This gorgeous Art Deco landmark began life as the first purpose-built picture-house back in 1922 - when the only thing on the menu was Mary Carr in the Hollywood silent movie blockbuster, Thunderclap. With its stylish pre-theatre lounge, perfume vending spritzers in the powder room, and England's first 'kissing seats', The Daffodil exuded an effortless grace that has been carried through to today's culinary incarnation. In fact, you can still see a pair of kissing seats occupying pride of place in the Terrazzo mosaic foyer.
The sense of history is one of The Daffodil's most appealing features - diners flock to enjoy its unique retro style, vintage appeal and stunning cuisine. Within the vibrant open kitchen, a new kind of theatre is played out every day, thanks to expert head chef Tom Rains (formerly of The Berkeley and Claridge's, among others) and his team.
Perhaps start with a curtain-raising cocktail to warm-up before the culinary spectacular begins. You might try the warm salad of pheasant, bacon, mushrooms and poached egg with a red wine dressing, or the twice-baked Double Gloucester souffle with English truffle oil, for example. Main courses include the catch of the day from the market, as well as show-stoppers such as the roast cod with soft boiled egg, cauliflower, salt cod, rice and curry sauce, or the beautifully presented oxtail pudding with beef fillet, swede puree, onion rings, carrots and thyme jus. Steak lovers will be pleased to discover the finest fired cuts on offer, including British White sirloin from Hill View Farm in Gloucestershire and Devon Ruby Red rib-eye from Langford.
The soundtrack to the show? Well, visit on a Monday night or Saturday lunchtime and it'll be live jazz from some of the best UK artists - past events have seen the likes of Jamie Cullum and Kyle Eastwood.
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Disabled facilities available
18-20 Suffolk Parade, Montpellier, Cheltenham, GL50 2AE (view on map)
Mon-Sat noon-5.30pm, 6pm-10pm