Tuesday 18 February 2020

24 of the best breakfasts for Cheltenham Race Week

From full English fry-ups to bacon sandwiches, get your day of racing off to a winning start with one of the best Cheltenham Race Week 2020 breakfasts.

Before the betting slips are marked, the horses picked and the binoculars poised, a full English – or Irish – breakfast is a traditional way to start a day at Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup, which takes place from Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 March 2020, in style.

Whether you’re hankering after a fully-loaded fry-up or flavoursome continental fare, before you sip your first cappuccino – or pint of Guinness – discover 24 places to tuck into the best Race Week breakfasts in Cheltenham and beyond, and don’t forget to book in advance.


1. Woodkraft Cheltenham


Cheltenham’s newest artisan eatery is eagerly poised to welcome racegoers for its first Cheltenham Festival.

Located on Regent Street in the heart of Cheltenham town centre, Woodkraft is the brainchild of MasterChef winner, Simon Wood. His team will be rustling up delicious breakfast using locally sourced ingredients.

Expect favourites like the Woodkraft breakfast, including sourdough toast, Old Spot sausage, streaky bacon and all the trimmings; with other brunch options available including eggs Benedict, smashed avocado, vegan breakfasts and pancakes.


2. Revolution Cheltenham


Opening its doors from 9am for a special racing breakfast, stylish Cheltenham cocktail bar Revolution will be serving up bacon, sausage and veggie sandwiches; a full English with all the trimmings, and a vegetarian breakfast option too.

It’s a great opportunity to experience this newly refurbished bar and discuss your best tips with racing fans before making your way to Prestbury Park.


3. The Fire Station


Relax in a stylish setting in the heart of Cheltenham, where The Fire Station will be serving breakfast from 9am during Race Week.

Whether you’re looking to fuel up with a full English, tuck into smashed avocado on toast, racegoers also have the option to grab a breakfast muffin to take away.

There’s also plenty of televisions showing live racing throughout the day in the bar, and newspapers to keep racegoers up-to-date on the latest tips.


4. Brew & Bake

Enjoy the most important meal of the day at Brew & Bake during The Festival. Their usual tasty breakfasts will be served from 7am to set you up for the day.

The menu highlights include avocado on toast with poached eggs and bacon, the popular Mex eggs and smoked salmon with avocado.


5. The Beehive

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Montpellier lies The Beehive, a charming local pub which will be serving a hearty breakfast during Race Week, with dishes including steak and eggs; a full English; and a veggie option, along with tipples such as Bloody Marys, Mimosas, port or Black Velvet.

For extra convenience, the pub will be offering diners the chance to take advantage of its shuttle bus service to and from Cheltenham Racecourse – but hurry, because seats are already being snapped up!


6. The Hollow Bottom

Gloucestershire’s Premier Racing Pub, The Hollow Bottom, has put together the perfect race-day morning. Guests can enjoy a hearty full English breakfast, a return bus service and a complimentary bet for those whose pockets seem a little lighter from the day before!

Breakfast will be served from 9am to 10.30am daily. Advanced booking is encouraged to ensure a space at the popular pub.


7. Baker & Graze

Baker & Graze is the perfect place to revive yourself from the night before. Breakfast is served from 8am and offers a tasty start the day.

The enticing menu includes ham hock hash and smashed avocado with smoked bacon and eggs, amongst other dishes on their sample breakfast, brunch and lunch menus.


8. The Strand


From 9am to 12pm The Strand will be serving its popular Race Day Breakfast, offering the perfect way to line your stomach with a fry up before sinking a few pints of the black stuff.

The pub will also be screening all the action from the racecourse, perfect if you want to enjoy the races in the warm, and will be hosting live music nights to keep the party spirit going on Thursday and Friday!


9. Hotel du Vin Cheltenham


Get your day off to a racing start at Cheltenham’s Hotel du Vin, with a selection of cooked dishes in addition to an array of breakfast delights.

Along with sweet treats such as brioche French toast; crêpes; and breakfast pots, guests can look forward to traditional breakfasts and eggs Benedict.


10. The Kings Arms, Prestbury

Set yourself up for the day ahead at The Kings Arms, Prestbury. They will be cooking up delicious breakfasts every race day, including full English breakfasts, steak and chips, and eggs Benedict.

Open from 9.30 from Tuesday to Friday, there’s also a choice from lots of breakfast cocktails!


11. Boston Tea Party


Whether you’re craving a hearty full English, bacon bap, or pancakes with all the trimmings, Boston Team Party’s varied menu has something to tempt all racegoers.

