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Cheltenham Festival: 10 of the best pubs for the races

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

George Doyle of O'Neill's in Cheltenham

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Days of fast and furious racing lay ahead as trainers, bookies and punters prepare for Cheltenham’s showcase event.

But whether you get lucky at the races and want to raise a toast to your success or drown your sorrows, we’ve picked out 10 of the best pubs to visit in Cheltenham for drinks, food and entertainment.

Sandford Park Ale House

20 High St

Recently voted best pub in Cheltenham for good reason. With 10 hand pumped ales and ciders and 16 craft beers and ciders on tap you’re spoilt for choice.

All Bar One

18 Montpellier Walk

If you’re looking for a quick drink after the races prior to an evening meal this is perfectly placed in the heart of Montpellier. Smart, modern and spacious interiors, a large selection of wines and plenty of nibbles are on the menu.

Plus there’s a good list of cocktails and plenty of continental draft lagers.


4 Cambray Pl

A favourite during race week, there’s generally live music to keep you entertained and big screens to relive the day’s highlights.


The Brewery

With live music from folk fusion outfit The Roving Crows this is the place to be to carry on the party and spend a few of those winnings.

Jolly Brewmaster

39 Painswick Road

A 10-min walk from the centre but well worth the journey. This lively traditional pub has a great selection of ales and always has a great atmosphere.


23-26 Montpellier Walk

Always packed during race week with the Guinness flowing, this is a big, lively pub that will keep your spirits up.

The Frog and Fiddle

High Street

Just at the bottom end of the high street this lively pub has live music on the night of Gold Cup day and plenty of local real ales to go with it. Plus it’s about a two-minute walk from Bar and Wok which serves excellent Chinese food at a very reasonable price.

The Tavern

5 Royal Well Place

Smart and ultra-modern, The Tavern is one of the places to be in Cheltenham right now. It’s not cheap but you’re paying for quality on both the food and drink front.

Beer is artisan throughout with two changing cask ales and more than 20 bottled beers. Cocktail list can be pricey but it’s extensive and very good.

No 131


If you’ve got a bit of money in your back pocket and are in the mood for a relaxed drink in very comfortable, stylish surroundings, this is for you.

Recently opened this grand establishment is a hotel and restaurant and is already proving very popular.

Cocktail list may a bit pricey but it boasts one of the best selections in town.

The Vine

High Street

At the top end of the high street, this pub is a bit of a hidden gem with a lively atmosphere and a very reasonably priced Thai menu to choose from.

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