Gloucestershire alfresco dining guide

Make the most of the sunshine and dine outdoors, with inspiration from SoGlos’s Gloucestershire alfresco dining guide.

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Discover some of the best places to eat outside in Gloucestershire with SoGlos's tasty guide.

With longer days and warmer weather on the way, it's time to experience the joys of eating outside.

From sunbathed terraces to riverside hotspots, be sure to head to a Gloucestershire pub or restaurant offering alfresco dining options to make the most of the sunnier climes.

Alfresco dining in Cheltenham

Alfresco dining at The Brewery Quarter

In partnership with The Brewery Quarter  |  thebreweryquarter.com

The lowdown

The Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham offers a diverse variety of food and drink options to enjoy alfresco, from fragrant curries and juicy burgers to craft beer and cocktails, with plenty for vegetarian and vegan diners to tuck into — and lots of places to dine with little ones, too! 

Menu highlights

With outdoor dining and meaty, veggie and vegan options at many of the Brewery Quarter's restaurants, there’s plenty to choose from. Grab a table outside Pho to enjoy a taste of Vietnam, with the country’s national dish, pho, as well as creamy curries, fresh summer rolls and plenty more on the menu; or try something a little different at The Alchemist, with its creative food menu offering quirky dishes like chorizo and cheddar dough balls, cheeseburger bao buns and Korean fried chicken burgers, as well as boozy brunches. 

Burger and beer fans are spoilt for choice, with BrewDog serving up burgers, loaded fries, chicken, cauliflower and seitain wings and its cult craft beer; Hub Box offering burgers, hot dogs and beers with Cornish produce taking centre stage; and Brewhouse & Kitchen dishing up pub classics like burgers, beer-battered fish and chips and beer-can chicken with a drink pairing recommendation to wash it down with.

Head to The Botanist to try one of its famous hanging kebabs; say buon apetito to classic Italian dishes at High Street favourites Prezzo and Pizza Express; sink your teeth into prime cuts at Son of Steak; or spice things up with a trip to Nando's. There are tasty toasties and lunch options on offer at SOHO Coffee Co. too, ideal for an alfresco working lunch.

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It’s not just the fantastic food that makes Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter a must-visit: there’s plenty of entertainment for before, during and after dinner – including social darts at Flight Club; adventure golf at Mr Mulligans; nostalgic fun at Hollywood Bowl; the biggest blockbuster movies at Cineworld; and even escape rooms at Escape Hunt.

How to book

Visit thebreweryquarter.com.

Alfresco dining at Brasserie Blanc

In partnership with Brasserie Blanc Cheltenham  |  brasserieblanc.com

The lowdown

Get a taste of the atmosphere of French alfresco dining at Brasserie Blanc Cheltenham, with a full outdoor area set up with plenty of tables and seating, accompanied by a big parasol for shaded options, too.

Menu highlights

French flavours abound with a menu designed and curated by Brasserie Blanc's chef patron, Raymond Blanc.

À la carte highlights include duck leg confit with citrus sauce, dauphinoise potatoes, French beans and confit orange; dressed Devon crab with crab mayonnaise and French fries; and roast pepper, aubergine and potato tian with grilled baby courgettes, Padrón peppers and red pepper sauce — and top it off with a pistachio souffle with chocolate ice cream or Madagascan vanilla creme brulee.

There's also plenty of savings to be made at Brasserie Blanc throughout the week, with steak night on Wednesdays, where diners can order two steak cuts of their choice and accompany them with a free bottle of house wine.

Make the most of weekend sunshine with a Sunday roast from 12pm until 5pm and get bottomless trimmings and gravy.

Plus, kids eat free during the school holidays — fantastique!

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Why leave some of the most-loved members of the family at home when treating yourself to an alfresco meal?

A trip to Brasserie Blanc Cheltenham is great for man's best friend, too — with dog-friendly tables available to book online and a special doggy menu featuring nutritious treats and puptails for even the fussiest of canine pals.

