Saturday 25 November 2017


22 of the best set menus in Cheltenham

From authentic Thai and delicate French dishes, to hearty pub grub and contemporary cuisine, SoGlos selects 22 of the best set menus in Cheltenham.

Spanning everything from fine-dining French fare and quality curries, to simple British dishes, SoGlos selects 22 of the best set menus in Cheltenham, in this hot list sponsored by Malmaison Cheltenham.

Offering delicious dining and great value, set menus are prime opportunity to sample sensational cuisine without the à la carte price tag – not to mention a perfect excuse to indulge in a multi-course meal.

For more information about Malmaison Cheltenham’s Prix Fixe menu visit malmaison.com directly.


1. Malmaison Cheltenham

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Malmaison Cheltenham promises style and substance for less with its enticing Prix Fixe menu, available at its Chez Mal restaurant until 7pm daily (excluding Sunday Lunch) and costing an irresistible £19.95 for two courses and £24.95 for three.

Whether you’re looking for a mid-week treat or early evening dinner, the menu features a contemporary selection of dishes that showcase the season’s finest ingredients, and is sure to delight diners with varying palates.

While menus change seasonally, guests can look forward to starters such as Cumbrian chicken and ham hock terrine; and warm poached salmon. Main meals include British rare-breed pork mixed grill; and mushroom and black truffle macaroni. And for a sweet finish, choices include treacle tart; apple pie crumble; and steamed chocolate sponge pudding.


2. The White Spoon


Offering exquisite yet relaxed fine dining in the centre of Cheltenham, The White Spoon serves delicate British dishes which focus on using quality, seasonal produce, with the set menu offering the chance to sample Chris White’s innovative cooking for less.

The menu costs £12 for two courses and £15 for three, available Wednesday to Saturday lunchtime, and until 7pm on Thursdays. Entrées on the sample menu include Hay smoked salmon pâté with gingerbread and pickles; goat’s cheese tortellini with tomatoes and golden beetroot; and Tonka bean crème brûlèe with ginger and strawberry.


3. Carluccio's

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Tuck into delicious Italian food at an affordable price in Cheltenham, thanks to Carluccio’s two and three-course set lunch menu which is available from 12pm to 6pm, costing £10.99 or £13.99 respectively.

Choose from starters such as garlic focaccia or tomato bruschetta; mains including beef ragu linguine or chicken Milanese; and desserts such as chocolate bread and butter pudding or gelato ice-cream; while side dishes are also available.


4. Brasserie Blanc


With its contemporary French menu and stylish setting, Brasserie Blanc at the top of Cheltenham’s Promenade remains an ever-popular choice in town, with its brilliant value set menu catering for all budgets.

Diners can expect classic French food, with slow-roast tomato and fennel salad; steak frites ‘express’; and chocolate mousse with caramelised banana all examples of delicious dishes on the ever-changing menu. The set menu is available until 6.30pm on Saturdays or 7pm on Mondays to Fridays, and costing £11.95 for two-courses – with hungry guests able to add a third for an extra £3.50.


5. Hotel du Vin

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A beautiful bistro in the Montpellier area of Cheltenham, Hotel du Vin serves simple yet elegant European-inspired dishes, remaining true to tradition, with its extensive wine list perfect for complementing the food.

Offering two courses for £17.95 or three for £20.95, the fixed price menu gives diners the choice of four classic starters, mains and desserts. Changing seasonally, dishes have included watercress and spinach soup; black and blue burger with Roquefort cheese; Normandy chicken cobb salad; and treacle tart with custard ice-cream.


6. The Brasserie at Ellenborough Park


Providing a casual environment in five-star hotel Ellenborough Park, The Brasserie serves up classic British fare, with its relaxed setting ideal for an informal lunch or dinner.

Tthe Prix Fixe menu allows for a great value meal, costing £19.50 for two courses and £23 for three, available between 12pm and 3pm. Sample dishes include garlic and herb tiger prawns with crusty bread for starter; ham hock with duck egg, fat-cut chips and red onion hollandaise for main; and banana and toffee pudding with ice-cream to finish.


