Malt at Cowley Manor

3.9
85 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Romance
  • Scenic View
Hidden inside a chic country house hotel just outside Cheltenham in the Cotswold countryside, Malt Restaurant at Cowley Manor is a feast for the senses. The nineteenth century manor house is rather grand in its Italianate stone and blousy wild country gardens studded with stately oaks, dramatic waterfalls and glistening fountains, its interior a balance of contemporary, colourful style and home comforts.

Reflecting Cowley Manor’s own unique blend of contemporary design and home-from-home comfort, the menus, under the direction of Head Chef David Kelman, allow you to share and socialise in beautiful surroundings. With a commitment to working with the seasons and trusted suppliers, the menus feature a selection of lighter dishes, salads, pizzas and heartier meals.

The terrace at Malt offers stunning views of Cowley Manor’s lakes and grounds and the adjacent bar with its open fireplace and panelled walls, makes a cosy spot for pre and post dinner drinks.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, Contemporary British, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast: Monday to Friday, 7.30am - 10.30am. Saturday and Sunday 7.30am - 11.00am
Lunch: Monday to Saturday, 12pm - 2pm. Sunday lunch, 12.30pm - 3pm.
Afternoon Tea: Monday to Saturday, 2.30pm - 4.30pm.
Dinner: Sunday to Thursday, 7pm - 9pm. Friday & Saturday, 7pm - 9.30pm.
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Phone number
01242 870900
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
David Kelman
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

Chateaubriand for 2: £65

With a bottle of Montepulciano D'Abruzzo or Pontebello PInot Grigio. Includes bread and an amuse bouche.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 2 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 2 people

Starts: 22 November 2018

Ends: 30 December 2018

Availability: Sun-Thu 19:00-20:45

Dinner: 2 courses £38

A choice of starter and main or main and dessert, includes bread and an amuse bouche.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 22 November 2018

Ends: 30 December 2018

Availability: Daily 19:00-20:45

Sunday Lunch: 2/3 courses £22/£28

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 25 November 2018

Ends: 30 December 2018

Availability: Sun 12:30-15:00

Afternoon Tea: £20

From a set menu. With a glass of champagne £25.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 22 November 2018

Ends: 30 December 2018

Availability: Mon-Sat 14:00-16:30

What 85 People Are Saying
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KN
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and my husband really enjoyed our afternoon at Cowley Manor, the food was very nice and the staff very friendly and polite, many thanks

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

delicious food,good ambiance,price reasonable

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Two mains (duck and beef) both with the same very salty sauce. Lukewarm vegetables, potatoes not what was on the menu. One starter arrived, 10 minutes later we had to ask for the second. Small refund given, but prices were high.

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GM
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

We booked a table ahead of our stay at Cowley Manor, and to start the review on a positive, the food was exceptional and can't be faulted at all, I would definitely go back just for the quality of the food. The overall experience was however completely let down by the poor service we received from both the restaurant and bar staff. Before our meal we visited the main bar for some drinks and one of the two bar men just looked at us when we ordered our drinks and made no attempt at customer service, this was in contrast to the other barman who actually made an effort to talk to us and was pleasant enough so we didn't let this bother us too much. What was unacceptable however was the quality of the service in the restaurant. The service was extremely slow and the waiters were inattentive throughout our meal. We waited over an hour to be served our main course and had to go and ask if there was an issue in the kitchen before it was eventually served. We were in the restaurant for over 2 hours due to the slow service, we had to go and ask the waiters if we could order drinks and there were no updates on the order, no checks to ensure the food was ok and plates from our starters were left on the table all evening. I understand that things happen and service can be effected from time to time but at no point during the evening did anyone come over and update us or apologise for the wait. When we asked if the was a problem the manager came over and didn't really offer much explanation or apology, only saying that they had had a table of 4 and a table of 5 before us. I don't work in catering industry but a table of 4 or 5 should not be considered exceptional and doesn't justify the poor service experienced. We also saw at least two other tables complain as well during our meal and ended up being one of the last diners to leave despite arriving at 8:15pm.

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l
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Our Sunday lunch booking was let down by poor service. We waited 55 minutes for our meals to be served and there was an embarrassingly long delay before our vegetables arrived. We had to ask for sauces and there was also a further long delay when we wanted to pay and so we had to find someone at the bar. There were three waiters on duty, two of which we hardly saw and one had a food stain down the front of his black jacket. Not the sort of standards you would expect from this type of establishment. Luckily we didn’t want desserts as I noticed on our booking our table was only held from 1pm to 2.30pm and our meals weren’t served until 1.55pm and the restaurant was almost empty. We were very disappointed as on this occasion we had invited guests, having previously had good experiences of the restaurant. Even the view of the gardens was spoilt by what looked like black mobile toilets and chairs on the front lawn. We will not be rushing to return or recommend.

