Cheltenham Festival: A guide to the best pubs

Whether you’re looking to drown your sorrows or toast your betting success, Cheltenham offers a wide range of free public houses for festival-goers over the four day event.

Thousands of racing fans descend on the small Gloucestershire town every year, hoping to marvel in the spectacle and atmosphere that Cheltenham Festival produces year after year.

It almost goes hand-in-hand, drinking and a good day out at the races but more often than not, finding a decent watering hole is easier said than done, especially if you’re in unfamiliar territory.

Here, we take a look at some of the best pubs Cheltenham has to offer ahead of the 2019 Festival. With the Betfair Cheltenham 2019 prices available now.

Montpellier Wine Bar & Restaurant

Festival-friendly since 1977, the Montpellier Wine Bar & Restaurant is one of the most popular choices amongst racing fans and it’s easy to see why. Located conveniently in the centre of Cheltenham, the Montpellier offers a wide variety of wines, beers, spirits and fine dining.

Lunch and dinner is served daily but perhaps what makes the Montpellier so special is its iconic status amongst festival fans; for the last four decades it has attracted fans of all social backgrounds and sits favourably amongst the locals.

The Beehive

The Beehive has and always will be a strong hit with festival-goers, as well as the locals. It’s almost like a close-knit community pub, with a friendly but jovial atmosphere that offers plenty to appease a day’s thirst.

A wide range of ales, spirits, beer and ciders will keep punters going – or completely sozzled – and the food on offer is not to be turned away lightly. The Beehive is located in the Montpellier/Suffolks area of the town and must not be missed.

Sandford Park Ale House

Arguably the best drinking establishment for Cheltenham Festival revellers, the Sandford Park Ale House offers everything you could want. From its varied and unique selection of ales, beers, ciders and spirits, to its expansive beer garden and brilliant selection of food.

Patrons of the Sandford Park Ale House have the option to sit on one of two floors, and bask in the cosy yet banterous atmosphere that is typically on display. For many years now, the Sandford Park Ale House has been a real hit amongst locals and racing fans alike and it won’t disappoint.

The Bath Tavern

Perhaps one of the better pubs to wet your whistle before the races begin, the Bath Tavern offers a brilliant atmosphere that welcomes folk from all walks of life. Traditionally filled with locals, Bath Tavern is a go-to place for festival goers who are looking to indulge in a selection of fine drinks before having a good flutter at Prestbury Park.

The tavern itself is fairly small in size, but this all adds to the dynamics. Sport is typically shown on the televisions that are spread across the pub and live music is a permanent fixture, in particular on weekends. The reviews sit favourably for Bath Tavern and if you’re thinking about popping in, think no more, it’s a no brainer. Furthermore, the Betfair Cheltenham 2019 odds are shaping up nicely so whilst you mull over which horses are going to score you big, make sure you know where to celebrate after!

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