The Cotswolds has no coastline but Cheltenham is hardly the Sahara, and chef-patron Gareth Fulford¡¯s pairings of fish from Cornwall or Scotland with local vegetables makes perfect sense. The menu, which changes seasonally, is packed with great combinations: gurnard with spiced lentils and tomato jam; scallops with hazelnut and smoked duck; and roe deer with autumn squash and black-pudding puree. Eggs, cheeses and beers are local, the bread is homemade, and the excellent wine list is international ¨C although it does have English options. Unfussy practicality never shades into dullness ¨C not even in the interior, where sensible greys are brightened up with yellow blinds and a giant cutlery wall hanging.
Address: Purslane, 6 Rodney Road, Cheltenham GL50 1JJ
Telephone: +44 1242 321639
The Daffodil, Cheltenham
Cheltenham¡¯s Art Deco cinema now has tables where the stalls once were, a Josper grill instead of a screen and a smart bar area up on the terrace, but Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who did the refit, has wisely left the best features, including the old film projectors and the sweeping staircase. Jazz Age pizzazz is kept off the table, where simple, well-made dishes include steak with chips, honey- and sesame-glazed salmon and, for those wanting something that chimes a little more with the surroundings, risotto of lobster from the restaurant¡¯s own tank or roasted duck breast with beetroot puree. The wine list is large and varied enough to make you grateful that you¡¯re only sitting in the Prohibition era, not ordering in it ¨C and then there¡¯s the cocktail list, for those who wish they were.
Address: The Daffodil,18-20 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham GL50 2AE
Telephone: +44 1242 700055