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RB
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Disappointing meal. Beautiful dining room set high expectations and the pre- starter amuse bouche was a delicious carrot and ginger soup. Terrine starter was ok but bread was poor. Beef fillet was tough and not good. Service was adequate but none of the staff seemed to go the extra mile.

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JN
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately due to a massive mistake by Opentable Cowley manor was put in a very awkward position last night. I had booked dinner for 2 at 8pm only to find that on arrival there was a private function and the hotel was closed to non residents! So I cannot review Malt as we didn’t actually manage to dine there. Very disappointing evening. Thanks Open table.

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GL
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was good, food even better and not many places better to sit and look upon whilst eating outside.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an amazing experience, fantastic food, great service and beautiful views to the acres of land that surround Cowley Manor.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful meal, well presented and delicious food. The choices were good, and prices not too bad. The drinks were expensive, but very extensive choices.

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LC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Location was beautiful. Set in well maintained grounds and set in a huge Manor house, the restaurant churns out beautiful quality and well presented food that's fairly priced. Would definitely go again. Restaurant ambience and decor is well thought out and is the ideal romantic setting.

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A relaxed place for a family get together. Very good for children's food but bar tables are quite low for pre school youngsters. We were allocated a special breakfast room for 9 which worked well. Evening main dining was basic British and not haut cuisine.

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AW
Gloucestershire
11 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was exceptional. Service was strange, a little lacking in tact and connection but well-meaning.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great service, relaxed yet refined.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great attentive service
Best wine menu I’ve seen in ages
Very kind regarding my being gluten free
Delicious flavours cooked well.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and great service. It's pretty pricey and you will need a side with the main courses but they are great.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a stunning venue, food was superb although the beef could have done with twice the amount... staff were very polite and friendly and the attmophie was pleasant.

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OT
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

First time,beatiful place with beautiful views,but the food was ok.
We were quit dissapointed,we read the reviews,so we looked really forward to it.But we had better meals in also nice places.
3 meals we couldn't choose from,so not much choice left.
They made a surprise mocktail for my daughter, she didn't like it,but we had to pay £7.- for it.
Maybe come back for lunch,because of the beautiful views,but not coming back for dinner,its not worth the money.

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SF
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The setting is exquisite. Both the set menu and lunch time menu have some really delicious options. I had the lamb which was perfect. I have found that the stock answer to vegetarians is some variation on goats cheese; Malt was no different, my wife enjoyed it, but more could be offered. Really reasonably priced and I would be happy to take the kids in the summer and let them run around on the lawn. I am not sure how happy paying guests would be however. All in all a really enjoyable lunch and somewhere I absolutely recommend.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine, in a modern and elegant atmosphere. We especially liked the cocktails which were creative and delicious. The service was everything you expect from a topknot restaurant.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls spa break, we dined here in the evening, fabulous menu, great ingredients, food divine. Will definitely be returning

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s
London
96 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I've written a review without it being remembered by the system.. So it must be good.

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CX
London
14 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2017
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 2

We were staying at the hotel and booked Malt for our first evening there. The food and wine were good, but service (although very charming!) not great.

Atmosphere is also much more lacklustre than the excellent Green Dragon, which is a 5-10 min walk away.

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ID
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A really attractive Manor House set in beautiful grounds. Excellent dining room, good food and very courteous efficient service. Highly recommended.

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a very enjoyable Valentines meal. Great welcome, very helpful staff, lovely ambience in restaurant lounge and bar. had a flaming cocktail, which was impressively served. lovely sitting by the fire in the lounge with after dinner drinks. Pretty much faultless and food was very good too.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely country house with an unusual contemporary interior, set in beautiful traditional gardens. Lunch was good quality though we felt quite a limited menu, the staff were all very helpful and we both agreed it was all priced competitively.
We particularly enjoyed drinking our cocktails in the gardens before our lunch, I can highly recommend the Bloody Mary!

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S
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked through open table app. On arrival the reception knew we were coming and made us very welcome. We sat in the lounge with a roaring log fire and enjoyed canapés. The meal arrived quickly and was cooked to perfection. There was a good choice on the menu. Drinks were a little expensive and I suggest buying a bottle of wine rather than by the glass. The evening had a nice relaxed atmosphere throughout. Would definitely return.

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q
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The exterior is imposing, effectively illuminated at night.. The welcome at reception was prompt and efficient and we were taken through to the large bar area. This looked and sounded like a crèche- at 8 30 in the evening- and wS not a restful place for a quiet pre dinner drink. The service was good-a barman who knew how to make a dry martini- and an over worked waitress who delivered drinks, nibbles and menus with commendable efficiency.

The dining room was suitably traditional-wood paneling etc- but the tables were squashed together in a way that made private conversation I'mpossible.

White wine was served correctly chilled but even after half an hour the red was still cold and the remedy was to plunge it into warm water!.

Pigeon breast starter was excellent-pink and tender yet with good gamey flavour. The main course pheasant lacked all flavour and was overlooked but the pork that came with it was delicious. The venison was also rated as excellent and expertly cooked-again nicely pink.

