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Where to Eat in Cheltenham - Fine Indian Dining, Updated British Classics, and Fresh Japanese Dishes

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Food in Cheltenham is eclectic and exciting, making it a great destination for foodies. Upscale Indian restaurants serve dishes with contemporary touches. You can sample flavorful Japanese cuisine, including large bowls of rich ramen noodles. Modern British eateries put new spins on comfort food staples like roast chicken.

Typical dishes


British comfort food with a contemporary twist is popular in Cheltenham, where locally sourced ingredients reign supreme. You'll also find world cuisine - especially traditional Indian dishes.

Innovative curry houses


Indian dishes have become a staple part of British diets. Prithvi offers modern twists on traditional meals, like tandoori prawns and scallops with mint and coriander coulis. Or lamb shank with a clove reduction, served with braised swede. A 5-minute walk away is East India Café, whose dishes also take a new approach to old recipes. Amritsari Fish comprises fish fingers marinated in smoked garlic, ginger, and spices, then breaded, fried, and served with piquant sauces. There's also sirloin steak marinated in roasted paprika and served with mashed potatoes and Keralan peppercorn sauce.


  • Prithvi Restaurant, 37 Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7HG; Tel: +44 1242 226229; Website: Prithvi Restaurant

  • East India Café, 103 Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NW; Tel: +44 1242 300850; Website: East India Café


Elegant British eateries


Comforting, hearty classics define traditional British cuisine. Chic Lumiere takes timeless recipes and adds modern flair, with dishes like roast chicken in truffle oil. Or you can try the cheese, mushroom, and shallot tart made using locally sourced ingredients. This island nation's affinity with seafood is on display at Purslane, which serves dishes like hake with clams, polenta, pancetta, and corn, and halibut with spiced butter, spinach, and aura potatoes.


  • Lumiere, Clarence Parade, Cheltenham GL50 3PA; Tel: +44 1242 222200; Website: Lumiere

  • Purslane, 16 Rodney Road, Flat 3, Cheltenham GL50 1JJ; Tel: +44 1242 321639; Website: Purslane


Authentic Japanese fare


KIBOUsushi offers an extensive menu, including specialties like baked soft shell crab futomaki, salmon sashimi, and cucumber maki. There's also a great selection of appetizers and main dishes, from gyoza to chicken teriyaki. At nearby Wakame, food is served in clean, simple surroundings. You can enjoy hearty ramen bowls filled with thick noodles and steaming broth in flavors like curry laksa - coconut milk with chicken and spices. Or try vegetarian yasai tempura - battered vegetables served with a rich dipping sauce.


  • KIBOUsushi, 18 Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HE; Tel: +44 1242 300161; Website: KIBOUsushi

  • Wakame, 304 High Street, Cheltenham GL50 3JF; Tel: +44 1242 220893; Website: Wakame


Local cafés


At Central Cross Café in Pittville Park's Long Garden, comfort food, gourmet coffee, and homemade cakes are served in a lush green setting. You can sit on picnic blankets when it's warm, or wrapped up in blankets in cooler weather. A 5-minute drive away in the trendy Montpellier district is Montpellier Café, serving hearty all-day breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches. The evening menu is more creative, with dishes like smoked haddock with green onion risotto and poached egg.


  • Central Cross Café, Pittville Park, Cheltenham GL52 2DX; Tel: +44 1242 234907; Website: Central Cross Café

  • Montpellier Café, 22 The Courtyard, Montpellier, Cheltenham GL50 1SR; Tel: +44 1242 233534; Website: Montpellier Café