With the world-renowned jazz festival about to kick off, it’s time we gave the fab spa town the praise it deserves. Make the most of your stay at this Cotswolds corker and check out some of these fine hotels, pubs and restaurants.
The Regency spa town of Cheltenham is known as the cultural capital of the Cotswolds. It plays host to some of the biggest and most renowned arts festivals in the UK, including the jazz festival in May, the science festival in June, the music festival in July and the literature festival in October, all of which attract performers and visitors from the world over.
As a town, Cheltenham is both stylish and elegant, adorned with stunning regency terraces and architectural heritage features, and it’s worth visiting for its history alone.
There are also some great shops, restaurants and bars too, especially in the The Brewery Quarter, where you’ll find lots of high street retailers and restaurants. During your stay, you must explore the glorious Pitville Park, which features beautiful lakes and the magnificent Pump Rooms.
You can’t go wrong with a Hotel Du Vin. Yes, it’s a chain but like its counterparts elsewhere in the UK, you can stay here and expect good service and a comfortable bed. Located on Parabola Road near Montpellier, Cheltenham’s Hotel Du Vin and Bistro has many overnight offers throughout the year with rooms available from £99 per stay.
Tucked inside a 1920’s cinema, with a sweeping staircase and a touch of Hollywood glamour, The Daffodil restaurant’s buzzing dining room and Champagne and cocktail bar offers visitors a fancy and fun evening of elegance. The menu for dinner includes vegetarian, fish and meat mains cooked on the grill as well as scrumptious salads and plenty of side dishes that are great for sharing.
The Beehive pub in Cheltenham’s Montpellier district is one of the top six real ale pubs in the area. A casual, traditional and friendly pub, The Beehive also serves up award-winning pies, burgers and Sunday roasts in its Supper Room.