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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Cooking from the heart in a civilised setting

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

It won't be long before we can count on the fingers of two hands the number of benchmark restaurants surviving from the first great post-war heyday of British dining in the 1980s. David and Helen Everitt-Matthias have been presiding here close on 30 years, and the place still feels as freshly minted as when it first emerged. The room is as quietly refined as ever, hung with striking modern artworks, its chatelaine Helen overseeing with gracious ease. David's cooking retains its cutting edge, marrying new techniques to classical French roots, coaxing soul-stirring depths of intensity out of often comparatively humble ingredients, and according the less humble their due dignity. It takes a particularly confident kind of ingenuity to think of stuffing a pig trotter with ox tongue and snails, and even more panache to bring it off, saucing it with roasted garlic cream for a bold, resonant opener. Butter-poached lobster is lured towards the land too with Jerusalem artichoke, pear and sorrel, and the same robustness is applied to main fish dishes that might take in halibut with cep cream, baby parsnips, chestnuts and black kale. Game is regally served, red-legged partridge attended by potato and fig terrine, Morteau sausage and kohlrabi choucroute. Then there are desserts designed to create memorable waves, as when rhubarb and hibiscus and their combined sorbet adorn a custard made with duck eggs, or bergamot parfait has its aromatic quotient boosted with liquorice cream and orange jelly.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 10 days Christmas, 3 weeks in June
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 1.15
  • Dinner served from: 7.30
  • Dinner served until: 8.30

Chef

  • Chef: David Everitt-Matthias

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern French
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 92
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: 27
  • 3-course lunch from: 34
  • 2-course dinner from: 27
  • 3-course dinner from: 34
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 40
  • Off-site parking available: Public car park (Bath Road)

Additional information

  • Seats: 40

Getting here

South of town centre, on A40, near Cheltenham College

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Cheltenham Spa
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Three-course lunch from£34**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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