22 of the best set menus in Cheltenham

From Michelin Stars and authentic Thai to delicate French dishes and hearty pub grub, 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 a 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 Monday to Thursday daily, as well as Friday and Saturday until 7pm, 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 soup of the day; fresh burrata with roast squash, radicchio and pomegranate salad; and game croquette. Expect main meals such as crisp west country lamb; smoked haddock fishcake; and portobella mushroom penne pasta. And for a sweet finish, there’ll be tempting options such as sticky toffee pudding with pecan caramel sauce and vanilla ice-cream.


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 £14 for two courses and £17 for three, available Wednesday to Saturday lunchtime, and until 7pm on Wednesday to Friday. 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. Purslane Restaurant


Purslane Restaurant offers a ‘working lunch menu’ which costs £15 for two, and £18 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.


4. Le Champignon Sauvage


Raising the bar on set menus, Two 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 at an affordable price.

Costing an incredibly good value £28 for two courses and £35 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.


5. The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie


Set in an iconic building with plush interiors and a showstopping bar, The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie remains a hit with Cheltenham foodies. Thanks to its set menu, there’s the chance to sample its delicious dishes for less.

Guests can enjoy two courses for £16.50 or three courses for £21, on Mondays to Fridays between 11.30am and 6.30pm. With plenty of choice, meal choices include braised beef shin with wild mushrooms, mashed potato and red wine sauce; pea and asparagus risotto; and ham hock croquette with a celeriac and apple salad, wholegrain mustard and maple dressing.


6. Hotel du Vin Cheltenham

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An elegant 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.


7. The Horse Box at Ellenborough Park


Providing a casual environment in five-star hotel on the edge of Cheltenham, Ellenborough Park’s bistro The Horse Box serves up classic British fare, with its relaxed setting ideal for a delicious lunch or dinner.

The Prix Fixe lunch menu allows for a great value meal, costing £19.50 for two courses and £23 for three. Sample dishes include wild mushrooms on garlic toast for starter; steak pie with creamed potato, fine beans and flaked almonds for main; and lemon meringue tart to finish.


8. Prithvi


Yes, even Cheltenham’s premier Indian restaurant, Prithvi, offers a set menu opportunity to try its refined dining experience!

Providing a delightful twist on culinary classics and boasting an innovative menu, sample Prithvi’s exotic cuisine on 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.


9. The Vine


A relaxed pub situated on Cheltenham’s High Street, The Vine offers an authentic and extremely popular 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.


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 set menu is available Mondays to Saturdays from 5pm to 7pm, in addition to Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 2pm. Costing £14.95 for two, or £17.95 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. Bar & Wok

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One of Cheltenham’s most popular independent restaurants, Bar & Wok provides a casual and vibrant setting in the centre of town, serving up hearty and authentic Asian cuisine.

Aside from its varied main menu, diners take advantage of the £10 weekday lunch deal. Choose a starter, main and large soft drink, with the options including vegetable spring rolls, Thai fish cakes, wok-fried noodles, and sweet and sour.


12. Bill's Cheltenham


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 £14.95 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 £14.95 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 Ox Cheltenham

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A haven for carnivorous eaters, The Ox in Cheltenham is famed for its succulent steak and magnificent meat dishes – but it’s also ticking boxes thanks to the set lunch menu, which costs an incredibly good value £11.50 for two courses and £15 for three.

Diners can expect to see dishes such as charcoal-roasted mushrooms on sourdough toast; pork and pistachio terrine; half rack of hickory-smoked ribs with chopped salad and fries; and gnocchi with cream, courgette, peas, baby gem lettuce and oven-dried tomatoes. For a sweet finish, enjoy treats such as pistachio and strawberry mille feuille.


15 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.


16. Carluccio's Cheltenham

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Tuck into tasty Italian food at an affordable price in Cheltenham, thanks to Carluccio’s two and three-course set lunch menu, costing £11.95 or £14.95 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.


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 £11.95 for two courses, and £14.95 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. Brasserie Blanc Cheltenham


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.


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.


h3.22. Côte Cheltenham


Cooking authentic French classics to order, Côte Cheltenham is a popular 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 £11.50, or three courses for £13.50. 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.


By Kathryn Purvis

© SoGlos
Monday 29 October 2018

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