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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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Sustained culinary excellence entering its fourth decade

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Having breasted the billows of restaurant fashion since the 1980s, the Champignon has now sailed serenely into its fourth decade of operations, a remarkable testament to the tenacity and dedication of David and Helen Everitt-Matthias, the more so since the place has stayed in the upper echelons of British gastronomy throughout that period and has achieved its longevity without the need for attention-grabbing culinary stunts. Indeed, the place itself seems to blend in with the row of shops it rubs shoulders with, and the interior prospect of blond wood and dove-grey, with striking artworks and the quality mise-en-place of each trimly linened table, creates a civilised, discreet feel. David's cooking, for all its appropriation of modern ingredients and techniques, maintains a tap-root in classical French cuisine, as may be seen in an opener of loin, rillettes and parfait of rabbit with heritage carrots and carrot and Muscat jelly, perhaps succeeded by opalescent sea bass in oyster emulsion with celeriac remoulade, or loin and sweetbreads of outstanding Shurdington lamb, accompanied by baby onions, lettuce and peas in a burdock-scented jus. Where things get more avant-garde, they do so with point and precision, as when a scallop is partnered with milk-crumbed salsify, cured pork jowl and leek purée in onion dashi broth. Desserts might also try out Asian seasonings, for mango with Thai-spiced cream and green curry sorbet, or construct layers of counterpointing flavours, as for the long-running bergamot parfait with orange jelly and liquorice cream. A highly distinguished wine list completes the picture.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 10 days Christmas, 3 weeks 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: 25
  • Wines over £30: 100
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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

Additional information

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

Getting here

South of town centre, on A40, near Cheltenham College.

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Cheltenham Spa
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