survey result

Summary

£66
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Chef-patron Gareth Fulford’s “intimate restaurant with great food and wine” is “a long way from the sea, but the fish is always beautifully cooked and so tasty”. It’s also “fantastic value”, offering a range of options from 2 to 7 courses. “This is up there with my favourites – I just wished we lived nearer”.

Summary

£66
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Gareth Fulford's “intimate”, unprepossessing-looking but nonetheless “top-draw” outfit occupies a backstreet location. The five- or seven-course fish-centric tasting menu is “worthy of attention from any serious fine-diner”, with an “outstanding display of tastes and textures”.

Summary

£65
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A real gem”, Gareth Fulford’s “friendly” backstreet outfit is “far better than the rather unprepossessing exterior suggests”, with “very well cooked fish” the star of a menu that’s “creative” – with “exquisite flavour combinations” – if a little too “cheffy” for some tastes. It took some flak for seeming “a little overpriced” last year, and an interior that’s “buzzy” and “very relaxing” to fans is, to sceptics, “dreary”.

Summary

£65
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A real gem”, Gareth Fulford’s “friendly” backstreet outfit is “far better than the rather unprepossessing exterior suggests”, with “very well cooked fish” the star of a menu that’s “creative” – with “exquisite flavour combinations” – if a little too “cheffy” for some tastes. It took some flak for seeming “a little overpriced” this year, and an interior that’s “buzzy” and “very relaxing” to fans is, to sceptics, “dreary”.

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Highchair
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No dress code
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Purslane Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Purslane Restaurant in GL50, Cheltenham by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Purslane restaurant.
Trevor J
An intimate restaurant focusing on fish. Go...
Reviewed 4 months, 20 days ago

"An intimate restaurant focusing on fish. Good value lunch mostly enjoyable but vegetables under fish main were over salted. Interesting wines particularly a dessert wine from Uruguay: intriguing and luscious! Attentive and knowledgable service."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £40.00 £50.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 70.00 Dinner only 5
Menu2 90.00 Dinner only 7
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £16.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
16 Rodney Rd, Cheltenham, GL50 1JJ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
WednesdayCLOSED
Thursday12 pm‑4:30 pm, 6 pm‑12:30 am
Friday12 pm‑4:30 pm, 6 pm‑12:30 am
Saturday12 pm‑4:30 pm, 6 pm‑12:30 am
SundayCLOSED

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