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No 131, Cheltenham

A little different and a bit cooler

A little different and a bit cooler

Nigel Gillingham

This genteel Regency market town, famous for its retired Colonels and pretty boulevards and thoroughfares, now has a new boutique hotel and cool restaurant experience located in the heart of The Promenade, in close proximity to the town’s more traditional Queen’s Hotel. No 131 occupies two whole buildings with a sophisticated dining room, bar and elegant lounge more reminiscent of Soho House than what you would expect to find in Cheltenham!
The lunch menu includes locally sourced produce featuring Cornish lobster, beef from Herefordshire and assorted vegetables and dairy products from the immediate vicinity of the Cotswolds. The crowd was buzzier and younger than one would expect in Cheltenham and included the now ubiquitous well heeled students enjoying a rather decent lunch on an adjacent table, which for a Monday was extremely impressive.
The room has a ‘Soho House’ feel to it with very contemporary design and this hotel/restaurant is complimented by a fabulous terrace and a lower ground floor night club which, which, being a Monday, we did not have a chance to sample! With a variety of national and independent restaurants, Cheltenham is definitely a must place to visit and No 131 is the place to stay if you want something a little bit different and a bit cooler than the more old school traditional hotels that have predominated in Cheltenham up to this point.