L’Artisan, the only Genuine French Restaurant in Cheltenham !!
Yves and Elisabeth OGRODZKI left France fifteen years ago after selling their restaurant in Provence, to come over England (in the Leicestershire between Melton Mowbray, the Rutland and Leicester) and create a typical Provencal French atmosphere in a setting you could find in a little village near Avignon.
Five Stars rated by the Leicester Mercury in June 2006 and described in March 2006 by Metro as a genuine Gallic restaurant with a real taste of France, serving genuine regional French cuisine prepared from fresh ingredients sourced locally or from France.
They arrived in Thorpe Satchville in October 2005, but were determined their arrival should not be seen in the village as a second French Revolution. For 10 years they had run different restaurants in Paris, where both their children were born, then moved to Nimes to open their own restaurant. They spent seven years there, and featured in several restaurant guides.
“But we wanted to move on to give our children the chance to become bilingual, and to have travel and career opportunities they wouldn’t have if we stayed in France,’’ explained Elisabeth.
La Table d’Yves has won a whole battery of East Midlands Food and Drink awards – among them Best European restaurant, Best Gastro-Pub, runner-up for Best Service and Front of House 2011/2012.
“I think we’ve banished the idea that French means expensive and formal,’’ Yves says.
“I believe the fact that we aim for consistency in standards of everything we do is what brings people back again and again.’’
He believes that a plate of food should be a work of art. It must appeal to the eyes and the nose as well as the taste buds. The meal should have contrasting flavours and textures and, above all, must produce that vital feel-good factor.
Then, after 7 years spent in Leicestershire, they decided to move to the beautiful town of Cheltenham, in the Cotswolds. They have received from the customers of “La Table d’Yves” their best encouragements and all promise to come to Cheltenham to see them (see reviews & press page).
The restaurant with white tablecloths and cutlery deployed “a la Française” is run by Elisabeth. The Head Chef Yves offers a la carte an authentic range of traditional and creative French dishes regularly updated.
The Restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday for Lunch and Dinner.