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“Adding a touch more sparkle to the Cheltenham fine dining scene, Purslane has an added attraction in its unpretentiousness”. The “intimate” venue is a “small”, “quite plainly decorated” venture in a backstreet; on the menu, a good deal of “inventive, bright and surprising cuisine”, and in particular “outstanding” fish. “Gareth Fulford is definitely (Michelin) star material”.
A menu that’s “mostly fishy, and executed well” wins some very enthusiastic praise for this “very good” city-centre three-year-old.
A restaurant of recent vintage, tipped for some “outstanding” cooking (including “lots of delicious fish dishes”); the setting is a little “cramped”, though, and service can be “indifferent”.
“A welcome newcomer to the town that’s one to watch” – this “small central bistro” (“tucked away so you won’t stumble upon it”) wins high ratings for its “imaginative” menu “with the focus on fresh fish and local produce”; service is “not polished, but willing”.
Purslane Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Excellent halibut, other fish dishes were also very good although some of the side dishes were a bit hit and miss, I liked the truffle chips but not so keen on the spelt or semolina additions."
"The staff were unfazed by an emergency ambulance visit for a patient, though the operation of the evening had been seriously disrupted. It didn't affect the quality of the food either. We had turbot and skate caught off Cornwall accompanied by locally sourced veg. It really did taste different. This is a really special place and when we go back to Cheltenham again, that's where we'll eat."
"Wonderful meal and service. Starter was crab with tomatoes, greens and and a crispy tomato flavoured sponge. Main course was cod with peas with a subtle tartare sauce. There was an excellent section of cheeses. I had Wigmore, Berkswell and Perl Las. The whole meal was superb."
16 Rodney Rd, Cheltenham, GL50 1JJ
Last orders: 9.30 pm