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Cheltenham restaurants cafes reviews and culture site

Bored with gushy food blogs and reviews written after a free meal? Find authentic Cheltenham restaurant reviews here.

Here’s our useful guide to Cheltenham restaurants and cafes. Reviews based on paying visits. No sponsorship #NoFreebies.  Less mwah! mwah! More original thought! Let’s go!

Cheltenham culture, cafe and restaurant reviews updated frequently.

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Cheltenham restaurant reviews

Critical Cheltenham is your inside guide to this corner of the Cotswolds.  We aim to be honest, fair – and hopefully amusing along the way.

Cheltenham restaurant reviews with muscle? Well, we are a little disillusioned with advertising-led websites and local paper reviews.  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.

Assessing Cheltenham Restaurants and Cafes

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. There’s a former chef and former hotel staff.  We have a vegetarian reviewer and an experienced baker too. We’re not claiming to be experts, but you have to start somewhere.

Cheltenham restaurant and cafe reviews

Restaurants are more than just about the food. We aim to describe what the ambiance of a venue is like. You’ll find out what you can expect to pay. Find out what the chef does well. And maybe find some things to avoid

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 just 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. 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.