Saturday, 19 December 2009

Storyteller, Cheltenham

I went to the Storyteller for a Christmas meal yesterday, and (as with all these things) had to choose what I wanted to eat several weeks in advance, from a special Christmas menu. Thankfully, when we arrived they gave us each a slip of paper with our order details, so I didn't have to worry about remembering what I'd picked.

For starter I had a massive bowl of tomato and lentil soup, which had a slight chilli kick. It was a tasty soup, but almost too much of it - there was certainly an imbalance between the large amount of soup and the tiny side-serving of cheesy tortilla (three small triangles); I would have been happier with less soup and a few more tortilla slices. Overall, this was the least inspiring part of the meal.

Tomato & Lentil Soup

The price of the meal was entirely determined by the main course, and this was also the only stage at which there was only one vegetarian option - the asian pulse and vegetable strudel, causing my bill to be £18.95 for three courses (much cheaper than the meat choices).

Asian Vegetable Strudel

The strudel was served with roast potato wedges, carrot crisps, some sweet relish (might have been beetroot), and a positive lake of creamy sandalwood sauce. The filling of the strudel included courgette, carrot, aubergine, lentils, black-eyed beans, barley, and cheese.

For dessert, I went for the chocolate mud pie (those who know me might not be surprised by that choice!).

Chocolate Mud Pie

This consisted of a thin biscuit base, then a layer of dense chocolate cake, and then chocolate mousse on top. It was served with a small scoop of vanilla ice-cream, and a lot of thick chocolate sauce. Aside from the fact that I would have liked a little more ice-cream to lighten it (it was very rich!), this was delicious. A friend had the cheesecake and was disappointed by the almost-invisible amount of biscuit, but it was the right amount for this dish and had a lovely hint of ginger. The chocolate tasted just of chocolate, but the mix of textures added interest.

I'd eat this exact meal again with pleasure, and I'm interested in going back to try their a la carte. One other comment I'd make would be the number of people packed into a relatively small space; our group found that it was virtually impossible to move after we'd struggled to get to our seats. Hopefully, outside of the Christmas period, it might be slightly less busy.

Address:11 North Place, Cheltenham, GL50 4DW
Style:Modern fusion
Date Visited:18 December 2009


mangocheeks said...

Happy Christmas Rachel.

Kai said...

The storyteller is great - when I do my half day or full day at Chapel Spa (it's a once yearly, highly coveted treat) we get our lunch from there and it never fails to impress :)

Sarah Wolfman-Robichaud said...

You probably know of this already, but when we were in Oxford, Steve and I (of S & S Take the Long Way Round) ate at the Vaults and Garden in Radcliffe Square. It was such a little gem of an organic restaurant with *excellent* veggie options (I was a total veggie for years, but have recently started eating fish - thus transforming into a vegequarian). I highly recommend it as a yummy, healthy stop off if you're ever in Oxford!

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