survey result

Summary

£103
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I continue to applaud and thank David and Helen for creating and nurturing Le Champignon Sauvage!”“one of the most glorious examples of professional hospitality”. The Everitt-Matthiases’ passion project of thirty years’ standing shows no sign of running out of steam – in fact its ratings only improved during these turbulent times. With David famously ALWAYS “firmly rooted in his kitchen”, and Helen front-of-house, “they all contribute to offering uncompromising levels of skill and excellence in cooking but crown the experience with genuine human warmth”. “New diners should be ready to pace themselves. Not on account of the sensibly judged portions but in face of the assault from the flavours, textures and ideas presented – a delightful assault – with prices that are comparatively low for this high standard”. “Don’t expect a fancy, glitzy restaurant” (the interior is “a bit sparse”). But disappointments were unknown here this year: “we last visited perhaps thirty years ago, a memorable lunch, so it was good to revisit, aware that it could have become a let-down. It was not!”.

Summary

£94
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Shame on the inspector who was responsible for removing one of this outstanding restaurant’s stars” – fans are still scratching their heads about Michelin’s October 2018 decision to demote David & Helen Everitt-Matthias’s famous venue to a single gong. To be fair, the “somewhat suburban” décor has always grated with some diners here, as have odd incidents of “stuffy service”. And our own survey has seen a rise in minority reports of “well-cooked but unexceptional” cuisine (with a slight hit to its ratings as a result). And yet, for the most part, feedback on this “calm” and “low key” dining room just outside the city centre – where David is, famously, always at the stoves, with Helen front of house – remains a rhapsody of praise: “a one-off passion project from husband and wife team demonstrated in every superb and gimmick-free dish”“a masterclass in ‘fine’ dining with very precise preparation, presentation and exciting flavours” that’s “expertly and efficiently run both front of house and in the kitchens”. (“It is the yardstick against which we measure everything else: we visit four or five times a year despite it being a six-hour round trip – it's worth the price, and why they lost a star is a total mystery!”)

Summary

£94
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Shame on the inspector who was responsible for removing one of this outstanding restaurant’s stars” – fans are still scratching their heads about Michelin’s October 2018 decision to demote David & Helen Everitt-Matthias’s famous venue to a single gong. To be fair, the “somewhat suburban” décor has always grated with some diners here, as have odd incidents of “stuffy service”. And our own survey has seen a rise in minority reports of “well-cooked but unexceptional” cuisine (with a slight hit to its ratings as a result). And yet, for the most part, feedback on this “calm” and “low key” dining room just outside the city centre – where David is, famously, always at the stoves, with Helen front of house – remains a rhapsody of praise: “a one-off passion project from husband and wife team demonstrated in every superb and gimmick-free dish”“a masterclass in ‘fine’ dining with very precise preparation, presentation and exciting flavours” that’s “expertly and efficiently run both front of house and in the kitchens”. (“It is the yardstick against which we measure everything else: we visit four or five times a year despite it being a six-hour round trip – it’s worth the price, and why they lost a star is a total mystery!”)

Summary

£94
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I always visit 3-4 times a year. I’d go more often if it was not a 300 mile round trip!” – David & Helen Everitt Matthias inspire huge loyalty amongst their large fanbase, who appreciate “the hard work and support given by their teams in the kitchen and front of house” at a venture just outside the city centre where, famously, Le Patron is always at the stoves. The “unfailingly spectacular” food is “the traditional cuisine that dreams are made of”, and many diners note that “the prices here still represent wonderful value for the quality offered”. The cooking is complemented by “an extensive wine list (spanning a wide choice of countries, but with a particularly great variety of reasonably priced French vintages)”, presided over by “Helen, who discreetly runs front of house with her young team like clockwork”. When it comes to the room it’s… “pleasant”. Fans say: “to me, the calm space adds to the pleasure – I’m still surprised that some find it dull”. STOP PRESS – in October 2018, Michelin took away their second star as they launched the Michelin 2019 guide. There’s nothing in our diner survey to support this.

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Le Champignon Sauvage Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Le Champignon Sauvage Restaurant in GL50, Cheltenham by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Le Champignon Sauvage restaurant.
Robert M
As always, it is a pleasure to enjoy the pr...
Reviewed 1 months, 5 days ago

"As always, it is a pleasure to enjoy the precise, original cooking that never stains for effect. A place to eat for people who prefer food to Instagram. Helen and her team remain friendly and professional and the serene room encourages conversation. Pretty well perfect."

