ARE you looking for a good place to eat in Cheltenham?
We've put together a list of 10 recommended restaurants in the town:
From fine dining to pub grub, continental cuisine to the best of British, Cheltenham’s thriving restaurant scene offers something to tickle everyone’s tastebuds.
Whether you are on a budget or looking to splash the cash for a big celebration there is something that fits the bill.
Sue Adie, the press and marketing officer for Visit Cheltenham said: “In terms of the size of town I don’t think I’ve ever come across so many places to eat and all of a very high standard.
“I think there is something for everyone and every taste.”
And with new restaurants such as Jamie’s Italian opening up in the last few months it seems that Cheltenham’s restaurant and cafe culture is set to continue going from strength to strength in spite of the recession.
Sue said: “There is a really extensive and eclectic mix of restaurants and I think they tend to do well because Cheltenham is such a great place to come to and has events all year round.
“It has everything from coffee shops, cafes and al fresco dining which Cheltenham lends itself well to, through to restaurants and bistros.”
So whether you are looking for a curry or classic French cuisine here is our list of 10 of the top eateries in the town:
1. Le Champignon Sauvage, 24-26 Suffolk Rd. 01242 573 449.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12.30-1.15pm (last order 1.30pm) and 7.30-8.30pm (last order 8.45pm).
Style: Modern French
Prices: Two courses £48, three courses £59, four courses (with cheese and dessert) £68.
Try: The Cinderford lamb, lamb sweetbreads, pea puree, pistachio and wilted lettuce.
With a list of awards as long as the home straight at Cheltenham racecourse –including-two Michelin stars - Le Champignon Sauvage is a true thoroughbred among restaurants.
Run by David Everitt-Matthias and his wife Helen, its cutting-edge French-inspired cuisine, intimate atmosphere and attentive service have proved a winner with critics and customers since they first opened more than 20 years ago.
Despite its incredible success the restaurant still offers great value and must be among the least expensive Michelin-starred establishments anywhere in the country.
2. Lumiere, Clarence Parade. 01242 222200.
Opening hours: Lunch, Wednesday to Saturday 12-2pm. Dinner Tuesday to Saturday 7pm-9pm.
Style: Modern British.
Prices: Two course lunch £22, dinner £42. Three courses £26 lunch, £46 dinner. Tasting menu £47 lunch, £60 dinner.
Try: The line caught Cornish sea bass, truffled linguini, samphire, crushed peas, lobster and brown shrimp dressing.
Recently named Cotswold Life Restaurant of the Year, Lumiere offers contemporary British cooking at its very best in a fantastic location just off the famous Promenade.
Chef John Howe has trained under top names including Heston Blumenthal and John Campbell and is fast carving out a name to rival his former mentors.
He has won great acclaim for his innovative use of local seasonal produce supplemented by fresh fish from the coast.
Lumiere also does a special vegetarian menu.
3. Armagnac, 15 Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier, 01242 525230
Prices: From two courses for £10 (lunch only) to £18.95.
Try: The pan fried duck breast, Armagnac potatoes, braised red cabbage
Owned by former French international rugby star Olivier Azam this little gem of a restaurant is truly fantastique.
Combining top Gloucestershire produce with Gallic flair Armagnac offers great food at affordable prices.
Whether you are looking for an intimate setting to bring someone special or a tranquil retreat from a day’s shopping you will not be disappointed.
The restaurant was recently voted the ‘best lunch in Cheltenham’.
4. The Daffodil, 18-20 Suffolk Parade. 01242 700 055.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday lunch 12-2pm, dinner 6.30pm-10pm (10.30pm Saturday).
Style: Modern British
Prices: From £12.50 for two courses lunch and early evening to £23.50
Try: One of The Daffodil’s celebrated steaks.
Housed in the Art-Deco opulence of the former Daffodil picture palace, the restaurant offers one of Cheltenham’s most eye-catching and unique dining venues.
And the food isn’t bad either. From succulent steaks to sharing plates and fresh fish The Daffodil offers a wide range of superb locally sourced modern British food.
5. 288 Bar and Wok, 288 High Street. 01242 582346.
Opening hours: Lunch Tuesday to Sunday 12-2pm (3pm on Saturday). Dinner 6-10pm.
Prices: Mains from £6.60 to £7.70.
Try: A selection of smaller traditional Oriental street dishes from the Hawkers Fare section of the menu.
Unpretentious, authentic and simply excellent 288 Bar and Wok serves up authentic Chinese cuisine in a bustling, lively cafe atmosphere.
With its long tables and benches and driven by the passion of owner Pak Wai Hung, it offers a dining experience unlike any other in Cheltenham.
They even grow their own Chinese vegetables.
6. Spice Lodge, Montpellier Drive, Cheltenham GL50 1TY, 01242 226 300
Opening hours: 12-2.15pm, 5.30-11pm - seven days a week.
Style: Pan Asian
Prices: Starters from £3.95, mains up to £15.95
Try: Mussels in a masala cream sauce with white wine garlic and tomatoes.
Located in the former old mansion house on Montpellier Drive, Spice Lodge is a real destination restaurant for lovers of Asian cuisine. With separate dining areas - each with a unique atmosphere - the Indian and Thai food is exciting and the service friendly.
7. Montpellier Chapter Hotel, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham GL50 3AS, 01242 266 708
Opening hours: Breakfast:07.00 – 10.00 , Breakfast w/e: 07.30 – 10.30 , Lunch: 12.00 – 14.30 , Dinner: 18.00 – 22.00, Lounge Service: 10.00 – 22.00
Style: Briish seasonal food and contemporary classics using local ingredients simply prepared.
Prices: Lucnh and early supper menu two courses £12.50 or three courses, £15. First courses from £4.50, mains up to £27 (for a Chateaubriand to share)
Try: Scallops cooked in the half shell with sesame oil, spring onion, ginger & soy.
This dining room has real culinary drama with an open plan cooking area and stunning contemporary styling. If you like simple dishes created to a high standard the Montpellier could be for you.
8. Jamie's Italian The Former County Court, County Court Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1HB, 01242 500 193
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, Noon - 11pm, Sundays Noon - 10.30pm
Prices: From £3.75 to £16.95
Try: The seasonal meat antipasti plank for a starter.
Based in the former county court buidling dining here has a real sense of theatre - especially with all the lovely Italian ingredients on display. If you like Jamie Oliver's fresh flavours you'll like it here.
9. Red Pepper, 13 Regent St. Cheltenham, GL50 1HE, 01242 253900.
Opening hours: Coffee lounge Tuesday to Sunday 9am-6pm. Bistro Tuesday to Saturday 6pm-9m and weekends 12pm-30m
Style: Modern European.
Prices: Lunch snacks and sandwiches from £3.50, evening mains up to £13.50.
Try: Roast chump of Cotswold lamb served with dauphinoise potatoes, red wine jus and fresh red currants.
Whether you are looking for breakfast, a light lunch or a pre-theatre dinner the Red Pepper is a great choice for every time of day or occasion. With its fresh food, good service and relaxed atmosphere the cafe by-day bistro by-night has become one of Cheltenham’s most popular eateries.
10. Hotel Du Vin, Parabola Road, Cheltenham GL50 3AQ, 01242 588 450
Opening hours: 12.30-2pm and 6.30-10pm
Style: Bistro / private dining
Prices:Starters from £4.95 up to £25 for mains
Try: Baked camembert, HDV burger and any grill.
Stunning and cool dining room with a handy cigar shack in the courtyard. Perfect for a business meeting or a special occasion The Hotel du Vin brand is rapdily building to be one of the best in the UK. The bistro uses a lot of fresh local ingredients.