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‘Memsahib’ (pronounced mem-shah-hib) was the term given to namely European women famed for empowering women in India in the early 20th century. They were known to host magnificent feasts and events at their homes for families and friends alike, celebrating a mixing of cultures through delicious food and drink. This is your opportunity to indulge, to celebrate, to feast and be our guest exploring the best of our contemporary Indian cuisine inspired by our Memsahib style of hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you to Memsahib’s Lounge.
PRICE RANGE
$36 - $103
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Indian, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited today for my 30th birthday, we’ve never been but wanted to give it a try after looking at the fantastic reviews! The restaurant interior had clearly had a lot of time, thought and effort spent on it, the setting was superb. We decided...to go for the Memsahib’s experience menu and enjoyed every course. Unfortunately a member of our party had to leave early due to a medical episode but this did not hamper our overall experience due to the professionalism and friendliness of the staff, even helping us arrange for their courses to be taken away so we could drop them off after our meal! Overall we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will be back again, the circumstances outside of the restaurants control could’ve easily led to a disappointing experience but we will remember this occasion for all of the right reasons. Thank you for a fantastic birthday meal!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've just had the most amazing afternoon tea at Memsahibs Lounge. The service is excellent, friendly, knowledgeable without being pretentious. The food was excellent, beautifully presented, very tasty and worth every penny. Thankyou for an enjoyable afternoon.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the 7 course experience menu for fish and meat. It was fantastic and paired with drinks for each course. A long and very relaxed dining meal with amazing food. Lovely comfy sofas to sit in and chill. Very highly recommended

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having come for cocktails only on many occasions, we booked to have dinner this time. We opted for the Pescatarian and Meat experience menus and we were not disappointed. The flavours and textures of the food are as mind blowing as the unique cocktails. (we...would recommend, Cheltenham Sling, Memsahib Star and the Cucumber teapot, we would also recommend the Garam Masala gin, Mango and Friends, Rhubarb and Saffron gins.....) We were welcomed, as always, whether you dine or just have drinks, with an hors d'ouveres of a mini popadom with a chickpea topping and a mint and sherbet drink, Lovely taste bud tantaliser to whet the appetite. This was followed by our seven courses, all served within timely intervals. Both menus started with a lentil soup, topped with crispy sweet onions and fresh coriander. The flavours and textures were complimented. The smooth soup and crunchy onions was perfect. A well balance of blended spices without the heat of chilli. Following for the meat was a chicken samosa chaat, again, textures, sweet, salty, spicy and tangy flavour bombs of crispy pastry, sev and the soft chicken mince. The pescatarian was a trio of crab, bhaji, salad, puree and cracker, a delicate presentation and ensemble of sweet crab that was enhanced by the perfect spice magic. (that was only from a bite). Thirdly, we had scallop cervice, crumbed popadoms and a spiced pea and asparagus pastry cigar. Very rare you will see an Indian restaurant do raw food, don't dismiss until you try. Fourth, i had the truffile oil guinea fowl - the guinea fowl was coated in a light spiced batter and was succulent sitting on a bed of soft mozzarella and crunchy salad and chutney. The pescatarian menu was en pappilote sea bass and vegetables in a mustard sauce. The fish was cooked to perfection. Fifth. We are getting full now and the welcome refreshment of an interval palette cleanser was just right to prepare for the next course. A turmeric sorbet, with sev mumra (gram noodles and puffed rice) for texture Sixth course was the anticipated biryani, i love rice and i don't get to eat meat at home very often, so this was a treat. The lamb was soft and succulent, there were large chunks and plenty of it. The addition of crispy fried onions on top added a crunch. The accompanying raita and salad were refreshing and added a coolness to the tongue. The trout biryani was equally full of fish and flavour. Fish biryani is something that we've not had or cooked so this was a pleasant change. Finally, the 7th course, pudding. Indian sweets are varied and there are many combinations and the one at memsahib takes a traditional pudding and turns it into an extraordinary masterpiece. The whole dining experience was wonderful from start to finish, the welcome, Rina is fabulous front of house. The bar staff are a credit to her. Lastly Litu's food is amazing and definitely up there with Michelin Indian restaurants in London. Our next visit is for afternoon tea!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brilliant food, really original Indian food. Every dish was spiced differently in a unique way. A new level for Indian food. Plus great service.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Rina Saha, Owner at Memsahib's Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for 5 star review and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautifully decorated restaurant, run by a Super Foodie family. Excellent service by the Lady Owner/Manager, very welcoming and friendly. The four of us ordered 5 Small Bites, all of them were delicious. We really appreciated the blend of the flavours, so different from your run...of the mill Indian restaurant. We ordered another 5 Small Bites, all to share. The alcoholic drinks were uniquely presented and very tasty. Lovely refreshing desserts. What a shame this restaurant is not near to where we live (NW London), but we will be back as our son will settle in this area within a year. Looking forward to our next meal!!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Rina Saha, Owner at Memsahib's Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for an excellent review. Glad that you enjoyed our contemporary Indian-infused small bites. When visiting us next, try our experience menus or the afternoon tea (a different take on traditional afternoon tea). We plan to expand, and NW London could be the next...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From beautiful traditional furnishings - relaxing ambience - to an amazing hostess - from teapots of infused gins which are an experience in them selves - to exciting, delicious courses of flavours and textures I have. Ever experienced We ordered the meat experience - and...a couple of changes were happily accommodated by the outstanding staff - beautifully presented - amazing flavours - and nothing too hot - dessert - WOW - the chocolate and coconut tea is so refreshing - complimentary drinks - this restaurant is outstanding in every way and makes you feel incredibly special and valued as a customerMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Rina Saha, Owner at Memsahib's Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Jayne, "Beautiful traditional furnishings - relaxing ambience - to an amazing hostess - from teapots of infused gins" and the experience menu - you tried everything we offer. Join our either cookery or infusion masterclasses to complete Memshaib's whole experience. Thank you so much...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the experience menu with drinks - exceptional food, perfectly matched drinks with each dish, brilliant service. This restaurant deserves a Michelin star for sure. This was our first visit and most certainly not the last. We strongly recommend!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Rina Saha, Owner at Memsahib's Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

