25 of the best breakfasts for Cheltenham Race Week

Place your bets on a brilliant Cheltenham Race Week breakfast, with 25 to tuck into before Cheltenham Festival and the Boodles Gold Cup 2023. From fabulous fry ups to vegan full English feasts...

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Heading to Cheltenham Festival or Boodles Gold Cup in 2023? Find the perfect breakfast to get your Race Week off to a winning start!

Wondering where’s the best place to get breakfast before Cheltenham Festival 2023? SoGlos has scoured Cheltenham to serve up 25 sensational suggestions to start your day at the races the right way.

With Cheltenham Festival taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse from Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 March 2023, book ahead to bagsy one of the best brekkies Race Week has to offer – whether you have a hankering for a full English or need that all-important first pint of Guinness to go with it.

Race Week breakfasts at Pittville Pump Room

Located just an eight-minute walk from the racecourse in Cheltenham’s most iconic building, Pittville Pump Room's Heritage Café is offering hearty breakfasts between 9am and 2pm during race week – costing £15 per person, with pastries and free tea and filter coffee, too.

Race Week breakfasts at No. 38 The Park

An ultra-stylish setting a short walk away from Cheltenham Racecourse alongside Pittville Park, No. 38 The Park will be serving a continental spread of fresh fruits and baked pastries for a lighter start to the day, as well as traditional full English breakfasts and perfectly poached eggs.

Race Week breakfasts at Havanas Coffee

If you want your breakfast alongside a Grand National winner, head to Havanas Coffee in Cheltenham – where ex-jockey Bob Champion will be sharing anecdotes and tips every morning during Race Week. For £25 per person, it includes a full English breakfast and your tea or coffee of choice, as well as a charitable donation to the Bob Champion Cancer Trust.

Race Week breakfasts at the Prince of Wales sports bar

As well as the closest parking to Cheltenham Racecourse, which you can book in advance from £15, the sports bar at Cheltenham's Prince of Wales stadium is also serving up a winning breakfast deal during Race Week – offering full English breakfasts with a pint of Guinness for £15 per person, from 9am to 1pm.

Race Week breakfasts at No.131

Likely to be fully booked before anywhere else in Cheltenham, join the stylish No.131 racing celebrations on the outdoor terrace, for lashings of smashed avocado, kedgeree or truffled eggs, surrounded by magnificent Georgian architecture and the race week buzz.

Race Week breakfasts at The Beehive

Not only a delicious option for racegoers but a practical one, too, The Beehive in Montpellier is offering breakfast AND transport to and from the racecourse for just £24.95. Available from 9am to 11.30am, pick from a full Irish or English breakfast, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or a breakfast sarnie before boarding the minibus to the races.

Race Week breakfasts at Penny Blacks

Start your race day experience in Prestbury village, approximately a mile from the racecourse, with a freshly-prepared breakfast at Penny Blacks. Best served with a flat white and HP sauce, its full English brekkie features dry cured streaked smoky bacon, chipolata sausages, potato rosti and, of course, its own sourdough.

Race Week breakfasts at the Imperial Garden Bar

Ready your bets whilst enjoying spring at The Garden Bar orangery, overlooking Cheltenham’s beautiful Imperial Gardens – all while enjoying a full English breakfast and that all-important pint of Guinness for £18 per person, available from 9am to 1pm.

Race Week breakfasts at The Five Alls

Located on Cheltenham’s lively Bath Road, The Five Alls is a lovely local pub that's running its usual Saturday breakfast offering every day during Race Week. Choose from its twist on the traditional full English, brioche French toast or a green eggs and ham-inspired brekkie to keep you going all day.

Race Week breakfasts at The Curious Café and Bistro

Named SGGLA Café of the Year in 2022, The Curious Café on Bath Road is always a popular choice for breakfast. And it's no different during Race Week, with hearty dishes to line your stomach like the Blacksmiths – featuring two sausages, two rashers of bacon, two eggs and the option to add a 40-ounce rump steak! – and its signature buttermilk pancake stacks.

Race Week breakfasts at The Nook

Head up to Cheltenham's first rooftop restaurant for a Breakfast of Champions during race week. For £25 per person, you'll get unlimited pastries and a hot breakfast – with traditional and veggie full English brekkies and smashed avocado on toast to choose from. Tea and coffee is included but, if you're starting early, there's a pre-racing drinks menu, too.

