10 of the tastiest breakfasts and brunches to try in Cheltenham
PUBLISHED: 14:55 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 10:55 22 July 2020
Breakfast and brunch is the most important meal of the day and luckily for us, Cheltenham is home to plenty of great places to get your latest smashed avocado fix. We pick 10 of the best places to enjoy brunch in Cheltenham
1. The Fire Station, St. James Square
This sympathetically restored Edwardian fire station was transformed into a trendy eatery in early 2016 and is renowned in Cheltenham for its delicious and moderately priced bottomless brunch.
Available on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm and Sundays 10am-1pm, diners can enjoy a two-course brunch for £30 with unlimited Prosecco, bellinis or mimosas. Menu highlights include Eggs Royale and a Full English - and for those with a sweeter tooth, there are American pancakes topped with a choice of smoked bacon and maple syrup, or mixed berries with honey and Greek yoghurt. Our stomachs are rumbling just thinking about it...
2. No.131, The Promenade
Looking for a truly indulgent way to spend your Saturday morning? No.131 nestled at the top of Cheltenham's promenade has luxurious interiors with a sumptuous, ever-changing brunch menu to match.
Enjoy splendid views of the Imperial Gardens whilst you tuck into smashed avocado and poached eggs or a slap-up traditional English breakfast - enjoy with No.131's signature Bloody Marys for a truly extravagant way to kick-start the weekend. You can also enjoy an extensive breakfast menu in the adjoining Gin & Juice.
Tasty breakfasts to kick-start your day…
1. Bottle of Sauce, Ambrose Street
Expect a young, fun and informal atmosphere when dining at The Bottle of Sauce. The pub has made a huge impression of the local foodie map with delicious burgers, sticky wings and rustic pizzas - and a mean brunch at the weekends.
Served from 9am, the brunch menu includes cooked breakfasts, buttermilk chicken and waffles and chilli avo' smash. The mighty veggie is the perfect saviour of sore heads after a night boozing.
2. The Clarence Social, Clarence Street
The Clarence Social is a laidback venue, ideal for enjoying lazy weekend brunches topped up with one of the finest Bloody Marys served in Cheltenham.
On the menu there are plenty of brunch classics; from full English breakfasts complete with bacon and sausages, to scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on crunchy toasted sourdough, there's enough to sate any appetite. After a no-frills brunch? The Clarence Social also serves up a hearty bacon sandwich and a great latte, with the coffee beans supplied by a local micro-roastery. Brunch is served every Saturday from 10am until 12pm.
3. Baker and Graze, Suffolk Road
Pastry aficionados rejoiced when Baker and Graze opened its doors in 2016. All baked goods are freshly made in store, so brunchers can expect hot off the press sourdough sarnies and light, fluffy pastries for breakfast and lunch.
Nestled in the trendy Suffolks, inside the interiors are contemporary yet welcoming; expect exposed brick walls, cast iron radiators, wooden floors and metro-tiled walls. In the summer, the small courtyard is a brilliant suntrap for morning diners.
4. Smokey Joes, Bennington Street
Tucked away off the High Street, just past Monty Smith's, you'll find Smokey Joes, a retro coffee bar that takes diners on a transatlantic trip back in time. Grab a seat in one of their red leather booths, enjoy the vintage memorabilia that adorn the walls and play Space Invaders on the arcade machines in the back.
Open from 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday, cure hunger pangs with one of their breakfast baps, fluffy waffles with maple syrup and bacon or a Full English with all the trimmings. Their coffee is top notch too.
5. Woodkraft, Regent Street
One of the more recent additions to Cheltenham's thriving foodie scene, Woodkraft is the brainchild of Masterchef Champion Simon Wood. Priding itself on the use of local and seasonal produce (they even sell local products they love on the restaurant's ground floor), and laidback and minimalist interiors, its quickly becoming the go-to spot for casual dining.
Whether you're an early bird or a late riser, you're in no rush as Woodkraft serve brunch all day. The menu is extensive; expect Full English breakfasts, smashed avo on sourdough, baked eggs to share and topped pancakes.
6. Sober Parrot, Clarence Street
Sober Parrot is a not-for-profit café owned and operated by the Nelson Trust, a charity that works with people affected by addiction and those who have experienced multiple disadvantages. People are able to enjoy themselves in an alcohol-free environment, from lazy brunches in the morning to fantastic events in the evenings. The staff are super friendly and you can expect to see groups of friends, families and even a dog or two when you visit.
Brunch is a big deal at the Sober Parrot. Served daily until 3pm, the menu includes all day breakfasts served with sourdough toast, eggs and avocado and the famous Smokey House beans with cheese.
7. Curious Cafe, & Bistro, Bath Road
If you ask anyone for where to go for breakfast in Cheltenham, it's likely they'll recommend The Curious Café & Bistro on Bath Road. Whether you're dining inside the café's cosy interiors or outside in the pretty courtyard garden, you're guaranteed warm and friendly service and a hearty way to start your day.
Breakfast is served daily: 8am on weekdays, 8.30am on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Make sure to arrive hungry as the homemade breakfasts come in generous portions - from a filling Full English to big breakfast sandwiches.
8. Vinnie's Eatery, Crescent Terrace
This charming plant-based café and restaurant, nestled in the heart of Cheltenham, will tempt even the most carnivorous of diners. The entirely vegetarian and vegan menu is freshly cooked to order, and the menu, although small, has something for all tastes and appetites.
Opt for the veggie or vegan breakfast, complete with fritters, in-house tomato and paprika haricot beans and a cucumber and tomato salsa or for those with a sweet tooth, we love the pancakes topped with chocolate sauce, banana and coconut yoghurt.