If you’re planning a trip to Cheltenham Festival and fancy doing it in style, we’ve come up with a list of some of the best hotels and restaurants just outside Cheltenham. With 93% of the hotel rooms in Cheltenham city centre already booked up for the week, if you’re fortunate enough to have a designated driver or larger budget, you may want to look at booking one of these fantastic venues just outside the city.
For those of you who have already bagged yourself a city centre hotel, we’ve come up with a couple of options for dining after the races.
Lords of the Manor – 45 mins drive from the racecourse
Upper Slaughter, Cheltenham GL54 2JD
Rooms at Lords of the Manor are each different, reflecting the layout of the original building and later additions.
As the only Michelin star restaurant with rooms in the Cotswolds, not only do they offer exquisite and unique accommodation, but your stay will be highlighted by the finest dining experience you could wish for.
Best Available Dinner Bed & Breakfast Rate Thursday 15th March from £435
The Kings Hotel – 36 mins drive from the racecourse
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6AW
The Kings Hotel is a charming 18th century town house boasting distinctive and stylish accommodation. Sympathetic and careful renovation means you can enjoy all the modern day
Set in the heart of picturesque Chipping Campden, this is the perfect location to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds.
Rooms available on Friday 16th from £286
If you want to dine at The Kings Hotel, they have a range of options.
Vineyard Restaurant at Three Choirs Vineyard – 40mins from the racecourse
Three Choirs Gloucestershire, Newent GL18 1LS
Nestled in the Forest of Dean and set within 30 hectares of award-winning vineyards is the Vineyard Restaurant.
Vineyard View Room, Breakfast & Dinner from £228
Dinner in & around Cheltenham
Thai Emerald – 9 mins from the racecourse
60 St George’s Pl, Cheltenham GL50 3PN
A flowing waterfall greets you in the reception area while the main restaurant has an impressive atrium roof and an abundance of teak, which seamlessly blends with original Thai carvings, beautiful Oriental artefacts, a plethora of tropical plants and hand-carved teak furniture. The restaurant can seat up to 100 people, so large parties are welcome, although booking is essential.
288 Bar & Wok – 7 mins from the racecourse
288 High St, Cheltenham GL50 3HQ
With excellent value, great wine, cold Oriental beer and friendly service, 288 Bar & Wok is a great place for a vibrant evening out, and is also an ideal spot for a quick meal before moving on.
Since opening 20 years ago, Storyteller has woven its way into the hearts of Cheltenham’s citizens. This quirky town centre eatery offers an exciting menu that fuses several cuisines, much to the delight of its large fan base. The three spacious rooms are kitted out with hanging plants and artefacts; we chose to dine in the airy conservatory.
Situated in a prime position in the heart of Cheltenham is this well-established eatery that caters for everybody. This Italian restaurant has been dishing up authentic cuisine since 1996 and has become somewhat of a Cheltenham institution. A refurbishment has given Gianni Ristorante a fresh new look, but you’ll still find the same authentic, hearty Italian fare that has won the hearts of the town’s residents.
Culinary maestros Antony Ely and Alex Davenport-Though lay claim to this being the oldest inn in England, The Porch House is undergoing an exciting new chapter in its illustrious history. Culinary maestros Antony Ely and Alex Davenport-Jones joined forces in 2015 and two year’s on the pub has received two prestigious awards: winner of the AA Pub of the Year for England 2016 and The Good Pub Guide’s New Pub of the Year 2016.
You can view the menus here.
The Greenway is a 16th century luxury Elizabethan manor house hotel and spa. The 21 bedroom hotel, with its warm Cotswold stone exterior, is the picture of English country charm.
The grandfather clock ticks as you enter through stone archways into a beautiful entrance hall with wooden floors, an open fire and a décor of soft golds and honeys.
You can book for dinner at their Garden Restaurant or Orchard Brasserie.
The Inn at Fossebridge is located in the pretty hamlet of Fossebridge, where the Fosse Way drops into the Cotswolds valley of the River Coln, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
You can view the menu for dining here