Cheltenham restaurants cafes reviews and culture site

Find authentic Cheltenham cafe and restaurant reviews here. We also take a look at attractions, cultural venues and shopping in this great town of ours.

Critical Cheltenham is written by a small collective of people with some cafe, tourism and restaurant experience. 

We’re bored of gushy food blogs and reviews written after a free meal. Our aim is to create a useful guide to Cheltenham based on paying visits to restaurants and cafes. We want to be upfront but fair – and hopefully amusing at the same time.
We’re not sponsored and we don’t take freebies.  Less mwah! mwah! More original thought. 

Read on to discover real and useful cafe and restaurant reviews, plus a few entries not he local cultural scene. Updated frequently. Critical Cheltenham – your inside guide to this corner of the Cotswolds.

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Cheltenham restaurant reviews, with muscle

Cheltenham restaurants cafes reviews with muscle? First of all, this web site came about because we became a little disillusioned with advertising-led websites.  We’re also wary of blog site ‘reviews’ of restaurants. It seems that often, a free meal and a glass of wine buys a restaurant a favourable review.

Modesty aside, we feel that reviewers should have some experience in the area of food and drink. Within our small team we have a wine, coffee and beer enthusiast, a former chef and hotel staff.  We have a vegetarian reviewer and an experienced baker too. That said, we’re not claiming to be experts.

You’re going home in a floating ambiance… Cheltenham restaurant and cafe reviews

Restaurants are more than just about the food and so we aim to describe what the ambiance of a venue is like and what you can expect to pay.

Cheltenham restaurants cafes reviews are scored out of ten for food, drink and atmosphere.  We’re fairly tough in our assessment. High reputations don’t count for much here. If you disagree with our reviews, please tell us – we try not to visit Cheltenham cafes and restaurants for reviews only once  – things change over time.

Scoring Cheltenham Cafes and Restaurant Reviews

As a general guide, a score of six or more means we think the venue is reliable. Seven or more and things are getting pretty special. Our score is based on what Cheltenham restaurants set out to achieve, what they charge and not what their reputation is.

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And Finally…

At the end of the day, these reviews are just our opinion so we encourage you to explore for yourself. Remember that restaurants and cafes go through good and bad phases. Stay in touch and let us know what you think.