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Breaking news

August 22, 2023: Sadly, as of the 22nd of August, me and my wife, Timea, have decided to close Jonas at GL50.
Many things have caused us to make this decision and it hasn’t been an easy one.
We want to thank all the guests who have walked through the doors we have loved showing you our hospitality, and seeing your faces when we gave you cabbage ice cream!
It’s been an amazing Journey.

– Jonas Lodge

8 Norfolk House, Chester Walk, Cheltenham, GL50 3JX

survey result


Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

‘Informal fine dining’ is the mantra at Jonas Lodge’s three-year-old, where a zero-waste ethos informs the cooking style, and where dishes are often zhooshed up with funky ingredients, pickling and fermenting. The majority of reports are upbeat, but there is the occasional caution of “some odd dishes, so choose carefully” (and sceptics feel that “the chef is aiming for shock value: I go out to enjoy myself, not to be challenged!”).


Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Jonas, the owner is friendly, entertaining and clearly knows his way around a kitchen” at this “relative newcomer” (a late-2019 arrival), which aims for a style of ‘informal fine-dining’. All reports acclaim the “delightful, well-balanced and delicious” cooking – “the menu was short but everything looked interesting and all of the courses were excellent”. “It’s relaxed with friendly staff, and chef comes to your table to explain how he forages for some of the ingredients”.

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Owner's description

Restaurant GL50 is an informal fine dining experience like no other. Where the chef's bring the food to you and sustainability is at the heart of what we serve.

Championing fresh, seasonal, British produce, we serve the best that Britain has to offer in an innovative and delicious way!


  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 90.00 Always available 7
Menu2 105.00 Dinner only 9

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£13.00 £20.50 £9.00
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

No dress code

The chef

Cheshire born Jonas Lodge started his cooking career in Oxford working under Raymond Blanc. A move to Madrid saw him working for Sergio Arola when Spain was leading the way in exciting modern cuisine. 

Relocating back to England after two years in Spain, Jonas went on to work for Heston Blumental. In this position he learnt to question everything & began to understand the why's & how's behind many modern techniques.

His next role saw him move to Manchester where he became sous chef to Paul Heathcote. In this role he developed his management skills & learnt some more traditional cooking techniques. Paul also gave Jonas his first head chefs job, heading up London Road, Alderney Edge.

Jonas's time as head chef at the Bell at Ramsbury had him consistently keeping the food to a 2AA rosette standard. During his time at the Bell they were also awarded AA pub of the year. It was at the bell where Jonas had access to a huge kitchen garden he began experimenting & learning fermentation & other preserving techniques.

GL50 is the culmination of all his experience & a chance for him to develop his own style. Jonas's goal always being to give the guest an experience like no where else. GL50 has a relaxed approach to fine dining but does not compromise on serving exceptional, locally sourced, seasonal produce.

8 Norfolk House, Chester Walk, Cheltenham, GL50 3JX
Opening hours
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm

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