I have just returned from a glorious weekend in Cheltenham enjoying all the festivities Cheltenham at Christmas has to offer. Of course on weekends away you eat all the food, well it would be rude not to right? So after several days sampling delicious meals and snacks, I felt I must share some Amazing Places To Eat In Cheltenham that you have to try, and a few that are on my wish list too.
For us, part of a UK trip is eating great food and discovering quirky and interesting places to eat and drink. But it can be overwhelming when you visit a Regency Town. Especially somewhere such as Cheltenham where the choice is vast. Thus I wanted to share my experiences, what I love, adored and am also coveting for my next trip based on reviews and recommendations.
What You Will Find Here
Amazing Places To Eat In Cheltenham, Cheltenham Restaurants You Just Have To Try
Cheltenham Brasserie Blanc
The Cheltenham Brasserie Blanc serves all the favourites you want to see on a menu, but with a twist. For example I chose sausage and mash, but is was not an ordinary version of this much loved comfort dish, but pheasant sausage served with truffle mash. Every mouthful was divine, seriously the best sausage and mash I have ever had in my life.
The menu is French, the atmosphere chilled and the decor quirky and cool. The colours flowed to create chilled out but inspiring surroundings. Sounds crazy but go and see, I fell in love with all the wallpaper. For me great design is important and Brasserie Blanc has it in abundance.
Victoria’s At The Queens Hotel
Victoria’s is linked to the opulent Queens Hotel and has a decor to match, with tones of deep reds and pale grey it just works, and feels grand but chilled. The atmosphere is friendly but refined serving delicious food and a chilled back pace.
Now don’t take this as the service was slow, it wasn’t at all, you just felt you had time to spend over the menu, and chatting over wine.
Also because of the high ceilings it wasn’t noisy, despite being busy, which gave it an intimate feel. I went for a salmon starter and lamb pie which was cooked to perfection. It was just a shame I couldn’t fit in dessert as they looked incredible.
Places To Eat In Cheltenham, Afternoon Tea
Ellenborough Park Hotel
We spent a glorious afternoon at Ellenborough Park Hotel, a 5 star country hotel with everything you could possibly need for a luxury countryside stay in the Cotswolds. This hotel has so much to offer, fine dining, a cool bistro, pool, spa and luxury rooms. It may make the perfect base for exploring, however, you might not want to leave the grounds once you arrive.
Afternoon tea is a must here, and the wonderful thing is that Ellenborough Park Hotel also offers a gluten free option. If like me you adore afternoon tea but struggle with gluten, this is a bit of a lifesaver. With a glorious selection of cakes and sandwiches and choice of tea its the perfect way to spend an hour of two by a roaring fire in historical settings.
However if you are looking for places to eat in Cheltenham in the evening, the bistro and restaurant looks fabulous. Also check out the special Sunday roast menu with 3 courses for £30.
Memsahib Tea And Gin Bar
Memsahib could almost be part of Hogsmead. Its the quirkiest, unique gin and tea bar offering delicious gin infused tea and cocktails. But also a wonderful tapas, afternoon tea and tasting menu with vegetarian and pescatarian options. This is not a place to miss if you love something a little different.
The Indian inspired tapas tasting menu is spread over 7 courses, which you can choose to pair with drinks for an extra £70, and takes you through a celebration of Indian flavours that look truly wonderful.
The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie Cheltenham
Although you will find an Ivy in many towns and cities in the UK, the design team work hard to keep restaurants individual and local to the region. Obviously the Cheltenham Ivy Montpelier had to have a horse theme? And it looks magnificent. The former bank with its huge dome ceiling has had many of the original feature lovingly restored, thus making it a super cool place to visit.
The menus at the Ivy offer a variety of options, including vegan and vegetarian, breakfast, afternoon tea, a la carte and brunch. Thus meaning there is never a bad time of day to go.
Oriental Inspired Places To Eat In Cheltenham
Kibou is one you have to put on the list if you are a fan of Japanese food. Serving a varied menu of Japanese food including sushi, sharing platters and cocktails at reasonable prices.
The design is super cool, one of these places that has to much to look at, thus making it a bit of a destination venue. It’s much more than somewhere to go to eat. Check out the cool LED walls and screens that are constantly moving and evolving, its really is quite beautiful.
Places To Eat In Cheltenham, Award Winning Indian Food
Prithvi Indian Fine Dining
Prithvi got a place on my wish list when I went to check out their instagram feed after seeing it had won many awards, including the recent Best In The South West award. It’s famous for being an Indian fine dining restaurant with an uber exciting menu, just check out the desserts too! The chocolate and orange cremeux with orange sorbet looks incredible.
Places To Eat In Cheltenham For Snacks
The Pittville Pump Rooms
The Garden Bar Orangery and Skillicorne Garden is a glass restaurant in the grounds of the Historic Pittville Pump Rooms. This is perfect place to end a family walk, or indeed go for drinks and snacks as a couple or with friends.
Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch with family favourites such as homemade pizzas, burgers and antipasti and a great selection of cocktails.
Edible Art is an extraordinary patisserie in the heart of Cheltenham, who offer the most stunning, inspiring, desserts and sweet treats. If you are visiting Cheltenham you have to go and try the delicious treats on offer. The desserts also make wonderful wow factor desserts for entertaining.
Snacks At The Christmas Market In Cheltenham
Last but by no means least, check out the Christmas Market in Cheltenham. The Christmas Market is located on The Promenade Area in Cheltenham.
Its small but perfectly formed, offering a wonderful selection of mulled wine, Baileys hot chocolate, pulled pork, freshly made Chinese dishes and more. Its the perfect place to meet up with friends or stop off for a break during Christmas shopping for a festive drink and snack.
Also kiddies will love the huge array of sweets and snacks, plus a cute little festive train-ride. Its a wonderful pit stop for families to keep the kids happy and entertained during a shopping trip.
Is There Plenty Of Choice When Looking For Places To Eat In Cheltenham?
Absolutely, the choice is endless, however I have only added places I know I can recommend whole heartedly and feel that’s important when recommending places to eat. Cheltenham has so much to offer its a glorious Regency Town with lots to see, do and eat. If you haven’t been then put it on the list you won’t regret it.
Please note I was a guest of visit Cheltenham and visited many of the above Places To Eat In Cheltenham as part of a press trip. However would never recommend anywhere I wouldn’t be happy to pay to go to myself.