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The Strand & Upper High Street (15)
The area of the High Street known locally as The Strand is home to an eclectic mix. Expect mainstream bars, havens for beer lovers, a dedicated wine bar and modern pubs serving excellent food. Whatever you're after you'll find it here – and if you like them all it's great for bar hopping!
Town Centre (18)
As you can imagine, the town centre houses some popular mainstream bars and gets very busy whatever time of day. Venture further down increasingly popular Regent Street for some quirky highlights plus a number of clubs catering to various tastes. New venues seem to open frequently, and at the time of writing there are plans to convert the rear of the Regent's Arcade into restaurant and retail space, so make sure to keep your eyes open for new venues.
Brewery & Lower High Street (9)
Following a huge facelift, the Brewery Quarter now merges into the Lower High St. With more restaurants and bars scheduled to open in the coming months, it's a no-brainer for pre-cinema/bowling eats and drinks. It's not all about the Brewery though – there's some great music venues to be found in the Lower High Street, while the Coconut Tree (once the St Paul's Tavern) is a must-visit.
St James (10)
This area has seen somewhat of an explosion in the last couple of years. Starting with the opening of The Tavern, followed by The Stable, The Firestation and The Bottle of Sauce, its pubs sit well alongside The Wilson Art Gallery to make a trendy, young neighbourhood. Make no mistake though, it's also got some cracking traditional pubs that shouldn't go unnoticed.
The Promenade & Montpellier (14)
Think grand Regency buildings, courtyard drinks and independent shops, Montpellier is the Cheltenham you'll see on the telly. Not only that, it boasts two beautiful parks playing host to various festivals throughout the year, plus an open-air bar in the summer (no.53).
Bath Road & Leckhampton (8)
Bath Road leads into Leckhampton (effectively a separate town in its own right) and features a wide selection of pubs: winebars, locals and large family friendly venues. If you're heading up from the High Street, start at the Bath Tavern and experience the classic seven-pub crawl that is the Bath Road run.
The Suffolks (5)
Tucked away off the beaten track, The Suffolks offers a selection of upmarket, independent shops and the bars here are some of Cheltenham's hidden gems, not to be missed. Also home to The Champignon Sauvage (two Michelin-starred restaurant).
With a similar upmarket ‘village’ feel of the Suffolks, Tivoli is mainly a residential area, though the few bars/pubs it has are well worth a visit, particularly for real ale fans.
Mainly residential area, featuring sports favourite Lansdown at one end and a selection of classy hotel bars at the other.
Gloucester Road (4)
Gloucester Road takes you from the train station to the Lower High Street, featuring a number of watering holes on the way.
Pittville & Fairview (4)
Heading north from the Town Centre you'll still find a few bars dotted around, if you know where to look. A great base for starting your day at the races. Pittville Park & Pump Rooms is a must-visit.
Welcome to your guide to every pub in Cheltenham*
The newcomers, the old timers, the lively, the traditional and the family friendly. Pubs, wine bars, beer gardens and cocktail bars all within a 10-15 minute walk from the Town Centre*. Take your pick!
Search for any pub in central Cheltenham and you’ll find a brief description of what to expect, plus some handy information such as whether it’s open late and if you can enjoy your pint alfresco.
We’ve also separated these into geographical areas which we hope will serve as a guide to your perfect night out, whatever part of Cheltenham you’re visiting. Well, no one could do them ALL, could they?!
- Outdor Seating: This varies. Notable outdoor areas are generally mentioned in the text.
- Serves Food: Soak up some of the beer with a variety of food, mostly excellent.
- Open Late / Club: Usually open after 12am Fri-Sat.
- Live Sports: Sky Sports or BT Sports. Other venues may show terrestrial sports.
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