The Daffodil
The Daffodil

The Daffodil

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedaffodil.com/
  • Phone: 01242 700 055x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Friday: Lunch 12:00pm - 2:30pm Afternoon Tea 3.00pm - 5.00pm & Dinner 6:00pm - 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: Modern European, British, Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Tom Rains
  • 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: The Daffodil is available to hire for sole occupancy from 100 to 140 guests.

    Our first floor mezzanine bar area overlooking the main restaurant is also available for smaller private parties of between 30 - 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Jules Sayer 01242 700 055x
  • 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: Street Parking
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!
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The Daffodil reviews from OpenTable diners
379 reviews since 20 October 2013
Average Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambience4.3
    Value3.8
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (300)romance (202)fit for foodies (158)group bookings (114)business meals (97)pre/post theatre (66)afternoon tea (62)brunch (34)outstanding value (34)sunday lunch (31)good vegetarian options (29)disabled access (19)child friendly (10)outdoor eating (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Had a wonderful evening with excellent food and service to match.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meal for two.
    PeaceUPATOWN
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Helpful staff at reception as I was running late due to an accident causing traffic. Told me my table would still be available even If I was half hour late. Taken straight to our table and offered drinks immediately. Fantastic starters, superb mains and a brilliant dessert to top off a wonderful evening at a restaurant I have already recommended to my friends.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • cheltlit2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I always love going to the Daffodil when I am in Cheltenham. It is a beautifully restored period building with a lovely vibe. Service and food is always good with very friendly staff. Great for special occasions. If you like eating somewhere ' different ' I would recommend here.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not How it was Last Time
    Albert
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Lunch started off a bit disappointing. There were only three other guests there and us. We were sat in a booth which was nice except that the music was too loud for us to enjoy our conversation. My guest asked the waitress if the music could be turned down. Nothing happened. Initially the waitress was attentive but half way through our meal, she seemed to forget about us. My fisherman's stew was a bit of fish , two clams, and some liquid. Not very impressive and not very tasty. I will not be going back.
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    afternoon tea
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  • Noisy, dark and expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Second and last visit to the Daffodil for us, we visited specifically for the Jazz on a Monday as my husband is a Jazz fan. The jazz was a cacophony of very loud noise and so much effort is invested in presentation of the food which is wasted as so dark. Very expensive
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  • Relaxing Art Deco restaurant
    Sunny2couple
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The Daffodil just gets better and better. Relaxing elegant dining surroundings and great food. Often have a jazz trio or quartet playing during Saturday lunchtimes. Great for a light lunch or celebratory meal. We love to treat ourselves to the Discover Menu from time to time.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Daffodil day
    EssexOnTour
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    In the run up to our meal at the Daffodil we had an e-mail and phone confirmation of our booking which gave an impression of organisation and efficiency which was borne out when we arrived early for our table and were taken to our table straight away. The service and welcome were very good indeed and the restaurant setting is just lovely- an old cinema brilliantly converted. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly but still felt special and we had a table in the 'circle' which meant we could see the jazz band and the kitchen. The food was ok- we both agreed that it was good but not outstanding- you are paying a bit for the ambience i think. The desserts were excellent so make room for those. Overall we were very happy but not blown away..
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    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor vegetarian options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The meat and fish eater in our group thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The two vegetarians had a poor experience. The mushroom dish was dry and flavourless. The special vegetarian option of bean curry was tasteless and poorly presented. The times reported last week that one in eight people are now vegetarian some of time. The daffodil could do better to meet this growing market. The restaurant itself is a superb venue, a converted cinema, great ambiance and friendly staff.
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    pre/post theatre, romance
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  • The Daffodil.
    PieCook
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The food was as you would expect but the service was poor. It took 20 minutes to get a cocktail and it arrived shortly after our meal.
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  • Monday night
    Wineinganddining
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    My first time at The Daffodil for jazz night and I will definitely be going back. Super busy for a Monday night but perfect service and efficiency from FOH and kitchen. I recommend this restaurant to everyone I know, it's just gorgeous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's not to like!?
