Thursday 30 March 2017


Gloucestershire reviews

Read independent Gloucestershire reviews written by SoGlos’s experienced journalists.

Headlong gave an outstanding performance of Orwell’s 1984 at the Everyman Theatre.

1984 at the Everyman Theatre review

Rating: 5/5

With convincing actors, beautiful chemistry and powerful dialogue, Headlong Theatre Company triumphed with its take on Orwell’s...

The crab gazpacho was without doubt the star of the bistro’s alfresco menu.

Hotel du Vin Cheltenham Bistro review

Rating: 3.5/5

From crab gazpacho and sensational service highs to soggy frites and overcooked burger lows, SoGlos returned to Hotel du Vin...

11-year-old Laurie Cousins melted the audience’s hearts in Oliver Twist.

Oliver Twist review

Rating: 4/5

Jenny Wren Productions delivered a bright version of Oliver Twist at Bacon Theatre, that even the downpours didn’t dampen –...

Reel Big Fish rocked Gloucester Guildhall in true ska-punk style.

Reel Big Fish review

Rating: 4.5/5

Legendary ska-punk band, Reel Big Fish, thrilled fans with a high energy show at Gloucester Guildhall, featuring ironic covers,...

Rebecca Ryan played the role of spirited teenager, Jo, superbly in A Taste of Honey.

A Taste of Honey review

Rating: 3/5

One of the most influential plays of its generation, A Taste of Honey enjoyed a packed opening night at the Everyman Theatre...

Ann Blagden’s Egyptian Belly Dance class is one of scores offered at the Isbourne Holistic Centre.

Isbourne Holistic Centre review

Rating: 3.5/5

An urban sanctuary for wellbeing and spiritual development, SoGlos headed to The Isbourne Holistic Centre in Cheltenham to...

A trip to Giffords Circus should be on everyone’s Gloucestershire bucket list.

Giffords Circus The Thunders show review

Rating: 5/5

Roll up, roll up! Giffords Circus brought The Thunders to Pittville Park this summer, with lashings of jaw-dropping talent,...

SoGlos left Elan Spa's new Skin Clinic with crystal clear pores and an expensive new habit.

Elan Spa review

Rating: 4.5/5

SoGlos tested the new Microdermabrasion and Micro-Lifting facial at The Greenway Hotel’s Elan Spa Skin Clinic, leaving with...

C-Side Spa at Cowley Manor offers pure relaxation in private surrounds, with top-of-the-range treatments too. © Amy Murrell.

C-Side Spa review

Rating: 4.5/5

A hidden retreat reminiscent of an exotic escape, SoGlos was highly impressed by the serene setting, first-class facilities...

SoGlos experienced a taste of Sweden in the heart of Cheltenham.

Svea Cafe & Restaurant review

Rating: 3.5/5

Authentic Swedish cuisine extends far beyond the humble meatball, SoGlos discovered, after sampling the Scandinavian delights...

Blazin’ Fiddles proved a toe tapping highlight of the 18th Cheltenham Folk Festival.

Cheltenham Folk Festival 2014 review

Rating: 4/5

Less Mumford and Sons and more dazzling fiddle-playing, Cheltenham Folk Festival has stuck to its traditional guns since launching...

The luxurious Spa 6 is situated at Cotswold Water Park Hotel in South Cerney, overlooking lakes and charming countryside.

Spa 6 review

Rating: 4/5

SoGlos beat the January blues with a Winter Warmer Spa Day at Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, complete with indulgent...

The swanky interior of Zizzi Gloucester Quays is inspired by the Forest of Dean, with a giant pizza oven taking pride of place.

Zizzi Gloucester Quays review

Rating: 4/5

Despite doubts about dining at the swanky new Zizzi Gloucester Quays after more than one bad experience at its Cheltenham counterpart,...

Portivo Lounge offers a quirky yet relaxed place to eat and drink at Gloucester Quays.

Portivo Lounge review

Rating: 3.5/5

SoGlos spent a cosy, candlelit Monday night at the ever-bustling Portivo Lounge at Gloucester Quays, leaving impressed by the...

Expect to find vibrant colours, cacti, cocktails and crispy churros at the new Chimichanga restaurant in Gloucester.

