Gloucester’s delicacies have become famous the world over. From Gloucester Old Spot sausages to creamy, orangey Double Gloucester cheese, many of us will be familiar with the foods of the cathedral city. Did you know the residents of Gloucestershire are famed for their love of chasing cheese, down hills? It’s seriously a thing!
Every May Day Bank Holiday, hundreds of spectators gather on Cooper’s Hill to cheer on the runners who literally throw themselves down the steep hill after a 9lb (4kg) Double Gloucester wheel of cheese! The winner gets to keep the cheese and has their photo plastered on the front page of the local newspaper the following day!
Back to the point, the vibrant city of Gloucester has a great many restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes for you to chose from. Surrounded by the rolling Cotswold hills and farmland, the chefs of Gloucester are spoilt for choice for fresh, organic and locally farmed produce. Whether you’re looking for an al a carte menu in a romantic hotel setting, a hearty takeaway lunch or a tantalising Thai experience, Gloucester can cater to every palate.
1. Tiger’s Eye at the Old Bell Inn
Tiger’s Eye at the Old Bell Inn serves a range of creative, Asian-inspired dishes. The menu offers further excitement for guests who can opt to have meat and fish grilled on hot rocks, at their table! With two bars, a cosy lounge and the restaurant itself, Tiger’s Eye has all the ingredients for a memorable night out in Gloucester’s city centre. Don’t miss their Cocktail Happy Hour, every Tuesday to Friday.
Give yourself a cheeky midweek treat and head to Tiger’s Eye for Wednesday’s Sushi Club, where every item on the sushi menu is two for one! The menu features classics like spicy tuna maki as well as vegetarian options such as cucumber or avocado Maki, all of which are served with zingy wasabi paste and pickled ginger.
Tiger’s Eye’s impressive menu has a great range of lunchtime light bites and Asian fusion dishes for dinner, as well as their ‘healthy living’ range, featuring loaded jacket potatoes and fresh, green salads.
Tiger’s Eye at The Old Bell Inn
Address: 9a Southgate St, Gloucester GL1 1TG
Website: Tiger’s Eye at The Old Bell Inn
2. Cafe Rene
Don’t be fooled by the traditional, old-world decor of Cafe Rene’s front bar, come nightfall, the dance floor is full and the roof raised, with the sound of local live musicians. Step into their restaurant dining room and look up to find the ceiling clad with subtlety lit up old wine bottles, proving a popular talking point amongst diners. The dining rooms seats up to 60 people, making for a buzzing, yet cosy atmosphere.
Cafe Rene is relaxed dining at its best. With a mouth-watering menu, featuring classic fish and chips and sausage mash, as well as modern and multicultural dishes like their Caribbean lamb curry, there is a dish for everyone. Their motto: “We don’t serve fast food, we serve good food as fast as we can” are certainly words lived by the attentive and caring staff, who diligently cater to customers every need.
Drop by on a Tuesday to make the most of their Pie and Pint Deal for just 10 GBP (12.80 USD)! Check out their website for their list of events and festivals, popular with locals and visitors alike, throughout the year.
Address: 31 Southgate Street Gloucester, GL1 1TP
Website: Cafe Rene
3. Hatherley Manor Hotel
Found on Down Hatherly Lane, Hatherley Manor Hotel is one of Gloucester’s most classic dining establishments. Serving traditional Sunday lunches on the lawn and typically English afternoon teas of a summer’s noon, Hatherley Manor Hotel is open to the public for dining as well as to those who reside in its four-star suites. The restaurant menu is a treat to behold, very reasonably priced and presents a mix of classic dishes and more modern plates.
No trip to England would be complete without experiencing a traditional English afternoon tea and there is no better spot in Gloucester to sip English Breakfast tea and chatter the afternoon away than in the immaculately kept gardens of Hatherley Manor. In the winter months, guests are invited to get cosy by the traditional log burning stove, while they sample lovingly crafted homemade cakes, finger sandwiches and fruit scones, accompanied by Hatherley’s renowned homemade jams.
