Friday 22 March 2019

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 Race Week breakfasts that Cheltenham has to offer.

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 12 to Friday 15 March 2019, 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. The Find


Enjoy the most important meal of the day at The Find during The Festival, with the SoGlos Café of the Year 2018 open from 8am serving up a range of breakfasts and brunch to set you up for the day.

Menu highlights include The Full Find – a full English served with roasted vine tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and fresh toast; smashed avocado, homemade granola, with vegan and vegetarian breakfasts on offer too.


5. The Beehive


Cheltenham’s trendy eatery, The Clarence Social, will be serving breakfast for racegoers from 9am to 11.45am, with spaces available for larger parties.

In addition to classic breakfast choices such as bacon rolls and full English, diners can tuck into Hair of the Dog, a brioche roll filled with crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, avocado and spicy salsa – perfect if you overdid it the night before.


7. Malmaison Cheltenham


Malmaison Cheltenham has a special Racing Brunch menu that’s available between 10am and 1pm during race week, offering a tasty way to start the day.

The enticing menu includes the big Mal breakfast with all the traditional trimmings; omelette Arnold Bennett with smoked haddock, Westcombe cheddar and hollandaise sauce; Mal omelette; and eggs Benedict with either bacon, mushroom or smoked salmon; while there are also burger and steak options.


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 of racing off to a fine start at Cheltenham’s Hotel du Vin, with a selection of cooked dishes in addition to an array of breakfast delights on the buffet table, served from 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends.

Along with treats such as brioche French toast; crêpes; eggs Benedict; and omelettes on the menu, guests can look forward to breakfast cocktails and Guinness throughout race week.


10. Sup & Chow


Set yourself up for the day ahead at Sup & Chow which will be cooking up delicious breakfast every race day, served with a glass of fizz or a pint of Guinness to boot.

Open from 8.30am daily, the Bath Road pub cooks up a hearty full English breakfast with all the traditional trimmings, while there’s also a choice of bacon and egg, or sausage and egg butties. Booking in advance is advised.


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 Bierkeller


Start your day at Cheltenham’s Bavarian-themed bar, The Bierkeller, which will be offering the chance to tuck in to a full English breakfast from 8am.

The bustling bar will also be screening all of the televised races, with live music entertainment in the evening, while there’ll be Guinness on draught throughout the week, traditional steins and a party atmosphere every night.


13. The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie


Cheltenham’s stylish restaurant, The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie, will be offering Champagne breakfasts to celebrate 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 Guinness on draught – perfect for those wanting to start the festivities early!


15. The Tavern


From 9am until midday, head to The Tavern to indulge in its special Gold Cup week breakfast menu – perfect before a day of racing.

Choose from smashed avocado with poached eggs on sourdough; smoked salmon with scrambled eggs on toast; fluffy American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup; Guinness rarebit with a fried duck egg; or a classic full English.


16. No 131


The Lucky Onion Club is hosting a special Race Week breakfast at its Montpellier bar and restaurant, No. 131, serving food to racegoers from 7am along with the option of a hot drink, juice, pint of Guinness or Bloody Mary.

Choose from a traditional English breakfast with all the trimmings; eggs Benedict; smoked salmon with scrambled eggs on sourdough; and avocado and poached eggs on sourdough.


17. Severn & Wye Smokery


For what promises to be a delicious start to your day, head to The Barn at Severn & Wye Smokery on your way to the racing action in Cheltenham, where there’s a tasty breakfast menu being served up from 9am daily.

Whether you’re hankering for a quick bacon or sausage sandwich, traditional full English, indulgent brioche French toast, or a hearty kedgeree, the impressive menu has plenty to tuck into!


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 Wilson Café


If you want a quick bite to eat before heading up to Cheltenham Racecourse, call in to The Wilson Café to tuck into a cooked breakfast or light bite from 9am.

Diners can enjoy a host of breakfast choices, with the menu including bacon or sausage baps, toasted tea cakes, and beans on toast served up with your choice of sausage and bacon.


20. The Broadway Hotel


A racing-themed venue, The Broadway Hotel will be serving up a special Racing Breakfast throughout Cheltenham race week, with diners able to tuck in from 8am to 11am daily.

Set to fuel up racegoers for the day, the menu offers a choice of hearty full English, bacon and sausage sandwiches, and even a cone of hash browns!


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 avocado on toast, buttermilk pancakes, and porridge, to scrambled eggs, bacon bun, and omelettes.


22. The King's Head


Head to The King’s Head in Bishops 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 to boot!

Choose from a full English with all the trimmings, along with unlimited tea and coffee, or if you’re on the go, there’s the option to grab a bap filled with sausage, bacon, mushrooms, or all three, from the barbecue.


23. The Plough Inn at Ford


Book your table at renowned Cotswold racing pub, The Plough Inn at Ford, for a delicious race morning breakfast, before heading into Cheltenham for the sporting action.

Served from 8.30am daily, racegoers can tuck into a traditional English breakfast – with the pub already taking bookings and tables set to be snapped up quickly for the scrumptious brekkie.


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 8am.

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


© SoGlos
Monday 11 March 2019

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