    Lostcloud
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    Second visit here, this time with an overseas visitor and everything was perfect from the martinis (vespers v v excellent) to the cheese and puddings, not to exclude the jazz. Have been to the local Michelin starred restaurants and honestly, the Daffodil outstrips them for both food and ambience. The service is impeccable, quick and unobtrusive, yet v friendly. Worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • ccjcVIP
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    We ate on a Monday Jazz night. Great music, atmosphere and a special offer on martinis was on!
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    group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • specialtimes
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    We were really surprised how many people were dining on a Monday night. There was a wonderful ambience and the jazz band made our birthday really special.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Good Night
    Marcola
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Had a lovely meal here on a busy Saturday night. Couldn't fault the food. Good service by friendly and attentive staff. Any critism would be the position of our table was in a very dark area which made it difficult to read the menus. Also the drinks are rather over priced ( even for Cheltenham ) Having said that it is still somewhere I would always choose for a special occasion.
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    group bookings, special occasions
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  • Just Excellent
    Marcusinstroud
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    The Daffodil is unpretentious, but ambitious, it's art deco, but modern, it's fast paced, but relaxed, it's wonderful Lunch was spectacular, with some lovely choices (Pork Belly was to die for) The pudding selection is the fast track to coronary care. Tom Rains leads a great team in the kitchen, Ben out front is warm, gregarious, fun and lively. Nothing is too much trouble and you will leave very satisfied. Oh a good tip, buy wine by the carafe, great way of having different wines with different courses or if one of you is driving and you don't fancy a bottle,
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence
    Boots
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    My partner has treated me to dinner at the Dafodil on several occasions. We have taken the parents for sunday lunch, saturday night dinner and we have dined alone for celebrations. We also attended a wedding there. The staff are friendly, the food very tasty. It is a large dining room but there is always a lot going on. You can see straight into the food preparation area, the dining room has high ceilings and booths and tables. The bar is great, the cocktails even better. Its a chance to dress up and feel very special. We would absolutely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Dallies
    2spoilpeople
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Since I heard of this treat, I'm spoil everyone to your dinning experience, especially with your fabulous food and very attentive staff. My father has taken note and will be using you to have relaxed business meeting, as he said the food is more then filling and extremely tasty. The added touch, of the table firework was lovely, so a huge thank you for a lovely anniversary meal. Which was very much enjoyed.
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    outstanding value
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    The Food and Service were both first class, we went on a Monday night partly due to it being my wife's birthday and also because there was live Jazz at the Daffodil, unfortunately we were sat at a table where we could not see the musicians and the interaction from other diners was very poor and the music just became a bit of a back ground noise.
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    special occasions
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  • Dailies menu is a wonderful deal
    DustyD
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    Four of us had a delicious dinner on Monday night at the Daffodil. We booked our table for 7.00 pm in order to order from the dailies menu which offers 3 courses for on £16! There were three nice choices for each course and the food when it came was absolutely delicious. In addition, there was a great quartet playing live music. The service was very good and the decor of the Daffodil is a lovely Art Deco converted cinema.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    annonymous
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    been here once before on christmas eve, whilst the prices are up there, each bite is totally worth it. Spent a few hours post-meal in the circle bar which was fantastic, great night and a brilliant place :)
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance
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  • Rather noisy
    Hardofhearing
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    Great place as long as you don't want a quiet chat. The huge room seems full of noise. I requested a quiet table and was given probably the quietest, under some stairs. It was still very noisy.
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    good vegetarian options
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  • Consistently excellent
    Mark
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    Another great lunch at the Daffodil. Wife enjoyed meal from main menu and I enjoyed the lunch fixed price three courses. A fantastic building, great food, great service. Love it.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent again!
    A1DinerVIP
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    We've been to The Daffodil before and it was excellent again! It's simply high in standard consistently!
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    We went for lunch at The Daffodil as part of our wedding anniversary celebrations. The food, ambiance and service was outstanding. The jazz band dedicated a song to us and we were made to feel really special. If in Cheltenham again would definitely book to go again. Highly recommended.
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    outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    I love the atmosphere at The Daffodil but I think because we arrived early on Saturday lunchtime and we were the only people there for a little while, it lost something of its ambience. The service was excellent but I think, a little too speedy. We ordered at 12.30 and were ready to leave after two courses by 12.50 - so felt it was all just too quick to enjoy. The jazz did add to the atmosphere.
