The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie, Cheltenham

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The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie in Cheltenham offers relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international classics in the popular town in Gloucestershire.

Located in the stunning grade I listed Montpellier Rotunda building, the restaurant is open seven days a week, the modern British menu will be available from dawn till dusk for local workers, residents, shoppers and visitors to enjoy, serving breakfast, elevenses, lunch, weekend brunch, afternoon tea and dinner and features a private dining room and a beautiful central bar.

Tucked away towards the back of the restaurant is our Private Dining Room. The Papworth Room accommodates 24 guests on one long table or across 3 round tables, or 40 guests for a standing reception and is ideally located in the iconic Grade I listed Rotunda Building, in the heart of Cheltenham’s boutique Montpellier district.
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CE
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just ‘wow’ on every level. The perfect place to celebrate something really special!

SW
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Reasonable food but overpriced restaurant. Nice for a special occasion. We were booked in at 4.15pm on a thursday afternoon 16th Jan and this may be a quite period bet lunch and dinner. Rather disinterested and not particularly friendly waiter - we have been on previous occasions for meals and afternoon tea and had better service. Would recommend for a special occasion but still think it is overpriced and not good value for money.

e
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Welcome was good. We enjoyed the food until one of us found a hair in her duck curry! The service in the restaurant was awful. We always had to look for a waiter when we wanted a drink or to get the bill. We were never asked if we had enjoyed our meal. When we were leaving the lady getting our coats was miserable and couldn’t even say goodbye or thank us for coming. Totally underwhelmed!! Wish we’d gone to the Giggling Squid!

MS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They make even the simplest meal sensational. Couldn’t stop looking around at it grandeur. Very friendly, quick, attentive and value. Wonderful experience

ER
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch at The Ivy. The whole party agreed that the restaurant had a great atmosphere. The staff were all very attentive and we felt well looked after. Thoroughly recommended 👍

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Poor omelette, overcooked and very little filling (if any!). Resembled a frittata rather than an omelette.
Other diners had good poached eggs.

MB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An enjoyable first visit.
Good food, good service,will come again..

AL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

You will not find a better Restuarant in Cheltenham.

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere,great service and the food is fantastic. Cocktails are amazing!

SM
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and an interesting menu. Very good atmosphere, if a little noisy. Pleasant and efficient service.

m
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue and excellent service. Waitress could have been more knowledgable about ingredients (there was onion on tuna starter even though we asked). All food was delicious. Wine and cocktails also really good.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely. Staff friendly and polite, food excellent, and atmosphere, especially on a Saturday night is great.

JP
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great evening. Food very good. Table in a great position.

AA
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, beautiful environment and outstanding service. We were treated with exceptional politeness, helpfulness and friendliness. A great evening.

R
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing. The buffalo mozzarella and truffle was the most amazing dish I’ve ever eaten! Our waiter was lovely but didn’t know very much about the dishes/drinks but very kind, helpful and polite.

TA
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to several Ivy restaurants including the original and this one has the most attractive and interesting property.

Service was excellent and the front of house/reception provided outstanding enterprising support in helping with car parking for lady with limited mobility.

JW
London
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Ambience is gorgeous but very disappointed with our lunch. My minute steak was very tough and luke warm and my husbands shepherds pie was just about warm. Had afternoon tea here a while ago which was lovely but wouldn’t do lunch again.

B
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A beautiful space in which to enjoy good food in good company. This was my first visit in the evening, having previously been several times during the day. The service was really excellent, especially as I knocked over my glass of bubbly as soon as it was poured: the waiter cleared everything up swiftly and without fuss and brought another glass. The food we ate was really good too.

JS
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service great food and great atmosphere. Very friendly professional staff. Can’t wait to go back

JP
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I took my partner for his 51st birthday as we was recommended. We loved our starter. My main was chicken which was quite chewy and cold. We asked for water but was charged £3.99 for a bottle. Other tables had free tap water which we wasn’t offered.

T
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Although we have been to Cheltenham Ivy a number of times now, this will be the first time one of my party was not totally satisfied with the food. They picked the half roast chicken, it looked dry and tasted dry. The other 3 members of my party had Keralan Sweet Potato Curry and this was lovely.

AS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal for our anniversary. Food was amazing and our waiter Bogdan was really nice! Definitely would go back!

R
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Definitely a place for a special celebration. The food is unpretentious, comparatively well priced, extremely well serviced. And, oh my goodness, the zucchini frites are so delicious they are addictive. We've started our meal with them each visit.

LI
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

fantastic food, as always from the Ivy. Disappointed by poor service; lack of information when booking the table and a waiter who was disinterested in the extreme - repeated attempts to catch someone's eye in an effort to order anything :(

JM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Perfect service. Be back again soon for sure.

