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The Real China

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Unit 12 The Brewery, Cheltenham GL50 4AA, England
01242 250 088
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed one night In Cheltenham and decided to go out for a bite to eat and choose the real china. There was four of us myself, wife and two children and must say we all enjoyed the different choices in which there was many including deserts. The service was very good and prices were excellent for what you get... More 

Thank Gary H
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Myself and my husband had our first child free lunch out in two years and came here before going to the cinema. Right from being sat at a table it was a confusing experience, it took ages for someone to ask us what we want to drink and no one explained about the buffet etc. When we went up to... More 

Thank Hd84
Colwall, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's OK. Let's get realistic... if you went to a pub you'd pay more for a single course than the £6.95 that buys you free choice from a pretty reasonable 3 course buffet. OK this isn't a gourmet offering but, as a former resident of London, I can tell you that you'd pay at least a couple of quid more... More 

Thank eyecooper
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Come here semi frequently. The food is quite hit and miss really, sometimes it's great, with a lot of selection and really fresh dishes, and other times it's not so great, but there's always enough to provide a filling convenient and reasonably priced meal. Considering the all you can eat buffet nature of the establishment slight lack of consistency is... More 

Thank Seaapple
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decent all-you-can-eat buffet - variety is pretty good, and everything has always been hot whenever I've visited. Good price particularly for lunch

Thank ConChaps
Worcester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Gross! Enough said. Battered prawns with shells still on unrecognizable meat and my friend nearly gagged on the batter on his chicken. Totally utterly disgusting and looked liked they were used to customers refusing to pay which is what WE did paid for drinks. Wouldn't have fed food to my dogs.

Thank ang k
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You could not give the food away it was that bad! The batter on the chicken ball was like a wet sludge and made me gag!!! What made it worse on Complaining about it the manager they did not adress us and did not care!! The food was 💩

Thank Dan T
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Visited this evening (Sat 11th June). It was around 7.30pm and the so called "all you can eat" buffet was half empty. Empty dishes all over the place. When you asked a member of staff to top up the empty dishes you got the "cannot understand English" reply! A complete disgrace. Quality of the food was horrific. Cheap, Cheap, Cheap!... More 

1 Thank Tony01UK
New York City, New York
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503 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

We felt like Chinese and this restaurant was the closest to our hotel. One of us is allergic to onions and garlic and they made sure she had a large variety of food to eat especially shrimps! They also made her broccoli and vegs especially for her. They were so kind and they kept bring special things for her to... More 

1 Thank Karen S
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

So much space with is good thing but dislike the fact they always put you when they want it but they can place you somewhere else if you ask, unless some tables are reserved. There is enough of food if you come nearly as they open and hot as well. Unless you come in middle or bit later you have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Unit 12 The Brewery, Cheltenham GL50 4AA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cotswolds  >  Cheltenham
  • Phone Number: 01242 250 088

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