Hatherley Manor Hotel
Address: Down Hatherley Ln, Gloucester GL2 9QA
Website: Hatherley Manor Hotel
4. The Knobbly Cob
The Knobbly Cob may seem an odd name for those who don’t come from “‘round these parts” but a cob is the local word for a bun, roll or baguette. The Knobbly Cob Sandwich Bar is Gloucester’s answer to chain fast food sandwich joints and rises head and shoulders above the rest for quality and price. Established in 1997, this sandwich shop has been at the heart of this urban community for nearly 20 years.
White bread, wholemeal or brown, ciabatta, panini or French baguette, you name it and the Knobbly Cob crew will serve it up for you to go. They offer a range of hot dishes too - homemade hearty lasagne, classic pasta bakes and turkey stuffing sandwiches, with all the trimmings, all year round!
The Knobbly Cob can be booked for every occasion, with their events catering sideline. Weddings, anniversaries or big corporate conferences, the team deliver an impressive spread, time after time. Their business lunches offer customers ten different menu options including vegetarian dishes, too.
The Knobbly Cob
Address: 5 Westgate St, Gloucester GL1 2NW
Website: The Knobbly Cob
5. Sebz Cafe Tapas Restaurant
Serving classic Mediterranean and Portuguese tapas style dishes, Sebz is the perfect relaxed atmosphere for any dining experience. Popular with couples, Sebz sources only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Their menu is classic yet innovative and the chefs have put a contemporary twist on traditional tapas dishes, like their bruschetta with smoked salmon, proving a mouth-watering and highly sought after choice, for customers.
Sebz serves an à la carte menu, featuring tantalising steaks, cooked over hot stones at your table, classic paella and freshly caught sea bass, with creamy dauphinoise potatoes and stir fried vegetables. Perfect portion sizes, coupled with an incredibly priced menu, makes Sebz the best choice for Mediterranean dining, in Gloucester.
With a website proclaiming they serve “quite possibly the best pizzas in Gloucestershire”, Sebz’s bold statement is quite possibly true. Their 11 inch (27.9 centimeter) Cheese Selection pizza tops a thin crust with halloumi, mature cheddar, mozzarella, stilton and feta and some Parma ham to add some balance! A five-cheese dream!
Sebz Cafe Tapas Restaurant
Address: 93 Northgate St, Gloucester GL1 2AA
Website: Sebz Cafe Tapas Restaurant
Winners of the 2016 Best Eating Out Establishment in Gloucester, Pepper’s has been serving hearty homemade lunches and snacks for the past six years. Pepper’s caters to everyone with vegan and vegetarian options, appearing on the menu, daily. Their vegan butternut squash curry gets rave reviews from customers, along with their ratatouille, that is lovingly prepared by Pepper’s chefs.
To satisfy everyone, sausage, bacon or chicken breast can be added to vegan and vegetarian dishes, to keep the meat-eaters happy, too! The sausages are sourced from a local butcher, just another example of Pepper’s dedication to the community and quality ingredients.
Pepper’s offers a takeaway service too, that is an incredibly popular with the city’s busy office workers, who pop by on their lunch hour. Customers have a choice of eight to ten salads daily, including organic three-grain rice, Moroccan couscous and crunchy apple coleslaw, with apples from Carey’s organic farm.
Address: 2 Bull Ln, Gloucester GL1 2HG
Website: Pepper’s Menu
7. The Nepalese Chef
Nepal is a country full of exquisite home cooks, who create family meals with love and care. The same passion and devotion can be found in abundance at the Nepalese Chef, on London Road. If you have never tried “momos” before, the light and spacious dining room of the Nepalese Chef is the place to try them! A traditional delicacy of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, momos are steamed parcels of vegetables and lightly spiced fried chicken or pork. Be warned, they are very, very moreish!
For those who fancy a quiet night in with the fancy foods of the Himalayas, fear not, the Nepalese Chef offers a takeaway and delivery service, too!
The Nepalese Chef
Address: 24-26 London Road, Gloucester, GL1 3NR
Website: The Nepalese Chef
A table for two....
Gloucester’s wide variety of cafes, restaurants and pubs have a table for every occasion. Whether you’re looking for a spot for a romantic date, a big family gathering, a quick bite and a break from shopping, or a wild night on the town, Gloucester has the menu for you.
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