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.

For 31 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

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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 7 months, 18 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 9 months, 5 days ago

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

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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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