The 2017 Cheltenham Festival is nearly upon us – with the big off next week – to the familiar backdrop of an early-Spring party atmosphere.
Racing revellers are the sociable sort, and while one or two may even indulge in a tipple at the course itself, we’ve also handily earmarked some of the finest establishments in the surrounding area.
If you’ve still got some energy – and some money – after a day at the races, Cheltenham has plenty to offer. DAVID YATES delivers the low-down on the best places for a good night out.
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7-10 Regent Street, GL50 1HQ
Every night of Festival week, Amanda Abbington — best known for her roles in Sherlock, Mr Selfridge and Cuffs, stars in the 40th anniversary production of Mike Leigh’s comedy Abigail’s Party.
MONTPELLIER WINE BAR
Bayshill Lodge, GL50 1SY
It’s now 40 years since this iconic venue (below) first welcomed Festival pilgrims who have backed a winner or two at the races. If you’ve had a really good day, why not peruse the cocktail menu?
37 Bath Road, GL53 7HG
Stylish, upmarket eaterie. “Reinvented Indian and Bangladeshi dishes are presented in a sophisticated manner,” reports Michelin’s impressed food critic.
Church Street, GL50 3HA
“Definitely the best place for a good night out in Cheltenham,” said a reveller of one of the town’s longest-running alternative clubs.
30 Clarence Street, GL50 3NX
Provence natives Elisabeth and Yves Ogrodzki ran an award-winning restaurant in Leicestershire before setting up L’Artisan five years ago. “We’ve banished the idea that French means expensive and formal,” says Yves.
SANDFORD PARK ALEHOUSE
20 High Street, GL50 1DZ
This 2015 CAMRA Pub of the Year. For good measure, it’s a stylish old-and-new boozer with a large garden. Open for breakfast Tuesday to Friday this week.
288 BAR & WOK
288 High Street,
Pak Wai Hung, whose family grows Chinese vegetables in the Vale of Evesham, left the rat race in 2005 to open his own restaurant.
40-42 High Street, GL50 1EE
Whatever your crowd desires — real ales, live music, amazing food or a town centre beer garden, it’s all at The Strand. Three music nights during Festival week, as well as raceday breakfasts.
2a Regent Street, GL50 1HE
If you really want to party into the small hours, it’s time to catch the ‘Fever’. Two dancefloors satisfy younger ravers and those who prefer the classics from the 70s and 80s.
*No bungs or back-handers were accepted in the compilation of this guide