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. We’ll keep you informed of the latest rumours and developments on new eateries and drinkeries joining our community. At the moment it seems as if everyone wants a slice of the action! – The CFB team
The Sober Parrot (Alcohol-free bar and venue)
Location: Site of the former Number Seven Wine Bar, St James’ Square
Opening date: May 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!
Olive Albero Ristorante (Italian restaurant)
Location: Albion Street, Cheltenham
Opened: 21 February 2018
Cheltenham is saturated with Italian restaurants, but dotted in between all the chains (Carluccio’s, Pizza Express, Prezzo x 2, Zizzi, Ask, Bella Italian, and until recently Strada and Jamie’s Italian), are some real gems like Gianni, Primavera, La Scala and now a new Avenger has joined the gang – Olive Albero. Run by a couple with Italian roots is basically all we need to hear. We’ve not been for a visit yet, but we’ll report back if we do. (Photo credited to Anna Lythgoe, GloucestershireLive)
Rose Tree Farm (Carvery)
Opened: 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)
Opened: 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 dined here on 13 February and happy to report it’s leagues ahead of a Wetherspoon’s and they’ve kept the Ccrappers! On our Insta feed you can see all the photos of our meals.
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!
Confirmed new additions…
Location: Gloucester Quays
Opening date: TBC 2018
Wagamama is expanding faster than they serve their food, and now that expansion is heading into Gloucester. Cheltenham has had it’s Wagamama for less than a year, but it’s proved incredibly popular and somewhere we regularly go, even if that’s ordering a Deliveroo! Love it!
The Lyon Inn (Gastro-pub)
Location: To replace The Red Lion pub, Bell Lane, Westbury-on-Severn
Opening date: Q2 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: Q3 2018
250,000 smackers are being invested into refurbishing 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 we 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 center.
Giggling Squid (Thai-tapas restaurant)
Location: Cheltenham, Montpellier
Opening date: May 2018
The scaffolding is up around 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!