“ Address: Regent St / Cheltenham / Gloucestershire / GL50 1HA „
Once upon a time this was the place to be seen and heard in Cheltenham. Previously known as Peppers, the bar had a facelift in the early 2000s, to become Copa, another faceless, unmemorable chain bar, but still popular on a warm summers night.
Food-wise, they serve a sold mix of hearty pub grub with some exotic favourites thrown in. Table service is fast and efficient while finding a table is never hard as the pub must rank among the largest in the town, situated conveniently close to the High Street and adjacent to the Everyman Theatre.
Drink is of an average price (for Cheltenham) with a variable mix of ales on sale from the extra-long bar in the main area, or a smaller, more intimate bar out the back. The outdoor terrace with numerous gas heaters is fantastic for the dwindling numbers of smokers left. Recently extended, the bar has now taken over the premises formely occupied by another student bar situated off County Court Road, giving Copa the convenience of two entrances.
By 8pm the pub becomes a still-popular pre-club venue with a generous mix of business execs and gregarious teenagers mingling to an eccletic mix of music. The pub has certainly lost some its charm since changing from Peppers but is a solid choice for a Saturday night on the tiles, especially if you're in dire need of a table and chair. Forget Wetherspoons nearby and spend a few more pennies to get quicker service at the bar, more varied food and a nicer bunch of characters on a night out!