The eatery will be serving alcohol from 7am during Race Week, offering the chance to enjoy a Bloody Mary, Mango Mimosa or Buck’s Fizz with your meal.


12. The Wheatsheaf Inn

Begin your day at the traditional Cotswold pub, The Wheatsheaf Inn, which will be serving full English breakfasts for Cheltenham races visitors.

For £30, The Lucky Onion are offering a breakfast, bus and bet deal. With advanced booking, guests can enjoy delicious food, a return bus service to the racecourse and a complimentary bet.


13. The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie


Cheltenham’s stylish restaurant, The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie, will be offering breakfasts during Race Week, with the dining experience available from 8am between Tuesday and Friday.

Along with their glass of bubbly, guests can choose from a delicious menu of breakfast classics, such as the Ivy Full English; hot buttermilk pancakes; avocado on toast; and organic granola.


14. Soho Bar


Located in the Montpellier area of Cheltenham, Soho Bar will not only be showing all of the racing action on its big screens, but will be cooking up breakfasts all day from 9am.

Diners can start the day with a tasty full English, while there will also be live music all week and screens showing the races.


15. The Yew Tree Inn

Reserve a Race Breakfast at The Yew Tree Inn this Race Week – perfect before a day of racing.

Visitors are welcome to head out to watch the action themselves, or see the live race screening in the afternoon at the pub. Celebrate your winnings with the evening entertainment, which includes live music from Joe Wheldon and The Mark Walby Band.


16. No 131


The Lucky Onion Group has gone all-out this Race Week. Racegoers can enjoy a delicious breakfast in the beautiful Georgian townhouse of No. 131.

Group bookings will be given a private dining experience, for up to 50 guests, with a seasonal breakfast and lunch menu. For those who really want to get into the spirit, there’s the Gunniess bar on the outdoor terrace.


17. The Bottle of Sauce

Saddle up for the racing action with breakfast at The Bottle of Sauce. Visitors can pop in for a pint or a coffee along a hearty breakfast before they head to the races.


18. The Shutters Inn


A cosy country pub in Gotherington, The Shutters Inn will be cooking up delicious dishes from 9am daily during Cheltenham race week, with its special race day breakfast menu offering plenty of enticing choice.

On the tempting menu, highlights include the Shutters Breakfast; eggs Benedict; toasted bagel with smoked salmon and scrambled egg; and a roll or sandwich with up to three tasty fillings.


19. The Tavern


Head to The Tavern to indulge in a big breakfast before the races from 9am. The local favourite is prepared to fill you up for the day.

Choose from British breakfasts; fluffy American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup; or smashed avocado with poached eggs on sourdough toast.


20. No. 38 The Park

Next door to the action is No. 38, perfect for anyone looking for a morning walk to the Racecourse. Ideal for more quiet and peaceful racegoers. The last and first race of the day is screened in the pop-up bar marquee so you won’t miss any action.

Guests can explore the delicious breakfast menu which ranges from continental and cooked breakfasts; eggs Benedict with honey and mustard glazed ham; American style pancakes; to porridge with honeycomb.


21. Bill's Cheltenham


Handily situated in the centre of town, Bill’s offers a stylish setting for dining before a trip to the racecourse, with breakfasts being served from 8am during the week.

There’s plenty to satisfy rumbling stomachs, with choices ranging from smashed avocado on toast, buttermilk pancakes, and porridge, to scrambled eggs, and traditional and vegan breakfasts.


22. The King's Head


Visit The King’s Head in Bishop’s Cleeve to start your day at the races, with the cosy pub serving up a special Race Breakfast from 8am during the week – and there’s music in the evening.

Choose a full English with all the trimmings to start the day of racing action.


23. Sandford Park Alehouse

Join Sandford Park Alehouse for an English breakfast from 8.30am. Offering a choice of 10 cask ales and 16 keg beers, the pub will also be serving teas and coffees.

Catch the build up to the race on two large screens too.


24. Cosy Club Cheltenham


Boasting a buzzing atmosphere and stylish interiors, as well as benefiting from being within walking distance to Cheltenham Racecourse, the Cosy Club has plenty to delight racing fans, with food being served from 9am.

Start the day by tucking into delicious dishes such as the avocado brunch; ham hock hash; buttermilk pancakes; or the Cosy Club breakfast, while the cocktail menu is sure to tempt racegoers too!


© SoGlos
Tuesday 11 February 2020

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