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The Daffodil
The Daffodil

The Daffodil Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedaffodil.com
  • Email: eat@thedaffodil.com
  • Phone: 0124 270 0055
  • Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday: Lunch 12:00pm - 2:00pm Afternoon Tea 3.00pm - 5.00pm & Dinner 6:30pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: Lunch 12:00pm - 2:30pm Afternoon Tea 3.00pm - 5.00pm & Dinner 6:00pm to 10:30pm
    Closed on Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Modern European
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Exclusive hire options and civil wedding ceremonies and receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Katie Garrity 0124 270 0055
  • Entertainment: Free live Jazz every Monday night together with Martini Monday promotion in our mezzanine bar. Exclusive 'Ladies Lunch' on the first Tuesday of every month and the Cheese Club business networking lunch held on the last Tuesday of each month.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Rail: Cheltenham Spa
  • Parking: No
A word from The Daffodil
As Cheltenham’s most dramatic restaurant, The Daffodil with its Art Deco influence offers an extensive Brasserie style A La Carte menu which is seasonally changed, with an excellent choice of wines. Independently owned The Daffodil with it’s award winning conversion from a 1920’s cinema into a restaurant never ceases to wow all who visit. So whether you are planning a romantic night, a corporate event, a party or a memorable wedding, The Daffodil offers an experience not to be missed!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "On arrival we were greeted by very welcoming staff who remained very attentive throughout the evening and provided valuable advice when ordering. The food was absolutely amazing and is probably the best meal I have ever had the pleasure to eat. In fact I just can't wait to go back."
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "I was disappointed with my meal, I asked for a medium cooked steak and got a chewy undercooked steak. This was after being told not to order the hanger steak because I couldn't have it medium. I couldn't hear what the waiters/waitresses were saying because it was so noisy and the coffee I ordered was the worst I have ever tasted. Everything was over priced."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "this is a lovely restaurant set in a beautifull building the tasting menu is excellent and the service is always 5 star"
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "Fantastic food and a lovely venue. We had the chateau briand and that was amazing, the steak just melted in your mouth. The only comment is that the service is good but very quick, it felt like you was being rushed a little"
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "For a restaurant surrounded by farms, I was looking forward to have a tasty steak. But I'm afraid it was quite bland. Not inedible, but just 'ok'. Lastly, our waitress was well aware of the birthday cake that needed to be served as a surprise to my guest towards the end of our meal. But thoughtfulness and consideration from her would have been appreciated if only she served that cake before taking any order for desserts as that cake was massive! We would have loved to eat it as our dessert, but she already took our order for desserts! What a waste!"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Of all the restaurants that I vista around the country, the Daffodil is at the top of the list for me. The atmosphere, the setting, the level of service and most importantly the excellence of the food. I have yet to have a meal that does not come up to my expectation."
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "Went for a celebratory meal, fantastic food & service, couldn't have been more welcoming"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "We use this restaurant regularly and can feel confident about taking friends , the food is very good, the menu changes regularly and the service is always good, the only down side is that when the restaurant is very full, the noise level makes it difficult to have conversation."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Great service in a fantastic setting. Eat off the early bird menu which was excellent value for money we will definitely go back to eat off the a la carte"
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Converted art deco cinema. Took my wife here for birthday treat. They gave us a booth as requested. Phoned beforehand to tell us the bar would be closed, this was considerate. Not entirely convinced by main courses, which were a little bland for us, we probably made the wrong choices off the menu with hindsight. Starters were good, wine and dessert excellent. Staff friendly, attentive, welcoming. Prices surprisingly fair considering the quite grand venue. Not our usual type of restaurant, and quite noisy due to the large space and hard surfaces, but it was great to see somewhere that was so different and where someone had used a great deal of imagination to create a magnificent venue. This was a memorable evening (in a good way)."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Very pleasantly surprised how the restaurant manager dealt with an issue with two of the meals, makes a lovely change from the sometimes rude and offensive reaction that can be dealt out by some restaurants of lower quality who clearly do not understand the basics of good customer service. For that reason alone I would not hesitate to make a 5th visit to the Daffodil."
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "The food was delicious! I took my mum for her birthday for a treat, and the lunch time menu is great value with excellent food."
