Brasserie have so carefully curated, try one of the infused spirits prepared by in-house mixologist Ash Sharkey, or take in a novel cocktail creation like the Nutty Russian or Chelsea Sidecar – perfect for the Regency-era elegance that suffuses the Lansdown stretch of town west of the centre.
Sunday dining at Chelsea Bar & Brasserie is defined chiefly by the continental Sunday roast served from noon until 8pm – simply choose from beef, chicken or pork and indulge in a hearty roast with all the trimmings. It’s times like these you’ll be wanting to choose a robust red wine from the drinks menu. Otherwise the a la carte menu is sure to please, with main courses divided amongst seafood (the roast cod with creamed leeks and mushrooms plus a dab of truffle oil is divine), meats (pan-seared duck breast with creamy mash, asparagus and a spiced orange and cranberry jus), steaks and burgers, plus Italian pasta and risotto. The basic risotto comes with your choice of vegetables, chicken or seafood and gives the chicken, chorizo and mushroom tagliatelle a run for its money.
Very good food and friendly staff, well recommended. We all had Sunday lunch of chicken and beef all of which were excellent. We had a groupon voucher so it was a bargain too!
Great service, great food and good vibe. If I was being super critical, a few more vegetables with the mains would be good.
We went for Sunday lunch and must say that we thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was excellent as was the service. We will definitely be going back.
The service and food was excellent and the drinks were valuable for money and we will be back I will bring my family they would love it,
Travelling North from Portsmouth Cheltenham was an ideal place for my wife and I to have lunch and having seen good reviews for the Chelsea Bar and Brasserie booked a table. The interior design is very modern, two walls being lined with bottles of wine from the wine list, matt black ceiling and simplistically-styled tables and chairs. To the food; my wife had deep fried Baby Camembert followed by Pork Loin with Roast Potatoes with she allowed me to try and it was tender and delicious and I had Chicken Strips with Tamarind Sauce, piquant but also sweet, followed by Chicken, Chorizo & Mushroom Tagliateli which was rich, creamy and very tasty. We had a Hungarian Pinot Grigio that was an ideal accompaniment and not expensive. We were served by Paula & Dana who were delightful. The overall experience was excellent and we have definitely decided that the next time we in the vicinity we will be reserving a table at Chelsea for sure. I should add that we had the special offer lunch and our 2 courses cost £20 each
our first and last visit, asked what soup of the day was , but waitress did not know, had to visit kitchen to find out.told it was vegetable, in fact it was pumpkin, I hate pumpkin!! soup arrived with bread but no butter, butter came but no side plate!! my wifes main was risotto but she said it was very gooey. I had chicken BUT sauce was virtually pumpkin soup with a few spices, diasappointing. chef came to talk to us after main course, asked what soup was he confirmed pumpkin, when I told him I had been told it was vegetable he apologised. asked him what cheesecake of the day was he said he thought it was lemon BUT he would have to check, why does a chef NOT know his own menu??!! my wife ordered pavlova for dessert BUT they brought profiteroles?? sent back, shortly after a very hard pavlova arrived.thank goodness I had cheese and biscuits the best course of the day. bill arrived and was wrong they had charged us full price for 2 desserts instead of set menu 3 course price!! bill also had large optional gratuity added, asked for this to be removed I decide gratuity NOT the restaurant!! eveyrone was very pleasant but waitress training sadly lacking, did not know menu, placed soup spoon on my left?no side plate for bread roll provided.my wife had dessert spoon BUT no fork,it was badly needed pavlova was very hard. they only had 4 customers for lunch but service was painfully slow, arrived 12.20 but did not leave until 13.55. sorry but really diasappointed with this meal, this restaurant is not for us!!!
The staff were very pleasent but not very attentive. The food was nice but there was hardly anything on the plate. We booked a "Sunday lunch with all the trimmings" and were really looking forward to a big roast lunch. I had 5 nuggets of steak for my "roast beef" and most of the plate was taken up by the gravy boat and the Yorkshire pudding. The others in our party had what can only be described as stir fried pork strips, no apple sauce. We did get apple sauce after we had finished our meal but it was out of a jar. We each had what equated to one small potato cut into 3 which really were sauté potato. The vegetables were really nicely cooked and it all tastes nice. I was told that they had a special offer to introduce the Sunday lunch menu so although the lunch was only £8.50 I would have much rather paid more and had a decent sized lunch with roast meats and lots of veggies. I had a pudding which was really nice and very welcome as I was starving after my lunch. My biggest deal breaker was the £4 per bottle which I was charged for the water that was already on the table before we arrived. Really bad practice as my children had opened it whilst I was sorting out one of the other guests. Salt and pepper was on the table and we weren't charged for that so don't put it on there unless it's complimentary!!! I wouldn't recommend it and I wouldn't go again.
We had a nice Sunday lunch using our Groupon vouchers, the food was of good quality and there was a good selection of vegetables. The portion was on the small side for the men in our group but what there was was tasty and hot. Service was a little slow but the reason why I do not give the Chelsea Bar and Grill a higher rating is that when we came to pay for our drinks there was a 20% 'optional' service charge - I question the 'optional' because the charge was added to the bill and we were about to be charged this 'optional' charge and I had to say that I did not want to pay it which was embarrassing. When I queried the tactic I was told that it is standard practice and a way of making up the staff's wages. I never tip by card, I always leave cash for the staff when there has been good service because I want to ensure that the cash goes to the staff. Slightly disappointing end to what was otherwise a pleasant lunch.
My wife and I came for lunch and it was our first visit to the Chelsea Brasserie and it was very nice and the decor inside was lovely chic and modern. It was quiet and we felt like the service very good and were made to feel very welcome. The food was great and we had starters of soup of the day which was very tasty and I hadcthechicken strips which was nice and succulent. We both opted for beef burgers and fries and they looked as good as they tasted. All and all it was very good and I highly recommend you go for a visit as we will def return again and try the evening menu.
Went as a group. Lovely atmosphere and service. Staff friendly. Set lunch was mixed as far as quality was concerned. Starters of baked Camembert and Pate were sparse. A bit of garnish would have helped. The bread was bit stale. Black pudding was quite good but over cooked and rosti was cremated. Mushrooms on ciabatta was enormous with far too much bread but tasted good. Main courses with fish were very good. Seafood pasta was awful, just pink sauce on pasta. Chicken and chorizo burger was terrible. Expected succulent minced chicken and chorizo. It was just dried out, over cooked bit of chicken breast with no chorizo. Bun was cheap bread. Chips were very good. Overall a pleasant place, not expensive, with pleasant staff but a poor cook. I’m afraid we won’t be going again.