Restaurants in Cheltenham: 12 of the tastiest places to go
If you’re a local looking to try somewhere new or you’re visiting the regency town on holiday, Cheltenham has some of the best restaurants in the Cotswolds. Warning! Reading this article may make you hungry…
The Ox, Cambray Place
Steak is the name of the game at The Ox; from delicious small plates, to tasty charcuterie boards, the restaurant is a must-visit for meat lovers. Inside, the eclectic décor, with a trendy cocktail bar to welcome guests, sets the scene for a relaxed dining environment.
We recommend: At £26 for the fillet steak, it may not be the cheapest item on the menu. However, The Ox cook their steak to perfection and with triple-cooked chips and a creamy béarnaise sauce to accompany it, it’s worth splashing out on.
The White Spoon, Well Walk
Calling all foodies! Christopher White, a former culinary artist at Heston Blumenthal’s prestigious Fat Duck, has recently opened a top-notch eatery in Cheltenham and the British themed menu has become a hit with local diners. Expect delectable cuisine, attentive service and fine wines.
We recommend: Arrive for lunch on a Sunday and the White Spoon will serve up one of the best roast dinners to be found in Cheltenham.
Clarence Social, Clarence Parade
Not long opened in Cheltenham, The Clarence Social is quickly gaining a reputation for its vibrant atmosphere, chic décor and being the place to eat whatever the time of day. Whether you’re craving avocado with scrambled eggs in the morning or a cosy dinner for two in the evening, the versatile venue, spread across three floors, caters to all. Also for lovers of gin, Clarence Social offers eight kinds for you to try!
We recommend: For those after a location to celebrate a special occasion, look no further than Clarence Social. It exudes sophistication, without being pretentious, making it ideal for drinks and dinner in style.
The East India Café, on Cheltenham’s Promenade, describes its dishes as ‘fashionable Anglo Indian food’. Expect fresh ingredients and tasty, healthy dishes. The restaurant is full of colonial antiques and vintage art, creating a contemporary yet quirky setting to enjoy your meal.
We recommend: If you’re on a date night with your significant other, the tasting menu - with seven delicious courses for £55.55 is an indulgent treat.
Prithvi, Bath Road
For those who appreciate the finer things in life, this curry house is a must-go. Prithvi has a reputation for polished Indian cuisine and enhanced interpretations of your favourite classics.
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We recommend: The Newent chicken with mangetout, coriander and anise sauce accompanied with lemon zest and chives rice is one of our favourite dishes. If you can squeeze in pudding, the passion fruit cream, mango gel, coriander and honey crumble is the perfect way to end the evening.
The County Kitchen, Grosvenor Street
Tucked away from Cheltenham's busy high street,
The County Kitchen is a relative newcomer to Cheltenham but it’s already had a big impact on the town – especially now that they have launched evening dining on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is small, intimate and the menu is carefully crafted. With fish, meat and vegetarian options on offer, there’s a dish to suit all tastes.
We recommend: We are partial to a vegetarian option on the odd occasion and the goat’s cheese, caramelised fig and red onion tartlet from the County Kitchen is one of the best in town.
Head over to The Vine on a Friday or Saturday night to find the quaint little restaurant comfortably full with diners looking to grab their authentic Thai fix. The menu is reasonably priced and there is a selection of mouth-watering stir fries, curries, noodle dishes and specials to choose from.
We recommend: If you crave spicy food, The Vine have the perfect dish. The pad prik onn is a stir fry brimming with fresh red chilli, crispy onions, crunchy green beans and hot chilli sauce. Yum!
Located in an elegant Georgian townhouse in the middle of the Montpellier area, No 131 is a lively spot on Cheltenham’s Promenade perfect for catching up over cocktails and dinner. Relax in the beautiful surroundings of the restaurant, indulge in the fine wines or carefully crafted cocktails and sample the delights of the menu brimming with European-influenced dishes.
We recommend: The menu changes regularly to utilise the freshest, seasonal produce. The classic British dishes are what we go back for; from traditional plates such as the decadent Beef Wellington alongside seasonal vegetables to a fresh slice of fish.
Winner of ‘Restaurant of the year’ at the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards 2015, Lumiere has a passion for creating excellent British food packed with bold flavours. The food always looks and tastes spectacular and they have a knowledgeable team on hand to ensure a memorable fine-dining experience.
We recommend: One dish that consistently stands out is the Cornish stone bass with Porthilly oyster, samphire, gnocchi and salami.
The restaurant has been running since 1987 and with its reputation for exceptional French cuisine, relaxed dining atmosphere and award-winning chef (David Everitt-Matthias), is it any wonder? Besides that, any restaurant that bans the use of mobile phones at the dining table is a winner in our books!
We recommend: The menu is ever-changing with the seasons. We’ve tried the butter poached lobster, Jerusalem artichoke, pear and sorrel – it was delicious.
Fans of Thai and Malaysian cuisine should head to Siam Smile. The dishes are consistently fresh as each meal is made-to-order, and the atmosphere inside is always welcoming thanks to the owner Chob and her team. Overall, it’s a great eatery to catch up with friends over a hot and tasty Asian supper.
We recommend: Lab ped is a moresome dish that we return to time and time again. It contains succulent duck breast, galangal root and fresh coriander, served with roasted rice powder and crushed chilli.
Situated in the heart of town, Purslane is an independent restaurant, popular with the fish-lovers of Cheltenham, that boasts a reputation for flavoursome dishes. Purslane’s ingredients are sourced from inshore fishermen who catch and land their trawl in one day – so you’re safe in the knowledge your supper is sustainably fished and super fresh.
We recommend: The menu continuously changes throughout the year but we particularly enjoyed the hand-dived scallops from the December menu.
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