Number 131 has quickly gained an excellent reputation in Cheltenham, and I’ve been desperate to find out why. As part of the Lucky Onion group it opened in early 2014 to great reviews and a lot of excitement.
It was most certainly not a disappointment. I am a huge fan of its sister restaurant – The Tavern, so had high hopes on walking in here. It is set in a beautiful Georgian townhouse, with a bar at the back (crazy eights) and a small hotel upstairs (part of the luxury mr and Mrs smith range). When you walk into the place, it is beautiful, but you do feel like you are walking into somebody’s home! The way it is laid out is in lots of little rooms, with a bigger open room at the back. This would be perfect for booking spaces for private events or large group meals.
Knowing that the costs are quite high, I decided to try out their lunchtime menu. It was fabulous, lots of choices to suit everyone’s tastes, and all reasonably priced. Lo and behold, I of course went for the beef option. Steak frites which came with a pesto oil sauce, and I had it with mash. The steak was cooked to perfect – medium rare it was a large piece of steak with no fat and melted in my mouth, and was perfectly pink in the middle. It was delectable. The mash potato was perfect, creamy and flavoursome with just the right combination of ingredients. It came with greens which had a good amount of crunch. All in all I throuroughy enjoyed the meal. The only let down was the sauce, it didn’t have a lot of flavour to it, and personally I would have preferred a peppercorn, but because the meal itself had so much flavour you didn’t actually need the sauce.
It arrived in a good amount of time, and the service was good. The staff are friendly, and good at what they do, not too overbearing.
I can’t wait to return to try out the dinner me up, now that I know it is worth the money.
The lunch menu prices vary from £10-£20, with seasonal changes, and their chef has got it spot on.