Cheltenham - A foodie must visit!
26 October 2020
Cheltenham's foodie scene is as eclectic as it is critically respected and continues to blaze a trail, something that Harden's Best UK Restaurants 2019 highlighted. The charming spa town achieved not only joint eighth with Bath and York in the ‘Top Scorers’ table but also 16th place overall as a UK foodie destination. So, for avid foodies in the festival town here is a roundup of some of those stars plus our new kid on the block.
An authentic taste of Anglo-Indian cuisine
East India Café is described as a “pretty little cellar restaurant on the Prom” combining “charming service” and “very creative and delicious ‘Raj’ food”. The restaurant takes recipes and creations from a legendary era of culinary innovation and transforms them with contemporary twists. Combining the freshest produce from local suppliers and farmers in the Cotswolds with home-grown herbs, freshly-ground spices and ingredients from far-flung places to provide diners with mouth-watering Anglo-Indian cuisine. Its lush new sibling Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar is also just a two minute walk away.
Sea food and eat it… at its freshest
Although chef/Patron Gareth Fulford came from a family of butchers, it is for the freshest and sustainably caught fish and seafood that Purslane is famed. Their fish is sourced from small, inshore day-boat fishermen who use handlines and nets off the coast of Cornwall. They do not damage the seabed by trawling and they land their fish on the same day it is caught. Combined with the best local, seasonal produce the Cotswolds has to offer this small but perfectly formed restaurant is ideal for a quick lunch or a delicious evening dining a la carte with friends after a great day out in Cheltenham.
A Harden’s 2019 Top 100 and a Michelin star
Husband and wife team run Le Champignon Sauvage, David and Helen Everitt-Matthias, and it’s been wowing Cheltenham diners since 1987 and has quietly amassed a great reputation and many accolades including this from restaurant critic, Jay Rayner “…what I considered to be one of the best meals of my life…”. The stunning food is a cross between the ‘terroir’ and modern French with very original touches with menus that change seasonally using the finest local ingredients. An intimate warmly decorated dining room, lacking in pretension and with generous sized tables and comfortable chairs sound like a dining experience not to be missed.
The new kid on the block
Newcomer, The Larder Restaurant at One Bayshill Road, has recently reopened and is headed up by Hetty and Lucie, the dynamic duo behind Canape to Cake one of Cheltenham’s top catering companies. Bringing a vibrant and exciting addition to Cheltenham’s dining scene with an appetising mix of flavours and styles, the Sunday lamb roast with its rich gravy is already the talk of the town and you will have to get in there quick if you want to enjoy a slice of their legendary vegan chocolate torte. The relaxing, cheerful and welcoming restaurant has an open kitchen allowing diners to watch the theatre of the chefs at work.
Make an entrance
The Daffodil undoubtedly has the ‘WOW’ factor with its amazing setting in a former 1920’s cinema. The sweeping staircase and stunning art deco interior and sheer sophistication of this luxurious and glamorous space make it a unique place in which to enjoy any meal and the menu, created by Executive Chef Tom Rains, offers innovative yet classic dishes while you soak up the interior, beautifully refurbished by Laurence Llewellyn Bowen. Upstairs is a Champagne and cocktail bar with classics to help transport you back to the Hollywood glamour of the 20’s.
If you are looking for a home surrounded by some of the best dining in the country and a fantastic restaurant right on your doorstep, then get in touch with the team to find out about the later living apartments available at One Bayshill Road on 01242 292 930 or e mail [email protected] or at Latheram House on 01242 312198 or e mail [email protected]