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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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Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

The Champignon turned 30 in 2017, and in those three decades it has never dropped out of the premier league of the UK’s culinary big-hitters. And it’s all down to the unflagging dedication and sheer staying power of David and Helen Everitt-Matthias, who have never missed a service, Helen presiding over front of house with unflappable calm, and David at the stoves. It’s a calm space where decor and ambience are completely free of airs and graces, just soothing neutral shades jazzed up with vibrant modern artworks. The name is a clear nod to the modern French approach in David's cooking, which retains its cutting edge without chasing ephemeral culinary trends – after all, the Champignon was in the vanguard of restaurants that started to replace luxury ingredients with foraged and more humble ingredients. It takes a particularly confident kind of ingenuity to come up with starters such as scallop and cured jowl, their savoury notes boosted by salsify with milk crumbs, onion dashi and leek purée. At main course stage, wood pigeon with sourdough gnocchi, baby turnips and mountain ham shows an unerring eye for flavour combination, and the same robustness is applied to main fish dishes that might take in sea bream with chicken wings and juices, purple sprouting broccoli and pistachio cream. Desserts are designed to create sublime counterpoints of flavour and texture too, seen in the likes of blueberry cannelloni with wood sorrel cream and yoghurt sorbet, or acorn delice matched with mocha sorbet and beurre noisette purée

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(s): 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

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • 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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