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With the blooming of bulbs and the fresh smell of spring comes one of Britain’s most anticipated events. March is the beginning of the brightest season coinciding with the charm of the Cheltenham Festival. A full four days of excitement is filled with energetic jump races, a flurry of fine horses, talented jockeys, and a stadium of colourful outfits.  If you’re interested in the horse racing results of Cheltenham 2016, whether or not you’re lucky enough to be attending, visit this page.

After the excitement, the highs and the lows, visitors are sure to be in need of refreshment. With nearly a quarter of a million people pouring into Cheltenham for the event, we recommend planning – and booking – ahead of everyone else. Though you can’t guarantee great gains at the racetrack, you can guarantee a fantastic dining experience to follow.

Whatever your tastes and whatever your budget, regardless of winnings, we list below exactly where to go.

M-x2Greenway Hotel & Spa

For the fortuitous…
The Greenway Hotel & Spa
Shurdingon, Near Cheltenham, GL51 4UG
T: 084 683 2814 w: www.greenwayhotelandspa.com  e:[email protected]

If the winnings were good, then Greenway Hotel & Spa awaits. In keeping with true British class and style, The Greenway Hotel is a striking spot to continue the splendour of a day out. With its own calendar of vibrant events, this beautiful Elizabethan manor is well acquainted with catering to classy events and is sure to throw out all the stops this month. The menu is inspired by modern British cooking, featuring delectable options such as melt-in-the-mouth brown crab panna cotta to start and succulent pancetta-wrapped loin of rabbit for the main event. Greenway Hotel is sure to make lucky diners feel blessed beyond the racetrack.

M-x2Suffolk Kitchen

For fancy finesse…
The Suffolk Kitchen
8 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, GL50 2AB
t: 0843 155 2761 w. www.thesuffolkkitchen.co.uk e.[email protected]

Wanting to show off your sharply-tailored suits and polished apparel? Artistic and classy, The Suffolk Kitchen offers quality cuisine and an exquisite dining experience. Conveniently located in the centre of Cheltenham, it is one for those wishing to remain in the hub of excitement.  What’s more, it offers true British bites, an alternative to the many European-influenced venues around town. Dishes such as pan-fried mullet – caught off the British coast – are satisfying yet refreshing, and will leave exhausted spectators feeling fantastic. The restaurant’s has been voted Best Restaurant at the Taste of Gloucester Awards and is likely to be a top destination for festival-goers, so make sure you book ahead.

M-x2Rising Sun Hotel

For a traditional affair…
Rising Sun Hotel
Cleeve Hill, Nr. Cheltenham, GL52 3PX
t:0843 155 2796 w. www.oldenglishinns.co.uk e.[email protected]

The Cheltenham races always remind us of our long-standing traditions and the rolling countryside across which the ancient sport was originally practiced. For a real appreciation of that very landscape, head to the Rising Sun Hotel on the outskirts of Cheltenham. Situated at the top of Cleeve Hill, this proper pub boasts sweeping views of rural Cotswold and offers a relaxed alternative to the festival crowds. Inside, the pub is steeped with true tradition down to a bar lined with real ales from across the country. As a former coaching-style inn, a stay at the Rising Sun Hotel seems like a wholly appropriate way to experience the races from dawn till dusk.

M-x2Maison Chaplais

For a light bite and smaller budget…
Maison Chaplais
52 Andover Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2TL
t:0844 683 3106 w: www.maisonchaplais.co.uk e: [email protected]

Find Maison Chaplais just a short walk from the town centre, allowing weary legs to be appeased. This café and deli is ideal for diners who have fallen short of fortune at the races, offering a menu of reasonably priced light lunches. Passing by, you’ll be drawn in by the aroma of freshly baked bread and cakes. The options are all wholesome, made with fresh ingredients, well-filled tasty sandwiches, creative salads and heart-warming soups. If the weather holds, you may even plump for a hamper of goods to takeaway and spread out in a park picnic.  A delightful destination, the interiors offer stylish yet comfortable surroundings, so diners won’t compromise on a chic dining experience.

M-x2Storyteller Restaurant & Wine Room

For the adventurous…
Storyteller Restaurant & Wine Room
11 North Place, Cheltenham, GL50 4DW
t:0844 683 7291 w: www.storyteller.co.uk e: [email protected]

The name of this eatery might just encourage you to share your race tales of woe or wins. Whether you’re feeling like celebrating or drowning your sorrows, Storyteller Restaurant will be able to recommend a wine to suit. It has a lively atmosphere which is guaranteed to raise your spirits. Serving international dishes, their exciting menu is adorned with unusual food which might just surprise you– think Elk burgers and marinated Kangaroo steak in a rich Rioja sauce. The infusion of American, Mediterranean and Pacific Rim cuisine makes for a real experience just to top of your day at Cheltenham Racecourse.

M-x2The Bell

For those seeking comfort…
The Bell
Main Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4XQ
t:0843 155 2821 w. www.thebellshurdington.co.uk e: [email protected]

Just outside central Cheltenham, on a road leading out to the luscious surrounding countryside, you’ll find all the warmth and friendliness of The Bell. After a day of cheering on the horses, it’s time to wind down and relax by the fireplace in this traditional country pub. With large panoramic windows this venue offers wonderful rural views whilst you dine. When it comes to choice, you are also spoilt by an extensive menu full of wholesome and hearty dishes. Guaranteed to satisfy is the succulent chicken breast on a bed of spicy chorizo in a tomato and basil sauce served with Dauphinoise potatoes – delicious!

 

Holly Nash

Holly Nash

Holly has a vague plan to follow in the footsteps of Matilda – eat Cheerios, live in libraries and make magic. She is happiest at a good pub quiz or whilst playing with clay. Fancy cocktails and silly food puns make her a little over-eggcited.

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