Liquorice’s Guide to Cheltenham During Race Week
It’s nearly upon us…the busiest week of the year in Cheltenham when the town transforms into a vibrant, action-packed and buzzing place! Yes, race week is very nearly here, from the 14th-17th March, the Cheltenham Festival Race Week gets underway as we welcome over 250,000 people across four days. Yikes!
Luckily for us Liquorice folk, we’ve been dealing with the madness for years as we’re based right in the heart of Cheltenham. If this is your first visit to our lovely town or perhaps you’re a regular – we’ve picked out some of the best places to eat, because there’s nothing like a good breakfast pre-races or a hearty meal after a solid day of drinking and hopefully winning.
This little slice of heaven won a Michelin Bib Gourman this year and serves a variety of delicious food including burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese and sinful (but so good!) milkshakes, as well as great vegetarian and gluten-free options. Try their famous French dip and their sticky BBQ chicken wings, which aren’t to be missed.
Breakfast is served from 8am during race week and they’re launching a limited-edition burger especially for The Festival – Not a Horse Burger – for just £9. Book a table here.
The Bottle of Sauce
A newbie to Cheltenham, The Bottle of Sauce is a fantastic American diner-esque restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere. Expect stone baked pizzas, stacked burgers, cheese ‘n’ truffle fries and chicken wings.
During race week, there’s a special breakfast menu available and on Thursday 16th & Friday 17th March, they’re putting on extra-late nights to get you pumped for the races. Check out The Bottle of Sauce here.
If you’re a pizza or pie fan, you’re going to love The Stable! This restaurant serves a vast array of toppings and flavours and there’s a cider to match each choice. If you fancy a quick breakfast bite before the big day, there’s a small selection on their menu and you can take a look here.
Boston Tea Party
If you’re looking for a sumptuous breakfast then Boston Tea Party is the one. A brunch favourite in Cheltenham, take your pick from breakfast classics such as eggs benedict, bacon sandwiches and the classic English fry-up. We’d recommend their chorizo hash, which tastes incredible along with a blueberry and ginger smoothie. Check out their menu here.
131 The Promenade
If you’re feeling a little lavish, 131 The Promenade is a great choice for breakfast or dinner. Situated in a beautiful regency building, there’s a great variety of options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner including oysters! As well as using locally sourced food, you can opt for afternoon tea for a sweet treat! Feast your eyes over their menu here.
Situated in the vibrant Brewery Quarter, the Brewhouse is a great spot to suit all tastes. A high-end pub, think plenty of burgers with tasty fries, roast dinner, BBQ ribs and fish & chips. They have a special gluten free menu for those with intolerances and their range of beers available will be sure to carry on the races party.
A new addition to the Brewery Quarter, the Cosy Club is a 1920s speak easy bar/restaurant, which has an extensive cocktail menu with very skilled bartenders. Featuring a great breakfast selection including, triple-stacked buttermilk pancakes and sausage and bacon sandwiches and 2 for £9.95 cocktails between 4-8pm every weekday – this is a venue not to be missed! Tip: try their parma violet cocktail.
The clue is in the name! A premier steak restaurant in the heart of the town centre, The Ox is a dining experience not to be missed. Their steak is absolutely fantastic and cooked to perfection depending on your preference. Wash it down with a glass of red wine or a cocktail from their swish bar.
Wild Beer Co.
Situated along the same road as The Ox, Wild Beer Co. is another premium destination known for their fantastic variety of meat, beer selection and brunch menu. Their cheese and meat boards make for the perfect nibble platter post-races, washed down with their own range of beer. http://wbjessophouse.com/#restaurant-section
The Fire Station
Housed in a 110-year-old fire station, this classy establishment is a great brunch spot with an impressive bar area. Try their shakshuka baked eggs served with sourdough bread or buttermilk pancakes if you’re feeling sweet. Wash brunch down with their special elderflower martini, which is the perfect tipple to start your racing day. Visit their website here.
Happy racing, folks!