The Jockey Club South West Kalendar Magazine 2019-20

cheltenham | off course

Coco is one of the town’s hidden gems, bringing a little bit of Paris to a corner on Cambury Place. It’s intimate (you will need to book) with a lovely atmosphere and outstanding food. For some of the UK’s finest Asian cuisine, the East India Cafe offers delicious Anglo-Indian flavours on their a la carte and tasting menus, while Koj, launched by Masterchef finalist Andrew Kojima in 2017, creates superb authentic Japanese grazing plates in their restaurant on Regent Street. Don’t be fooled in thinking that all the best restaurants are in Cheltenham, as there are many other fine eateries dotted around the Cotswolds. Michael’s Mediterranean feels like a little corner of Cyprus in the heart of Chipping Campden and is very much worth a visit, as is the stylish new Back Garden Restaurant at Dormy House Hotel and The Painswick, where you can also stay. The finest food and drink can be found in many of the excellent pubs that adorn the Cotswolds. The Hare at Milton, The Churchill Arms at Paxford, The Bell at Langford, The Potting Shed at Crudwell and The Wheatsheaf in Northleach are all worth a visit. What to see and do Cheltenham’s Wilson Gallery and Holst Museum celebrate two of the town’s most famous sons, natural historian and explorer Edward Wilson, who died on return from the South Pole, and composer of The Planets, Gustav Holst. A bronze statue of the latter can be found in the Imperial Gardens. Pittville Pump Room is the jewel in Cheltenham’s Regency crown.

Another architectural masterpiece is the magnificent Everyman Theatre, which always impresses with a fantastic programme of shows. If retail therapy is up your street, Cheltenham is recognised as a key shopping destination in the UK. The beautiful tree-lined Promenade was recently voted one of the top five shopping streets in the UK by Google. In October 2018, John Lewis & Partners opened a flagship store on the high street, complete with a Personal Shopping service, Beauty Blow Dry Bar and more than 1,000 brands over two floors. If you want to travel further afield, a whole day could be spent exploring many of the villages, towns and notable landmarks. A visit to the breathtaking Blenheim Palace is an unforgettable experience for all ages, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park and the Cotswold Wildlife Park are perfect for those of you with animal-loving children in tow, while Daylesford is one the most iconic farm shops in the UK. If that’s not enough then a tour of the splendid Cotswolds Distillery, and tasting their range of outstanding spirits, is a brilliant experience. There’s so much more to discover while the races are on. Now is the perfect time to start planning your weekend away.

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Park. Slip on a pair of Dubarry’s from the boot room and enjoy magnificent views of the racecourse and beyond. Equally as close is No.38 The Park, an elegant 13-bedroom Georgian townhouse which is home to Prithvi, one of Cheltenham’s favourite Indian restaurants. In the town centre, The House at No.131 is the latest addition to The Lucky Onion’s portfolio and the place to be during the races. With eight individually designed bedrooms, stunning interiors and plenty of space to relax, you can head downstairs to Gin & Juice and party into the early hours. independent restaurants, it’s easy to see why Cheltenham is a popular foodie destination. A day at the races should always start with a good breakfast. The Ivy Brasserie offers a classic menu in stunning surroundings. For a truly memorable dining experience look no further than the 3AA Rosette-awarded Lumière Restaurant that continues to exceed people’s expectations with its wonderful menus and service. The charming Petit Where to eat With numerous award-winning

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