At our busy bed and breakfast accommodation in Cheltenham (Alice Guest House) we are frequently asked by our guests about where to eat and drink. Whether it be working people on a company budget or couples out for a leisurely weekend break looking to spend a bit more, Cheltenham offers an exceptional range of cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.
Known as the food capital of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham is home to many types of dining including fast food, brassiere & bistro, buffet, fine dining, al fresco, traditional pub food and many ethnic restaurants such as Indian, Chinese, French and Italian. In addition to this, there are a multitude of cafes and coffee shops if you fancy a quick bite and a drink.
Below, we have featured a few of our favourites tried and tested.
Gianni's restaurant, a reasonably small establishment is one of our favourites offering some of the finest Italian food in Cheltenham. The menu features a large range of dishes from traditional pasta', pizzas and steak's to some rather unusual dishes such as swordfish. We have not tried every dish on the menu but can honestly say what we have tried was cooked to perfection and well presented. The only downside we found to this restaurant is that a lot of tables are crammed into a small area and it can be rather noisy.
Contrary to the name, Lumiere is not a French restaurant but rather an award winning British restaurant with a passion for producing some seriously good food with excellent service. Lumiere consistently present their dishes beautifully with a focus on bold flavours together with an extraordinary use of unusual combinations and ingredients to produce some amazing dishes all made in house.
The menu at Lumiere changes frequently due to the use of seasonal foods that are sourced from local farms and regional suppliers. Early booking advised!
Prithvi has been voted one of the top 3 Indian restaurants in the country offering sophisticated fine dining that presents a fusion of reinvented Indian and Bangladeshi dishes. Delivering enhanced versions of all your favourite classics, Prithvi also features many 'chef's specialities' including a 5 course tasting menu. A little more pricey than your standard Indian restaurant, you will probably need to book well in advance to get a table.
Simpson's Fish and Chips
Located a couple of miles from the town centre, Simpson's was voted the best fish and chip shop in the UK by the National Fish and Chip Awards. Not only is it a restaurant but it also has a takeaway side of things that is only slightly more pricey than your standard chippy but you can be guaranteed a top quality, non greasy dish.
Not only does this restaurant deliver some seriously good food but the setting is something else! This elaborately decorated establishment features some amazingly authentic and lavish Thai decor together with ornate picture carvings and tropical plants. According to their website, their philosophy is to provide a unique dining experience which embraces all of the senses. The Thai Emerald restaurant in Cheltenham offers a lunch menu as well as an A La Carte menu during the evening to include a range of desserts.
L'Artisan in Cheltenham is not part of a chain, but a standalone restaurant run by a passionate French couple who believe that each dish should be a work of art, appealing not only to the taste buds, but to the eyes and nose also. They present an a la carte menu with a variety of authentic, traditional cuisine as well as other creative French dishes. To compliment that, the drinks menu offers a range of carefully selected wines. Visitors to the restaurant will notice that the interior decor is charmingly French with a relaxed and peaceful ambience. L'Artisan have been rated number 4 on Tripadvisor for 'top restaurants in Cheltenham' for their first-class cuisine!
Whether you come to Cheltenham specifically to sample the food from one of the restaurants or just need a comfortable place to stay on your visit, Alice Guest House B&B offers a range of different rooms to suit your needs. Take a look at the room types and price list on our homepage for options.