Storyteller Restaurant & Wine Bar
Emma Allesbrook reviews the popular Storyteller Restaurant and Wine Room. crack
Tucked into a small corner just outside Cheltenham town centre sits the Mediterranean hideout of the Storyteller. Initially it reminds me of a secret garden, invisible from the main road outside but full of intrigue. A quaint pebbled seating area leads you into the warm conservatory, boasting a policy of rest, comfort and recuperation. And at night, the restaurant is lit with fairy lights, paving the way for a tranquil and magical evening.
We were greeted by a lovely waitress, given our own choice of table and thankfully, being terrible decision makers, plenty of time to ponder, chat, giggle and unwind. The Storyteller adopts the casual cooking style from California uniting several cuisines – Southwest America, Mediterranean and Pacific Rim. Each dish is unique to the Storyteller; a refreshing sight in our world of ‘franchise flu’.
The A La Carte Menu presents a wonderful array of mouth-watering dishes from Ostrich Fillet to Jambalaya Pasta, as well as divine chocolaty and fruity desserts. However, we selected the Specials Lunch Menu which changes daily and offers either two courses for £8.95 or three courses for £10.95.
We began with nibbles of Mediterranean sun-dried tomato bread, juicy olives and dipping oil. The sun was shining and the breeze gently swept through the door. We could have been in the midst of Spain for all we knew. We were completely spoilt for choice on the menu, but I was unsure whether my starter of Chicken skewer on a house salad and sweet chilli drizzle would hit the mark. Fortunately, it did not fail to disappoint.
The chicken was succulent and fresh and was matched perfectly by the accompanying dressing. Stunning.
For the main, I steered clear of the meat dishes and tested out the vegetarian option. A stuffed pepper with rice, sultanas and pine nuts, served with a house salad and a creamy chilli sauce. The rice filling was moist and packed with flavours and texture and again the homemade dressing was beautiful. The al dente naked roast vegetables on the side were superb.
My friend chose the Pan-fried chicken breast with mashed potato, vegetables and a creamy orange and tarragon sauce. I gathered by the fall of silence and smug smile that it was very much enjoyed.
Talk about saving the best until last, the cherry on the pie, the icing on the cake. The chocolate tart we chose for dessert was DIVINE to say the least. It was an, ‘I have died and gone to heaven moment’ for us both. And not that we needed it, but the hot chocolate with whipped cream at £1.85 was just as beautiful.
If the Storyteller’s chocolate tart is anything to go by, I will be sure not to miss their Homemade Sausage and Cheesecake special evening on Tuesday 13th September. A promise of ‘creamy, smooth, rich and tasty’ puddings. How could anyone resist?
The Storyteller. 11 North Place, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4DW.
Open: Monday- Sunday.
Lunch: 12:00 - 14:00. Evening: 19:30 onwards.