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "This is a delightful place in every respect, though perhaps one should consider the food as of paramount importance. We had a wonderful evening, incomparable food and service, relaxed surroundings and in a most impressive building. We started with cocktails, although the occasion was not special, but somehow the ambience of the place seemed the right place to do so! Food was well-presented and of excellent quality, superbly cooked and delicious to eat; our waitress was friendly and charming, and we found it a very pleasant way to spend an evening-and cannot wait to return."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "We were celebrating our grown up daughter's birthday at the Daffodil with lunch. We were fortunate to have a really good table just underneath the jazz band. At first I was a little worried that they may have been too loud and make conversation difficult but in fact the singer and her 3 musicians were very mellow and it proved a fantastic backdrop. I don't know how good it would have been without the band so if you like that sort of thing then check with the restaurant first as they don't always have a band on. The service was impeccable and friendly, and the food was very good if not quite being exceptional. The ambiance however is everything and as an overall package it would be hard to beat anywhere in Cheltenham or Glos."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Beautiful setting, definitely a wow factor when you walk through the door! Pleasant afternoon tea and glad that we were checked back and offered more water! Were the cakes home made? Be nice if they were! It would also be nice to be told what the cakes are, we just had to guess! You have an establishment with great potential!"
    dined on 01/04/2014
  • "I have been going to this restaurant for over 7 years and have enjoyed each visit. The menu is imaginative. The food is elegant and made from produce of the highest quality."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant. The high tea was lovely too. Service was great. There was a mix up with timings but they were able to accommodate us without too much fuss."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Chose the Daffodil as I'd not been for years and the menu looked just right for the occasion. The restaurant did not disappoint - decor perfect for the historical use of the building; food very good (went for the early bird menu which is great value); staff polite and attentive without being too fussy. Recommended."
    dined on 01/04/2014
  • "Came here for my mum's 70th birthday. Very special evening in a beautiful restaurant. Ambiance was perfect & staff couldn't have been more welcoming. A truly memorable occasion."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "I took my Mum here for a pre-mothers day lunch. The venue itself blew our minds when we walked in, the staff were friendly and attentive and the live jazz was surprising, a delight (neither myself nor my Mum are very experienced with jazz, but we enjoyed it very much) . The food was amazing and as we had chosen from the "Dailies" menu, was great value for money. I would highly recommend the Dailies menu for lunch, I will certainly be going back to sample the full menu in the evening, which looked simply delicious."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "As per usual the Daffodil always delivers a superb dining experience. My wife and I have been coming here for years and will continue to do so for many years to come."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Was lovely with live music and the food was good value (set menu). Shame the service was a bit sloppy."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "We were in Cheltenham for a family wedding and this was the perfect start to the weekend. There was a lovely buzz in the restaurant, and the whole setting of the old picture house was well thought out. We also had very helpful service from the staff."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Probably one of the best restaurants on Cheltenham. You can get better food, you can get better service, you can get a better ambiance, but not all in one place"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Super food but we felt overlooked on the table for two directly opposite the front doors, falling between everyone else. We waited 45 minutes for our starter, asked if they could chase it, ate it, our dishes were removed and one minute later our main course followed. So what was that all about? At over £100 we felt we deserved better service. Our waitress was pleasant and friendly but seemed unable to juggle her covers. Shame because the food was divine!!"
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "We went on a Monday evening to the jazz night. The music was great and the building itself is fantastic, makes for a very impressive back drop. Food was very nice (although not the highlight) and reasonable if you have the early bird menu. All round - great meal! Will definitely go back."
    dined on 24/03/2014
  • "Stunning looks - great ambience - still the feel of a cinema! Cocktail bar is upstairs in the 'Balcony' - lovely to sit in pre dinner After starters - We shared the Chateaubriand - great sharing meal! Too full for dessert - great shame Minor gripes - Table a little small for all the bits that go with a Chateaubriand"
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Excellent food and great service but it's the noisiest restaurant we've ever eaten in. The noise level was akin to a massive secondary school lunch hall at maximum capacity and volume, the room was very boomy and we struggled to hear the waiting staff, couples conversation was impossible. It was quite uncomfortable and certainly spoiled a couples night. I would return but only as a large party, like the large Hen party or table of twelve birthday party we were seated in-between."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Unique experience as The Daffodil was originally a Theatre/Cinema. The old atmosphere and charm has been preserved and it is well worth a visit to experience this. Enjoyed the starter, its a long time since I had Black Pudding! but it brought back fond memories. The main course of, open steak pie, was very open! lacked vegetables, just two small pieces of carrot! The gravy was tasty which is fortunate as the beef was not. This was not a pie of any kind. It was a beef stew with a small disc of thin pastry on the side. No one suggested that we needed to order veg to go with it to make it into a meal. We have dined here quite a few times in the past and have been very satisfied. Has there been a change of ownership?"
