The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie has created an exclusive experience to sample a selection of world-class wines from Bordeaux by the glass and I was invited to a tasting session.

Myself and my husband visited the beautiful restaurant situated in the heart of Cheltenham town to try some of the finest wines from the vineyards of Bordeaux along with the Ivy's newly unveiled autumnal menu.

The breath-taking Grade I listed building has been home to The Ivy since 2017 and the popular restaurant chain kept many of the original features of the glorious Montpelier Rotunda.

Having visited the restaurant a number of times I can vouch that the service and decor are almost as good as the food.

For my choices I was guided by the ever knowledgeable general manager Keith, to new dishes on the menu.

I chose Tempura prawns, a starter served with Yuzu pickled mooli and kohlrabi. And it tasted just as good as it looked. I felt at £10.95 it was reasonably priced, the portion size was perfect and the presentation was excellent.Gazette Series:

For my main meal I settled on braised pork cheeks- served with creamed potatoes and sugar snaps- at just £17.95, i thought it was exactly what I would be looking to pay for a dinner out during mid-week.

The portion was generous, I could have gone without dessert- but I am not daft, and anyone that ever ventures to The Ivy knows, (bold statement) that their desserts are absolutely unbeatable.

I had the Fig and pistachio feuillete, it was served with cream and frozen yoghurt and it was just plain magnificent, the filo pastry was perfectly crisp and the cool frozen yoghurt alongside the slight chewy texture of the warm fig was just heaven on a plate.Gazette Series:

Throughout the dinner I sampled a number of wines that for the first time, the Ivy are serving by the glass. The Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan Blanc 2018 (£18.50 per glass) was my favourite.

Keith, explained that one bottle of the Chateau Cos d'Estournel Blanc 2015 (£55 per glass) is made from an entire vine at the world renowned Bordeaux vineyard, and not being much of a wine connoisseur- it was fantastic to learn about the wines and sample the different flavours from someone with a vast knowledge.

Keith Squire said: “We are delighted to offer guests the rare opportunity to come and experience some of our most prestigious wines by the glass. Although typically associated with red grape varieties, we wanted to celebrate the best of Bordeaux white, some of which are amongst the world’s best white wines.”

The Ivy have a ticketed wine tasting event on Thursday, September 16 and tickets are available here