The Daffodil, Cheltenham

When talking about weekends away and holidays coming up this year my friend said that we must go for a meal at The Daffodil while we were in Cheltenham.  Thank heavens I didn’t forget to book a couple of weeks before.

The building was Cheltenham’s first purpose built Picture Palace.  The history of the building is on their website and well worth a read… opening its doors to the public in October 1922 it has a contemporary Art Deco style which had ‘kissing seats’… double seats at the end of each aisle designed for courting couples!  The Daffodil proudly re-opened its doors as one of Britain’s most unique and dramatic dining rooms on 14th February 1998 amid a flurry of excitement, red carpet and intense local interest.  Today the building is a civic award winning iconic Cheltenham Landmark as well as one of country’s finest surviving examples of original Art Deco cinema. The Daffodil remains as vibrant and stylish as when it opened nearly a century ago.

Link to the history of the building http://www.thedaffodil.com/daffodil-about-us.html

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So as you can imagine I couldn’t wait to walk into the amazing building, not just for a delicious meal but to take in the architecture and drama of the building itself.

I loved all the daffodil details, in the floor tiles both outside and in the entrance, in the windows and on the wall up the left side of the building.

It was lovely to look across to the kitchen and see eveyone busy.

We had an early sitting for Saturday night and the quietness of an early table gave us chance to take everything in. A party of 30 ladies dressed in 1920’s style soon gave the restaurant a very busy service. We ordered from the La Carte menu and I loved how each course had a Film theme.  I must admit that I’d already sneaked a peak at this and of course the Cocktail menu a few days before we even left home!

I ordered a Mai Tai and Mr C decided on a Tuxedo!
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Screen 1
Twice Baked Double Gloucester Souffle with English Truffle Oil
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Corned Beef and Steak Tartare with fried anchovies, pickled mushrooms, English mustard, rapeseed oil
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This was Mr C’s starter and I so wish I hadn’t bitten into a deep fried anchovy… eugh… though Mr C said it tasted nice as part of his plate of tastes.

Screen 2
Whole Baked Plaice with brown shrimps, capers, parsley, lemon, nut brown butter
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Pork Fillet with glazed belly, crackling, black pudding, mustard, celeriac puree, roasting juices
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Supporting Extras
Hand Cut Chips
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We like to go out of order now and go for tea/coffee before we decide on desserts.

The End

Loose Leaf Tea and Petit Fours
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I had Oolong which was very delicate. I knew a coffee would keep me awake and I was very pleased with this choice.
Mr C had the Royal Air Force Blend.

The Petit Fours had two pieces each of Chocolate Truffles, Blood Orange Jelly and Dipped Ice Cream.

All good things come to an end! Even Mai Tai’s!
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I would have loved to have the desserts to share but I’ve a feeling we would have been outfaced.

Desserts
Baked Alaska with rhubarb sorbet, poached rhubarb, vanilla sauce
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Banana Bread and Butter Pudding with rum ice cream, raisin puree, hot chocolate sauce
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We both really enjoyed our meal, everything looked and tasted amazing. The overall taste of each dish had been designed to a high gastronomical standard. We would definitely eat at The Daffodil again. A wonderful building with lovely food, service and atmosphere.

Service and food was all of a very high service. The menu was simple without too many choices, a good selection of starters thrn the main course offered fish, meat, steaks, lobster and vegetarian. Always nice to see that vegetarian dinners have been thought of with tasty meat alternatives. There is a tasting menu which also works from the A La Carte menu. I often think quality over quantity and the choice of dishes at The Daffodil would come under this perfectly. The crockery and cutlery was simple but of a very good standard, and I liked the addition of the restaurant name on the crockery. Always good to have a high quality fabric napkin.

Link to the Dining Room and menu page of the website http://www.thedaffodil.com/dining-room.html

The restaurant is a short walk or car journey from Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies College and the train station. We travelled from a town centre hotel which took a few minutes and didn’t cost too much.

Lunch and Afternoon Tea are served in the restaurant prior to the evening Dinner service.

The Daffodil
18–20 Suffolk Parade
Cheltenham GL50 2AE

Tel: 01242 700 055        Fax: 01242 700 088      
Email: eat@thedaffodil.com

Opening hours

  • Monday to Saturday
    Midday – 11:00pm
  • Sunday – Closed

The website for the restaurant:

http://www.thedaffodil.com/
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I have not been asked or paid to make this review.
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