Le Chalet Beaumartin
Tiny French bistro at Kelvinbridge, complete with eye-catchingly authentic décor, cheese fondue and a roaring log burner.
Step off Great Western Road, into what feels like a small chalet in the French Alps. It’s a cosy space with just a handful of pine wood tables, skiing equipment hangs on the wall, while French radio plays in the background. A concise menu consists of raclette, charcuterie and a couple of salads but fondue is what they are all about. Cheese comes from Mellis next door and changes depending on what’s on offer that day – a combination of three French cheeses and one Scottish is said to provide the most appeal to the local palate and may be a combination of comté, tomme de savoie, gouda and reblochon. Bread is of the sourdough variety – slightly stale, as it should be, to ensure no disintegration when dipped into the gloopy thick molten cheese pot. Milk chocolate fondue finishes the meal as it started, rich and full of flavour, diced fresh fruits add the necessary juice and acidity. BYOB helps to keep prices reasonable, with the £5 corkage donated to charity. Le Chalet Beaumartin is comfort eating at its best.
- High point: A quaint setting and cheese lovers' paradise
- Low point: Limited options if cheese is not your thing
- Notable dish: Four cheese fondue
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: French Radio
- Capacity: 18
- Largest group: 18
- Open since: 2014
- BYOB: £5 corkage (Proceeds to charity)