The Restaurant at Cowley Manor

4.4
170 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Hidden inside a chic country house hotel just outside Cheltenham in the Cotswold countryside, The 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 The Restaurant 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.
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LynneP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely setting, food and service was very good.
Would highly recommend and looking to go back again when the weather is a bit warmer.

PM
PamelaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They have made a wonderful job of providing shelter on their beautiful terrace, with a perfect view. They provided blankets and heaters, and we were blessed with sunshine. It was an absolute treat.

LG
LG17
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The terrace was really well set up for outside eating during Covid restrictions. I felt our table was far enough away from other diners and staff were really conscientious when they came into your space to deliver food and cleaned thoroughly between diners. The covered awning, patio heaters and blankets all made it weatherproof too. The extra touch of a decorated cake plate for my friend’s birthday was very thoughtful

MJ
MJB1
London
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely lunch at Cowley on a day with very mixed weather. They have clearly spent time and money on erecting a sturdy, but attractive, canopy over the outdoor terrace. There was some torrential rain while we were eating but we were completely protected so remained dry and, with the addition of heaters and blankets, warm too. Although it was busy, the tables were well spaced so we didn't feel too close to the other diners. The view at Cowley is absolutely beautiful - even in the rain - so it was great to be outdoors enjoying it, even with mixed weather. The food was very tasty - I had poached salmon and my friend had fish cake. The portions are never huge but it was enough, with side orders, to feel satisfied. Service was friendly - the only grumble was that it was quite slow (over 40 minutes before our food arrived!). But all in all, a very pleasant return to socialising (safely!)

BS
BronwynS
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We ate on the Terrace on a very windy, rainy day - one of our party was a little wet and it was very cold but the experience was still fabulous after so much lockdown.

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ctreviews
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Overall a beautiful place for afternoon tea. The scenery and location is amazing, and it is a quiet and calm place for tea. The quality of food was good but nothing extraordinary - fitting for the price. The service was fine but a bit slow - it took quite some time to get our afternoon tea platters, and when we asked for a tea refill midway through it took so long to get this that we had finished the food by the time it arrived. We also had asked for a refill on sandwiches to be told it is 4 pounds per extra plate - a bit surprised by this as I have never experienced a charge for refill at any of the afternoon teas I've been to in the past.

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Sydney
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Cowley Manor. The friendly staff, delicious food and stunning surroundings made it a perfect venue for our daughters 18th birthday lunch.

ER
EmmaR
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience for my Mums birthday. Great menu choice, lovely setting. Very relaxed, staff very helpful and welcoming. Lovely surprise for the complementary cake and candle at the end of the meal.

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Anon
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely afternoon tea with delightful view of the garden, sheltered outdoor seating and great service. The food was delicious too

VP
VanillaPod
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea experience on the terrace in the sunshine. Felt very covid safe and the afternoon tea was delicious.

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out4food
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a reunion with my lovely friend after such a long time this venue was perfect. Gorgeous environment and delicious food with the bonus Imogen amazing weather.

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Lucie
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Thank you for a lovely day!

KC
KazzaCotswolds
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, beautiful location, attentive staff and wonderful food.... however
I asked for a Tom Collins cocktail which is a pretty basic cocktail and they got it completely wrong, nowhere near enough syrup if any, which is disappointing for a restaurant of this standard but maybe they didn't have the correct staff on that day. Anyway, I hate complaining so I fixed it myself with sachets of sugar which made it drinkable but they should maybe take note or not agree to make a cocktail if they don't know how .... especially considering the price of their cocktails.
Will be back despite this but stick to the cocktails on their menu I guess

NG
NicG
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining experience on the terrace.

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Danielle
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing setting with stunning views amazing service and delicious food

HW
HarrietW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a joy and a treat to visit Cowley Manor, excellent food and amazing surroundings

SD
SaraD
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

First time here.I thought it would be somewhere nice to go for my husband’s birthday. The food was disappointing, particularly the dessert ,a chocolate delice which was a dry bland sponge with a claggy mouse and some chocolate sauce. Can’t remember when I last left a dessert! The meal felt like there was no effort . We won’t be going again.

