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 Monday 31 December 2018, look no further.
Please note, as details of the 2018 events are still to be confirmed, this guide will be updated on an ongoing basis.
The lowdown: Plan a NYE celebration to remember and avoid the hassle of booking taxis or assigning a designated driver by getting home safely with Stagecoach West. On Monday 31 December 2018, Stagecoach's New Year's Eve Night Bus will be running every 30 minutes through the night between Cheltenham and Gloucester, with buses departing from both locations until around 4am. Stagecoach’s buses also offer contactless payment options, making it even easier to get home without the need to visit the cashpoint first. The timetable, which runs the same as the Sunday service, can be found 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: Ring in 2019 in style at Jurys Inn Cheltenham, with its New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner offering the perfect excuse to dress in your finest and enjoy a delicious feast. The four-course menu kicks off with carpaccio of buffalo mozzarella with beetroot and sundried tomatoes, followed by cauliflower and celeriac soup. The main course choices span fillet steak with creamed parsnip, dauphinoise potatoes and baby vegetables; pan-seared seabass with herb crushed potatoes; and sweet potato, red onion and goat’s cheese gratin. For dessert, guests can indulge in iced Grand Marnier soufflé with rich chocolate sauce, or go savoury with a cheese selection. Carriages are at 1am but if you want to avoid arranging transport home, stay the night in one of the hotel’s stylish rooms, with New Year’s Eve rates from £115 per person including breakfast.
SoGlos loves: If you’re looking for a reason to buy a new party dress or a sharp suit, then the Gala Dinner is just the ticket, with the dress code, black tie or lounge suit.
How much: The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner is £80 per person.
To book: Call (01242) 232691, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit jurysinns.com/hotels/cheltenham directly.
The lowdown: Famed for its bottomless brunch, guests at The Fire Station can enjoy bottomless dinner at the Cheltenham restaurant this New Year’s Eve, including all-you-can-drink prosecco. Get the evening off to a flying start with one of a choice of four cocktails, including an espresso martini, a Tom Collins, an Americano, or winter whiskey sour, before enjoying a mixed sharing platter of arancini, crab cakes, bread and olives. Revellers can then choose from a selection of mains, including a cheese burger, a vegan curry, sea bream, hanger steak and a beetroot Caesar salad. There’s the option to add a pudding if you want to really indulge, with choices including sticky toffee pudding, a chocolate pot, and ice-cream.
SoGlos loves: The Fire Station’s extensive cocktail menu is definitely worth sampling and has something to suit everyone’s tastes. Choose from a fruity Cotswolds Rose with gin, apple brandy, rhubarb liqueur, crème de mûre and soda, while whiskey lovers will enjoy the Fire Station Old Fashioned.
How much: Bottomless dinner is £30 per person, with desserts an additional £5.
To book: Call (01242) 809135, email email@example.com or visit thefirestationcheltenham.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 Gloucestershire’s Vince Freeman, who appeared on BBC One’s The Voice. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz and a sparkler 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. In the Main Bar, City Soul will be playing a selection of funk, hip hop and soul with Soul Method, while party-goers can also head down to the Cellar Bar where HouseBound will be playing house music with MR. Yip and Lil Joey.
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: Get glammed up and head to Stonehouse Court to ring in 2019 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; poached mackerel fillet with pickled vegetables and aioli; and red pepper panna cotta with red onion jam and Parmesan straws, followed by a mango and ginger sorbet palate cleanser. The main course options span pan-roasted filled of beef with fondant potatoes, celeriac purée and wild mushrooms; darne of salmon with potato purée, peas and chorizo; and butternut squash, lentil and beetroot pithivier, served with roasted parsnips and kale pesto. Guests can indulge in chocolate fondant with glazed satsuma, tuile biscuit and honeycomb and vanilla ice-cream; apple tatin with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice-cream, or a selection of local cheeses for dessert.
SoGlos loves: After the delicious feast, revellers can hit the dance floor and enjoy tunes from the resident DJ, before counting down to midnight!
How much: £89.50 per person
To book: Call (01453) 794950, email email@example.com or visit stonehousecourt.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Ring in the new year in the picturesque setting of Egypt Mill, an independently-owned restaurant and hotel that’s housed in a converted 16th century mill. The venue, situated on the banks of the River Frome in the Cotswold town of Nailsworth, is putting on a night to remember this New Year’s Eve, with revellers treated to a delicious three-course meal, followed by dancing until 1am. Diners can choose from a range of starters, including roast courgette and Parmesan soup with herb croutons, and smoked ham hock ballotine with piccalilli, while main course options span pan-seared duck breast with saffron potatoes, slow-braised beef bourguignon with celeriac mash, and a seafood platter. Round off your feast with panettone bread and butter pudding, chocolate mousse, or a platter of cheese.
SoGlos loves: If you couldn’t get a babysitter for New Year’s Eve or just fancy extending the festive feasting, kick off 2019 with friends and family at Eqypt Mill, which will be open for lunch and dinner on New Year’s Day.
How much: Tickets for the New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance are £50 per person.
To book: Call (01453) 833449, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Wednesday 21 November 2018
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