Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Gloucestershire
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Gloucestershire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 144 restaurants in Gloucestershire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Gloucestershire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Gloucestershire Restaurants
1. 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”.
2. 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.
3. Corse Lawn Hotel British, Traditional restaurant in Corse Lawn
The Hine family’s long-established country house hotel has a scenic location, occupying a rural Queen Anne house next to a duck pond. Baba Hine, la patronne of 40 years standing, still cooks breakfast and her son Giles nowadays presides over the cellar established by her late husband Denis. The restaurant is old-fashioned in design, although its traditional cooking (with Chris Exley nowadays at the stoves) has somewhat moved with the times. Feedback was limited last year, and hence we’ve held off on a rating.
4. Lumière British, Modern restaurant in Cheltenham Clarence Parade - GL50
“On our foodie tour of the area’s culinary heavy hitters (four in four nights) Lumière was by far the best in every way! – the food itself, the artistry and invention of the cooking, the front of house…!” Jon & Helen Howe’s small (just 24 covers) venture “benefits from a feeling of intimacy and calm” and scored the top ratings in town last year. Jon Howe’s food is “out of this world” with “some very good flavour combinations, some very clever and precise cooking” – all “without pretentious twiddles”. Dishes are delivered by the “serene and endlessly helpful Helen in charge of a small team” and “you are made to feel your dining experience is uppermost in their minds rather than your visit being an opportunity for them to ‘showcase’”. “We liked it so much that we went back to Cheltenham just to eat there again!”
5. 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.
6. 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”.
7. The White Hart Royal Hotel British, Traditional restaurant in Moreton-in-Marsh High Street - GL56
2018 Review: Fine old Cotswolds coaching inn with attractive courtyard in the heart of this chocolate box town; it doesn’t aim for culinary fireworks but serves “good, solid pub grub” in its restaurant and ‘Snug Bar’.
8. Lords of the Manor British, Modern restaurant in Upper Slaughter Stow-on-the-Wold - GL54
“Never fails to impress with its superb cuisine and overall experience” say fans of this well-known, picture-book Cotswolds mansion (under the same owners as The Feathers in Woodstock), where reports last year were more consistently upbeat than in recent times. In April 2019 (rather late-in-the-day for survey feedback), the hotel changed its offer – simplifying the menu in the long-established main dining room – and launching a new dining space, ‘Atrium’, with a £95, eight-course tasting menu from chef Charles Smith. In the circumstances, it seems best to suspend a full rating till next year.
9. No. 3 Restaurants British, Modern restaurant in Cheltenham 12 Royal Crescent - GL50
Rugby World Cup AND Celebrity MasterChef winner Phil Vickery has opened his own restaurant, with his wife Jules and chef Tom Rains, after a year of running a delivery service, No.3 at Home.
10. Prithvi Indian restaurant in Cheltenham 37 Bath Road - GL53
“Clever, well-imagined” and “delicately spiced food, unlike any normal Indian restaurant” distinguishes this “superb” venue, named after the Skanskrit for ‘Mother Earth’. Opened in 2012, it has now moved house into a “much more elegant setting” opposite Pittville Park. Top Tip: “a relative bargain for lunch”.
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