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Mike
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great setting and food was excellent.
Only one part I was not impressed with is that the woman on the table next to me was smoking. I would have thought you would ask if guests wish to smoke or not and put them together in one area like on the far left and you come in.

JT
vipJTl500
London
22 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious. The setting was incredible. The gentleman who showed us to the table was a little cold but the service was great after that. Considering the setting, the menu was great value.

NW
NaziaW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Cheltenham and they did not disappoint, despite COVID regulations. We went for a business lunch and it's fair to say our client went away very happy with the hospitality.

I would recommend paying a visit!

JT
JaneT
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent all round! Loved the environment and outlook across the gardens and parkland.

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LindaA
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvellous place and the food was perfect! Best roast beef I have eaten! We will be back several more times.

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marth1
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous location for our first `out of lockdown` lunch on terrace overlooking the extensive gardens. The weather was beautiful - however the hotel have awning and heaters, and blankets on hand should they be needed for al fresco dining. We will be back (if we can get a table!)

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ShanS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very accommodating and service was flawless. Food was a very high standard - plenty of choice and excellent flavours

JW
JanetW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Very good food and beautiful surroundings. Would definitely recommend.

TS
TerryS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food and service. Lovely to be able to eat out again and the terrace has been turned into a lovely dining area

RS
RobS
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The restaurant had obviously worked hard to enable customers to have as good an experience as possible during the current COVID-19 restrictions.

KC
KazzaCotswolds
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The surroundings, the food and the service here are all outstanding. I've had spa days, afternoon teas and a few evening dinners at Cowley Manor and even managed to come and watch some of your outdoor cinema when you were able to do this. I love the place and the friendly staff and would highly recommend to anyone

OT
OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunch at Cowley Manor is always an enjoyable experience, food and service exceptional and the whole place is decorated beautifully for Christmas.

SG
SeanG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Went for breakfast didn't get alll menu items as described

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was very friendly, but not quite up to scratch for such a smart hotel.

JF
JulieF
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely food and great service. Afternoon tea and champagne were really good quality and worth the money.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
26 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Continental breakfast has a good selection, but the pastries were the equivalent to a cheap low cost hotel. There are a couple of good bakeries in Cheltenham and would suggest the hotel review their supply chain for these.

I decided to pay extra for the full English, and in all honesty, I wish I had not. I could not eat more than a quarter of the sausage as it tasted like a cheap pork sausage. I was also served the smallest poached hens egg I have ever seen - you get the picture.

Overall, this hotel really really needs to up their game with the quality of their ingredients.

The service however was excellent and the waiting staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice food overall. Plates were super hot, but the food severed on them was just slightly warm and could have been hotter. The spiced cauliflower didn’t deserve to be called spiced as their really wasn’t any. The pork belly was lovely and morish.

VP
VanessaP
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The restaurant was freezing cold, I had to keep my snood abs coat on for most of the meal. It ruined it sadly.

GL
GregoryL
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had an outstanding birthday dinner for my wife. Crowley Manor is a beautiful place and the food matches the quality of the surroundings. The staff were very lovely too and we had a fab evening. We will be back!

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cotswolddiner
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love visiting this place. Always delights and our boys love the pool table!

FP
FamilyPorte
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. Food was amazing and we were treated to a happy anniversary plate of fruit and merengue

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Wistley
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ha e been to Cowley Manor for meals a few time and it never disappoints.
This occasion was for my wife’s birthday and the surprise pudding at the end was a real treat. Amazing setting, fantastic food and friendly staff made for a lovely meal.

RB
RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting, quality food presented stylishly. Cool modern / retro decor in a traditional stately home building. Good service from friendly staff. Would definitely eat there again.

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The Restaurant at Cowley Manor is rated 4.4 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.