Whether it’s part of an annual detox, or you’ve decided to give up alcohol for good, Dry January is a time when lots of us are looking to cut down our consumption – if not cut it out completely.
And thanks to Gloucestershire’s cafés, restaurants and bars offering so many interesting alcohol-free options in January 2022, it needn’t affect your social life either. In fact, we’d make a special trip to sample some of these…
Overlooking the square, the Cocktail Lounge at The Old Stocks Inn in Stow-on-the-Wold is an excellent spot for people watching, serving bar snacks and small plates to keep customers going.
Head barman Pete prides himself on making the kind of cocktails you won’t find anywhere else and has come up with non-alcoholic creations like the Hip Hop and Mr Oxford, combining ingredients like rosehip syrup and almond – fancy!
Daylesford’s light and airy Legbar is open all day and into the evening for drinks and nibbles – and the list of non-alcoholic options on the menu is every bit as extensive as the range of alcoholic cocktails, beers and wines on offer.
Visitors will find everything from raspberry and elderflower kombucha to blueberry and acai milk kefir and even cold press nut blends for a January health kick.
Belonging to the Kings Head, recently crowned winner of Bespoke Hotel of the Year, MBB Brasserie in Cirencester is open to both residents and non-residents.
Whether opting for the non-alcoholic Ginger Peach Soda, Bite of the Apple or Strawberry Dream, the open plan layout means you can watch your drinks being shaken at the bar, while the chefs get to work on the rest in the open kitchen.
Alongside its range of low and no alcohol cocktails, juices and smoothies, Bill’s has added a mindful drinking section to its menu, offering CBD drinks.
Containing an extract from the cannabis plant, the Elderflower and Mint TRIP and the Peach and Ginger TRIP are designed to help reduce stress and help you feel more balanced, both of which would be welcome after the frenzy of the festive season.
Not only does the Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar on Cheltenham’s Promenade make its own non-alcoholic gin, it also offers non-alcoholic versions of its popular gin-infused teapots for two – including sweet and sour blood orange.
The Ivy has an impressive list of non-alcoholic cocktails to choose from, offering variations on everything from bellinis and martinis to the amaretto sour and the Moscow mule.
Whether shaken with egg white, or garnished with cucumber ribbons and edible flowers, they promise to be some of the most beautiful and authentic-looking mocktails around.
As beer connoisseurs, the team behind Cheltenham’s Bath Road Beers have pulled together 450 of the world’s finest beers and ciders. Among them are various alcohol-free options, like Clear Head from the Bristol Beer Factory and some alcohol-free cider from France.
What better way to wash down your Inmates Breakfast, Behind Bars Brunch Bowl, or Jail Time Smash at the café in the former prison, than with a healthy Correctional Kale or Solitary Sunset smoothie?
Feel free to take a self-guided tour of the ground floor cells and exercise yard afterwards to see what life would have been like at this facility, which served as a blueprint for London’s Pentonville prison.
From smoothies and milkshakes to iced drinks and specials like the dirty chai latte, Jack’s café in Cirencester has every base covered when it comes to helping you wash down your buttermilk waffles at breakfast, or croque madame for lunch.
Although licensed to sell alcohol, the sweet and spicy mulled wine tea could be the perfect festive pick-me-up.
Served all day, it’s never too early for one of Brick & Brew’s freakshakes. Blended with whole milk and Winstones ice cream, they come in three different varieties: banana split, fresh berry and chocolate brownie, all topped with whipped cream. Calorific they might be, but they definitely don’t contain alcohol!
By Eleanor Fullalove