WOW. Seriously! A start? We will take this to the Michelin team and hold them responsible for not considering us yet. Thank you so much for the encouragement. Your Star is more important, and we have got that now. All the best and wishes and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I booked the 7 course tasting experience and it was phenomenal. Each course, full of flavour but never too hot to bear (and I'm not one for hot food) and a presentation of Indian food I'd never seen before. We were treated...to different teas and cold drinks throughout which complemented each course and the staff were so attentive, explaining each dish and ensuring our glasses were never empty. Not only that but food a tasting menu, extremely good value for money too! If you are looking for a fantastic food experience in Cheltenham, I would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Rina Saha, Owner at Memsahib's Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Rebecca, Hot food has only spicy flavour and we try to balance it in each and every course. This is so wonderful to hear you enjoyed the experience menu, and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this restaurant for the second time and what a treat. Had cocktails in their lounge area and strongly recommend the Cheltenham Sling. Then enjoyed the taster menu in the restaurant. Throughout we were treated like kings. The complimentary tea on arrival, amuse bouche and...other little touches only enhanced an already superb meal and experience. Thank youMore

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Date of visit: June 2022
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Rina Saha, Owner at Memsahib's Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Highness! Kings you were indeed! This is so wonderful to hear you had a great experience, and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Afternoon tea. A glorious invention but too much of a good thing is bad right? Wrong! Variety is the spice of life, and Memsahib’s Lounge take afternoon tea to new heights. A belated wedding anniversary gift of afternoon tea for two brought us to this...very sophisticated and atmospheric location. It feels like an old fashioned club but with a clean modern feel. Extremely attentive (but never intrusive) staff offered us an amuse bouchée of a poppodum no larger than a two-pence coin topped with an aromatic combination of vegetables and spices, while we supped on a cleansing lemon and mint drink. Then the feast began. Wonderfully tasty small curry’s served with a couple of slithers of naan bread. We both plumped for the meat version but the vegetarian tea looked equally tempting. Each curry was different in flavour and style and tickled the tastebuds. We had a pot of a cool blood orange drink which was sublime and provided a refreshing counterweight to the delicate spicing. Dessert was a very clever gulab jaman cheesecake which was surprisingly light. All washed down by a lovely cup of chai. We went home with a couple of very small bottles of one of their own gins (did I forget to mention the wonderful array of gins on offer?) which we enjoyed after driving the 70 miles home. All in all it was sublime, sophisticated yet understated and we have vowed to return to enjoy their tasting menu of food and gin. This time we’ll stay in a hotel!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Rina Saha, Owner at Memsahib's Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Orlando, Your review is magnificent! When visiting Cheltenham, stay at our partner's Neptune Apartments above the restaurant. See their fantastic - NEPTUNE'S EXPERIENCE BREAKS promotion in collaboration with Memsahib's Lounge Experience menu. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Reviewed July 6, 2022 via mobile

Recently went for lunch and had an exceptional meal. The food was delicious! Service very attentive. The dishes came out when ready rather than together, so sharing is encouraged but essential really. Whilst not a great fan of this approach normally, it actually worked well...(as long as you are happy to share and like what others have ordered!). I’d highly recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Rina Saha, Owner at Memsahib's Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for a great review. We share food at home thoughts our guests would like at our restaurant, too, and glad that you have enjoyed the concept. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Reviewed July 5, 2022

Great to be able to try multiple small plates at a reasonable price. Fish ones were our particular favourites and my husband doesn't usually like fish! Restaurant was busy too, so that's always a good sign

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Date of visit: June 2022
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Rina Saha, Owner at Memsahib's Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Our contemporary Indian small bites are refreshing, and glad that you have enjoyed them. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Reviewed July 5, 2022

Everything from the ambience to the food is just perfect! The service is immaculate and the attention to details and to the customer is amazing! This is my No 1 place to take friends, have fantastic food and brilliant G&T (they got me hooked on...G&T - I hated it before!) I have never been disappointed there and go to Memsahib at least once a monthMore

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Date of visit: June 2022
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Rina Saha, Owner at Memsahib's Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much Rossi for your review. It's an excellent award for us to be your No 1 place. See you soon.

Reviewed July 5, 2022

Don’t hesitate if you’re thinking of going - you won’t be disappointed! The attention to detail, from the decor to the bathroom fittings and from the tableware to the food itself, is outstanding and the discreet service is also excellent. We had the experience menu...with drinks and would definitely recommend it. We all had a truly memorable evening!More

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Date of visit: July 2022
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Rina Saha, Owner at Memsahib's Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are delighted to hear you had a memorable evening and enjoyed the experience menu. Hope to see you soon.

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