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The Parrot Bar & Grill


A rare and beautiful sunny afternoon could prompt only one thing; a scrummy bite to eat and a satisfying fruit cider in the warm rays. And this is exactly what we enjoyed at The Parrot Bar and Grill.

Formally known as a vodka shot pit stop for Cheltenham’s students, in January 2011 this grand regency building was transformed into a vibrant and cosy bar and grill. Perfect for the carnivores amongst us.

We were welcomed by a gleaming smile at the bar and although, without intention, we arrived after they had stopped serving the lunch menu, the staffing team went out of their way to accommodate our hunger needs. Something which I so rarely see in other restaurants.

The cool room was a haven from the heat outside, which perfectly complemented the relaxed atmosphere within.

The sun of course drew us to a pew outdoors and although the seating was parallel to a busy road, the surrounding giggles and company I held easily drowned out the formerly irritating noise.

The Parrot prides itself on the finest quality local ingredients, serving steaks aged for a minimum of 28 days and producing food, as much as humanly possible, from scratch.

Ironically for a Bar and Grill, I chose the vegetarian option of a Buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil toasted Panini at £4.90. Served with hand cooked chips and a mixed leaf salad.

So many similar restaurants tend to neglect their less popular menu options. However, it was obvious that my meal had been given just as much love and attention as the more popular ones.

The food was fresh and simple and vitally for a grill, the chips were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the in. Divine!

My friend was drawn to the ‘health miracle that also tastes great’ and quite frankly, why wouldn’t you be?
This ‘miracle’ was a Danish open sandwich and ham, served with a potato salad and a green leaf salad also at £4.90, which is also apparently suitable for those on a diet.

To be true to my word, I never expected much from a meal tarnished with the word ‘diet’ but after a sneaky taste, I was certainly proven wrong.

Not only did both lunches satisfyingly fill the gap in our stomachs, but both dishes were presented beautifully and topped off with impeccable service.

It was clear the diverse menu had been carefully thought over, catering for everyone’s nutritional differences and all at reasonable prices.

Luckily, after the Parrot’s makeover at the beginning of the year, the bar still oozes in character, boasting an extensive selection of exotic spirits and fluorescent cocktails, alongside traditional ales and ciders.

The Parrot Bar and Grill holds all the ingredients for a fabulous cosmopolitan experience; a cheeky bar man, a classic interior and above all, fantastic food!

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