Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup celebrations guide

The best restaurants, coolest bars and liveliest parties in town to celebrate Cheltenham Race Week 2020

If you’ve backed a big winner, find out where to celebrate when all the horses have crossed the finish line during Cheltenham Race Week 2020.

The Festival™ will be taking over the Cheltenham from Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 March 2020 – and when the last races have been run at Prestbury Park, the revelry is set to continue until the small hours.

So, whether you’re dressing up for Ladies Day or hoping for a windfall on the Gold Cup, discover the plushest places to let your hair down, have a few drinks and tuck into some great food, in SoGlos’s guide to the top Cheltenham Race 2020 venues.


Cheltenham Race Week at The Brewery Quarter

The lowdown

The Brewery Quarter is party central for racegoers following the final furlong. The entertainment destination is home to a range of bars including The Botanist, Brewhouse and Kitchen, and Chiquito, alongside live music performances, food and drink, and entertainment until late.

What’s the craic?

The Brewery will be hosting live music every night from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, with Camilla Lewington performing on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 March and Soular on Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 March 2020. Solo artist Jack Flint will be belting out the tunes from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

To carry on the celebrations, head to plant-themed bar and restaurant, The Botanist, for live music to accompany one (or more!) of the venue’s theatrical cocktails. There’s also the chance to catch live acts at Brewhouse and Kitchen with delicious, locally brewed ales on tap. Don’t miss Chiquito’s themed ‘Lucky Green’ cocktail before heading to Cosy Club to party to Irish tracks and dance classics. If you’re planning on visiting during the day, start your morning off with bottomless brunch at The Botanist, while Brewhouse and Kitchen will be showing all the racing action on its big screens.

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Throughout the day during race week, The Brewery Quarter is a calm and welcoming venue, perfect if you’re looking to avoid the crowds. People with children can enjoy special offers at The Play Farm, while there’s plenty of fun to be had at Hollywood Bowl and Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf. There’s also tasty fast food available from Nando’s, Five Guys and Creams Café, with sit down restaurants Prezzo, Real China, Chiquito and Son of Steak all ready to indulge you with a relaxing lunchtime treat.

For more information

Visit thebreweryquarter.com.


Cheltenham Race Week at The Beaufort Arms

The lowdown

One of the oldest pubs in Cheltenham, The Beaufort Arms has recently undergone a huge refurbishment making it a fantastic watering hole, foodie destination and friendly pub.

What’s the craic?

Screening all of the races, visitors won’t have to miss a minute of the action (or brave the cold) and can instead experience the thrill of racing inside the cosy pub. And if you’re off to Cheltenham Racecourse, fuel up for the day with a pre-racing outdoor breakfast barbecue served every day from 9am to 11am.

After the races, The Beaufort Arms will be keeping the celebrations going with food served until 9.30pm and a selection of cocktails, beers and boozy beverages.

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Get the celebrations started with a takeaway cocktail bar available at The Beaufort Arms throughout Race Week.

For more information

To book a table for Race Week breakfasts or find out more, visit thebeaufortarms.co.uk.


Cheltenham Race Week at Gloucester Quays


The lowdown

With its buzzing atmosphere and waterside location, Gloucester Quays will be a popular destination for Race Week revellers, just a short drive across the Golden Valley from Cheltenham.

What’s the craic?

Whether it’s a Full English breakfast and pint of Guinness start to a day at the races or a chance to pop the Champagne and count your winnings after the Gold Cup, Gloucester Quays will be buzzing with racegoers during The Festival™ Presented by Magners.

Home to an array of restaurants and bars including Bill’s, Bella Italia, Carluccio’s, Coal Grill & Bar, Portivo Lounge, TGI Fridays, Wagamama and Zizzi, there’s plenty of choice for dining, socialising and celebrating Gloucestershire’s biggest events.

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Even if you’re not planning on heading to Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucester Quays’ Brewhouse and Kitchen will be showing all the racing action on its big screens.

For more information

Visit gloucesterquays.co.uk.


© SoGlos
Sunday 08 March 2020

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