Saturday 8 August 2020

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.

1. Petit Coco

Offering exquisite yet relaxed fine dining in the centre of Cheltenham, Petit Coco Bistro serves delicate French dishes which focus on using quality, seasonal produce, with the prix fix menu offering two courses for £13.95 between January and November.

Entrées on the sample menu include chicken liver salad, baked camembert for two, and crêpe aux champignons; while mains include Poisson du Jour, rib eye steak, and calf’s liver.

2. 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.

3. Purslane Restaurant

Purslane Restaurant offers a ‘working lunch menu’ which costs £17 for two, and £20 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, 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 £33 for two courses and £40 for three, available every day apart from Saturday evenings, the set menus promise a slice of its award-winning cuisine. Ballotine of guinea fowl and fillet of local lamb 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 £16.95 or three courses for £21, on Mondays to Fridays between 11.30am and 7pm. 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 £19.95 or three for £24.95, 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 £21 for two courses and £24.50 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 £23 for two courses. Previous dishes on the seasonally-changing menu included 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.

The Sunday lunch set menu costs £32.95 for a starter and a main and can be upgraded to include bottomless prosecco, red or white wine.

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 5pm on Mondays to Fridays costs £11.95 or £14.95 for two or three courses respectively. Sample starters include chicken and leek terrine; pea and watercress soup and main courses include minute steak.

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 £15 for two courses and £18 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. All Bar One

A strong favourite for its cocktail menu, All Bar One in Cheltenham also offers a delightful set menu. With options such as classic burgers and vegan lasagne on the menu, as well as coconut and raspberry sorbets and churros for desserts, there’ll be something for everyone.

A two-course set menu is just £10.95 per person and is available between Sunday and Thursday from 5pm. Take your date – or mates – out for a simply scrumptious meal, without having to break the bank.

16. Carluccio's Cheltenham

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

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 2pm on Mondays to Saturdays, offers the same great food a smaller price, costing £12.95 for two courses, and £15.95 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 the cheesecake of the day.

19. The Clarence Social

The Clarence Social’s Early Bird Menu offers diners the chance to enjoy two courses for £15 or three courses for £17.50, served from 12pm to 3pm from Wednesday to Friday.

Sample menus include starters of crispy squid; mains of The Clarence Social burger; and warm chocolate brownie with butterscotch sauce, vanilla ice-cream for dessert.

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 a seasonal menu that features dishes such as pumpkin risotto and the classic, steak frites.

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. 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 £13.95. And with plenty of options such as smoked haddock croquettes and celeriac soup starters; butternut squash risotto seam bream mains; and crème caramel or dark chocolate pot desserts, diners will be spoilt for choice.

By Kathryn Purvis

© SoGlos
Thursday 31 October 2019

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