As we move swiftly forward into 2017, it already feels as if the year is getting away from us. Between work, friends, family and the long list of never-ending chores to be done, cooking is often the last thing we feel like doing after a long and tiring day.

On days like these, it is more than acceptable to take a well-deserved break, give yourself (and the kitchen) a night off, and head out for a meal. With one of our most popular kitchen showrooms located near Cheltenham, we’ve been able to explore the town and investigate the best places to eat out.

With a reputation as the food capital of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham offers plenty of options – whether you’re leaving the kids at home for a more glamorous night out with your partner or friends, or taking the whole family out for a casual and comfortable meal, there is something for every mood and occasion.

While the town hosts many of your run-of-the-mill chain restaurants, there is also a wide variety of unique and one-of-a-kind independent establishments to try. From the casual to the swanky, take your pick from our top five choices.

The Vine, High Street

The Vine

The Vine is your typical English pub dining experience – with an exotic Thai twist. This casual and relaxed pub serves delicious local ales, alongside authentic Thai cuisine. Extremely popular, especially on a Friday or Saturday night, the menu is extremely reasonably well-priced and offers an extensive list from which to choose. Covering soups, curries, stir-frys, sharing platters, and a number of exciting specials, there is something for everyone.

They often offer a range of menus at amazing prices, so be sure to check out their website for any deals before you go.

The Tavern, Royal Well Place

The Tavern

The Tavern is the perfect place to chill out with friends while feasting on their self-professed ‘sinfully delicious’ comfort food. Offering homemade, artisan burgers, made with local produce such as dry aged beef from Stokes Marsh Farm, classic comfort food like chicken wings and mac n cheese, milk-shakes laced with a boozy kick and personalised ice cream sundaes with homemade toppings and sauces. They also create a special seasonal Burger of the Month guaranteed to knock your socks off.

The décor is industrial themed, with long wooden tables and benches running through the room, creating a laid-back and comfortable vibe. Staff are friendly and eager to help, full of information about the menu and delectable specials.

Check out their Instagram page for a range of drool-worthy snaps of their food, and decide what you’ll be ordering.

The Ox, Cambray Place

The Ox

The Ox is a meat lover’s paradise. Steak is the focus of the menu, with delicious mains, small plates and tasty charcuterie boards, so the restaurant is perfect for carnivores. The restaurant cooks their steak to perfection, and served with triple-cooked chips and a mouth-watering béarnaise sauce, it’s an absolute must try.

As well as having a reputation for the best steak in Cheltenham, The Ox offers a banging Sunday roast. Offering roast beef rib-eye, crisp belly of pork, roast chicken, pan friend stone bass bass or ricotta dumplings, all served alongside roast potatoes, leeks, greens, cauliflower cheese and a massive Yorkshire pudding, it’s the perfect place to take the family for a Sunday roast.

With local, seasonal produce cooked to perfection, eclectic, trendy décor, and friendly, helpful staff, this is the perfect spot for a relaxed dining experience.

The Whitespoon, Well Walk

The Whitespoon

Foodies, this is the restaurant for you! The Whitespoon was founded by Purdery Spooner and Christopher White, a former culinary artist at Heston Blumenthal’s prestigious Fat Duck. This British themed restaurant has become a huge hit with locals and tourists a like. Expect modern, clever cuisine, first-class attentive service and a choice of fine wines.

With food and service to rival ‘fine-dining’ restaurants, but without the pretention and stand-offish-ness that often accompanies these places, The Whitespoon is the perfect spot for a smart dinner in an approachable, comfortable environment. They also offer a set lunch menu at a great price if you prefer the cheaper option.

Purslane, Rodney Road

Purslane

Situated in the heart of town, Purslane is an independent restaurant with a huge reputation. Focusing on fish, Purslane’s seafood come from inshore fishermen who catch and land their fish all in one day, reassuring diners that their ingredients are extremely fresh and sustainably sourced. Served alongside fresh produce from around the Cotswold, the food served is sustainable and supports local initiatives.

Purslane is welcoming and relaxing, offering an intimate and classy dining experience.

Any residents or visitors to the area, make sure you pop into our Cheltenham kitchen showroom.  It’s our most recent showroom and our friendly staff are always on hand to advise and help.

