I have a few favourite watering holes in Cheltenham and the Old Restoration has been one of them. It''s in the centre of town on the High Street, but at the end of the road, so a little out of the foray of people when the town gets busy.
This is an old pub and one that''s quite well known. It has a friendly vibe and the staff are usually quite warm and helpful, making it the type of place you can enjoy going for the staff and generally knowing what to expect there. The building is quite attractive and there''s plenty of seating with different areas, so you can usually find somewhere to go whether you want a relaxing sit down meal, lively drinks at the bar, or a comfy sit in one of the booths. They also have free WiFi, which is something I always like to see as a bonus.
They have a good menu that''s quite simple but reasonably priced and the food I''ve had here has been really tasty. They have a good range of drinks that are probably reasonably priced, though I do find some a tad on the pricey side, bottles especially.
There''s darts and a new addition of a pool table in case you''re interested. They also do evening events, so you can enjoy board games one night or a quiz the next, there''s usually something going on. It varies as to whether it''s busy or not in the Old Restoration; I''ve been on afternoons when it''s quite quiet and have enjoyed chilling out with a drink, and equally at 11pm when they''ve put on some cheesy music and there are a few more people around. When there''s sports on they usually have the big TVs on and that can get a little loud, however it has a good atmosphere for the most part.
The only downside is that it does feel a little worn. You can tell in places where there''s been some water damage, or carpets are frayed, or the toilets aren''t very nice. It''s a shame that I think it could do with a bit of updating, but other than that it''s one I''d recommend checking out and I''ll continue to be a customer for the relaxed, down to earth feel to the pub.
Reputed to be the oldest pub in Cheltenham, you certainly wouldn't know it upon walking in the premises. The exterior manages to mantain an oldy wordly rustic charm which hides a plush and modern interior within, with suitable mood-lighting throughout. Though many would find the recent refit too avant-garde for their liking, it has obviously been done to appeal to a growing market of students in the town...and it works!
Always a table and chair to be found, the pub serves a delightful selection of ales from friendly and pretty barmaids. At night, the pub becomes a favourite pre-club venue and is situated within easy staggering distance of Wetherspoons on Bath Road. In fact, the pub is wonderfully located on the edge of the town centre, to begin an evening down the High Street into Cheltenham.
The clientele are friendly clubgoers, doorstaff are approachable, and the music is a varied mix of current chart hits and niche RnB tunes.
Food is as you would expect from any decent pub with prices on par for Cheltenham. A hearty mix of burgers and fries, washed down with a Stella can all be done for around £8.
My only gripe is that it can become a little rough late at night. Smokers crowd round the little door down an adjacent side street; and the pub is a popular haunt for a drunken post-Wetherspoons mob.