Race Week breakfasts at The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie

Feast in a fabulous setting at The Ivy in Cheltenham's exquisite Montpellier district. Available from 8.30am until 11.15am, diners can choose from a menu of breakfast classics, such as The Ivy full English, hot buttermilk pancakes and eggs Benedict or Royale; with lighter options including kippers, bircher muesli and smoked salmon crumpets.

Race Week breakfasts at The Hewlett Arms

Approximately a mile and a half from the racecourse, tucked away at the base of Harp Hill, The Hewlett Arms is a hidden gem of a neighbourhood pub, serving breakfasts every day during the Cheltenham Festival.

Race Week breakfasts at The Alchemist

Start your day at the races in The Brewery Quarter, with a cocktail and brunch dish for £18 at The Alchemist. Dishes include chicken wings and waffles to its generously-filled breakfast burrito, and come paired with your choice of three theatrical cocktails – with the option to upgrade to Champagne for £20, if you're feeling lucky.

Race Week breakfasts at Madison's

Situated opposite Cheltenham Spa train station, Madison's is ideally located for hungry racegoers coming by rail. Sit in or get breakfast to go, with its full English and full veggie breakfasts, bacon and sausage baps and signature breakfast burger – made up of a sausage patty, fried egg, American-style cheese, topped with burger sauce – all available to take away.

Race Week breakfasts at KIBOU

Kick your race day celebrations off a little differently with a Japanese-inspired breakfast at Cheltenham's original sushi restaurant, KIBOU. Available from 9am to 12pm every day during Race Week, the brand-new brekkie menu features dishes like the savoury Japanese pancake, okonomiyaki; hand-rolled sushi burritos, filled with chicken katsu or beef teriyaki; and katsu sando, which is panko-fried pork, chicken or pumpkin sandwiched between soft, white bread.

Race Week breakfasts at WoodKraft

Popular brunch spot WoodKraft is catering for racegoers during Gold Cup Week, with artisan cooked breakfasts, pancake stacks with lashings of maple syrup and all kinds of eggs – not forgetting its must-order side of fluffy hash brown bites.

Race Week breakfasts at The Queens Hotel

You don't need to be a guest to break your fast at Victoria's, The Queens Hotel's stylish restaurant, where you can tuck into smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and pancakes drizzled with maple syrup while perusing The Racing Post.

Race Week breakfasts at The Brown Jug

Fuel up on a full English or full veggie breakfast, or pick up a sausage or bacon bap, at Bath Road’s The Brown Jug, serving breakfast from 8.30am to 12pm across Race Week.

Race Week breakfasts at Tailors

A lively sporty pub in the centre of Cheltenham, Tailors will be cooking up breakfasts for racegoers all week. Feast on a full English for just £10, or opt for a bap bursting with your preferred combo of breakfast items – with bacon, sausage, hash browns, black pudding and more to choose from.

Race Week breakfasts at Botanica Coffee Kitchen

Cooking up bacon baps, Turkish eggs and fancy fry-ups with all the trimmings, Botanica Coffee Kitchen is a hidden gem of a brunch spot on Cheltenham's Bramery Business Park that only takes about 15 minutes to get to on foot from Cheltenham Spa train station. 

Race Week breakfasts at The Suffolk Arms 

Well-loved local pub The Suffolk Arms is joining in with the Cheltenham Festival celebrations, serving tasty breakfasts for Race Week crowds. Fill up with its full English, The Real Deal, for just £10 or chow down on smoked bacon or sausage and egg sandwiches, with £1 add-ons including hash browns, black pudding and beans.

Race Week breakfasts at The Cosy Club

Available from 10am, The Cosy Club in the Brewery Quarter offers a boundless brunch for £35 per person, where unlimited drinks are served for 90 minutes along with any breakfast dish – with options like huevos rancheros, bubble and squeak with poached eggs and avocado and the classic full and vegan English breakfasts to keep your energy up during Race Week.

Race Week breakfasts at The Bayshill

The Bayshill in the centre of Cheltenham is another friendly boozer serving breakfasts every morning during Race Week, available from 9am. It's streaming all the jump racing action live across its 12 screens throughout the day, too.

Race Week breakfasts at The Lansdown

For the four days of Race Week, locals’ favourite The Lansdown will be opening its doors early, from 8am, to serve breakfast and plenty of pints of Guinness.

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