As we move swiftly forward into 2017, it already feels as if the year is getting away from us. Between work, friends, family and the long list of never-ending chores to be done, cooking is often the last thing we feel like doing after a long and tiring day.

On days like these, it is more than acceptable to take a well-deserved break, give yourself (and the kitchen) a night off, and head out for a meal. With one of our most popular kitchen showrooms located near Cheltenham, we’ve been able to explore the town and investigate the best places to eat out.

With a reputation as the food capital of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham offers plenty of options – whether you’re leaving the kids at home for a more glamorous night out with your partner or friends, or taking the whole family out for a casual and comfortable meal, there is something for every mood and occasion.

While the town hosts many of your run-of-the-mill chain restaurants, there is also a wide variety of unique and one-of-a-kind independent establishments to try. From the casual to the swanky, take your pick from our top five choices.

The Vine, High Street

The Vine

The Vine is your typical English pub dining experience – with an exotic Thai twist. This casual and relaxed pub serves delicious local ales, alongside authentic Thai cuisine. Extremely popular, especially on a Friday or Saturday night, the menu is extremely reasonably well-priced and offers an extensive list from which to choose. Covering soups, curries, stir-frys, sharing platters, and a number of exciting specials, there is something for everyone.

They often offer a range of menus at amazing prices, so be sure to check out their website for any deals before you go.

The Tavern, Royal Well Place

The Tavern

The Tavern is the perfect place to chill out with friends while feasting on their self-professed ‘sinfully delicious’ comfort food. Offering homemade, artisan burgers, made with local produce such as dry aged beef from Stokes Marsh Farm, classic comfort food like chicken wings and mac n cheese, milk-shakes laced with a boozy kick and personalised ice cream sundaes with homemade toppings and sauces. They also create a special seasonal Burger of the Month guaranteed to knock your socks off.

The décor is industrial themed, with long wooden tables and benches running through the room, creating a laid-back and comfortable vibe. Staff are friendly and eager to help, full of information about the menu and delectable specials.

Check out their Instagram page for a range of drool-worthy snaps of their food, and decide what you’ll be ordering.

The Ox, Cambray Place

The Ox

The Ox is a meat lover’s paradise. Steak is the focus of the menu, with delicious mains, small plates and tasty charcuterie boards, so the restaurant is perfect for carnivores. The restaurant cooks their steak to perfection, and served with triple-cooked chips and a mouth-watering béarnaise sauce, it’s an absolute must try.

As well as having a reputation for the best steak in Cheltenham, The Ox offers a banging Sunday roast. Offering roast beef rib-eye, crisp belly of pork, roast chicken, pan friend stone bass bass or ricotta dumplings, all served alongside roast potatoes, leeks, greens, cauliflower cheese and a massive Yorkshire pudding, it’s the perfect place to take the family for a Sunday roast.

With local, seasonal produce cooked to perfection, eclectic, trendy décor, and friendly, helpful staff, this is the perfect spot for a relaxed dining experience.

The Whitespoon, Well Walk

The Whitespoon

Foodies, this is the restaurant for you! The Whitespoon was founded by Purdery Spooner and Christopher White, a former culinary artist at Heston Blumenthal’s prestigious Fat Duck. This British themed restaurant has become a huge hit with locals and tourists a like. Expect modern, clever cuisine, first-class attentive service and a choice of fine wines.

With food and service to rival ‘fine-dining’ restaurants, but without the pretention and stand-offish-ness that often accompanies these places, The Whitespoon is the perfect spot for a smart dinner in an approachable, comfortable environment. They also offer a set lunch menu at a great price if you prefer the cheaper option.

Purslane, Rodney Road

Purslane

Situated in the heart of town, Purslane is an independent restaurant with a huge reputation. Focusing on fish, Purslane’s seafood come from inshore fishermen who catch and land their fish all in one day, reassuring diners that their ingredients are extremely fresh and sustainably sourced. Served alongside fresh produce from around the Cotswold, the food served is sustainable and supports local initiatives.

Purslane is welcoming and relaxing, offering an intimate and classy dining experience.

Any residents or visitors to the area, make sure you pop into our Cheltenham kitchen showroom.  It’s our most recent showroom and our friendly staff are always on hand to advise and help.