7. Prithvi


Cheltenham’s premier Indian restaurant, Prithvi, offers a refined dining experience, providing a delightful twist on culinary classics and boasting an innovative menu.

Indian fans can sample its exotic cuisine thanks to its lunchtime set menu, costing £21 for two courses. Dishes on the seasonally-changing menu include mackerel with beetroot and fennel; chicken with leek, red chilli and a coconut reduction; and pecan pie with vanilla ice-cream.


8. The Vine


A fun and friendly pub situated on Cheltenham’s high street, The Vine offers an authentic menu created by Thai chefs and using only the best, local ingredients to ensure a tasty experience.

And while the regular menu boasts extensive options, diners can also opt for a great value set menu, available Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 7pm, and Fridays from 12pm to 3pm. Costing £7.50 for a main meal, or £10.50 for two courses, options include sesame prawn toast, vegetable tempura and Thai fish cakes for starter; and pad Thai, green curry, and stir-fried sweet and sour main.


9. Côte Cheltenham


Cooking authentic French classics to order, Côte Cheltenham is a favourite bistro in Montpellier, serving quality meals throughout the day, with its set weekday lunch and early evening menu drawing in hordes of hungry visitors.

Available from 12pm to 7pm on Mondays to Fridays, the menu allows foodies to enjoy a delicate two course meal for £10.95, or three courses for £12.95. And with plenty of options such as langoustine tails or tune rillettes starters; seafood linguine or baked camembert mains; and crème caramel or dark chocolate pot desserts, diners will be spoilt for choice.


10. The Daffodil


One of the town’s most acclaimed restaurants, The Daffodil is famous for its iconic Art Deco setting and fine food, with its theatre-themed menus promising a delightful dining experience for all tastes, with dishes designed by executive chef Tom Rains.

Perfect for afternoon or early-evening meals, The Early Ticket menu is available Mondays to Saturdays from 5pm to 6.30pm, in addition to Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 2.30pm. Costing £13.95 for two, or £15.95 for three courses, entrées on a sample menu include chilled pea and coconut soup; smoked haddock chowder; barbecue slow-cooked pork belly; and lemon sorbet with berry compote and meringue.


11. Spice Lodge


An award-winning eatery in Cheltenham, Spice Lodge has an extensive menu of pan-Asian Indian and Thai food, offering a taste of the orient right on your doorstep.

Exotic eaters can opt for a two-course lunch menu for £9.95, with starters such as panjabi samosa; shikampuri kebab; and vegetable pakora, and mains including chicken tikka salad; stir fry; and lamb rezzala. Or for the full experience, dine like a king from the banquet menu, starting from £19.95 and offering a choice of starters and mains, with popadums, prawn crackers, and naan bread accompaniments.


12. Bill's


Located in the centre of Cheltenham, relaxed British restaurant Bill’s greets diners throughout the day, with its varied food and accompanying drinks menu perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and post-work cocktails.

What’s more, the set menu, available from 12pm to 7pm on Mondays to Fridays costs £11.95 or £13.95 for two or three courses respectively. Sample starters include spiced beef kofta, mains include crispy cod burger; creamy pesto gnocchi; and roasted aubergine, lentil and chickpea dahl, while warm chocolate brownie is one of the decadent desserts.


13. Thai Emerald


Promising an authentic Asian experience in Cheltenham, ever-popular restaurant Thai Emerald boasts opulent surroundings and a tantalising menu which evokes exotic flavours.

Aside from its Sunday buffet lunch, which costs an amazing £13.95 between 12pm and 2.30pm, diners can also opt for the eatery’s banquet menu, which starts from £23.95 for a six-course feast. Among the many dishes, each menu includes a selection of mixed authentic starters, and egg-fried rice.


14. The Tivoli


Dedicated to offering ‘the perfect dining experience’, The Tivoli champions the best fresh and local ingredients in its dishes, with its daily set menu costing £12 for two courses, and £16 for three, available at specific times during the week.

Changing on a daily basis, diners can expect to see dishes such as ham hock croquette with mustard aioli; tomato, Mediterranean vegetable and basil linguini; lamb cutlet with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and jus; and chocolate fudge cake on the menu.


