Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham (2006)

Suffolk Parade and Suffolk Street are in the heart of Cheltenham's chic, bohemian Montpellier district. They contain an ever-shifting range of restaurants - sadly the owners of one of the best ones have just decamped to Australia - in addition to an enormous variety of fascinating antique and interior shops.

Zizzi - Upmarket Pizzeria

A beautiful honey-coloured Georgian gothic church converted by the dependable Zizzi chain into a highly popular restaurant. Come here for good quality Italian cuisine at very reasonable prices, with a wide range of pizzas, pasta and salads. Eat delicious fusilli con gorgonzola while you contemplate higher things.

Le Champignon Sauvage - French

A celebrated French restaurant with two Michelin stars, Le Champignon Sauvage is a friendly, intimate eaterie with warm yellow walls and attractive modern art on the walls. In its 20-year history it has won whole barrowloads of accolades. The three-course dinner costs 48 and features mouth-watering dishes like chump of Cotswold lamb with Jerusalem artichoke cream and globe artichokes with liquorice and almonds.

The Retreat - Wine Bar

A cosy wine bar with red walls and dark furniture, and a small terrace out at the back. Come here for a good-value lunch with unusual light bites, such as the goat's cheese with Italian sausage and redcurrant and port jelly on toasted bread.

Ole Tapas Bar - Tapas Bar

A small, friendly tapas bar on Suffolk Street, Ole serves tasty, authentic Spanish tapas, with delicious chorizo. Come here for a snack at lunchtime or for a full meal in the evening.

The Daffodil - Buzzing Brasserie

An exciting, stylish restaurant in the unusual surroundings of a converted Art Deco cinema, with an open kitchen in place of the big screen and 1920s artefacts lining the walls. Come here on Mondays and eat to the strains of live jazz. The service is excellent, and the modern British cuisine is mouth-watering.

Ruby Cantonese Restaurant - Chinese

One of the few Chinese restaurants in Cheltenham, Ruby is a gastronomic outpost of Chinese food surrounded by the antique shops of Suffolk Street. The food at Ruby is delicious, service is attentive and the Sunday buffet is delicious.

Brosh - Jewish

Raviv and Sharon Hadad make everything from scratch, from the cheese to the sourdough bread, in this excellent restaurant. The cuisine is largely Eastern Mediterranean, with dishes like braised fennel with baby artichoke and almond salad in a harissa dressing, and veal sweetbreads with cumin-infused butter.

Fact File

Parking:
There's a car park just round the corner in Suffolk Road, and another just off Bath Road.

Cash:
Withdraw cash in stylish surroundings at Lloyds TSB in Montpellier Walk.

Taxi:
Try Central Taxis (01242 228877) or A2B (01242 580580)

Public Toilets:
In Montpellier Gardens near the top of Montpellier Walk.

Pub:
The Suffolk Arms in Suffolk Street

Coffee Shop:
Moka is a friendly coffee shop in Suffolk Parade.

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