Back to Cheltenham for the second time in a month

Cheltenham Travel Blog

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A wine bar on the corner of Montpellier Street and Parabola Road.
My travel plans have had altered greatly in the last few months. The South of France sports car trip cancelled because the car is still awaiting work and we're really busy at the web agency at the moment and down a few developers so I'm stuck in the UK for the time being.

I'm not one to stand still though. I've decided not to wait for my mechanic to get a space in his diary and have been under the car to prepare changing a sensor to get it on the road again this week. In the mean time I have been day tripping here and there, a trip to Nottinghill in London several weeks ago negotiating the crowds through the antiques market on Portobello road and twice to Cheltenham to get some writing done.
The Circus Bar, dress code even in the day.
If you want to visit a fairly clean place with lots of Georgian architecture then Cheltenham is the place. It's a small place you can cover in no time at all so suits a day trip. Plenty of small cafes and really decent restaurants tucked away in side streets and hidden squares, there is lots to do; but you do have to look hard or you might be disappointed.

If you fancy a visit to Cheltenham I can recommend starting around Montpellier Road and The Promenade. You'll find the Circus Wine Bar if you are prepared to dress smart casual, there is also the chain restaurant Ask, chain it might be but the food is usually spot on, plenty of clean ice white linen and it won't empty your wallet. If you're looking to grab a special mountain bike then visit the shop up the side street where High Street meets the Promenade.
Fountains outside the buildings along Montpellier Walk
Be prepared to pay near a grand for a frame alone though. If you want a beer, plenty of atmosphere and regular good pub food then pop into Copa on the lane way just past the Theatre or if on a bit of working holiday you got your usual Star Bucks with sockets for your laptop upstairs though it does get busy at the till.

With the hot weather at the moment there is usually a summer faire of some kind in the park in the centre and coming up on the 22nd June is the Food and Drink Festival taking place on the park on Montpellier Terrace which should be worth a visit.

Cheltenham is a very subtle place. I've been there loads of times over the last ten years and I always find something new and special. The trick is to check out the lanes and back streets. Cheltenham is small, and it might not have the buzz of somewhere like London, but it does have the culture and people will talk to you.
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A wine bar on the corner of Montpe…
A wine bar on the corner of Montp…
The Circus Bar, dress code even in…
The Circus Bar, dress code even i…
Fountains outside the buildings al…
Fountains outside the buildings a…
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Montpellier Gardens. Plenty of spa…
Montpellier Gardens. Plenty of sp…
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photo by: HelenP