Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Cirencester
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Cirencester restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 34 restaurants in Cirencester and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Cirencester restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Cirencester Restaurants
1. The Slaughters Manor House British, Modern restaurant in Lower Slaughter Copsehill Rd - GL54
Blessed with a picture-perfect village setting, this well-established hotel restaurant (nowadays under the Brownsword group) is a light, airy space whose fine dining food – afternoon tea to eight-course tasting menus – makes the most of local and foraged ingredients. It attracted limited feedback last year, but all positive.
2. Soushi Japanese restaurant in Cirencester 12 Castle St - GL7
2017 Review: Tucked away in Cirencester’s old post office, this rare, rural Japanese café, with glass doors opening onto a town-centre terrace, has filled a real gap in the market locally; it’s a top destination for bento boxes, noodles and “excellent sushi”.
3. MBB Brasserie British, Modern restaurant in Cirencester The Cornhall 26 Market Pl - GL7
Cooking of “exceptional quality” ensures that this long-established open kitchen/deli venue in the town centre is “always busy, with a vibrant atmosphere”. It’s “great” for breakfast and lunches, with dinner served on Fridays and Saturdays.
4. Jesses Bistro British, Modern restaurant in Cirencester The Stableyard, Black Jack Street - GL7
2018 Review: “Romantically located behind the main road” down an alleyway, this cosy town-centre bistro is “part of the adjacent family butchers” – “meat dishes are king” but all the locally sourced fare here is consistently highly rated.
5. Tierra & Mar Spanish restaurant in Cirencester 29 Sheep Street - GL7
“Very good Mediterranean cooking at a reasonable price” and “an incredibly friendly team to look after you” both win praise for this three-year-old, whose sharing plates approach is “somewhere between fine dining and relaxed bistro”. “It serves tapas in two sizes, often quite original (slow-cooked rabbit terrine with macadamia nuts, chocolate-coated venison with Jerusalem artichoke puree, etc)” and is “a welcoming place, with widely spaced tables”.
6. Barnsley House British, Modern restaurant in Barnsley
Owned by the same folk as The Village Pub, just across the road, this “very fancy” boutique hotel turns out “solid cooking with bold flavours”, and uses “a lot of produce straight from the garden”.
7. The Village Pub International restaurant in Barnsley
2018 Review: “Best enjoyed in winter to cosy up by the roaring log fires”, but “well worth the detour” at any time, this “incredibly friendly” gastroboozer gains plaudits for hearty “pub food as it should be”.
8. The Bell at Sapperton British, Modern restaurant in Sapperton
A “charming, lovely and well-run village pub” that “has had its ups and downs, but seems to be on an ‘up’ at the moment”; and serving an “interesting but not over-ambitious menu”.
9. The Falcon Inn British, Modern restaurant in Poulton London Rd - GL7
2018 Review: Slap bang in a picture-perfect Cotswold village, a charming destination for some “top-class pub dining” (including a “very good” lunch) from a “wide menu” full of local suppliers.
10. Jolly Nice Farm Shop British, Traditional restaurant in Frampton Mansell The Old White Horse Filling Station, Cirencester Road - GL6
“An atmospheric and charming farm shop (in a converted petrol station, on the A419) serving fabulous breakfasts and lunches with very tasty hamburgers from local meat”. “It’s been great to see JN progress from offering ice cream from an airstream caravan to butcher, deli, burger bar, Xmas tree seller...” (is there anything they can’t do?!).
11. The Potting Shed British, Traditional restaurant in Crudwell The St - SN16
“A superb pub, part of the Rectory Hotel” opposite, and likewise revamped by music biz owner Alex Payne a few years back. Whether it’s for the “first-class Sunday lunch (if you can get in)” or the “cosy” ambiance it’s “well worth a visit” by (nearly) all accounts.
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