The Coconut Tree

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Sri Lankan

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Casual
Good Vegetarian Options
Enjoy the warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality & cuisine, our dishes are rich in Ceylon spices with recipes going back generations from our very own parents kitchens. Try a traditional Hopper, Kotthu and Devilled dishes, mix them with our tapas style menu. Spoil yourself with our Cocotails, beers & fine wines. We’re known for groups and celebrations, an organisers dream with no need pre order. Cheltenham's interiors feature exposed brickwork, The Coconut Tree signature 'penny bar' and enclosed rear garden.
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KS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty, imaginative food, served in funky surroundings.

We were pleased we had an early booking as it took a while for all our food to arrive - because it is cooked fresh and there are lots of dishes.

Flavoursome but not uncomfortably hot spice wise.

Great choice of vegan food.

AH
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food but let down by service - waited over 20 mins for drinks and then another half hour before any food came. Food was really tasty though

MF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and atmosphere .. can’t wait to go back!

OT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as usual and Pippy our waiter was ace! Highly recommend but make sure to book in advance! It’s very popular. (Cheltenham restaurant)

LD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and the staff were nice to talk to and when I asked, made a few suggestions from the menu which I would recommend doing.
It was pretty busy but not crowded, a nice chill atmosphere

SF
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and was delivered to us not long after ordering!

TE
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent cocktails, decent food at a fair price and friendly service too.

Try the Chocolate Old Fashioned, one of the best drinks in town ✌️

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Was lovely to enjoy good food with my family in a lovely warm environment, always love the vibe and music thanks again.

r
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn't know what to try, so we asked for a range of recommendations and had a mix of about six fabulous dishes, hot, spicy and tasty, served by People who struck the balance between being attentive and unobtrusive - always with a smile!

FD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really nice food, flavours of some the dishes are incredible, nice chilled vibe in the restaurant , very busy, dessert was not as great as mains, but don’t let that put you off, we will go back again and try some different dishes.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place always buzzing, food amazing, lovely friendly staff

CR
Gloucestershire
10 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food, really tasty and flavoursome. Great cocktails too. We'll be back!

AS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was slower than normal, and it took quite a while to have even our drink orders taken, which is unusual here. Probably just a one off.

LB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was really good, tapas style so small plates that came out when ready. Initial advice on menu choices was also good. Food was quick to the table mostly and very tasty and delicious. The vibe and the main restaurant had a great atmosphere, and as it's street food the seating is more on stools/benches than seats. Unfortunately, we were sat at the back which was a bit cold and lacking in atmosphere, and also may have contributed to the, shall we say, 'relaxed' attitude to the service. Although the staff walked by us many times as we were near the kitchen, we had to go to the bar to ask for service twice, and weren't offered a desert menu. The service has contributed to only being able to award 3 stars.

C
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For something a little different this is your place. It’s quirky, the food is tasty and the cocktails are fab.

If the menu changed more frequently we’d go more often.

JA
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Good was ok nothing special. Was nice to eat somewhere different but probably wouldn't go back

l
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, very friendly staff and nice drinks!

MJ
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and great fun....the cocktails aren’t bad either! :-)

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food. Wanted to try so many of the dishes and with 4 of us we did order about 12. Every single one was delicious. And 2 for £10 or 2 for £12 cocktails were really good too. We will definitely be back.

KG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is always fantastic.
Service was a little slow this time around 30 minutes before we got a drink and 50 minutes before food. It was reasonably busy but not rammed on a Thursday night

L
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, bursting with flavours! Really nice atmosphere and very helpful staff! Will certainly go again!

BD
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As with previous visits, had a lovely evening with friends joining us from Manchester.

KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - second visit.
We ordered too much but still managed to eat most of it! Took the rest home.
Great flavours and a lovely mixture .

RH
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It would have received 5 stars if the Prawns or Black Pork had not been off the menu. Service was good, staff were polite, friendly and efficient. A little difficult to have a conversation due to the volume of the background music. On the whole worth a visit and I would go again.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TCT always has amazing food and ambience, and the Rio rumble cocktail is one of my favourites ever. Had my 18th bday party here and they were super great with organising the event (Naveen particularly!). Would definitely recommend!!

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always.

F
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Absolutely love The Coconut Tree. Fab food and great surroundings.
Friday night was really busy - no issue there - but the music was so loud I was having to yell at the person opposite me.
Love the buzz and hustle, just please can we take it down a tiny amount?
We’ll be back 😊

AM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great time with friends, the food is amazing. We said how much we wanted to spend per head and left the choice to the waiting staff, we devoured everything! The only downside is the lighting and the volume of the music, unfortunately we are all of an age where our sight and hearing is not what it was 🙁 Not that this will deter us from returning!

DB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

A great value lunch to celebrate a 50th Birthday. It was quiet as it was lunchtime but still a friendly atmosphere

SW
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buzzing, lively atmosphere, relaxed decor, warm welcome. Food was outstanding for the money - we ordered loads of food from the very tempting menu, had a couple of beers each and still came away paying just £60 with tip. We were so impressed that we searched the web for other locations, as the Coconut Tree is a small chain, but sadly there isn’t one in Essex - yet.

B
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic first visit! Keep doing what you’re doing guys! We’ll be back! Thanks for the surprise birthday cake too !

SH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food. Incredible value. First choice if planning a meal out.

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks so much for making our evening meal and taste of Sri Lankan street food so enjoyable

R
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I’ve been to the Coconut Tree many times before with friends, and it’s still my favourite place to eat!!! Yummy food and gorgeous cocktails. X

AB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great venu not far from the town centre. Great seating for groups, friendly staff who were happy to explain the dishes and allergens. Lots of vegan and gluten free options and a range of spice levels.

BC
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic SL street food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Great service and outstanding value. Can't wait for my next visit.

RH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The 4 plates per person was dear for £20. I would suggest splitting it between two people. As such, 8 x plates for two people for £20. £10 each.
Me and a friend could not finish it all and this would be wasted for customer and chef.

Otherwise could not fault it

H
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Very enjoyable evening and very well priced. I wold definitely recommend The Coconut Tree 10/10

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the “I can’t decide” option as it was my first time there. Best food decision I’ve ever made! The food, the vibe of the place- unbelievable!
A Must try if you haven’t already done so.

SL
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Extremely noisy. Food very very salty. 3 times requested tap water 3 times our request was ignored