Maison Chaplais comprises a lovely deli with a thriving restaurant, and appears to be a vibrant and lively hub of the community. This laid-back little gem is ideal for all kinds of occasions. The food here is a feast for the senses and brings carefully sourced ingredients to Cheltenham’s dining scene. When we stopped by, the gingham tablecloths flung over wooden tables reminded us of French bistros, and there was an unmistakeable hum of romance in the air.
Food ranges from all-day breakfasts to fresh lunches, and the team selects only the best artisan produce to feature in the deli. Spoilt for choice, we sampled the celeriac soup and a sumptuous chicken salad. My companion enjoyed the lentil and chorizo soup before tucking into a home-baked sausage roll and various colourful salads. An array of desserts tickled our fancy, but we chose to try the rich Bakewell tart and homemade ice cream, and the chocolate and raspberry tart from the exquisite display. Looking for a gift for a special someone? Treat them to a gorgeous hamper, carefully selected and arranged by Nanette. She told us that a new restaurant in Cheltenham’s Montpellier district is in the pipeline – this continuing success is most certainly deserved.