The White Spoon opened in September 2015, the first restaurant of 29-year-old chef Chris White, he is supported by his partner Purdey Spooner. It received a flurry of rave reviews including being named as one of The Times’ 25 best new restaurants and winning Best New Restaurant UK at the Guild Craft of Chefs awards 2016. It has continued to make its mark on the South West food scene with diners bustling for a table since its launch, and receiving a nomination for Best Customer Service in The Cotswold Life Awards this year.
The reason behind their success, Chris puts down to a simple ethos: “We wanted to create a place where we would be happy to dine at. We strive to give all our customers a really memorable experience; top quality food and fantastic service in a relaxed atmosphere. We like to think The White Spoon is a place where everyone feels comfortable, foodie or not. We provide an atmosphere that suits both formal and informal occasions – an alternative to fine dining.”
That’s not to say the food isn’t remarkable though. Their short menu changes regularly with the seasons and availability of only the finest produce. If a supplier has something exceptional, Chris will often build a whole dish around that one ingredient. Their Sunday lunches are particular favourites too, featuring rare bread meat sourced from Butts Farm and Kelmscott Manor.
Actively involved in the community, The White Spoon also host regular nights like ‘wine, dine and donate’, where customers are encouraged to bring their own bottle for a small corkage fee, which is then donated to a local charity. In addition the restaurant boasts a fantastic set lunch menu, using only the highest quality ingredients, at £12 for two courses and £15 for three, you would be hard pushed to find a better value lunch in Cheltenham.
Although they’re primarily known for their food, The White Spoon’s drinks menu is equally important, from their inimitable wine list, to their specially developed house gin:
“We have partnered with a local distillery and the botanicals used have been specially selected by Chris. It has a simple elegance and a unique garnish consisting of fresh apple, lime leaf and a touch of ground black pepper, giving The White Spoon’s G&T its very own identity and taste,” explains Purdey.
Like so many they have visited and enjoyed in the past, Purdey and Chris’ aims for the future are firmly rooted in making The White Spoon a destination dining experience.