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07 Jan 15 20:08
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I was saddened to read that ONeills is closing and reopening as something else. Monday night with music in there is absolute staple and great fun, I hope the new venue maintains Festival week atmosphere.

Where are people's favourite drinking holes for Festival week? Our normal trajectory is Oneills to the Queens Hotel. Would be interested in expanding that this year to more places with live music, racing people, and good craic.

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By:
layingisthewayforward
When: 07 Jan 15 21:38
O'Neills is owned by the same company but has been rebranded.. Much more of a food pub ( with higher prices )

I'm staying in Bishops Cleeve this year for the 1st time..Are there any establishments worth visiting their ?  Ta
By:
Glossy
When: 07 Jan 15 21:44
O'Neills is now 'All Bar One' and very much a poncey, wine-bar type place.

laying, a few decent pubs in Bishops Cleeve area, the best of which is probably The Apple Tree in nearby Woodmancote. You may already know The Royal Oak in Prestbury - not far away at all. Decent pub.
By:
layingisthewayforward
When: 07 Jan 15 22:18
Ta Glossy

All Bar One is a couple of units down from what used to be O'Neills.  O'Neills is now Harry Cook Freehouse.  Looks a bit poncy also!
By:
lucky22
When: 07 Jan 15 22:21
chaps any recommendations for bars/pubs in cheltenham itself?
By:
The RealDeal
When: 07 Jan 15 22:27
The Royal Oak is a top boozer (and it's in Cheltenham itself).
By:
Glossy
When: 07 Jan 15 23:22
Laying, yes sorry you're right - got the 2 mixed up. As you say, they're much of a muchness.

TRD, the royal oak is in prestbury - its actually very close to the back of the course.
By:
Glossy
When: 07 Jan 15 23:23
Depends what you're looking for lucky; what sort of bar/pub are you after?
By:
JOCI Club
When: 07 Jan 15 23:42
We'll be in Bishops Cleeve (as ever) and frequenting (mainly) The Royal Oak and also the King's Head. One evening spent in the curry house before hitting the boozers.
By:
The RealDeal
When: 08 Jan 15 05:46
It certainly is Glossy, and after a couple of early liveners in The Royal Oak i recommend the walk across the fields to the course, it gets the juices flowing as you approach the course directly opposite the main stand (slight digression fron nightlife there though!)
By:
onehundredandeighty
When: 08 Jan 15 07:07
Lucky,you want to be heading to Taylors as its a good pub full of racing folk and is central so you can choose which way to move on.After racing i tend to go in the old restoration and work down through town Cool
By:
cufcno1
When: 08 Jan 15 08:50
There's a marquee in someone's back garden behind the car park,you come out the back garden and the grandstand is in front of you,it's free to get in !
By:
Rathgorman82
When: 08 Jan 15 09:11
No surprise to see O'Neills go as most of the O'Neills chain went donkeys ago along with the rest of the 'Irish Bar' fad (Scruffy Murphys anyone?) that sprung up in the mid-late 90s.
A great. Steady pub in the Town Centre is the Bayshill which is behind the central bus station. Always busy, great atmosphere, lunchtime and evening, has music on throughout the week and serves good nosh for breakfast/lunch. Wadsworth pub with good range of beers. The usual run of Cotswold and Prince of Wales when hopping off the race buses is always good hectic fun immediately post the races for an hour or two but then they tend to quieten down later into the night these days. The Prince used to be brilliant craic before the old owner got rid two or three years back.
By:
Rathgorman82
When: 08 Jan 15 09:15
180 - great shout about Tailors, cant believe i'd forgotten it - we go every year!
There's great equality behind the bar - a token male barman alongside about 10 gorgeous young fillies guaranteed !
By:
bluebirdfan
When: 08 Jan 15 11:55
Tbh most pubs you go in Festival week are grand, full of race goers having the craic
By:
Mr Eboue
When: 08 Jan 15 11:59
I've had a couple of great meals at the Tivoli recently. Outstanding food. Drinks aren't cheap but it's a great place to relax after you've done your bollux at the race course.
By:
brandyontherocks
When: 08 Jan 15 13:43
The Tivoli was our watering hole when we used to go to Cheltenham. Lovely boozer.
By:
Can't Catch Me
When: 08 Jan 15 14:07
Mr E... have you eaten in The Purslane?

