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Svea Cafe and Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
European, Swedish, Scandinavian
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24 Rodney Road, Cheltenham GL50 1JJ, England
+44 1242 238134
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
Thu - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A gem, just off the beaten track in Cheltenham. We make a two-hour drive several times a year to enjoy the authentic and fresh Scandinavian food cooked on the premises by the ever-smiling Swedish proprietress. Favourite dish? Perhaps the Jansson's Temptation, a potato and anchovy gratin.But everything is good.

Thank Michael T
Birgitta S, Owner at Svea Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review. Unfortunately I have to let you know that as of this weekend just gone we are now closed due unavailability of lease. Future plans unknown at the moment. Regards Birgitta More 

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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We received a wonderful warm and friendly welcome from the female owner on Saturday evening. Do not be fooled by the 'cafe' style interior, the food served was excellent and offered great value for money. My husband and I ordered the Smorgasbord... the herrings simply melted in the mouth and all of the other items were delicious. Our main courses... More 

Thank 1973FMD
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Thought we would try a nice swedish light meal for lunch My wife and I popped into SVEA -big mistake indeed just us and one other couple there -not much atmosphere at all and seats very hard to sit on Ordered 2 light meals and drinks from a young man who appeared not to know much at all - soup... More 

Thank OffaGloucester
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

I had a lovely evening in there, absolutely perfect, nothing to complain, I loved the starter which was the a little of everything, my boyfriend had the meatballs, and I had the beef, both really nice. The atmosphere is really cosy and the lady who severed us she was so nice. Thank you 😊

Thank Pâmela T
Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

It's been a memorable dinner for us all with nice staff to finish the day with a big smile!🍰🥗 Emma The salad was best in the book and the cod had the same amount of superbly great food😘🐟 Lucie✅ This place is a brilliant find, relaxed atmosphere, very friendly, especially with the children. My absolute favourite was the smorgasbord herrings,... More 

Thank Richard A
Cephalonia, Greece
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

The best homemade cinnamon buns in Cheltenham! Lovely Swedish cafe just off the high street. Would recommend!

Thank Athina99
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We needed to arrive before their opening time and so i called ahead and that was no problem. Flexibility is rare nowadays! Table was ready and service was quick enough to allow us to eat then get to the theatre on time without being rushed. The atmosphere was lovely. Feels like you are in your swedish grandmothers dining room. Authentic... More 

Thank Jules2606
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

I am truly impressed at the amazing care and kindness of staff, it renews my faith in true service and customer care. I have to say I would every time choose this friendly "nothing is too much bother" individual attention over the run of the mill restaurant industry ethos today. It was outstanding, oh and the food lovely flavours that... More 

Thank rmwhi
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This small , gentle restaurant is unassuming and all the better for it . Relaxing calming and gentle. At a pace that is charming -simple yet tasteful meals and lunchtime snacks are served. The open sandwiches were just what we wanted for lunch followed by homemade apple cake with icecream. We had hesitated on entering but were glad we did.

1 Thank Joanne H
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

This is a great place to avoid the 'chain food' experience. Never disappointed here. Take the walk off the main street and find Svea and support this little gem. Interesting menu and very tasty food. Lovely smiley Swedish owner makes you feel very welcome.

Thank Carrob10

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, Swedish, Scandinavian
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 Rodney Road, Cheltenham GL50 1JJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cotswolds  >  Cheltenham
  • Phone Number: +44 1242 238134

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?