CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cotswold Life today CLICK HERE

Restaurants in Cheltenham: 12 of the tastiest places to go

15:07 29 April 2016

Popular with locals, The White Spoon boasts a delicious British themed menu

Popular with locals, The White Spoon boasts a delicious British themed menu


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 £29 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.

The Tavern, Royal Well Place

Tucked away near the bus station, the Tavern is a great venue for tasty comfort food, decent beers and spending valuable time with a group of friends. The industrial themed décor with long tables and benches create a laid back vibe and the friendly staff are full of information about what’s on the menu.

We recommend: The specials board is never without mouth-watering choices, but we continuously find ourselves sitting down to a dish from the ‘classics’ section of the menu.

East India Café

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 £36.95 - 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. It is rated as the top restaurant in Cheltenham by Trip Advisor so make sure to ring ahead and book to avoid disappointment.

We recommend: The chicken curry with coconut reduction, star anise, red chilli and kohlrabi is one of our favourite dishes. If you can squeeze in pudding, the cinnamon, apple and toffee macaroon with vanilla ice-cream is a perfect way to end the evening.

The County Kitchen, Grosvenor 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.

The Vine, High Street

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!

Moran’s Eating House, Bath Road

Moran’s is a family-owned restaurant that’s been situated on Cheltenham’s trendy Bath Road for over thirty years. The interior is informal and cosy, the staff are friendly, and the menu is teeming with tasty comfort-food dishes - perfect for cold and rainy evenings.

We recommend: The generous portion of chilli roasted belly of pork with celeriac and crème fraiche mashed potato is always scrumptious – especially with a glass of red.

Lumiere, Clarence Parade

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.

Le Champignon Sauvage, Suffolk Road

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.

Siam Smile, Suffolk Road

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.

Purslane, Rodney Road

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.

Are you a Cotswold foodie? Then you might enjoy...

Breakfast in Cheltenham: 6 of the best places to goCotswold coffee shops: 9 of the best places to get your caffeine fix


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Cotswold Life

Yesterday, 14:20

Treat yourself, family and friends to a digital subscription to Cotswold Life to enjoy access to a huge archive of over 100 issues of the magazine!

Read more
Wed, 11:51

Visitors to the inaugral Countryfile Live event showed a thirst for knowledge and jumped at the chance to ask farmers and producers about their food

Read more
Wed, 11:33

Head to Gloucestershire’s Daylesford Organic on Friday November 4 for a Daylesford supper to mark the 70th anniversary of The Soil Association

Read more
Tue, 16:55

Thames Valley Police is urging small businesses to take attend a FREE event to find out about cyber crime and how to stop themselves from becoming victims

Read more
Tue, 16:47

D.A.D is a major distributor of domestic appliances and consumer electronic goods throughout the UK headquarterd in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire has been named Sirus Distributor of the Year for 2016

Read more
Tue, 16:34

Quality of life has prompted the relocation of a Korean lighting company’s global design office from London to the leafy environs of Howbery Business Park, a relocation which brings with it job creation for creative individuals in the region

Read more
Tue, 16:28

Worcestershire County Council have been awarded £1.45 million funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s European Regional Development Fund

Read more
Tue, 16:21

With the first DB11 coming off the Gaydon production line today, first deliveries to customers will take place during October

Read more
Tue, 16:12

A ‘Big Four’ private client tax specialist has joined the Cheltenham office of Smith & Williamson as a partner.

Read more
Tue, 15:55

Agri Innovation Den finalist, the AOX, has chosen Farm491 to help it grow and develop its online agricultural trading platform

Read more
Tue, 15:35

Sandra Smith visits the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaelogy’s Power and Protection exhibition

Read more
Tue, 14:13

Gather your colleagues, friends or family and head to Le Mazot brasserie this festive season. From the 1st December our festive à la carte menu is served.

Read more
Mon, 21:23

The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in the Cotswolds

Read more
Mon, 16:28

Nestled in the valley between Broadway and Cheltenham, the charming town of Winchcombe is famous for its Cotswold stone cottages, narrow side streets and delightful independent shops. Take a look at our guide to help you make the most of your visit to this historic town that’s bursting with character.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Family Business Awards link

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Cotswold Life Application Link

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Local Business Directory

Cotswold's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search