Friday 10 April 2020

9 quirky dining spots in Gloucestershire

We’ve rounded-up our favourite quirky dining spots in Gloucestershire, with Smokey Joe’s grabbing the top spot with its retro American-style diner theme.

Play retro games over a triple beef burger or have your meal inside an old 1920s cinema – whatever you’re after, there’s a great selection of eccentric dining experiences in Gloucestershire. And because we just love all things quirky here at SoGlos, we’ve rounded-up our favourite spots so you can opt for something a bit different!

About the sponsor – Smokey Joe’s

Offering something a bit different from your average restaurant, Smokey Joe’s is situated in the centre of Cheltenham, offering a delightfully eccentric dining experience for its customers. Friends and families can challenge each other to a game in the retro arcade, listen to live music at one of the many events throughout the year, or simply try out the delicious American diner-style menu.

The venue itself was originally a workshop space for the creation and construction of the new Space Invaders game – a cool backstory to an awesome restaurant.

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1. Smokey Joe’s in Cheltenham

Smokey Joe’s takes inspiration from a traditional 1950s American diner, with quirky interiors and décor that’s wonderfully ‘out there’. Mixing a vintage coffee bar with 1980s retro gaming, the café is the perfect little spot for a unique dining experience.

The menu doesn’t fail to impress either. With options such as gourmet hot dogs, American-style sandwiches and build-your-own burgers, there’s really something for everyone. Plus, the desserts are something else – unicorn hot chocolate, smores waffles and a wide selection of ice cream sundaes? Yes please.

2. The Miller in Cheltenham

A lively sports bar and pub, The Miller is home to a range of fun old-school games. Challenge friends and family to a game over a rainbow tower burger or watch the latest football game with a side of sharing nachos.

With an immense menu spanning burgers, loaded fries, kebabs, as well as vegetarian and vegan options, The Miller is the place to be for a delicious meal in a not-so-average pub.

3. Circus Sauce Restaurant

Following Giffords Circus around on its tour, Circus Sauce is a dining experience that offers something really quite different. As the UK’s only travelling restaurant, it serves up to 60 diners within two showman’s wagons. With mismatched crockery and cutlery, unique interiors and food made from scratch, you’re sure to have a fabulous three-course meal.

Circus Sauce is in high demand, so be sure to book your place at the table to experience what this quirky restaurant has on offer.

4. Hubble Bubble Coffee House in Gloucester

Using organic, free-range and locally-sourced ingredients, Hubble Bubble Coffee House serves up a wonderful selection of cakes and sweet treats as well as delicious lunch options such as the Gloucestoaster, a double cheese toastie with the café’s signature garlic butter.

Hubble Bubble’s décor is fun and unusual, showing off the personality of this family-run establishment. With vintage light fittings, mini cauldrons and cute lanterns, it’s a great place to grab a bite to eat.

5. Galgos Latino in Stroud

Hosting a range of events such as a Latin parties, fiestas, and live music, this Mexican restaurant knows how to serve up the traditional favourites. From corn tortillas to shredded beef patties, Galgos Latino combines flavoursome dishes with eccentric vibes. The restaurant is designed to bring a taste of Latino to the Cotswolds.

Brightly coloured interiors and eccentric décor sets the scene for a brilliant meal out with friends and family.

6. The Strand in Cheltenham

Hosting monthly comedy evenings and weekly gaming nights, The Strand in Cheltenham is a lively pub which serves up real ales and amazing pub grub. Particularly popular for its board games, The Strand is a fun and quirky establishment at the top of Cheltenham’s busy High Street.

With great dishes such as rump steak with herb and garlic butter; veggie chilli with coriander rice; and chicken satay skewers, this pub is a great little spot for delicious food and brilliant entertainment.

7. The Coconut Tree in Cheltenham

With innovative Sri Lankan street food on the menu, it’s no surprise that the popularity of The Coconut Tree has grown exponentially since its opening. With décor including a Sri Lankan tuk tuk and impressive wallpaper, The Coconut Tree in Cheltenham has also invented its own cocktails – or ‘cocotails’ – to accompany a delicious feast.

8. The Daffodil in Cheltenham

Taking inspiration from the traditional 1920s, art deco style, The Daffodil in Cheltenham offers a grand setting to a wonderful meal. Originally a 1920s cinema, the restaurant was refurbished by interior designer Laurence Llewellyn Bowen, so diners can expect ostentatious décor.

With a la carte options such as grilled Scottish salmon; sirloin steak; and halloumi red curry, and desserts such as raspberry sorbet; crème brulee; and melting chocolate fondant, The Daffodil offers delicious fine dining within a stunning venue.

9. Koj in Cheltenham

A Japanese pop-up restaurant in Cheltenham, Koj was opened by Masterchef finalist Andrew Kojima. Serving up traditional Japanese bar snacks within a relaxed dining room, Koj also has an upstairs cocktail bar for guests to have a tipple before the meal.

With wall art paying homage to all things Japanese, including Hello Kitty, Pokémon, Yamaha, and even Mikado, the restaurant certainly has wonderfully quirky vibes.

By Amy Wright

© SoGlos
Tuesday 08 October 2019

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