Flynn’s Brasserie, or Flynn’s of Cheltenham, know better than anyone that a hard day’s shopping can build up quite an appetite, and offer a beautiful venue for you to chill out in with a delicious meal and a well-earned glass of wine. The lovely restaurant, whose motto is ‘Casual Dining at its Best’, is situated on the ground floor of Montpellier’s The Courtyard.
You can pop into Flynn’s for lunch or dinner; manager Kelly says lunchtimes are “quite relaxed and easy-going - we get a lot of couples or businessmen meeting for lunch”. Lunch is from 12-2.30pm, and on weekdays they run their 2-course lunch special menu, when diners can enjoy 2 courses for just £12. “In the menu there’s a selection of starters and main courses for £12, which change every day.”
Kelly shows me a sneak preview of a coming special lunch menu, and the selection is certainly impressive. Not like your typical lunch menu, some of the dishes offered include Grilled Butterfly Mackerel, Pan-fried Barbary Duck Breast and Smoked Salmon and Dill Cream Penne Pasta... mmm...
“All the food we serve is fresh, all good quality, but we don’t pretend to be a fine dining establishment. It’s just casual, informal dining but what we do we like to think we do really well.”
Evenings, as Kelly tells me, are a very different affair, getting a bit more ‘busy and bustling’. “We don’t tend to have any live music or events as we are generally quite a busy restaurant anyway.” The restaurant opens for the evening between 6pm and 10.30pm every day except Sunday, and the evening menu is even more mouth-watering than the lunchtime menu - if that’s possible!
As you may expect, the evening menu is a tad pricier than the lunch menu, but has much more variety, even offering those who don’t want a large meal some Light Meals and Sandwiches until 7pm. Main meals on offer include; Grilled Fillets of Seabass (£14.95), Grilled Goats Cheese and Jerusalem Artichoke Potato Cake (£10.95) and Oven Roasted Supreme of Chicken (£12.95).
“The business itself has been here in The Courtyard for 15 years, but the company that own it at the moment is called Moons Restaurants Ltd. They’ve owned the business for nearly 12 years, during which time I’ve managed it. Our head chef, Robbie, has been here that whole time as well. We’ve got quite a good team; we don’t turn over a lot of staff.”
“The Courtyard is a great place to have Flynns – we’re well established so we get a lot of regulars and people know what we do. Even though we’re tucked away on the ground floor, people still know we’re here and they know what we do. In the summer it’s fantastic because we can get all of our tables out - we pretty much move the entire restaurant outside... it’s alfresco dining at lunch and in the evening!”
Kelly claims that managing a restaurant is something that comes naturally to her, having worked in restaurants for most of her life; “I worked in various restaurants waitressing as a teenager, then I trained and worked as a teacher for 5 years. I love teaching and it was definitely an experience, but working in restaurants is something that’s just in my blood - I absolutely love it.”