Flynn's Bar & Brasserie
16-17 The Courtyard
Tel: 01242 252752
Flynn’s Bar & Brasserie is located in the fashionable Montpelier area of Cheltenham, in a small courtyard off the road, ingeniously called ‘The Courtyard’. We didn’t have to worry about parking as we used Taxis for the evening, so I can’t give any advice on the parking situation in Cheltenham town center. This was an outing for a group of nine people and we had pre-booked a table.
The restaurant is not particularly large, but we were still accommodated in comfort. It was also an excellent idea to pre-book as even on a Tuesday night of no particular relevance, there wasn’t a table to spare as the evening progressed, with a steady stream of diners coming and going. This popularity must surely be testament to quality and ambience of the restaurant.
There was a daily specials board with a selection of starters and main courses, for example, to start pan fried crayfish tails on a lemon linguini, crab basket and main courses such as pan fried fillet steak, lamb steak. Our party ordered a combination of specials or main menu items.
Of particular note, was the red onion and goats cheese tartlet served with a cranberry couli, which complimented it impeccably, described by Rosi as ‘very nice’. My choice for main course was a homemade steak burger with cheese, which caused a little confusion as I asked for it to be cooked rare – perfectly reasonable if good steak is used. Unfortunately I had to return it as it was even more well done that another person’s in our party. However after a short wait, another did arrive cooked as requested. It was very nice too, served with French fries and salad. Another triumph that night was the calves liver and bacon with rich onion gravy and fresh vegetables. The calves livers was thinly sliced and tenderly fried and the vegetables were cooked to perfection.
There were some (the ladies) who found the appetite to eat some delicious looking puddings, but that wasn’t for me and others who chose the cheese board instead. Finally washed down by coffees.
All accompanied by decent wine from a short but well thought out selection, which can be ordered by the bottle or glass.
To summarise Flynn’s, I would describe it as small, relaxed and informal with helpful and friendly service. It is about the third time I have eaten there and I have never been disappointed by the quality of food and the standard of service. Pricewise, moderate, but good value and well recommended.