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The Old Rectory

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The Old Rectory Main Road | Colesbourne, Cheltenham GL53 9NP, England
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Again I am at odds with the majority of reviewers it would seem. If you want old fashioned decor, strange,taste lacking, food combinations then this is the place for you. If prawn cocktail with banana, pate with kiwi fruit covered in paprika, braised tasteless duck and dried up bass with minimalist vegetables is your thing then you must visit this... More 

Thank Paul H
Bristol, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Really don't want to give a good review because I don't want anyone else knowing how fabulous this restaurant is in case I can't get booked in! Food and service amazing and the restaurant itself wonderfully comfortable and relaxed. We were made so welcome and can't wait to go back

Thank jillyw53
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3 reviews
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Seven of us had lunch, including my 92 year old wheelchair bound mother. The whole experience from booking by phone, to finding a reserved named parking space due wheelchair, to quality of food, and caring attitude of staff, was outstanding. Many of us had roast lamb which was the highest quality I have had for a long time. I had... More 

Thank mikebore
Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

A party of 13 of us met for Mother's 80th birthday and both the food and service were superb. One of our number got lost and the staff kept food warm and managed to delay one of the courses for her to catch up. Diana was calm and efficient and we had an absolutely lovely time. Highly recommended.

Thank CockshuttFam6
cheltenham uk
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99 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Had a wonderful Christmas meal here with friends last evening, it was just perfect, Diana and Sean know exactly what their customers like. The trout for the first course was amazing as was the venison and halibut for the main courses. Others had different meals and were equally delighted. As for the puds, what a lovely selection, so difficult to... More 

Thank lyn r
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is a fantastic place to eat if you want something that is not the same as everywhere else. Two rooms of nicknacks and curiosities might make you think that the food will be old fashioned too, but on every occasion that I have eaten here, the food has been of a high quality and flavoursome. Well worth a visit.

Thank 45Debbie
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We booked a table for dinner for a birthday celebration after passing it on many occasions. The place is tucked away off the road and is easy to find. The dining space is small but there was ample room around our table when we visited. It is rather like going to friends for supper - and it was very friendly... More 

Thank Elaine S
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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210 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

15 of us had a delicious 2 course lunch at this unique dining experience. Everything is home made and contains locally sourced ingredients. Courses are always delicious and desserts are to die for. Diana looked after us very well and her husband Sean cooked the lovely food. They also cater for special occasions. Booking recommended. Value for money!

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Not sure what to expect, but having read the reviews decided to take our adult family of four for dinner. A very quaint building with loads of character in small, but well-cared for gardens. We were invited in by the owner, a very polite and friendly lady. We would have liked our pre-dinner drinks in a sitting-room or lounge, but... More 

Thank Keith W
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

This is a lovely place with enormous charm and old fashioned elegance. Very warm welcome to our rather noisy group of nine retirees. What a tremendous choice and quality of food! Everyone agreed it was first class. Thank you

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$33
British, French, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Old Rectory Main Road | Colesbourne, Cheltenham GL53 9NP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cotswolds  >  Cheltenham
  • Phone Number: 441242870120
Small cosy country restaurant, where we specialise in top quality Cotswold meats, fresh fish from Devon, and fresh seasonal vegetables. Scrumptious home made desserts, pies, & sauces. Private dinning room for small parties of all occasions, plus marquee catering for 50 guests with decorative carving buffet, in our lovely garden. We offer a warm welcome and friendly service.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?