Offering a tantalising chance to welcome in 2018 in sizzling style, Gloucestershire will be awash with New Year’s Eve celebrations.
From black tie balls and dining on sumptuous meals, to live music and plenty of dancing, for inspiring ways to spend Sunday 31 December 2017, look no further.
The lowdown: Plan a NYE celebration to remember and avoid the hassle of booking taxis or assigning a designated driver by getting home safe with Stagecoach West. On Sunday 31 December 2017, Stagecoach's New Year's Eve Night Bus will be running every thirty minutes through the night between Cheltenham and Gloucester, with buses departing from both locations up till around 3am. Find exact details on Stagecoach's Christmas and New Year timetable by visiting stagecoachbus.com directly.
SoGlos loves: Before heading out on the town, download Stagecoach’s handy free app from the App Store or Google Play. The easy-to-use app enables users to set their location using GPS to find the right buses, stops and routes, along with checking live bus times, making it perfect for revellers who aren’t sure what time they might want to hit the road.
How much: Normal fares apply on the 94 until 8.30pm, while tickets on the N94 cost a flat rate of £3.50.
To book: No need to book, but for specific information, visit stagecoachbus.com directly.
The lowdown: Go back in time to the roaring 1920s when Cheltenham Town Hall hosts a glamorous New Year's Eve Prohibition Party. The glitzy evening offers the perfect way to ring in 2018 in style, with a variety of ticket options for revellers to choose from. The Speakeasy option kicks off the night with canapés and a glass of bubbly on arrival, followed by a sumptuous three-course meal held on the balconies overlooking the Main Hall. And, if you book a table of 10, you'll have a private balcony all to yourself! The Bootlegger tickets also include canapés and a glass of fizz, which you can enjoy before tucking into a two-course feast and then hit the dance floor to live music from The Chip Shop Boys. The menu features a host of tempting dishes, including a starter of prawn and crayfish cocktail; main course of pan-fried chicken supreme with a mushroom velouté sauce; and a delicious chocolately dessert duo. Or, if you just fancy dancing the night away then opt for the Moonshine tickets, which include entry from 9.30pm. The event is for over 18s only, with last entry at 10.30pm and carriages at 2am.
SoGlos loves: While the dress code is smart party-wear, those looking to really get into the swing of things can go all out and don 1920s-inspired outfits.
How much: Tickets are £99 for the Speakeasy, £75 for the Bootlegger, and £37.50 for the Moonshine.
To book: Call 0844 576 2210, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk directly.
The lowdown: Get ready to ring in the arrival of 2018 at Malmaison, with the stylish Cheltenham hotel inviting revellers to indulge in a sumptuous five-course feast before counting down to midnight. After an appetiser of curried haggis bon bon, diners can look forward to starters of pan-fried sea scallops, black pepper neep purée and toasted spelt; or seared rump carpaccio with truffle dressing, watercress, crispy shallots and Parmesan. The main course options span Hereford beef fillet with parsnip purée and crisps, tomato and Speyside whisky jus; and pan-fried Scottish venison with savoy cabbage. Save room for the delectable desserts that include sour plum tart with vanilla ice-cream, and Valrhona chocolate molten with mint choc chip ice-cream, before rounding off the meal with coffee and a Champagne truffle. If you fancy enjoying a daytime celebration, then book Malmaison’s New Year’s Eve Afternoon Tea. The festive twist on the traditional favourite includes pigs in blanket; turkey, cranberry and stuffing wraps; Christmas fruit cake, mince pies, scones, gingerbread biscuits, yule log, sherry trifle, along with a glass of prosecco and a choice of teas.
SoGlos loves: Banish any post-party cobwebs with New Year’s Day Brunch at Malmaison. Start by devouring delicious savoury delights from the Chef’s Table, before tucking into one of the many brunch dishes. And, for the ultimate hair of the dog, the brunch includes a glass of prosecco!
How much: The New Year’s Eve Dinner is £89 per person; New Year’s Eve Afternoon Tea is £25; while New Year’s Day Brunch is £24.95 per person.
To book: Call (01242) 370655, email email@example.com or visit malmaison.com directly.
The lowdown: See in the new year in delicious style at Cheltenham’s Montpellier Lodge, with the independent restaurant offering a sparkling setting for celebrating the end of 2017. On New Year’s Eve the restaurant is serving a tempting seven-course Tasting Menu, with starter dishes including leek and potato vichyssoise, poached scallop and Salthouse bakery breads; terrine of ham hock and roast chicken with spiced pears and sourdough; and fennel and juniper cured salmon with pink grapefruit, marinated fennel and pumpernickel. For the main course, diners are treated to a roast strip loin of Cotswold beef with horseradish potato purée, heritage carrots and red wine sauce, while dessert is dark chocolate delice with caramel ice-cream and nut crumble. Enjoy a savoury course of British cheeses with quince, fruit chutney, grapes, crackers and a glass of port, before rounding off the meal with an espresso martini and chocolate truffles.
SoGlos loves: Revellers can look forward to a glass of fizz at midnight along with enjoying live late-night music, while there’s also the option to add a flight of wine to your feast for £25 per person, with each course expertly paired with a glass of wine.
