Cheltenham, Gloucestershire – culture and restaurants

Recently I visited the above town again for a weekend. It’s a very nice area that is quite posh, very historic and has more high quality bars and restaurants than you can shake a stick at. It even has a victorian post box and a sam smiths pub. What it thankfully does not seem to have our shepherd neame pubs or any of the other big chains of pubs. They have the usual chains like ask, zizzi, Starbucks and even more local chains like bills.  This was a very nice restaurant that we went to and they make there own preserves, condiments and salad dressings. They give you a bag on the table with pencil so that you can order while you are waiting for your meal. We had a very nice waitress and she was very chatty and up for a laugh. She obviously enjoyed working there and was secure in her position. I had green thai chicken curry as did sam and they were extremely good. It’s quite difficult to get into restaurants on a Saturday lunchtime as the previous 2 places we went to were full. You should always book if possible as everywhere worth going is always so popular. We took a card as sushi places that are not chains tend to be quite small and hidden away too. The place that we go to several times is brasserie blanc. They have redecorated it since we visited it last April and changed the menu. I tried the escargot again and they were actually quite nice but we usually eat after having a few so my taste buds may have been dulled a little. I had a cheese souffle to start that went down so quickly as I was hungry and it was as light as air. To follow I had the pork belly with crackling. We also went to gridiron which is a steak house. There I had the 6 oz gridiron steak medium rare with fries and bearnaise sauce.
There are a ridiculous number of red telephone boxes around. Some have been changed into cash dispensers. There is even 6 together in the town centre. I previously went to the art gallery and museum as well as walked in one of the many parks. It is a transition town and they grew there own fruit and veg to help stop climate change, educate people about agriculture and introduce them to unusual varieties. I haven’t yet been to the everyman or bacon theatres. The next article is about drinking here.

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