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "we came up to cheltenaham from london for the weekend and went to daffodil after a couple of people recommended it & also promising reviews on trip advisor. it's quite a cool place (old cinema) but they could do so much more with it. for example, break up the huge dining area a bit to make it more intimate. i found it lacking in atmosphere. the staff were fine but nothing to remark upon. food was unremarkable too. wish we'd stayed in our hotel bedroom watching films and ordering room service"
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "We used to come to The Dafodil when we visited Cheltenham to go shopping but now it's the reason we visit the town. This time it was for my birthday and yet again it was a fantastic experience. From the Vesper martini through to the shared Indulgence dessert all was superb. The staff as ever are one of the restaurants main assets and must be congratulated on their professionalism. Happy diners!"
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "I took my Mother to the Daffodil to celebrate her 89th birthday. I have used the Daffodil before for similar events, and have never been disappointed. After one such occasion a friend who attended from Devon was so impressed he decided to hold his 70th birthday lunch there. The foot,the staff the atmosphere are just right for me. The setting is unique, and appeals to me, but I can see that some people may find it a little austere. It is currently ranked 27th on TripAdviser, this in my view grossly under estimates the restaurant, it should be much higher, I would say it should be in the top 3."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "It was all perfect. Even the over enthusiastic man opening the doors on arrival. The table location was good with good view of the room and the band. The building itself has so many stories to tell and it has been allowed to tell them beautifully. The food and the band, the cocktails and the service are doing this lovely venue absolute justice. Well done to all involved. We will definitely return alone or with friends. Thank you for a lovely evening. PS. To the barman: " your Old Cuban is great""
    dined on 17/03/2014
  • "Great place. Asked for a booth seat as it was for a bday and we got the best seat in the house. The best cocktails I have had in a while (and I've been to zumu in London) and by far one of the best steaks I have ever had... A bit pricey but u don't mind paying if the food and drink is that good. The waiters were fun and energetic with an unusual setting it was the best time out for a long time. Would defo go again."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Loved the whole dining experience at the Daffodil, excellent food and very professional service, the scallops starter was amazing, as were our fish and pork mains, we will definately be going again. Only down side to the evening was waiting 45 minutes for a cocktail upstairs during a not particulary busy period, we eventually left without our drink but it certainly didnt spoil our night!!"
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "A friend and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon and had a lovely high tea!"
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Excellent food but a bit noisy due to the acoustics."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Despite it being Cheltenham Gold Cup week we were still able to book a table online for a late lunch. The menu was very good and the service quick. It was our daughter's birthday and we took her and her boyfriend out to lunch. He is a cocktail specialist by profession and was very impressed with both the choice on offer and the flavours. Far better than most. I cant recommend this venue highly enough. It never disappoints and having eaten in other fine dining restaurants in Cheltenham we still put this at the top."
    dined on 11/03/2014
  • "Food was lovely, hovever, no chicken on the menu, which was very odd I thought. We had the chateaubriand, which was perfectly cooked and served, but a bit overpriced at £55.00. Service was very slow both in the restaurant and the cocktail bar. We waited about 5 minutes for our first cocktail, so when they came, we ordered another straightaway. We weren' t in a particular rush so it didnt mind that the food was slow, but you get a bit twitchy when you keep have=ing to mither the waiting staff."
    dined on 10/03/2014
  • "Fantastic food! The Scallops were possibly the best restaurant starter I have ever had. Suggest you arrive a little earlier and have a cocktail in the bar. Not an inexpensive night out, but well worth it for a special occasion."
    dined on 08/03/2014