We tend to go the same places every year and was going to give that a bash this year.
By:
Can't Catch Me
When: 08 Jan 15 14:09
Also Mr E, forgot to ask... have any decent Chinese restaurants opened yet? Its about bleedin' time!
By:
Mr Eboue
When: 08 Jan 15 14:21
I havn't myself mate but my sister had her Christmas party there and said it was top notch. I've only heard very good things about the place.

The only Chinese I go to is Bar & wok on the lower high st. It's always very busy but the food is consistently good. There's a choice of about a dozen mains instead of the usual 100 or so but they always get the food spot on.
By:
Can't Catch Me
When: 08 Jan 15 16:47
Brill, thanks mate
By:
lucky22
When: 08 Jan 15 21:30
cheers for the tips lads....will have to be a crawl through cheltenham trying them all!!
By:
Joist
When: 08 Jan 15 21:39
Tailors is sounding good. Can I ask for recommendations for live music pubs/bars? If it makes any difference, particularly the Monday night.
By:
cufcno1
When: 08 Jan 15 21:59
Get tickets for the preview evening at the royal oak,davy Russell was hilarious last year,also richard Johnson,lovely bloke who put us all on fingal bay
By:
Can't Catch Me
When: 08 Jan 15 22:00
Is that on the Monday night?
By:
Rathgorman82
When: 08 Jan 15 22:01
Tailors is great for live music.
By:
cufcno1
When: 08 Jan 15 22:10
Yes ccm,i woke up half cut and hadn't even seen a horse,someone advertised it on here last year
By:
wellchief
When: 08 Jan 15 22:31
I think staying in Cheltenham is a bit of a rip off to be honest, especially when you have to book about a year in advance to get anywhere.

Then again, we're always in a big group (late 20's to early 30's) so we find it harder than most to find somewhere.
By:
Joist
When: 09 Jan 15 19:14
Thanks, Rathgorman - Tailors it is!
By:
wellchief
When: 09 Jan 15 19:31
Then again, we're always in a big group (late 20's to early 30's) so we find it harder than most to find somewhere.

That's the age range by the way, not the size of the group - not that popular LaughLaugh

There's normally between about 8 and 10 of us, so we're happy with somewhere like Worcester or Bristol at the moment, but I reckon when we get older the group will get smaller and we'll look for somewhere near HQ.
By:
wellchief
When: 09 Jan 15 19:36
Also, this year for the first time, I'll be heading over to Punchestown Festival.

Always do Cheltenham and Aintree, but this year I'll be doing a 2013 Sprinter Sacre and doing all three Grin

I'll report back with in depth comparison (if I can remember after the ale Laugh)
By:
peatysandy
When: 10 Jan 15 07:32
venue changing this year cufcno1 , i sent you a message with further details.
By:
onehundredandeighty
When: 10 Jan 15 09:49
Shocked
By:
el chine
When: 12 Jan 15 19:15
All roads after racing lead to the Queens :) always a few funny sights and stories late on that go down in the festival memory bank.
First stop after racing is the United services club , on right just as you've come down the hill, beer still at a decent price and a plate of scram .

57 sleeps
By:
ImSoLuckyLucky!
When: 12 Jan 15 19:28
Hope you got a large wallet for the Queens
Was in their Saturday and a large red wine was
£8

Wink
By:
rogerthebutler
When: 12 Jan 15 19:42
A large red wine!!!!????


How much for a fkn Babycham then??Grin
By:
owen94
When: 12 Jan 15 20:15
You can get a bet on the nite racing in the marquee if your an Arab and know some one from the rock
By:
Makybe_Diva
When: 21 Feb 17 20:31
ttt for Joist.
By:
Joist
When: 21 Feb 17 20:33
Thanks, Makybe Diva! I'm sure there's another thread too, pre-dating this one. Would be good to see that one as well and rifle through for any gems that I might have missed at the time!
By:
Makybe_Diva
When: 21 Feb 17 20:35
Found this thread from the horse racing forum...
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http://community.betfair.com/horse_racing/go/thread/view/94102/30423395/cheltenham-night-out?post_id=543218151#543218151
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