Petit Coco Restaurant that inspires intense loyalty
Petit Coco in One Paragraph:
Petit Coco rivals L’Artisan as the ‘most’ French restaurant in town. Expect the classics from Magret de Canard to Crepes aux Champignon. Coco is a cosy basement restaurant with a high Piaf score. Perfect if you’ve only recently swiped right and need somewhere romantic for a date. There’s a good value prix fixe lunch menu (not available in December).
The Longer Read:
Restaurant Petit Coco is the follow-on restaurant from Bistrot Coco. That was just around the corner and closed a while back. So make sure that you head for Bath Street if visiting for the first time. The entrance is quite discreet, look for the name on the wall . Head down the stairs to this small basement restaurant. It’s a favourite of ours.
This place is French. No, it’s really French. The soundtrack is Édith Piaf, the walls are a sexy red, the lighting low. The reassuringly short menu is a tour of French classics. There are usually around half a dozen starters, the same number of mains. You can expect to see mushroom crêpe, onion soup, pâté or Comté soufflé. Main courses are exactly as you remember from that restaurant you found on holiday in France. Duck confit, calves’ liver, sea bass en papillote, boeuf Bourguignon, corn-fed chicken and so on. I don’t know about you, but on a cold winter night it’s good to step into this kind of restaurant. This place edges L’Artisan as the Frenchest French place in Cheltenham.
For mains expect to pay between £12 – £20. Puddings such as chocolate mousse and crème brûlée are as you would expect – £5/6.
A Short Drinks Section: Drinks at Petit Coco
Not much need to look beyond the house wine, we reckon.
There are only around 20 seats at Petit Coco. Petit Coco may have a Parisian feel, but the service doesn’t – it’s personal, warm and relaxed in this cosy little gem. If you’re a romantic couple you’ll find a romantic corner. If you’re with guests, there are reassuringly sturdy antique tables for 6-8.
In summary; it’s not the trendiest restaurant, it’s not the poshest and it’s definitely not the largest, but come to think of it, we reckon these are all very good reasons to have dinner there. And yes, they have Edit Piaf and French Jazz evenings.
Mon – Sat: 12.00 – 14.00