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    business meals, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We were sat in a dark corner, which although romantic made it quite hard to see what we were eating and read the menu! The food was good but a little overpriced for the quality. The puddings taster was really nice and enough for three.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    If you want a quiet dinner with good conversation this is not the place for you. If you like music and entertainment whilst you eat then go for it. Only disappointment was a lack vegetables on the menu.
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  • Excellent lunch
    raredinerout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is a very interesting interior where the welcome and service is just right; expert but not fussy. The food is very good with a good range of dishes. The "Specials menu" offers excellent value. The only minor criticism is that for me the music (perfectly acceptable jazz) was a bit too loud given that the restaurant was very sparsely populated. This restaurant will certainly go on our list of venues for outings with guests or special occasions.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Lovely food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Lovely food, wine was overpriced for the measure received
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  • Very Different
    Goodeater
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We were in Cheltenham from West London for the weekend and this was a very nice and different dining experience A bit taken aback by the vast former cinema but there was a good atmosphere pretty quickly. The food was fantastic with all in our party of 4 agreeing the steaks and sea bass done very well We popped upstairs to the circle bar and had a nice relaxed few cocktails but only one tiny grumble here in that the blender was broken and our waitress missed out on us buying another round (and a tip) due to not being around us often if at all. We'll be in Cheltenham a few times next 7 months and would definitely use this place again.
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance
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  • Jazz lunch!
    jazzgourmets
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We were welcomed the moment we arrived and chaperoned to our lovely table with perfect view of the jazz trio. The maitre d' couldn't have been more attentive; the service was superb, and the food was prepared with precision, tasted wonderful and was art on a slate plate! I went for the monkfish 'scampi', which was sumptuous, but the minted peas stole the show. My husband had the set lunch menu, and his Asian twisted salmon was to die for! We've lived in Cheltenham for ten years, and this was our first visit to The Daffodil! It won't be our last!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Perfect anniversary
    loveMI
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We enjoyed our 10 year wedding anniversary dinner here and loved it. They were so kind in going above and beyond to make the evening a special event for us. The food was very good and such a cool atmosphere. We really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Midweek Lunch
    CheltenhamDiner1
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Good range of menu choices and good warm attentive service. Dessert was excellent
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  • Natlander
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Lovely location. Loved the soufflé. Jazz night was good. Enjoyed the pre-dinner cocktails.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good birthday treat.
    Meva
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    The whole process, from booking to payment handled well, in a friendly and efficient manner. Good range of cocktails, nice menus, loved the cine theme running through everything, nice jazz night.
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    good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    julie
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    as always a very beautifull meal with outstanding service
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Bearnaise ever!
    sioden
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    We were greeted very warmly when we arrived and taken to the circle bar for cocktails before our meal. Cocktails were expertly made and the lunchtime jazz complemented brilliantly! We had various starters and mains and a few desserts, as well as a very good bottle of red wine. The highlight for me was the chateaubriand, with the best Béarnaise sauce I've ever had! One of the party had the strawberries for dessert - which she proclaimed was the best dessert she'd ever had as well. Many people were starting to have afternoon teas by the time we left, which looked wonderful. A return trip is definitely on the cards!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent evening
    philtina2014
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    We ate here last Friday and was amazed at the food and service, our first time here and it wont be our last, I had the belly pork and it was as good or even better than some of the Michelin star restaurant's we ate in. The service was also brilliant , again just as good if not better than other restaurant's we been too. We took the opportunity to have a bottle of champagne at half price which was a surprise as we didn't know of the offer. we also went upstairs at the end of our meal and drank some more champagne , great setting to sit and watch the chef at work
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 star, red carpet treatment
    FineDiner5
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our evening at The Daffodil immensely! The Maitre'D was very engaging, the table service was faultless: perfectly timed, attentive but not too overbearing. The decor is lovely and we enjoyed hearing about the history of the building.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambience on Jazz Night
    JulianH
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    Great food, great service, but above all great atmosphere. the whole package made it a wonderful venue for my wife and I to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. If we lived nearby we'd be there on a regular basis!
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    business meals, disabled access, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.