Chimichanga review

Rating: 4/5

Vibrant décor, authentic food and great cocktails all made for a fine Sunday lunch at Mexican eatery Chimichanga, the newest...

Vanilla Pod Bakery founder Pia Cato produces some stunning results in the Roses and Swirls Cupcake Decorating class.

Vanilla Pod Bakery Cupcake Decorating review

Rating: 3.5/5

Three years since launching, The Vanilla Pod Bakery’s Roses and Swirls Cupcake Decorating class is more popular than ever....

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House brought pirouetting poetry to the Everyman stage.

Swan Lake at Everyman Theatre review

Rating: 4.5/5

The world-class Russian State Ballet and Opera House returned to Everyman Theatre for another enchanting performance of Tchaikovsky’s...

Archery, air rifles and clay shooting all form part of Prescott Shooting’s Have A Go Days.

Prescott Shooting Have A Go Day review

Rating: 4/5

SoGlos revisited the local Prescott Shooting school to take on the Have A Go Day challenge of clay shooting, air rifles and...

Historical details and quality ingredients makes Jamie’s Italian Cheltenham popular a choice.

Jamie's Italian Cheltenham review

Rating: 3.5/5

Two years since launching, the initial excitement, celebrity visits and round-the-block queues may have subsided. So just what...

The Ebrington Arms near Chipping Campeden punches well above its weight.

The Ebrington Arms review

Rating: 4/5

SoGlos beats the rush at The Ebrington Arms near Chipping Campden, discovering a Cotswold country pub punching well above its...

Few sporting events will match the electricity and raw energy of this Kingsholm 7s event.

JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s at Kingsholm review

Rating: 4/5

SoGlos spent an evening at the spiritual home of West Country rugby to see how a new version of the game is taking the world...

The SoGlos team enjoyed the ultimate forest adventure on an all-terrain Segway at Go Ape.

Go Ape review

Rating: 4.5/5

The SoGlos team embarked on a wind-in-your-face Forest Segway Experience at Go Ape in the Forest of Dean, whizzing up hills...

All aboard the King Arthur pleasure boat for a serene cream tea cruise down the River Severn.

Gloucester Waterways Museum review

Rating: 3.5/5

From learning about life on the canals to playing with mini working locks, and taking a serene cream tea cruise down the River...

Art Deco styling and classic British cuisine combine at Cheltenham restaurant The Daffodil.

The Daffodil review

Rating: 4.5/5

Almost a year after joining Cheltenham restaurant The Daffodil as head chef, SoGlos set out to discover if Tom Rains has breathed...

With its charming countryside pub feel, wide range of ciders and great grub, The Cider Tree gets thumbs up from SoGlos.

The Cider Tree review

Rating: 4.5/5

With 34 varieties of cider – including its own Gloucester Glory – succulent pulled pork rolls, the biggest beer garden in town...

The raw strawberry shortcake was a real highlight for the sweet-toothed SoGlos team.

Harts Barn Cookery School review

Rating: 4/5

SoGlos returned to Harts Barn Cookery School in the Forest of Dean two years after our last visit, to experience a six-hour...

Ronan Keating warmed the hearts of the Kingsholm crowds, despite the downpours. © Martin Bennett / Gloucester Rugby.

Ronan Keating Kingsholm concert review

Rating: 4/5

The winner of SoGlos’s VIP Ronan Keating competition talks gyrating, tell-all interviews and how even the sopping wet weather...

The McFly boys proved they’re still the pop punk kings when they performed Live at Kingsholm in Gloucester.

McFly Kingsholm concert review

Rating: 4/5

Pop punk foursome McFly stormed the Live at Kingsholm stage with a 90-minute set packed full of hits from its 10-year career...

Virgin Active Gloucestershire Health & Racquets Club offers a luxurious and peaceful setting in which to work out and chill out.

Virgin Active Health & Racquets Club review

Rating: 4.5/5

With a focus on health, wellbeing and family, SoGlos headed to Virgin Active Health & Racquets Club for a spot of yoga, a few...

The revamped Slug and Lettuce is cool and vibrant, with an atmosphere and cocktail menu to match.

The Slug and Lettuce review

Rating: 3.5/5

Following a stylish refurbishment and spruce-up of the menus, SoGlos headed to The Slug and Lettuce in Cheltenham for a spot...

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