When in... Cheltenham
When in... Cheltenham
Our second store opening for 2017 is set in the Regency spa town of Cheltenham. Whether you live in a neighbouring Cotswold village, somewhere further afield, or if Cheltenham itself is the place that you call home, we’d love for you to stop by to get to know us a little better.
Below we’ve jotted down some of our absolute favourite places in the area. It might be must-see architecture, our go-to spot for a pot of tea and slice of cake, or a hidden boutique that you could have otherwise walked past.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
The Pittville Pump Room
This Grade I listed building is often referred to as the most recognised example of Regency architecture in Cheltenham. Inside you can take in the spectacular interior as well as sampling the fountain’s historically medicinal spa water. On a sunny day, it’s lovely to venture out for a walk around the lawns of Pitville Park too.
Known for being the ‘cultural centre’ for the Cotswold district, Cheltenham has earned itself the reputation of being a bit of a festival hotspot. Depending on when you’re visiting, it’s worth looking into whether there are any festivals taking place that you might want to incorporate into your day – from jazz, science and literature to the new wine festival.
Sandford Parks Lido
There’s something rather retro about an outdoor pool, and that’s made all the more true at Cheltenham’s lido where stripy deckchairs are scattered all around. It’s a fun and certainly unexpected way to end an afternoon of shopping. Best to save this one for a little later in the year perhaps.
One not to miss. Part of the Lucky Onion group of hotels, it describes itself as being ‘a beautiful Georgian townhouse that’s classic on the outside and contemporary British on the inside.’ Both a hotel and a highly-regarded eaterie, it’s the first place that we head for a late breakfast, lunch or supper. (We highly recommend the creamed polenta and sage.)
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit more formal, be it for a refined lunch or evening meal, Prithvi is always top of our list. Upon first glance, most people are surprised to learn that it in fact serves an Indian-inspired menu, but with a refined approach in a truly serene setting.
Baker & Graze
Like any town or city, Cheltenham has lots of options for a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon hideaway for tea and cake. Baker & Graze though has fast become our number one choice despite only opening a short while ago. Not only do they serve beautifully smooth coffee and freshly baked goods, but their menu also encompasses more substantial dishes. And they’re open weekend evenings – a touch that we really appreciate when we don’t quite feel like heading to a bar or pub, and instead crave somewhere cosy for a late-night mug of something warm.
The Montpellier Quarter
This area of Cheltenham is where to head if you’re looking for a thoughtfully put-together selection of independent shops and restaurants. Montpellier Walk is one of the most elegant stretches of boutiques in the whole town, designed by local architects back in 1843. Fashion, lifestyle, beauty, home and art can all be found here.
A little more specific, The Suffolks has a down-to-earth, village atmosphere and is at the heart of the Montpellier district. It’s often described as being ‘the Notting Hill of Cheltenham’ with an assortment of vintage boutiques, antiques shops and delis. It’s a real artisan area that’s certainly worth exploring.
Founded in 2010, Olive is a British clothing company with a very clear sense of style. They work with a network of independent designers creating garments for both men and women, and care deeply about yarn production and slow living. They even have a tiny apothecary section that blends the delicious scents of an English herb garden.
If you’re somebody who likes to balance their home with a composed mixture of new and old, Blighty Antiques is a treasure trove to explore. Their pieces are typically from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and span furniture, curios and lighting.