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 13 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.
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. It recently launched its dedicated children's menu, featuring dishes like cheesy hoppers, cheese and tomato roti pizza and even a Sri Lankan twist on chicken nuggets. Plus little ones eat for free with a paying adult until March 2023.
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 – 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 as well.
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; plump for bircher oats or traditional dippy eggs and soldiers; or build their own bespoke breakfasts.
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 and rice, Mowgli paneer and rice or temple dahl and 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 choosing from the Mini Ninja menu at Cheltenham’s YO! Sushi, with the meal deal offering a main, side and drink for just £7.50. 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?
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 to homemade meatballs and battered chicken nuggets, tiny diners have plenty to choose from.
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, which offers 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 in Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter, with a menu of crowd-pleasers for diners of all ages. The kids' menu includes tomato gnocchi, cod bites and cheeseburgers for main, with creative desserts like seaside jelly and sandcastle ice cream - with chicken, beef or veggie kids roasts available, too.