Whether you’re hoping to tuck into 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 12 child-friendly restaurants in Cheltenham will keep all ages happy – with tasty and fun-filled feasts fit for the fussiest – or most adventurous – eaters in the family.
Simpsons Fish and Chips
The well-priced and generously-portioned kids’ meals at Simpsons Fish and Chips include cod bites, fish cakes, sausage, scampi and plenty more to choose from. 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 every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm and throughout half term.
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.
Just outside Cheltenham, Cowley Manor’s restaurant has one of the most refined children’s menu in the county – with classic kids’ fare, as well as dishes such as crushed avocado and pea hummus with crudites to start; steamed mussels with crisp baked bread; or steak and fries for main; with Belgian waffles for dessert. Perfect for pint-sized foodies!
The Coconut Tree
With its menu of colourful Sri Lankan dishes, like our favourite sweet and sticky cheesy columbo, The Coconut Tree in St Paul’s is the perfect spot for more adventurous kids. The small portion sizes are ideal for sharing, so kids can try a variety of deliciously different dishes – with milder options especially for little ones. Plus, kids under 10 eat free with paying adults.
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 colourful, Japanese-inspired décor, the stunning KIBOU on Regent Street is a treat for everyone. The kids’ menu has all the classics – veggie tempura, Japanese fried chicken, katsu curry and ramen. Sushi-loving little ones can get in on the action too, with an extensive selection of freshly prepared sushi and sashimi.
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; fresh pizza; battered cod goujons; and linguine, all with great two-course deals to keep grown-ups happy too.
With three children’s courses costing less than £10 at Cheltenham’s stylish Brasserie Blanc, kids can get stuck into yummy options like falafel wraps, crispy chicken goujons and cottage pie, with vanilla madeleines, ice cream or fruit and 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, they can plump for bircher oats or traditional dippy eggs and soldiers or build their own bespoke breakfasts.
Kids will love choosing from the Mini Ninja menu at Cheltenham’s YO! Sushi, with the meal deal offering a main, side and drink for just £6.50. Side dishes include salmon, cucumber or avocado maki, while mains include Japanese fried chicken and sweet pumpkin katsu curry – and who doesn’t love their food arriving on a conveyor belt?
With vibrant 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 bacon, sweet plantain, grilled roti and egg, to burgers and barbecued chicken, all with a free soft drink.
Donating 25p from every kids’ meal to a local children’s charity, families can dig in and do good at The Botanist in Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter. The menu of crowd-pleasers includes burgers, sausage and mash, scampi and chips or tomato gnocchi, with creative desserts like warm caramel popcorn brownie or seaside jelly and sandcastle ice cream.