13 reasons to visit Montpellier Courtyard in Cheltenham

Tucked away on one of the prettiest shopping streets in Cheltenham, Montpellier Courtyard is brimming with places to get pampered, shop for unique gift ideas and savour delicious food and drink.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Montpellier Courtyard is a haven of independent boutique shops, stores and eateries in one of the prettiest areas of Cheltenham.

If you're headed on a weekend wander around Cheltenham's pretty Montpellier district, take a turn off the beaten track and pop into Montpellier Courtyard.

SoGlos highlights the unique independent businesses which call it home, from creative casual fine dining restaurant to soothing salons. 

Edible Art Patisserie

One of only three delightful spots in the UK, with a fourth soon to open in Birmingham, visitors to Edible Art Patisserie can feast on delicacies that look far too good to eat, ranging from candy-coloured macarons to the prettiest petit gateau, as well as melt-in-the-mouth choux pastry.

The work of artist Damien Wager, this sugary spot provides a proper treat for the palate as well as the eye, with the team also running courses, if you fancy learning how to make the perfect patisserie at home.

Sam's Montpellier

This independent restaurant is a regular haunt for those in the know. Chef Sam Price prides himself on delivering a terrific range of flavours inspired by the earth, land and sea, with tapas sized dishes designed for sharing — or not! 

It offers a fantastic three-for-two plates lunchtime offer from Wednesdays to Sundays. Cocktails are a must, too, shaken up by its very own mixologist, who'll listen to your favourites and suggest a new tipple to try, if you're not sure what you fancy. 

Gallimores Kitchen

Seafood lovers will want to make a beeline for Gallimores Kitchen. Its shellfish platters have a firm fan base and you'd be wise not to pass up the chance to try its scrumptious moules mariniere.

Great coffee is always on the menu whatever time of day you need a pick-me-up; while brunch fans can kick back in the courtyard with a hearty full English, or a creative vegan option. 

Lazy Graze

Relax and unwind in this luxurious tea room that welcomes diners for breakfast and lunch. Its fragrant shakshuka is the ideal choice to brighten up the greyest mornings, with all of the much-loved breakfast classics on the menu, too.

There are plenty of salads, soups and sandwiches on offer for lunch with a selection of smoothies, milkshakes and herbal teas to wash everything down — and if you're celebrating a special occasion, its afternoon teas and platters are a great choice. 

Bang & Olufsen

With a reputation for being one of the best sound specialists in the world, Bang & Olufsen should be your first choice for top-of-the-range audio equipment. 

Browse a fine assortment of loudspeakers, televisions, sound systems and more at this stylish spot, which also stocks a range of beautifully crafted portable speakers that look just like you're carrying around a gorgeous handbag!

L'una Design

L'una Design's inspiring showroom is full of exciting interior ideas to get your brain buzzing, showcasing the latest products and styles from some of Europe’s leading design brands, so clients can get a feel for the quality of the furniture and kitchen manufacturers.

Run by husband-and-wife team, Dustin Wise and Masterchef contestant Michele Rodriguez-Wise, the pair are bursting with creativity and passion that's bound to get you excited about your project. 

Broadleaf Timber

One of only 12 showrooms in the UK, Broadleaf Timber showcases an impressive selection of real wood floors in a spectrum of colours, so it's easy to spot what will work in your home. 

It also uses its high quality wood and skilled craftsmanship to make doors, cupboards, staircases, rooves and even interior accessories, so you're sure to leave feeling inspired. 

Karl James Gifts

This little gem is packed to the rafters with gifts spanning home fragrances, soaps, candles, throw, cushions and plenty more.

With a friendly welcome, browsing is a delight — and it's likely you'll leave with more than you bargained for! It's got an online shop, too, so if you can't make up your mind in store, you can pop it in your cart once you're back at home.

Silks of Cheltenham

Offering shoppers a touch of luxury and elegance, this stunning womenswear store has something for every shape, size and occasion, be it mother of the bride; holiday; evening wear; or stylish outfits to elevate the everyday.

It also offers complimentary one-hour personal shopping experiences from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday to Saturday. 

Tokyo Tattoo

This independent, award-winning tattoo studio has six world-class resident artists specialising in all forms of tattooing, from florals and mandalas to realism and Japanese. It also has renowned international guest artists visiting each month, too. 

Guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments throughout the day, including lunch to keep you fuelled and focused during your tattoo session.

Caroline Charles

Caroline Charles is as classy as they come, with this chic womenswear store covering classics, celebration and wedding outfits, evening wear, signature prints and weekend staples. 

Expect plenty of florals, sleek lines and lots of colour, with accessories including jewellery, hats, bags and scarves. A considered purchase, clothing prices start from around £500.

Tivoli Hot Wax

Offering a range of body confidence-boosting treatments from waxing to laser hair and tattoo removal, Tivoli Hot Wax has an all-female team specialising in female intimate, body, and facial hair removal.

The appointment-only salon is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and skin-friendly products, with appointments available up to 10 weeks in advance. It also sells a range of shirtdresses, home décor and a bespoke candle and body range.

Beau Amis

This pretty pink hair salon offers jungle-themed interiors and a friendly welcome from its two directors, Gemma Kay and Becky Hannis.

Offering cuts and blow dries, colouring, styling and bridal packages, it's a lovely place for a spot of pampering. There's even a cheeky gold monkey statue offering sweets for clients to enjoy while they soak up some self care. 

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