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Mike W
Just wonderful. Faultless cooking. One o...
Reviewed 2 months, 22 days ago

"Just wonderful. Faultless cooking. One of the amuse bouches was amongst the best things I’ve ever tasted."

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Julian D
My wife and I had an evening table and our ...
Reviewed 6 months, 23 days ago

"My wife and I had an evening table and our first impression of the restaurant was how over-bright and uninviting the lighting and decor was. The hard surfaces meant that even though there were relatively few tables occupied you could hear other diners conversations. We felt as if we were sitting in a bright refectory rather than an elegant restaurant. The amuse bouche was very delicate and imaginative (swede and bacon taste combination) but the scallop starter was run-of-the-mill and the venison main course was very disappointing; surprisingly tasteless for venison. We didn’t fancy staying for a dessert - deciding to retreat to the cosy and more welcoming lounge of our hotel for a nightcap instead. Overall, very disappointing and certainly not Michelin Star standard"

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Iain B
Rated very highly by us last year but this ...
Reviewed 7 months, 20 days ago

"Rated very highly by us last year but this yeear a bit disappointing, they seemed rather off their game. Perhaps one down in the kitchen but on the other hand the restaurant was not very busy, despite claims of high bookings. Still a very good meal but lacked a little of the precision we have come to expect. "

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Geoff G
David and Helen Everitt-Matthias continue t...
Reviewed 9 months, 6 days ago

"David and Helen Everitt-Matthias continue to offer one of those most glorious examples of professional hospitality. The sort which is offered by dear family or friends. At Le Champignon Sauvage the only difference is that you will discard the need to politely pass over mistakes or failures. Everything is almost embarrassingly but perfectly in order. We enjoyed dinner for two in September 2020 and in June 2021 New diners should be ready to pace themselves. Not on account of the sensibly judged portions but in face of the assault from the flavours, textures and ideas presented. It is a delightful assault. The food and service is wonderful enough but prices are comparatively low for this high standard and encourage returns for regular eating. Further visits could see you repeating favourite dishes but you will always be given the chance to explore something new from the range of a top class chef’s extensive recipes. For those familiar with David’s cookbooks there is added excitement in having some of those recipes cooked by a team which manages to be on top form as a matter of course. On our last visit Chef’s ‘treat’ of langoustine was brushed with one of his childhood favourites, liquorice. The casual inspiration of blackcurrant leaf completed a trinity of perfectly tuned flavours. My starter of ‘pork jowl glazed with cider vinegar, crushed cheek, smoked apple purée’ (yes – cheek by jowl!) was effectively a bacon butty with the bread discarded. But no pork product has ever been presented to me with such intense quality of flavour. Add a sauce superior to that rumoured to have once been served in the Houses of Parliament restaurant and you might understand my fears that unassailable cooking heights had been reached. But the rest of the meal matched what had gone before in all types of equal and different ways. I suppose that worrying you might enjoy something too much is a fear of sorts! Decor remains understated except for the highlights of a few of David and Helen’s choices of artworks. Within certain limits, I think that David and Helen are increasingly enjoying the luxury of giving guests what they want to give them. This could be seen as arrogant of them but with their bedrock of over thirty-three years in charge of every service you are in the surest of hands. Front of house do not compete with the kitchen’s skill – they simply complement their efforts and complete one of Britain’s finest dining experiences. You can expect stunningly good food at Le Champignon Sauvage but you will also find people like Belen. On both our recent visits she has displayed all the professionalism which comes with training and all those other qualities which come from developing as a decent human being. Belen represents the restaurant, her native Argentina and, above all, herself with glittering success. And still the entire team must share the enormous credit for what happens here. They all contribute to offer uncompromising levels of skill and excellence in cooking but crown the experience by offering their food with genuine human warmth. I continue to applaud and thank David and Helen for creating and nurturing that environment at Le Champignon Sauvage."

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Robert M
Delightfully unchanged despite the pandemic...
Reviewed 11 months, 29 days ago

"Delightfully unchanged despite the pandemic, CS still offers professional and pleasant service of precise, original but ungimmicky food. Pleasure to eat here in so many ways - including being able to have a quiet conversation!"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £60.00 £78.00
Lunch £35.00 £42.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
24-28 Suffolk Rd, Cheltenham, GL50 2AQ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12:30 pm‑1:15 pm, 7:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑1:15 pm, 7:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑1:15 pm, 7:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑1:15 pm, 7:30 pm‑8:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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