Try a treat pot for £3.50 consisting of hand-baked lamb and mint bones; mini chicken sausage treats; and beef patties with cheese; or really show your pooch some love with a roast dinner or fish and chips bowl with a refreshing puptail — all completely suitable for dogs, so you can sit back and soak in the sun alongside your furry friend.

And be sure to sip and save with the Brasserie Blanc happy hour, with two-for-one on selected drinks every week from Monday to Friday from 5pm until 7pm.

How to book

Visit brasserieblanc.com/restaurants/cheltenham or call (01242) 266800.

Alfresco dining at Hotel du Vin

In partnership with Hotel du Vin  |  hotelduvin.com/cheltenham

The lowdown 

Soak up the sun at Hotel du Vin this summer, where guests can indulge in a whole range of alfresco eats, with the chic venue offering the best seasonal food and drink to enjoy in the great outdoors — available throughout May, June, July and August 2024. 

Menu highlights

Sure to make for a memorable gathering for friends, families and colleagues throughout the warmer months, Hotel du Vin is hosting a special alfresco menu for hungry diners across the county. 

Tuck in to everything from chicken or halloumi schnitzels to moules frites and sea bass on the terrace, accompanied by a glass of white, red or rose wine; mimosas; raspberry and elderflower Collins; Heineken; and plenty more, while celebrating the British summertime's warmer weather and longer days.

Summer diners can also choose from a selection of sides to add on at a surplus charge, including pommes frites, buttered ratte potatoes, haricot verts and tomato and onion salad. 

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Alfresco dining can be booked all week long, with the menu including a choice of main and drink for £24.95 per person. 

How to book

Call Hotel du Vin on (01242) 370584.

Alfresco dining at Sef Steakhouse

In partnership with Sef Steakhouse  |  sefsteakhouse.co.uk

The lowdown

Serving up succulent cuts of premium steak cooked with precision, Sef Steakhouse in Cheltenham is a meat-lovers haven.

The independently owned restaurant in Cheltenham's thriving Quadrangle is the first UK venture for the Sef team — who have a combined 30 years' worth of industry experience, having opened and operated restaurants in Turkey and Kuwait.

Hungry diners can tuck into a selection of dry-aged meat cooked over charcoal at an outdoor table in Sef's attractive alfresco dining area that enjoys boundless evening sunshine — and is also great for people watching, as it looks out over the Promenade and Imperial Square. 

Menu highlights

Sef's a la carte menu lets diners begin with starters like oyster mushrooms in balsamic glaze, grilled king prawns or roasted bone marrow, before moving on to the main event, with cuts from tender fillet to flavoursome T-bone, cooked to their preference — plus an extensive wine list for perfect pairings.

Delightful for date nights, Sef's offers a choice of impressive sharing steaks, all served with two sides and sauces. Choose from the Caveman, which is a 1,100g tomahawk steak cooked on the bone and sliced by the chef; slow-roasted short ribs; or the Sef Special that consists of tender slices of fillet steak in butter with croutons, rocket and mozzarella, cooked tableside by the chef with a flame show!

Those who don't fancy a steak needn't worry, as there's plenty of other options available, such as a feta salad, chicken skewers, burgers and grilled salmon to choose from.

Sef's is also a great venue for an alfresco evening of cocktails, with options including a classic espresso martini and twists such as a chocolate and rum old fashioned or a Frangelico sour — ideal for making the most of a warm evening. 

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Make your next Sunday lunch extra special by reserving a table at Sef's, with a choice of slow-cooked lamb leg; pork belly cooked in cider; dry-aged sirloin of beef cooked sous vide until pink, then charcoal grilled; or sweet potato and pepper wellington, with all the classic trimmings including roast potatoes, seasonal greens, carrots, parsnips, a Yorkshire pudding and that all-important gravy, expertly cooked by the Sef's team.

How to book

Visit sefsteakhouse.co.uk.

