There are plenty of excellent local restaurants in Cheltenham, a town by the borders of Cotswold in Gloucestershire. Best known for the discovery of a mineral spring in 1716, Cheltenham has since largely remained a spa town. Thanks to this attraction, it's easy to find eateries specialising in both classic and modern British cuisine.

    From long-time family favourites to new restaurants that have quickly won over the hearts of the locals, the town's food scene is proven to be one of the region's best. So, come explore with us as we take you through the best places the locals love to eat in Cheltenham.

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    288 Bar & Wok

    The go-to spot for authentic Chinese cuisine

    • Food

    288 Bar & Wok by High Street is where you’ll find one of Cheltenham’s best places for Chinese cuisine. Established for over a decade, this family-style restaurant features an array of made-to-order Asian dishes with fresh ingredients sourced locally where possible.

    288 Bar & Wok offers lunch specials on weekdays, though prices remain reasonable at regular times. As it’s often packed, we recommend calling ahead if you’re visiting with a big party. This restaurant also offers vegan and gluten-free options.

    Location: 288 High St, Cheltenham GL50 3HQ, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 9 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1242 582346

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    The Curry Corner

    An award-winning Indian restaurant in Cheltenham

    • Food

    The Curry Corner is an Indian restaurant run by a father-daughter team, Sam and Monrusha Krori. Located on Fairview Road, it has been a staple to the locals for over 40 years. If you're looking for something special for the evening, we'd recommend the Cotswold lamb shank masala.

    The Curry Corner is a multi-award-winning restaurant, having bagged over 25 accolades in their years of business. However, it remains a humble establishment that serves arguably the town's best Indian cuisine.

    Location: 133 Fairview Rd, Cheltenham GL52 2EX, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1242 528449

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    Paparrito’s

    Serving up fresh Mexican flavours daily

    • Food

    Paparrito's is a Mexican-style cantina along the High Street. Locals come here for its customisable taco selections and fast-food style meals, all at pocket-friendly prices. The establishment prides itself for using fresh and healthy ingredients, promising a preservative-free environment in the kitchen.

    If you’re pressed for time, try any of Paparrito’s popular made-to-order burritos. If you love spicy food, be sure to ask for some extra hot sauce with your meal.

    Location: 214-216 High St, Cheltenham GL50 3HF, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10.30 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 10.30 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1242 511942

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    Koj Cheltenham

    A casual Japanese restaurant with a fine taste for details

    • Food

    Koj Cheltenham is an open-kitchen Japanese restaurant on Regent Street. It’s the brainchild of MasterChef finalist, Andrew Kojima, and has quickly won over the hearts of locals looking for a twist in Japanese cuisine.

    It has a ‘no sushi’ approach, meaning that you’ll only find dishes such as walnut barley miso pumpkin and special Koj fried chicken. Koj has a hidden bar on its 2nd floor, known as the Bandana Monkey Bar. Be spoiled for choice with its extensive range of Japanese sakes, whiskies, and beers.

    Location: 3 Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HE, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 5 pm to 10.30 pm, Friday from 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturday from noon to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 11 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1242 580455

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    The Brewery Quarter

    A local shopping gallery set in the heart of Cheltenham

    • Food
    • Families
    • Shoppers
    • Nightlife

    The Brewery Quarter is a shopping gallery at the end of High Street. True to its name, this was once Cheltenham’s first proper brewery in 1760 before brewing stopped in 1998. Locals often come here to shop at independent boutiques or to catch the newest movies at Cineworld.

    Come mealtimes, you’ll find an array of restaurants, including the popular Five Guys and a local gastrobar known as The Brewhouse & Kitchen. If you’re a student or visiting The Brewery Quarter with one, be sure to ask about the student discount specials at selected eateries.

    Location: Henrietta St, Cheltenham GL50 4FA, UK

    Open: Daily from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +44 (0)1242 574378

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    The Suffolks

    A hidden spot for local grub and Michelin-starred restaurants

    • Food
    • Shoppers
    • Luxury

    The Suffolks is a quiet area within Cheltenham, with independent boutiques and artisanal eateries lining its streets. Locals often frequent notable restaurants such as The Suffolk Kitchen for homemade dishes. If you’re feeling generous, book a table at the Michelin-starred Le Champignon Sauvage.

    For movie buffs, you’ll want to visit the Daffodil Restaurant where an episode of Sherlock was shot. Set in an original 1920 Art-Deco cinema, the restaurant is excellent to enjoy local fine dining or a 3-tiered afternoon tea (available on Fridays and Saturdays).

    Open: Suffolk Rd, Cheltenham GL50 2AQ, UK

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    The Promenade

    Wine and dine by lush greenery

    • Food
    • Shoppers

    The Promenade – The Prom by locals – is a pedestrianised spot between High Street and Montpellier. Surrounded by lush greenery, its true fame comes from the rows of outdoor drinking and dining establishments.

    From bars and eateries by the Regency basement to quaint cafes offering quick brunches and dinner setups, The Promenade is where you'll often see the locals enjoying a laidback day out. A must-try is the Well Walk Tea Room, where you can enjoy afternoon tea with scenic views. While you’re there, pick up some freshly made scones served with clotted cream and homemade jams.

    Location: 16 Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1LR, UK

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    Cheltenham Farmers’ Market

    A place to discover delectable bites from aspiring home chefs

    • Food
    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    The Cheltenham Farmers’ Market by The Promenade is a bustling shopping venue that takes place twice a month. First organised over a decade ago, the market is great for picking up fresh produce from local farmers and businesses around Cheltenham.

    For the fellow foodies, the Cheltenham Farmers’ Market offers artisanal cakes and homemade meals from aspiring home chefs. If you have a sweet tooth, Hetty’s Kitchen specialises in delectable brownies with flavours that change with the season.

    Location: The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1PJ, UK

    Open: 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 9 am to 2 pm

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    Regent Arcade

    Shop and dine at Cheltenham’s premium shopping arcade

    • Food
    • Shoppers

    The Regent Arcade is a premium indoor shopping arcade by High Street. As Cheltenham’s only covered mall, it’s an ideal place to be in case of bad weather. It has over 60 stores by a mix of independent and well-known brands.

    To refuel after a day of shopping, locals often pop into one of many eateries within the arcade. KIBOU is a Japanese restaurant famed for its extensive ramen selections and unique handrolls. Comfort food like pasta, burgers, and baguettes are available at the Bridge Cafe, located on the Regent Arcade’s first floor.

    Location: High St, Cheltenham GL50 1JZ, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1242 521345

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    Montpellier

    A chic place to satisfy your bellies

    • Food
    • Shoppers
    • Nightlife
    • Luxury

    Montpellier is a charming town south of Cheltenham’s town centre. Home to a handful of boutiques and artisanal jewellers, you’ll often catch the locals enjoying a chic day out. From daytime visits to cafes such as the Cote Brasserie to evening dates at the Montpellier Wine Bar, there’s always a great place to recharge throughout the day.

    Come Christmas, you’ll get to visit the seasonal Montpellier Street Fair. It’s an excellent time to sample some homemade bakes and warm up with mulled wines prepared by the locals.

    Location: Montpellier, Cheltenham GL50 2DY, UK

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    Elie Lam | Contributing Writer

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