Review on The Coconut Tree - Cheltenham
Occupying the former corner site of St Pauls Tavern, The Coconut Tree is an award winning restaurant that was launched in December 2016 by five Sri Lankan friends. Such has been the success of this venture that other branches have quickly followed in Bristol, Cardiff and Oxford. Located in a mainly residential area of Cheltenham, the interiors have been stripped back with exposed brick walls and simple wooden furnishings. Walls are decorated with colourful graffiti street art and Sri Lankan face masks, and their signature 'penny bar' is made from old crates and coins.
Sample vibrant Sri Lankan cuisine enlivened with bold spices, featuring homemade recipes that have been passed down with love from generation to generation. Sent out from the kitchen in casual serving dishes designed for sharing, guests can look forward to the likes of their popular hot battered Sri Lankan spicy cuttlefish or slow cooked goat in Jaffna spices. Elsewhere there's Hoppers which are a bowl shaped coconut milk pancake served with coconut sambal, caramelised onions with a hint of cinnamon and lunu miris, a Sri Lankan salsa. When it comes to desserts expect to see watalappam, a traditional pudding made with coconut, cashew, treacle and a touch of nutmeg or drunken banana, caramelised golden bananas with Sri Lankan lion beer batter and treacle dipped.
To accompany the food there's a concise wine list, draught lager and sweet and fiery cocktails.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm (12.00 - 9.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.00 - 10.00pm (9.00pm Mon, 11.00pm Fri & Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card