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Cheltenham Pubs & Restaurants & Nightlife

It's always good to know a nice place for a relaxed drink, a bite to eat, or a good quality meal out. Below is some useful information for people wishing to go out for food and drink in Nottingham.

 

Cheltenham Restaurants

Cheltenham has a cosmopolitan choice of places to eat: from a Michelin 2star restaurant – one of only ten throughout the whole of Britain - to wine bars, brasseries and café bars, as well as a vibrant nightlife. Whatever your taste there should be a restaurant to suit: from traditional French and Italian cuisine to a wide range of oriental and modern fusion, from the small and intimate to busy brasseries. It's already the best place to live - now Cheltenham's been revealed as one of the best places in the country to eat. The town is ranked 15th in the Which? Good Food Guide 2007 premier league of restaurants. Six Cheltenham restaurants are listed in the guide, putting it in the same league as cities like Cardiff and York. Le Petit Blanc, Le Champignon Sauvage, the Daffodil and Lumiere have all made the grade, alongside the Mayflower and Brosh. The guide is written from anonymous inspections based on readers' reports. Cheltenham is the only town in the top 20 and has jumped from 18th place last year. This is the 18th year the Mayflower in Clarence Street has been included.

Chun Kong runs the venue with his sister Kai Wau, brother Chris Kong and their mother Mm Kong. It was opened in 1982 and the family also run a Cirencester branch. Chun said: "I'm honoured. It's a sense of achievement to keep up the quality since 1989. "Getting into the guide is not impossible, but it's hard work keeping in the guide. I put it down to customer care and attention to detail." Brosh in Suffolk Parade has been included in the guide for the first time. Owner and head chef Raviv Haded, who runs it with his wife Sharon, is originally from Israel and worked at the River Cafe and Moro in London. He said: "We're happy about being included in the guide and are thankful to our customers who voted for us. I think we were chosen because people like our food and customer service. "Local ingredients are good, especially locally-grown herbs and the meat is good. We use seasonal ingredients from around the Cotswolds." Lumiere in Clarence Parade is run by Geoff and Lin Chapman, who are originally from Canada. Their restaurant has been in guide every year for the past six years. This is the third year in a row the Daffodil in Suffolk Parade has made it. Manager Paula Aczel said: "We're delighted because we're in the guide through customers' votes."

Andrew North, chief executive of Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "This is fantastic news for Cheltenham and confirms our position amongst the UK's top food destinations. "The Guide to Eating Out in Cheltenham is the most requested publication in our Tourist Information Centre and highlights many of the good restaurants in Cheltenham. "We're extremely proud of our restaurants and attractions in the town and to receive national acknowledgement is the icing on the tasty cake." Andrew Turvil, editor of the Good Food Guide 2007, said: "What's special about the Cheltenham dining scene is that not only does it have restaurants for fine-dining such as Le Champignon Sauvage, but it has lovely brasseries such as Brosh and Lumiere. This is great given the size of the town."

 

Cheltenham Pubs & Nightlife

Fiery Angel
in the same ownership as The Beehive reviewed below and a similar place ie a well run modern pub with character and atmosphere with a good selection of beers. Well known for its Open Mic nights and pub quizes. On the racecourse side so it's busy with racegoers before and after racing. They do a good breakfast and a free minibus up to the course. A good first stop after the walk back from Prestbury Park.

The Swan
High Street - great pub and friendly atmosphere which has a strong following from locals. Good beer and great service. They make an effort and look after customers well. Heaters and plenty of room outside for smokers or those seeking fresh air.

Après and The Brewery shopping centre
This Scandinavian style large bar with lots of TV screens including the biggest screen in Cheltenham for watching the racing if you can't make it to the course or want to watch replays in the evening. Some good drinks deals here but avoid the Peroni unless you've backed at least 2 winners as it's pricey! Breakfast served from 9.30am and food served all day. The Roving Crows will be performing every night from 8pm. The Brewery restaurants such as Frankie and Benny's will be serving breakfasts throughout the week.

St Paul's Tavern, St. Paul's Road
The recently refurbed 'Tav' won't get many mentions elsewhere but is a real find. It's a really great student/local type pub with great food and excellent prices. If you want somewhere friendly and a bit quieter than town centre pubs this could be the place.