A warm Acheron completed the meal though the bread that was served with it was ordinary-unlike the excellent bread that was provided at the start of the meal.

The whole experience was a curious mixture- some parts very good but others really quite off putting. The experience in the bar was odd with subdued lighting and an attempt to create an intimate atmosphere clashing with noisy children, the clatter of people eating and chairs that were apparently designed for children and not 6 foot adults.

Similarly the service in the restaurant was enthusiastic and cheerful but at £80 a head I expected better.

Ditto the food which wobbled fro excellent to ordinary.

This place has real potential but it needs consistency and it must decide what it's core market is. At present it seems to be trying to do to much of everything with inevitable results.

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G
London
19 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Stunning venue for a wonderful birthday meal! Gorgeous food, great service - a real treat for a special occasion. I only wished I could stay the night too.

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TW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2013
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Went here for a date. The food was good but the service was very personal and outstanding - we were offered the private use of the "library lounge" for drinks after dinner and the hotel was happy for us to stay there till the early hours, even bringing us complimentary champagne.

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YT
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A fairytale location, in fact rumour has it that Lewis Carroll took inspiration from here to write Alice in Wonderland, and it is fair to say the place is magical! The decor is great but despite its designer feel it is welcoming and appealing to both adults and kids. The cocktail menu was extensive and the staff very happy and willing to help. The menu was really interesting and I tried the lemon salad which could have also been on the dessert menu too - but it worked! We both enjoyed the steak locally sourced and still found time for a delicious dessert and a night cap. All in all a really good experience.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2012
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for a special anniversary meal.
Impressed with the decor though drab colours.
Greeted by 'amuse-buche consisting of 2 tiny (smaller than a 50p coin) on a plate put in front of my partner . We waited for mine and was then told they were for both of us. They were a small piece of smoked salmon on a crisp bread.
My partner had Celeriac Soup which was absolutely delicious and I had Duck Confit which was a little bland.
Main courses were Risotto being really mushy though tasty and Belly of Pork which again was a small portion
No deserts and average coffee. The bill was £90 with service and considered to be average for this type of establishment but a little disappointing when it came to a 'dining experience'. Staff were good esp Deputy RM

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p
Yorkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2012
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Cowley Manor is a stunning building in a splendid setting. The dining room reflects the building, a grand room looking out over the terrace to rolling lawns and a lake with woodland beyond. We received a warm welcome both from staff at reception and their young colleagues in the dining room. We opted for a starter and main course and shared a dessert. Coffee was taken in the lounge next door. The starter of tempura of scallops and samphire was a little surprising in its presentation - the scallops were excellent though. The main course of plaice was let down with gritty spinach. The dessert of treacle tart and ice cream was delicious. The staff were chatty and attentive and the courses were well paced, which made for a pleasant meal.

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f
London
34 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved this place, went with my girlfriiend, to start the venue is pretty awesome, the place is huge!! The lady that took care of our table was lovely, great a recommending what was best on the menu and she was right. Wines was great too (even bought a bottle to take home with us :))...i couldnt fault the place. Next time I am in the area i will certianly go back. Cheers

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B
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2012
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very pleasant, obliging and competent waiters. No complaints about the quality of the food, but everything we had I could have prepared myself - and I would rate myself as just an average-to-good cook. Presentation uninspired. Not struck either by the dining room decor - beautiful old panelled walls with rather out-of-keeping tall cone light fittings and retro chairs and benches. It was still a very pleasant evening.

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S
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2012
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dads 75th : Treat, And almost typically British experience: Food was good and they even gave us a complimentary glass of bubbly given the special ocasion. The two senior supervisors ; were good however junior staff with untucked shirts and no knowledge of the food and wine really let the place down. We had drinks in the bar first and the chap who brought them could not be bothered to put the mats down by crouching down but instead literally threw them towards us on the table; same with dinner

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N
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was beautifully cooked and presented with a very innovative menu,items such as parsnip icecream,pear cheescake and black pudding salad were new to us. The foods were put together perfectly.
The manor is beautiful and we enjoyed a walk in the grounds before eating. The toilets are very grand with fresh flowers, handcream and individual towels.
The bar is very quirky and pleasant.
The wine is expensive,but that is our only critisism. A great experience.

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KC
Gloucestershire
24 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we went to cowley Manor for dinner on a busy saturday evening and found the food and service great

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My partner and I had a really nice meal here, the food and service was great! Would definitely good back.

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Y
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2011
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We arrived at Cowley Manor and really liked the location and initial impression. The restaurant had a nice modern feel with music playing in the background. However the main courses did not meet our expectations my husband had lamb which was chewy and not very appealing. I had pork belly this was dry and tasteless with a really disgusting potato bubble and squeak. The portions were under seasoned and boring. We were offered a complementary dessert this was also not very appealing and just ok.

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