Whether you’re hoping to tuck into fresh fish and chips, slurp up some noodles, give Sri Lankan street food a go or get your hands on a juicy burger, discover some delicious places to dine with kids in Cheltenham.
SoGlos’s pick of the best child-friendly restaurants in Cheltenham will keep all ages happy, with tasty, fun-filled feasts fit for the fussiest — or most adventurous — eaters in the family.
Craft beer bar BrewDog at The Brewery Quarter is one of the coolest places to take the kids, with under 18s welcome until 8pm. Its kids' menu includes Billy the Grilly mixed cheese toastie; The Young Clucks breaded chicken strips with barbecue sauce; and gooey mac and cheese served with fries and a drink, while burger-loving little ones can have a Hoppy Meal with a burger or nuggets, fries and a drink for £7 — with a milk pop and BrewDog goodies thrown in, too!
Simpsons Fish and Chips
The well-priced and generously-portioned kids’ meals at Simpsons Fish and Chips include cod or chicken bites, fish cakes, sausage, scampi or a beef burger to choose from, all served with chips and a drink for just £4.20. It even has a special kids’ book about Bonny’s fish and chip adventure and games to play online to earn tasty treats. Plus, kids eat free with a paying adult on selected dates and times during half term.
Kids with a sweet tooth will love tucking into a tasty treat at Creams Café at The Brewery Quarter, offering everything from sky-scraping ice cream sundaes to waffles, crêpes and cookie dough doused with everything from Nutella to Oreo crumbs — with seasonal specials available, too.
288 Bar and Wok
The hugely popular 288 Bar and Wok on Cheltenham’s High Street serves up delicious Chinese food in a friendly and relaxed setting. There’s a dedicated children's' menu, with plenty of tasty choices, kids’ chopsticks and colouring sheets too.
Cornish burger and barbecue restaurant Hub Box at The Brewery Quarter has plenty for kids to get their teeth into, including cheese burgers, buttermilk-fried chicken tenders, mac and cheese and a vegan wrap, with American-style malt milkshakes to wash it all down.
The Coconut Tree
With its menu of colourful Sri Lankan dishes, The Coconut Tree in St Paul’s is the perfect spot for more adventurous kids. Its dedicated batta menu features dishes like cheesy hoppers, cheese and tomato roti pizza and even a Sri Lankan twist on chicken nuggets, with a main course, dessert and drink costing just £5.50.
Smokey Joe’s Café Bar and Diner
Quirky independent diner Smokey Joe’s is known for its retro décor and American-inspired menu. With food options including burgers, hot dogs, nachos and mac and cheese, as well as sweet treats like fluffy waffles and milkshakes, there’s plenty to keep little and big kids happy. The retro arcade games are cool, too!
With its vibrant, Japanese-inspired décor, the stunning KIBOU on Regent Street is a treat for everyone. The kids’ menu has all the classics — yaki udon, katsu curry and ramen — as well as bento boxes and sweet treats like mochi ice cream and apple gyoza on offer, and even folds into a cute origami fox or panda. Sushi-loving little ones can get in on the action, too, with an extensive selection of freshly-prepared sushi and sashimi to try.
Laid-back pub and restaurant The Langton in Charlton Kings promises a varied children’s menu of food ‘too good to play with’ – including cheeseburger sliders, Margherita pizza, battered cod goujons and linguine; all with great two-course deals to keep grown-ups happy as well.
With three children’s courses costing less than £10 at Cheltenham’s stylish Brasserie Blanc, kids can get stuck into yummy savoury options like mozzarella sticks, chicken goujons, grilled haddock and halloumi burger, with sticky toffee pudding, ice cream or fresh fruit and marshmallows with chocolate dipping sauce for dessert.
Boston Tea Party
When it comes to brunch, Cheltenham’s Boston Tea Party is a great choice for little diners. For breakfast, kids can have pancakes with loads of toppings; scrambled eggs and soldiers; or build their own bespoke breakfasts, with smoothies, milkshakes and babyccinos to drink, too.
With quirky swing seating and fairy lights galore, Mowgli is a gorgeous place to take the kids. Its dedicated Mini Mowgli menu gives children a choice of gunpowder chicken and fries, butter chicken, Mowgli paneer or temple dahl, all served with rice; with a selection of ice cream cones or brownie for dessert and drinks including mango lassi, cinnamon cola and hot chocolate.
Kids under 10 will love tucking into a kiddo bento box at Cheltenham’s YO! Sushi, with the meal deal offering crunchy edamame beans, maki, mixed vegetable rice and a choice of chicken, prawn or pumpkin katsu, chicken teriyaki or chicken gyoza, plus sauce and a drink for just £7.50 — and who doesn’t love their food arriving on a conveyor belt? Finish with a sweet treat by adding a custard-filled doroyaki pancake for £1.50, too.
Kid- and dog-friendly Pho at Cheltenham's Brewery Quarter offers Vietnamese cuisine that even little ones will love. From wok-fried noodles and mini pho soup to homemade pork meatballs and battered chicken nuggets, tiny diners have plenty to choose from.
The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie
Upmarket brasserie, The Ivy, offers children a Little Dreamers menu for £9.95, with options including linguine with tomato sauce; pan-fried cod fillet; breaded chicken escalope; fish and chips; and sausage, mashed potato and gravy, with sundaes or ice cream for dessert.
With bright décor and a fun-filled atmosphere, Jamaican-themed restaurant Turtle Bay is a great spot for families in Cheltenham, with its dedicated Little Turtles menu offering mini brunch with jerk sausage and bacon, grilled roti and fried egg, to burgers and marinated chicken breast — all with a free soft drink.
Families can dig into something delicious at The Botanist at The Brewery Quarter with a menu of crowd-pleasers for diners of all ages. The kids' menu includes cherry tomato gnocchi, curly Cumberland sausage and burgers for the main course, with creative desserts like seaside jelly and sandcastle ice cream or nutty banana split.
Independent artisan eatery, Woodkraft on Regent Street, is a brunch hotspot, with a children's menu including fruity pancakes, cheese on toast and a full breakfast with Gloucester Old Spot sausage, bacon, egg, beans and toast to fill up hungry tummies, as well as a scrumptious selection of cakes and pastries.
Family favourite Pizza Express is always a crowd-pleaser, with its Piccolo menu including doughballs to start; pizza, pasta or salad for the main course; sundae, brownie or ice lolly for dessert; and a bambinoccini, all for £7.25 — with veggie, vegan and gluten-free little ones well catered for, too.
Son of Steak
Meat-loving little ones can satisfy their carnivorous cravings at Son of Steak at The Brewery Quarter. Its Mini Moos menu is designed specially for under fives, offering a choice of a burger, steak, chicken leg or mac and cheese with fries, garlic bread or onion loaf and Asian-style broccoli, salad or southern fried button mushrooms for £6.25 — plus the choice to add a dessert and a drink for just £1.50.