The Mahal Restaurant

About Us

Escape to the majestic surroundings of The Mahal (/mɛˈɦɛl/) in Cheltenham. Meaning ‘a mansion or a palace’, as you would expect- glamour, opulence, sensational dishes and superior service all converge to provide our guests with a wonderful and memorable Indian dining experience.

From the moment you step through the door into The Mahal, you’ll find modern elegance in every aspect. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the relaxed bar area, or simply head into the restaurant where our team will be happy to recommend dishes based on your personal preferences, and wines to complement your chosen courses.

At The Mahal restaurant, the menus are inspired by a love of progressive Indian cuisine, brought to life by continuous research into ever-evolving regional recipes, and combined with a dedication to using only the finest British ingredients. Unique and innovative, our award-winning team – headed by Chef Anuj Thakur, create menus that showcase the best of the season.

From a 7-course tasting menu, to an à la carte and lunch menu, and not forgetting afternoon tea- explore the vibrant and bold flavours and textures of India, that combine and celebrate the diverse regional methods of cooking. Taking you on a true culinary journey of the subcontinent.

The Mahal Indian Restaurant Amuse-bouche
The Mahal Indian Restaurant Monkfish

History of The Mahal

“Eagle lodge” was built in 1838 on land which was part of the manor of Cheltenham and was owned by Richard Fox, a timber merchant. In 1897, Eagle House was sold for £1005 to a William Wyatt; the surviving sale particulars give a fascinating description of a house as it was at the time.

After the next ownership by a Mr Kerr, the last private owner was Edwin Macaulay, who lived there from 1922 until he sold it to the owners of the Langton Hotel (where the tower block now stands) after the war.

The hotel management intended to use it as an extension to the Langton, but the sudden death of their manager caused them to sell it off to another hotelier. It was then run separately as the Montpellier Hotel under several owners. The last was Mrs Meredith, the wife of FW Meredith, a well-known pioneer in flight control system, who worked at Smiths Industries. She sold it to Eagle Star in 1965 as part of the company’s acquisition of the Bath Road site. Renamed Eagle Lodge, in its early days it was used as a staff hostel.

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