The Cotswolds absolutely holds its own as a destination of fine examples of English heritage, luxury hotels, classy bars, fantastic restaurants and quality produce, a trend that continues to strengthen. I’ll keep you informed of the latest rumors and developments on new eateries and drinkeries joining our community. I’ll update this article as and when we hear any nuggets of juicy gossip! – Kerry

9 February 2018 – Stroud – The reputation of Stroud’s Farmers Market is known throughout the County and now the company running the market has connected with Stroudco co-founder Nick Weir, to develop an online ordering service.
Don’t expect countrywide delivery though, it sounds like deliveries will be made locally, or you’ll still have to visit the town to collect your order from the Food Hub or the Church Hall nearby. I totally understand and respect this as we wouldn’t want to see the market or the highstreet turn into a ghost town now would we!

25 January 2018 – Cheltenham – Take a look at the images of the proposed plans for the renovation of the Quadrangle building and the rooftop restaurant, courtesy of Gloucestershire Live!

25 January 2018 – Cheltenham – The Five Alls pub on Bath Road is getting a £250,000 cash injection, to bring it up to the standards of Sup and Chow, with the aim of making it the go-to pub for local residents.  We may even see a name change. Although I quite like the Five All’s for a pub name. It reminds me of that movie called The World’s End, but perhaps that’s the type of traditional, stuffy pub vibe they are looking to shake off!

24 January 2018 – Cheltenham – Coast to Coast has pulled out of The Brewery Quarter. #sorrynotsorry! Coast to Coast, Frankie and Benny’s, Chiquito and Garfunkel’s are all owned by the same conglomerate (Restaurant Group), which is reportedly struggling financially. Our Mum fell ill with food poising after visiting Chiquito’s in Cheltenham. So since then, I’ve declared those restaurants do not deserve my hard earned cash and they can do one!

18 January 2018 – Gloucester – Nando’s meets Pizza Hut – surely a winning combination for families? A new restaurant is possibly coming to Gloucester, which will be a mash up of these two high street favs and will replace the former Angell Pet Store in Southgate Street. More on this as the planning progresses.

Confirmed new additions…

The Sober Parrot (Alcohol-free bar and venue)
Location:  
Site of the former Number Seven Wine Bar, St James’ Square
Opening date:  
Likely in Q1 2018
This new venue will host live music and events. The Sober Parrot will offer an alcohol-free venue and an opportunity to give employment opportunities to people recovering from addiction. We’re excited to see how creative they get with their mocktails! A refreshing addition, bringing something very unique!

The Lyon Inn (Gastro-pub) (website not available)
Location:  To replace The Red Lion pub, Bell Lane, Westbury,-on-Severn
Opening date:  March 2018
The couple behind the 5* Bradley Hotel in Cheltenham are “moving to the restaurant side of the market” with plans for a gastro-pub called The Lyon Inn. Chris and Sue Light are set to open the restaurant at the end of March and will “source as much food as possible from local suppliers,” Great news!

The Eastgate Street Drinkery (Food, drink, entertainment) (website not available)
Location:  Eastgate Street, Gloucester
Opening Date:  Beginning of Q2 2018
250,000 smackers are being invested into refurbing the three-storey ex-nursery by a chap called Matt Bull, who already has something to do with Thirteen Degrees and Six Degrees of Separation in Cheltenham, both of which are venues I would be seen in. Thirteen less so mind you. But the Eastgate Street Drinkery looks to be upmarket which is a good addition to Gloucester city centre.

Giggling Squid (Thai-tapas restaurant)
Location:  Cheltenham, Montpellier
Opening date:  Likey May 2018
The scaffolding has going up round the old Strada restaurant so work is beginning. The Giggling Squid already has a nearby restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon and a few others dotted around. Our Helen’s a fan and she’s been a number of times. We’ll certainly be lining up to try it!

 

Now open…

Rose Tree Farm (Carvery)
Location: Quedgeley
Opening date:
19 February 2018
Boasting facilities such as a kids zone, cakeaway, beer garden and ice cream (yes it’s listed as it’s own facility), it’s sure to be a hit with families all across the city. With a weekend carvey starting at £8.59, it’ll be a hit with your wallet too. If a carvery isn’t your thing, they serve all the usual Brit pub classics. Who knows what the quality will be like (if you go, do tell us) but at least they’re charging a price you’ll be happy to pay.

The Old Courthouse (Pub first, food second)
Location:  Regent Street, Cheltenham (previously Jamie’s Italian)
Opening date:  15 February 2018
I think I may have been one of the only people I knew to be fond of Jamie’s Italian. Perhaps it was thanks to the occasions why I went there, rather than the restaurant experience itself, but anyway I was sad when it closed. But the fabulous building is back in all its glory as wait for it… ‘The Old Courthouse’! In a brief side thought – I wonder if they kept Jamie’s Thomas Crappers? The menu looks distinctly English gastro, and there’s a lot on it. Are they trying to offer too much at the sacrifice of quality? We’re dined here on Tuesday 13 February and we;re happy to report it’s much better than a Wetherspoon’s and they’ve kept the crappers! Follow our Insta feed for photos.

Rasoi (Indian takeaway)
Location:
  32 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham
Opened:  22 January 2018
We were kindly invited to the launch party on Sunday 21 January, which was one hell of a party! Cheltenham Major, Klara and her husband were there representing and even a very convincing Gordon Ramsey lookalike popped by. No F-words, but lots of pre-watershed safe “Alright Big boy!”. At the moment you can grab a £5 off voucher by popping into the restaurant, so do that and then make an order!