15. Thai Brasserie

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Serving chic cuisine in the Montpellier area of Cheltenham, Thai Brasserie offers an extensive and authentic menu, with its stylish setting promising a luxurious dining experience.

Aside from its varied main menu, diners can opt for one of four set menus which start from £18.95 per person, each including a selection of mixed starters, followed by main courses such as green chicken curry; lamb massaman curry; stir-fried beef with ginger and mushrooms; and vegetable red curry.


16. Purslane Restaurant


Purslane Restaurant offers a Working Lunch menu which costs £14 for two, and £17 for three courses, providing the perfect way to brighten up a mid-week lunchtime. Even better, the two courses can be turned around in under an hour if you’re pressed for time!

Dishes such as grilled Cornish mackerel with tomatoes and seashore greens; corn-fed chicken supreme with wild garlic butter and new season peas; and panna cotta with English strawberries can be expected on the enticing menu.


17. Zizzi Cheltenham

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Enjoy a delicious three-course Italian within a unique church setting at the Cheltenham branch of Zizzi’s, with the Anytime Set Menu costing £19.95 and including a limoncello to finish.

Diners can start with an Antipasti Platter to share; followed by mains such as king prawn linguini, risotto pollo funghi, classic pizza or pollo prosciutto; and dessert including chocolate melt, tiramisu, or gelato.


18. Chelsea Bar & Brasserie

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Specialising in delicate, modern cuisine, Chelsea Bar & Brasserie offers a stylish setting and pleasant ambience, with its contemporary menu and extensive wine list making it perfect for drinks and dining alike.

Meanwhile, the lunch menu, available between 12pm and 2.30pm on Mondays to Saturdays, offers the same great food a smaller price, costing £9.95 for two courses, and £12.95 for three. Menu entrées range from tempura prawns with aioli; and crispy garlic mushrooms, to seafood linguini; fish cakes with wilted spinach and dill cream; and indulgent apple tart with crème Anglaise.


19. The Storyteller


One of Cheltenham’s more adventurous restaurants, The Storyteller is renowned for its innovative and diverse dishes, boasting cuisine from around the world, which diners can enjoy within a vibrant atmosphere.

Costing £10.95 for two courses, and £13.50 for three, the set lunch menu allows for a choice of enticing starters, mains, and desserts. Dishes on the sample menu include cheese and tomato focaccia; vegetarian enchilada; beef burger with fries and barbecue sauce; and chocolate torte.


20. Cabbages and Condoms


Renowned for its unusual name, but favoured for its authentic Thai cuisine, Cabbages and Condoms offers great value food, with its noodle bar and extensive à la carte menu offering plenty of choice.

Thai fans can also enjoy two courses for £9.90 between 12pm and 3pm. Whether you have a hankering for spring rolls; spicy Tom Yum soup; chicken satay; traditional green curry; or stir fry – to name just a few of the options – the set lunch menu is sure to satisfy.


21. The Langton


Located in Charlton Kings, The Langton remains a popular country pub, serving up traditional British fayre and with a lengthy drinks menu offering everything from wine and cocktails to crafts beers – all served within a cosy and comfortable setting.

Daytime diners can also take advantage of the value fixed-price lunch menu which costs £12.50 for two courses, or £15.50 for three. Dishes encompass treats such as thyme-roasted Portobello mushrooms; crispy Karaaga chicken; beer-battered fish finger sandwich; butternut squash and beetroot tart; and warm Belgium chocolate brownie.


22. Le Champignon Sauvage


Raising the bar on ordinary set menus, Michelin-starred restaurant Le Champignon Sauvage serves exquisite French cuisine in the Suffolks area of Cheltenham, with its set lunch and dinner menus allowing foodies to sample the sensational food for a more affordable price.

Costing £27 for two courses and £34 for three, available Tuesdays to Fridays, the set menus promise a slice of its award-winning cuisine. Indian-spiced onion velouté with onion bahji; plaice roasted in beurre noisette with courgette, pea and lovage pistou; and caramelised pineapple with coconut sponge are a few delicate dishes on the sample menu.


By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoGlos
Tuesday 31 October 2017

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