Alfresco dining in the Cotswolds

Alfresco dining at Téatro

In partnership with Téatro Bar & Restaurant and Ingleside House  |  teatro-ciren.co.uk

The lowdown

The stylish Téatro Bar and Restaurant is one of the Cotswolds' chicest spots for alfresco dining, with a summer à la carte menu, award-winning cocktails and a prime location near the centre of Cirencester.

Menu highlights

Known for serving up modern British cuisine using the very best locally sourced ingredients, Cotswold foodies can enjoy dishes like cured red mullet, fennel slaw and watercress and apple salad; tempura tenderstem broccoli with kimchi and a miso and chilli dressing; or twice-baked cheese soufflé with gouda cheese sauce to start with; before tucking into main courses like beef burger with Applewood cheese, relish, house pickles and fries; herb gnocchi with harissa cream sauce and crispy kale; or king prawn linguine with wild garlic and smoked chilli.

Or there's the Josper grill menu, where diners can choose from native breed pork chop; rump, sirloin or ribeye steak; or cauliflower steak; all served with watercress, a Roscoff onion and a selection of sauces including blue cheese and mushroom, peppercorn or garlic butter and sides, including Téatro fries with garlic mushroom, parmesan and garlic mayo; buttered kale; and tomato mixed leaf salad. 

Its award-winning cocktails are not to be missed either, with everything from classic mojitos and negronis to more creative drinks, like the Gin Jam with raspberry gin, raspberry syrup, lemon juice and raspberry jam; or the Cucumber Crush with Absolut Blue vodka, St Germain and cucumber slices. There's two-for-one cocktails from 7.30pm to 9.30pm Monday to Thursday, too.

For early risers, Téatro also offers a breakfast menu until 10am during the week and until 10.30am at weekends. 

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For something a little different to your usual Sunday roast, Téatro serves up its Chill Grill menu for £19.95 every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 2.30pm, with main dish options including the 'chicken supreme' with tomato relish; grilled halloumi with tomato pittas; and chalk stream trout en papillote, along with sides such as pearl couscous salad with pesto and tomato; Téatro, French or sweet potato fries; and a simple mixed leaf salad — ideal for a relaxed weekend lunch in the sunshine. Chill Grill is now available on bank holiday Mondays, too.

How to book

Visit teatro-ciren.co.uk.

Alfresco dining at Cowley Manor

In partnership with Cowley Manor  |  cowleymanorexperimental.com

The lowdown

Luxury Cotswold hotel and restaurant, Cowley Manor, offers alfresco dining on its sun-soaked terrace, overlooking Italianate gardens enveloped by lush green meadows, in the village of Cowley near Cheltenham. 

Menu highlights

Nothing is off limits for alfresco diners, with Cowley's full restaurant menu — crafted by acclaimed British chef, Jackson Boxer — available to order from the terrace.

Featuring dishes that use local ingredients to make the best of every season, spring highlights include the Wye Valley asparagus, crab and hollandaise starter; a flavourful super salad of broccoli, cabbage, wild rice, lemon and ginger; fresh tagliolini with either Cornish crab and pickled chilli or the vegetarian-friendly combo of smoked butter and black pepper; and Bibury trout served with spring peas and asparagus.

And, with the hotel's very own Experimental Cocktail Club serving a curated cocktail menu, guests can sip seasonally inspired drinks in the sunshine. There's the refreshing Cowley Spritz No. 2 — a concoction of Gewurztraminer wine, French aperitif liqueur, raspberry eau de vie and vodka infused with dill and cumin, topped with soda — to the highly recommended Old Cuban, which combines white rum, Angostura bitters, lime, ginger and mint with Champagne.

The ever-creative cocktail menu also features a pea and carrot-inspired tipple and a clarified Horlicks Milk Punch — a nod to former owner Sir James Horlick who wrote the famous malted milk recipe at Cowley Manor. 

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For an extra-special outdoor dining experience — and one that's bound to impress little ones! — request an alfresco picnic in one of Cowley's bell tents. Dotted around the grounds, these pinstripe canopies provide a unique setting for a spot of lunch, surrounded by open space for an afternoon amble.

How to book

Visit cowleymanorexperimental.com.

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