The Cheltenham Literature Festival runs from the 6th – 15th October and whilst we know it’s all about the books (here’s the official festival guide to What’s On), its definitely also all about the food and drink too. Cheltenham has some absolutely brilliant spots to eat dinner, so we’ve picked out some of our favourites for you to enjoy.
If you’re in the mood for cocktails or a beer instead, check out our Top 10 Places for Drinks during the Festival.
Here are LewisLoves’ top ten places to eat during the Cheltenham Literature Festival…
(1) The Bottle of Sauce / Ambrose Street
Dirty burgers, napalm wings and wood-fired pizzas are the order of the day at this fab eatery. Perfect for a quick but decent meal, splendid cocktails and a fine choice of proper craft beer. There’s also ping pong, table football and a sunny courtyard to keep you busy between authors.
(2) Koj / 3 Regent Street
If you’ve not heard of Koj yet then you need to listen up. This is Japanese food at its absolute best. The brainchild of Masterchef finalist Andrew Kojima, you can enjoy pokedon, hirata buns, ramen and so much more. It’s so good, on fully booked nights we’ve even chosen to stay for taster plates eaten at the bar upstairs rather than miss out. Jay Rayner is a big fan too.
(3) Montpellier Lodge / Montpellier Gardens
You won’t need to travel far for this gem as Montpellier Lodge is on the same site as the main Literature Festival. The focus is on regionally sourced, contemporary British cuisine which works for us! They aim for a relaxed environment so feel free to kick back with a bottle of wine pre or post festival event and know that the food is being taken care of.
(4) Fat Toni’s Pizzeria / 4 Regent Street
Fat Toni’s has been a Gloucestershire institution for many a year but until recently, you had to make do with takeaway from over in Gloucester. That all changed earlier this year when they opened a small but perfectly formed restaurant and takeaway in the heart of Cheltenham. These dustbin lid sized pizzas are the stuff that dreams are made of – just make sure you arrive very hungry or with helpers as you won’t want to leave any pizza behind.
(5) The County Kitchen / 8 Grosvenor Street
A fab spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. This little gem does it all so well, and the staff are friendly and attentive too. My favourite dish is the garlic mushrooms on sourdough, but they do a wicked flat iron steak, and the pasta is fresh and tasty too…
(6) The Coconut Tree / 59 St Pauls Road
If you fancy something a bit different, head 5 minutes out of Cheltenham town centre and you’ll find spicy Sri Lankan street food at The Coconut Tree. Plenty of fun sounding cocktails, bowls piled high with homemade curries and often live music too. You can read all about it over on local foodie blog, Honeybourne Line.
(7) The Tavern / 5 Royal Well Place
Burgers, fiery meatballs and the most incredible banana split coupled with their own Bobby Beer – the Tavern has got it going on. After a revamp earlier this year, it’s back and better than ever. Go for the burgers, stay for the beer.
(8) The Daffodil / 18-20 Suffolk Parade
With it’s art deco aesthetic and authentic jazz bar atmosphere, The Daffodil is an obvious choice for those seeking something a little bit special. Head Chef Tom Rains’ carefully curated menu is varied and enticing, whilst the cocktails are fabulous and inventive. Plus, if you’re a fan of Sherlock you’ll know this place already, as it’s featured in an episode. It is also host to several Literature Festival events this year including dinner with Thomasina Miers, afternoon tea with HRH Princess Michael of Kent and lunch with Kirstie Allsop.
(9) The Ox / 10 Cambray Place
A brilliantly inventive cocktail menu accompanies the tastiest steak around, cooked to perfection on a josper grill. The Ox is one of the best additions to Cheltenham in recent years and is a must for meat lovers. Check out their deep fried pig’s head for a real treat!
(10) The White Spoon / 8 Well Walk
A hidden treasure serving seriously good food; you could probably tell that head chef Chris has worked with Heston Blumenthal given the exciting and varied menu. Thankfully, he has held back slightly though so your lunch is unlikely to come out in a cloud of lemon sherbet mist. Their set lunch menu is fantastic and incredible value at £12 for two courses; you can sneak a peek at what’s on offer over on their Twitter.