In Cheltenham, you can grab a pint at traditional British pubs, including a CAMRA National Pub of the Year winner, or try somewhere from the town’s new wave of watering holes, including one which cooks up some of the best Thai food in the Cotswolds. There’s a lot to choose from, so we’ve gathered a few of the best pubs in Cheltenham to get you started.
Pubs in Cheltenham
On the edge of the town centre, on the road that leads to Sudeley Castle, you’ll find the aptly named Sudeley Arms. It’s an all-round good option to start off our list of popular pubs in Cheltenham. They have a solid selection of real ales on tap, including Doom Bar and Tribute, and also serve a simple menu of good food, including a solid Sunday roast.
The Beehive is one of the best public houses in the Montpellier Quarter. With an old-fashioned facade, a top-class selection of ales, lovely bar snacks, a real log fire and friendly faces behind the bar, it’s no wonder it’s been a favourite with locals for 20 years. If you want a full meal, you can head upstairs to The Supper Room, where you can dine beneath sky-high ceilings and a cast-iron chandelier.
The fact the Sandford Park Alehouse won the CAMRA National Pub of the Year award should be proof enough that it’s a top-class pub. Situated on the High Street, with a picturesque beer garden backing onto Sandford Park, it’s traditional without being outdated, and it’s an easy place to recommend for a pint. Deciding what to have is a different story. To say their beer and ale selection is extensive would be an understatement. You can choose from 25 pumps and taps of cask, keg or craft beers spanning every style and strength.
The Railway likes to do things its own way. For over a decade, it was a pub renowned for its sausages; a place that couldn’t be bettered when it came to bangers and mash. However, it recently brought its legacy for wonderful wieners and legendary links to an end, all to make way for a new era of Thai street food from Smokey Phi Phi. Although those sausages were well loved, they’ve made the right decision.The food is authentic, the menu changes every day, and there’s a great selection of beers to wash it all down. Best of all, our Cheltenham Town Centre hotel is just a five-minute stumble away.
We’ll finish things off with The Kemble Brewery Inn; a real hidden gem of a pub between the town centre and Pittville. Everything is top class, from food and drink through to the service and decor. It gets even better in the summer months when they offer Mediterranean Sunday roasts and dust off their outdoor kitchen to cook up stonebaked pizzas and proper BBQ food too.