LD
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, fantastic professional service. The food was great, significant portions especially on the starters

D
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We had a good evening but it was in spite of the Ivy rather than because of it. We were dining with people we didn't know well and didn't want to make a fuss but there was a lot that was poorly done. One of our group was gluten intolerant (OK not allergic but still unpleasant if they have gluten). She asked if the dish she had chosen was gluten free and was told that everything was OK apart from the gravy which was then served (separate, OK but still served) and she was offered Worcester sauce in the original bottle which also had gluten.
We also had gin and tonic served without the tonic and burger and chips served without the chips. We had to catch the waiter's eye to obtain the complete order.
The food is really unremarkable. Prawn cocktail was meant to have avocado in it - my wife decided that the small amount of green mush at the bottom was the avocado but it had no taste and I still doubt it. It was served in a tall dish and this made it very difficult to eat as bits kept falling out. The few prawns were good.

I had the goose shepherd's pie (a special) and it was not exactly tasteless but unremarkable.
The vegetables are ordered separately ( I do dislike this in a restaurant). I ordered peas, sugar snaps and baby shoots for an extra £3.50. This was a bowl of peas, not particularly nice peas with 3-4 mange tout that were certainly not snappy and I think one baby shoot. Very poor quality.

In other circumstances I would have complained but really felt it would have ruined the evening. I don't understand, based on our experience, how this restaurant receives so many good reviews. We won't go back and I think there is an element of the 'Emperor's clothes' going on - the building and ambience is great but we found staff and food poor.

FH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ivy exceeded our expectations, we felt well looked after and felt we had a very personalised experience with different staff talking to us and saying 'happy anniversary'. It's quite expensive but worth it for a special occasion.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good venue for a family catch-up as the noise level was good for some who had hearing problems. Everyone thought the food was good and service attentive.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner here on New YearsDay and in many restaurants the ambience and staff would have been saying”enough already”. But not so here. Everyone of them were still professional, chatty and happy. Full marks all round for making our evening a very pleasant one with exceptional food and service. Fabulous!

OT
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was brilliant and the food was outstanding.

EB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A stricter dress code wouldn't go amiss! Not ideal when you have to walk past a total slob wearing tracksuit bottoms, hoodie and trainers eating with his mouth open. However, other than him I had a fantastic time and will be back.

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to this Ivy restaurant and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. On this occasion we sat in the main dining area below the dome . The service was particularly good and all staff were very engaging..

RS
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate with a friend and we had a marvellous time. Food and service were both great

MG
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant great food and ambience
Service is always good

TS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was our first time at the Ivy. Over all I was very impressed.
There were two little things which stopped my giving 5 stars.
I think the contence of the lunch menu could be better. It's trying to be a breakfast, brunch and lunch menu which did not work for me.
Seconds, we ordered desserts and coffee at the same time. Desserts came first, but then the coffees arrived while we were still eating, which interrupted us as we had to rearrange the table to get everything on.

RH
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great New Years Eve night out with my Partner.Came last year from Manchester. The inside of this ivy is far better than the others.

MA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful place to see out the old year. Delicious food and good service despite being very busy. Music very loud though.

RB
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Lovely New Year’s Eve meal- however being taken to the bar area with no seats and left standing for 10 minutes whilst the table was prepared was disappointing. No offer of a free drink and waiters squeezing past wasn’t pleasant.

d
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I’m saying yes to recommendation because the food and the waiter service was wonderful, unfortunately the front of house who greet you at the door are extremely rude, we arrived 20 minutes early for our booking ( as we live away and had booked a taxi to get to the restaurant) the lady at reception opened the restaurant door to see if our table was ready, she informed us it wasn’t and that we were 20 minutes early anyway then just raised her eyebrows at me, I had to ask if we could sit at the bar, we were told we couldn’t because my daughter was 16, we then had to go somewhere for 15 minutes ( we stood outside in the cold )
On our return our table wasn’t ready but this time we were told to go and sit at the bar!!
No one took our coats, (I know there is a cloakroom) there was 7 of us and we had to throw our coats on a chair at the table, this is fine in a bulk standard restaurant/ cafe but if you are going to charge people for fine dining really you should offer the whole experience!

As I said the waiters we so lovely, informative and helpful but unfortunately your very first impressions stay with you.

I would not pay the money again to be made to feel so uncomfortable and embarrassed. As my in-laws had travelled down from Scotland to celebrate with us, it ruined our night.

Lots on nice restaurants in Cheltenham that are cheaper and much, much more friendly and definitely not as pretentious.