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

17 May 2018 – Cheltenham – Rumour has it that Gourmet Burger Kitchen will be opening a branch of their premium burger restaurant on Regent Street in Cheltenham. We’ve got some stonkingly good independent burger houses in Cheltenham, so I hope this doesn’t kill them off. Bottle of Sauce anyone? Who’s with me?

17 May 2018 – Gloucester –  Italian chain Carluccio’s has announced it’s closing some of its restaurants, including the one at Gloucester Quays. Cheltenham’s is safe though, for the meantime.

24 April 2018 – Cheltenham –  The owners of East India Cafe, an Anglo-Indian fine dining restaurant and lovers of Cheltenham Regency basement buildings, are opening a Gin and Tea Palace in the old premises of The Prom Vaults nightclub!

28 March 2018 – Gloucester –  Residents of Gloucester, the wait is over! All signs point to GO and it appears you are getting a Wagamama in the Quays! Expected opening date to be December 2018.

26 March 2018 – Stroud –  No23 Bar and Bistro in Stroud (a very popular, Spanish style eatery) is closing it’s doors in April. Owner Alex Jamieson has stated for The Stroud News an Journal – “After 6 years of brilliant dishes, events and fun at the very top of the Stroud restaurant game, chef Kapoor and I are planning on a short break and then working together on an exciting new project”. So they will at least be back, but we’ll have quite a wait to find out in what form! Good luck to them!

7 March 2018 – Prestbury – When you hear rumours like one we’re about to tell you, they so rarely turn out to be completely false, unless they’re trying to sew a seed for some sort of April fools joke. So, the rumour has it that the one and only Raymond Blanc may be looking to take over the King’s Arms pub in Prestbury, which is currently part of the Crown Carveries chain. We bet an all you can eat, breakfast buffet that’s true! When the truth finally comes out, we’ll post it here!

1 March 2018 – The Cotswolds – All Chimichanga restaurants and 100 out of 300 Prezzo’s will be closing! Which ones from our area have made the list? – Gloucester – Southgate Street, Tewkesbury – Church Street.

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. We totally respect this, as we wouldn’t want to see the market or the high street turn into another ghost town!

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 we quite like the Five All’s for a pub name. It reminds us of the movie ‘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 our 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.

Now open…

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, PrimaveraLa 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)
Location: Quedgeley
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…

Wagamama
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!