Where Is The Best Place to Eat in Cheltenham?

Recommendations for a great restaurant in Cheltenham is something I often get asked for, so I thought I’d share my top 10 suggestions with you.

Here goes:

  1. The DaffodilA long-standing favourite of mine, The Daffodil offers both a beautiful restaurant and a luxurious cocktail bar. I must admit, I’ve never ever had a bad – or average – meal from this place! The restaurant was once a cinema, having been built in 1922 and is a beautiful Art Deco building which really holds its heritage – possibly my favourite era of history! On Mondays and Saturdays, the restaurant also features live jazz. From the menu, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Home Smoked Salmon with Avruga caviar, and the Filet Steak au Poivre.
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    2. Monty’s. Reputed for its great quality food and cocktails, Monty’s is nestled on St. George’s Road, just a short walk from Cheltenham’s leafy Promenade. It prides itself on its menu of contemporary cuisine, and has a wonderfully warm ambience. A popular restaurant, you’ll need to book your table.  Specialising in seafood, the restaurant has a deliciously varied menu. Make sure you try the Grilled Cornish Lobster – just £40 for a whole one to share with a loved one – which comes with triple cooked chips, asparagus and rocket salad, and an incredibly moreish hollandaise. I’ve also heard great things about the Fillet of Angus Beef Wellington from my friends. Maybe you’ll just have to visit several times!

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    3. Purslane. Whilst we’re on the topic of seafood, I’d like to share with you a bit of a hidden gem within Cheltenham. A rather cute little restaurant in Cheltenham, Purslane specialises in sustainably caught British seafood combined with local produce from the Cotswolds. It’s also ridiculously delicious. If I were to eat here again, I’d be sure to pick the Salcombe Bay crab – I think crab is my favourite food, ever – followed by the roast skate. Take a look at the menu here – what would you go for?

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    4. Kibou. Finally! At long last, a scrumptiously good independent sushi restaurant has arrived in Cheltenham that puts the likes of Yo! to shame. And it’s about time. Offering all the Japanese favourites within an intimate, friendly space, all dishes are presented beautifully. Despite offering simply a lunch and a supper menu, you are spoilt for choice. Personal recommendations include the soft shell crab tempura and udon noodles in soup to start. I’d then move on to some of my favourites – California Iso, Spider Roll Futomaki, and Salmon Nigiri. For those of you who aren’t too well acquainted with ordering sushi in a restaurant, everything is explained and the friendly staff are happy to assist. If you simply can’t pick, you can even choose a Moriawase (a platter).

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    5. Boston Tea Party. Now this one is a chain, but it doesn’t mean I’m any less impressed. The South-West based company has literally taken Cheltenham by storm, and it consistently sees hordes of Cheltonians popping in for breakfast. But when you go, you’ll see why. The Cheltenham branch has also recently been granted a late opening, meaning it’s great for a drink in the evening too. When it comes to brekkie, I’d highly recommend The Boss for a Full English with aaaaaall the trimmings. I’ve also heard rather good things about their Kedgeree and I plan on picking that on my next visit!

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    6. No.131. I wrote about this hotel in my post on mini breaks in the Cotswolds, but I didn’t discuss its restaurant in depth.  It’s certainly worthy of a mention so here we are. No. 131 is proud of its ambition to use locally sourced ingredients that are in season, as well as good that is ‘generous, relaxed, and fun’. I rather like the sound of these three words (certainly how I enjoy my food, anyway!), so I went along to check it out. Not only do you have a rather delicious setting along Cheltenham’s beautiful, leafy Promenade, the ambience in this restaurant – or sit outside, if you’re lucky! – is elegant yet surprisingly relaxed.  If you’re out for dinner, I’d certainly recommend the Diver Caught Scallops – absolutely beautiful. I followed up by sharing the shellfish platter of oysters, prawns, mussels, whelks, and winkles with my friend, and we weren’t disappointed. Make sure you check out their beautiful range of cocktails, too.

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    7. The Tavern. Part of the same chain as No. 131 – The Lucky Onion – The Tavern offers dining with a difference. Think rustic charm as you enter, with scrubbed chairs and tables, and popcorn in enamel jars waiting for you. The waft of deliciously good meat cooking fills the air as you peruse the menu. This restaurant is certainly something that Cheltenham was missing. I’d recommend any of the burgers – the shoestring fries that accompany them are pretty darn tasty! I’ve also heard the Mac & Cheese is pretty delish, and I’d been meaning to try the salt and pepper squid with Asian slaw.

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    8. The Tivoli. This beautiful little pub has become a bit of a regular for me over the past year or so. It certainly doesn’t help that I’m so close to it in a daily basis! After undergoing a million pound refurbishment recently, it offers beautiful decor, and a friendly yet elegant charm. The menu is bountiful and the food is always great. Try a fish plate, which is crammed with crayfish, smoked salmon, garlic king prawns and other assortments, and make sure you try the beef dripping chips. They are simply divine. I’ve recently discovered the salmon fillet, served with crushed new potatoes, asparagus, green beens, and hollandaise – it really is good!

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    9. Flynn’s. A bustling little restaurant situated in a great spot in Cheltenham’s classy Montpellier district, it offers great food in a relaxed and friendly environment. Often serving up plates to business partners, ladies who lunch, and people looking for good food, the menu is enough to get you salivating. I can vouch for the great taste of the Sticky Duck Breast Salad for starters, the Panroasted Supreme of Chicken as a main, and finally the Classic Banoffee Pie for pudding if that’s your kind of thing. You won’t leave disappointed, and you certainly won’t leave hungry!

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    10. Moran’s. This self-professed ‘eating house’ is found on the sociable strip of Cheltenham known as Bath Road. Offering contemporary European dishes, the restaurant and bar is constantly bustling with friendly locals looking for a decent bite to eat. The menu offers a broad choice, so there’s bound to be a few dishes you’re looking to try. I’ve been recommended their venison burger, and I’d be very tempted by the Curried Chicken Lasagne after their delicious Potato and Dill Rosti with Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Cream. Here’s the menu. What would you pick?

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    I hope you’ve enjoyed my Cheltenham restaurant recommendations. What are yours?!

Let me know because I’m always looking for great places to eat in Cheltenham.

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