Elisabeth and Yves arrived in Cheltenham to open L’Artisan, a French restaurant in April 2013. They rapidly built a strong reputation and became one of the most recognised Restaurants in town. Over nine years of existence, l’Artisan restaurant has received several awards but the last reward was an amazing article in November 2021 from Jay Rayner on The Observer, the Guardian Newspaper. From June 2022, they have chosen to orientate their business into a new direction to adapt and improve their lifestyle with a new challenge.
They have converted their Fine Dinning restaurant into a French Bistro – Café du Midi venue, they open the premises to their clientele from 10am to 4pm (3pm last order for hot food).
They offer Morning Coffees (and Croissant!), Lunch Menu with their well-known Set Menu of the “Tour de France” of the different regions of their birth country and Takeaway service in a relaxed French Style atmosphere.
L’Artisan, the only genuine French Bistro – Café du midi in Cheltenham. With many years of background in the hospitality industry as early as Catering School where they met, Yves and Elisabeth OGRODZKI have perfectioned their skills in different types of hotels and restaurants in France.
They opened their first restaurant in Provence which they ran successfully for seven years and then decided to leave France to come over England. Settled in Leicestershire between Melton Mowbray, the Rutland and Leicester, they took over a rural pub where they created a typical Provencal French atmosphere in a setting you could find in a little village near Avignon.
The local press wrote: “They arrived in Thorpe Satchville in October 2005 but were determined their arrival should not be seen in the village as a second French Revolution. For 10 years they had run different restaurants in Paris, where both their children were born, then moved to Nimes to open their own restaurant. They spent seven years there and featured in several restaurant guides.”
“We wanted to move on to give our children the chance to become bilingual, and to have travel and career opportunities they wouldn’t have if we stayed in France,’’ explained Elisabeth.
Described in March 2006 by Metro as a genuine Gallic restaurant with a real taste of France, serving genuine regional French cuisine prepared from fresh ingredients sourced locally or from France and Five Stars rated by the Leicester Mercury in June 2006.
La Table d’Yves has won a whole battery of East Midlands Food and Drink awards – among them Best European restaurant, Best Gastro-Pub, runner-up for Best Service and Front of House 2011/2012.