How much: Tickets cost £75 per person
To book: Call (01242) 262666, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit montpellier-lodge.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Celebrate the end of 2017 in style at Cirencester's The Kings Head Hotel which is hosting a glamorous New Year’s Eve celebration. Following a welcome cocktail, guests can tuck into a four-course dinner in the hotel’s elegant Assembly Room. The impressive menu features pressed game terrine with pistachio and cranberry, Sauternes jelly, micro salad and truffle-scented brioche toast; or the vegetarian option of tomato and courgette tartlet with red onion jam as the first course. Guests can then tuck into pan-seared stonebass with oyster emulsion, while the veggie choice is braised globe artichoke with mushroom duxelle and chive buerre blanc. The main course serves up 28-day aged filled of beef with Lyonnaise potatoes, salt baked carrots, crispy shallot and Madeira jus; along with goat’s cheese, spinach and pine nut pithvier as the meat-free alternative. For dessert, diners can savour a seasonal dish of mulled wine poached pear, with vanilla panna cotta, hazelnut crumb and raspberry gel. Following the feast, the hotel’s resident DJ will play party tunes to get the festivities underway, with guests also treated to a glass of fizz to ring in 2018!
SoGlos loves: If you fancy making a night of it, the hotel is offering a New Year’s Eve package from £199 per person.
How much: Tickets cost £85 per person.
To book: Call (01285) 700900, email email@example.com or visit kingshead-hotel.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Retreat to the Cotswold countryside and ring in the new year in the cosy setting of The Maytime Inn, a charming pub located in the village of Asthall near Burford. Food from the restaurant's normal menu will be served from 6pm to 9.30pm, inviting revellers to line their stomachs with delicious seasonal dishes and hearty pub classics before getting into the party spirit. With spaces expected to get booked up, those wanting to enjoy dinner should reserve tables in advance to avoid disappointment. From 10pm there will be live music from singer songwriter John James Newman who has opened for the likes of Natasha Bedingfield, Sugababes and Jools Hollands, along with appearing on BBC One's The Voice. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz at midnight, with carriages at 2am.
SoGlos loves: With over 100 different types of gin, a wide selection of craft beers and an extensive wine list, revellers are spoilt for choice, whatever their favourite tipple might be.
How much: Free entry with drinks and food available to buy.
To book: Call (01993) 822068, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
The lowdown: Situated down a cobbled street in Gloucester city centre, Café Rene offers a lively setting for seasoned regulars and newcomers alike who are looking to ring in the new year. Gloucester’s longest-running indie club night, Bounce, will be playing classic anthems that revellers can sing along to, while party-goers can also head down to the Cellar Bar where BarberShop Sounds will be blasting out garage and house tunes.
SoGlos loves: Tickets include a hot and cold buffet, giving revellers plenty of sustenance to keep dancing till the early hours.
How much: Tickets cost £10
To book: Call (01452) 309340, email email@example.com or visit caferene.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Conveniently located in the heart of Gloucester, Tiger’s Eye offers a lively setting for ringing in the new year. While the exact details of this year’s party are still to be confirmed, previous celebrations have seen the venue welcome DJs and musicians to entertain revellers, while the extensive cocktail list is sure to get everyone in the party mood.
SoGlos loves: In past years, the Pan-Asian restaurant has welcomed diners looking to start the night with a delicious feast before heading to the bar for some festive tipples.
How much: Details still to be confirmed.
To book: Call (01452) 332993, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit theoldbell-tigerseye.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Gloucester’s Hatherley Manor is inviting revellers to enjoy a glamorous way to celebrate the end of 2017 with its Monte Carlo Masquerade Ball. The black tie New Year’s Eve showcase will take place in the hotel’s Hatherley Suite, with the evening kicking off at 7pm with a drinks reception, complete with a complimentary cocktail and canapés. Guests will then settle down to indulge in a four-course feast that includes confit chicken and pistachio rillettes followed by butternut squash, spinach and chilli soup. The main course choices span roast rib eye of beef with Parmentier potatoes; seared salmon and courgette croquettes; and wild mushroom gnocchi and Parmesan crisp. Finish with tiramisu; sticky toffee pudding; white chocolate and strawberry cheesecake; or a cheese platter, before tucking into tea, coffee and mini mince pies.
SoGlos loves: Guests can look forward to hitting the dance floor when the resident DJ gets the party started, while there will also be the chance to place your bets on the fun money casino tables and enjoy entertainment from the magician.
How much: Tickets cost £80 per guest
To book: Call (01452) 730217, email email@example.com or visit hatherleymanor.com directly.
The lowdown: Get glammed up and head to Stonehouse Court to ring in 2018 at its New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. The stylish event includes a Champagne and canapé reception before guests sit down to a four-course dinner in the hotel’s Court Brasserie. The menu features terrine of duck and fig; duo of smoked salmon; and cauliflower velouté to start, followed by a passion fruit sorbet palate cleanser. The main course options span pan roasted filled of beef with fondant potatoes, baby spinach and red wine jus; grilled whole plaice with sautéed new potatoes and caper butter; and feta cheese and red pepper pithivier with grilled vegetables and tomato sauce. Guests can enjoy Bailey’s cheesecake with honeycomb and vanilla ice-cream; warm chocolate fondant with cherry compote and Amaretto ice-cream; or a selection of local cheeses for dessert.
SoGlos loves: After enjoying the delicious feast, revellers can hit the dance floor and bust some moves to the resident DJ, before counting down to midnight!
How much: £75 per person
To book: Call (01453) 794950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit stonehousecourt.co.uk directly.
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