Super Lunch at Jamie’s Italian in Cheltenham
I’ve been a fan of Jamie Oliver’s style of cooking since watching him in The Naked Chef way back in the late 1990’s. I love how his food is very no-nonsense yet really tasty. Rich and I have been to Jamie’s Italian a couple of times, but never with the girls. however, when we were invited along to try out the new Super Lunch menu at the Cheltenham restaurant we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have a lovely family lunch together.
The Super Lunch menu is really good value! You can have two courses for £10.95 or three for £12.95, and although the choice is much more limited than on the full menu, there was a nice range of different starters, mains and desserts to please most. From the choice of four starters, I opted for the “fritto misto” and Rich had “pate bruschetta”. Both were absolutely delicious and I was relieved to see that they were generous in size, with the portion not reduced down to reflect the value of the super lunch meal deal. From the choice of six mains, Rich chose “Gennaro’s chicken club” and I had the “veggie tagliatelle bolognese” – both delicious! Whilst the dessert menu only really appeared to present us with four options, I couldn’t resist the ice cream, and had a massive choice of different flavours and toppings. Rich went for the “Italian apple and blackberry pavlova” which I am happy to confirm also tasted gorgeous as Rich kindly let me try some of his!
I don’t know why we hadn’t thought to bring the girls to a Jamie’s Italian sooner. Jamie Oliver has children, and I am sure that he has shared the pain of taking your kids out to eat somewhere and having to deal with the tantrums whilst they wait for their food. They were given activity packs as soon as we sat down and it did keep them completely entertained for the duration of the meal – it meant that we could actually relax and enjoy the food and company without having to worry about placating them as they remembered how hungry they are (and my girls are NOT great when they are hungry) or mouth apologies to other diners.
I was really impressed with the selection of food on the children’s menu. And good, restaurant food too. The menu had obviously been designed for children, rather than just as an after-thought. I really like that all the options come in two sizes. Both girls went for the “happy chicken lollipops” and then both had to have ice cream for dessert!
All-in-all, it was a really good lunch – the quality of the food was great and the super lunch menu was excellent value. As it was half term when we visited, unsurprisingly, the restaurant was really busy so we had a bit of a wait on the main course. It didn’t matter too much as I don’t like to feel rushed when eating out, and as I previously mentioned, the girls were entertained, but anyone working in the town and looking to pop out for the super lunch in their lunch hour would struggle to get back to the office on time. For a relaxed, family lunch though it was great, and got two thumbs up from Freyja – despite her disappointment that Jamie Oliver wasn’t actually there at the restaurant!
Disclaimer: We were compensated towards the cost of our lunch in exchange for an honest review, but as always all opinions are our own.