Svea café & restaurang, Cheltenham


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Svea café & restaurang is in the centre of Cheltenham. It is a café during the day (Tuesday to Saturday) and transformed to a restaurant in the evening (Thursday to Saturday).



From the outside it is very discrete, no doubt because it is in a conservation area. As you walk down from the High Street the little green logo outside is all the indicates the presence of a restaurant. Inside it is charming and homely with various knickknacks and momentos from Sweden, including some lovely old cookery books.

Svea has been established for about 7 years and has a steady lunchtime trade. It is very busy on the first Saturday of the month, when it is nearly always fully booked, for an impressive smörgåsbord.  It also tends to be busy for special events such as their julbord (traditional Christmas buffet) and Lucia. Otherwise it can be very quiet in the evenings.

Staff are friendly and service is good. (Service is left to customer's discretion.) Staff are knowledgeable and will enjoy explaining the menu or teaching you how to pronounce items.



Cakes, pastries and open sandwiches are what they do best. The variety on offer on their smörgåsbord evenings attracts a loyal following. Food is reasonably priced with starters in the evening at around £6 or £7 and main courses between £12 and £15. The menu varies regularly and usually includes some specials.


Food 8
Service 9
Value 8
Atmosphere 7

An excellent café which is highly rated for lunches and special events such as smörgåsbord or julbord. Unfortunately the menu is not really quite interesting enough to compete well with other nearby restaurants on a Friday and Saturday night which is why it can be bit too quiet unless they have a special event on.


Address: 24 Rodney Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1JJ

Telephone: +441242238134


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