The historic Regency and spa town of Cheltenham draws in many visitors to its popular festivals, horse racing and architecture, but it’s also a captivating town to meander around and explore in its own right and rose to prominence in the 18th century.
The story goes that in 1716, a few townsfolk noticed that a particular flock of pigeons that pecked near a local spring were thriving. It wasn’t long before they decided to taste the benefits of the mineral spring for themselves. Eventually, the owner of the land on which the spring stood took the entrepreneurial measure of installing a pump and charging people to ‘take the waters’. Several pumps were installed and you can still taste the waters from the Pittville Pump House.
We visited for a couple of days in February with kids and a dog in tow and stayed at the dog friendly hotel DoubleTree Cheltenham. (Check out their Pooch, Pyjama and Prosecco Party on the 3rd May and the Pooch, Pizza and Prosecco Party on the 30th August!)
For alternative dog friendly hotels in Cheltenham see here. With the weather report looking decidedly gloomy, knowing which restaurants and cafes in Cheltenham were dog friendly (and kid friendly too!) was a huge bonus.
We found several of the below places ourselves, but we also asked the experts, the local people of Cheltenham, for their insights into their favourite dog friendly places in Cheltenham.
Dog Friendly Places to Eat in Cheltenham
The Find is located right near Regents Place and offers breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. With an array of artisan tea & coffee and locally sourced food, it’s the perfect respite for tired feet and paws. On Friday and Saturdays sharing plates are offered from a set time. There are limited seats downstairs where dogs are allowed, but plenty of seating upstairs if you are doggy free.
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 8am – 6pm – All Day Menu: 8am – 3pm, Saturday: 9am – 8pm All Day Menu: 9am – 4pm, Sunday: 9am – 5pm. Sharing plates are served every Friday and Saturday evening from 5pm – 8pm.
Address: 20 Regent Street
The Hive Cafe is located right next to a yoga studio and serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. With a focus on local produce wherever possible, the Hive aims to provide a flavoursome menu with homemade cakes too.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8.00am – 4.00 pm, Saturday, 9am – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. Food is served until 3pm.
Address: 24 Rodney Road
The Boston Tea Party is a laid back family friendly cafe open for breakfast, lunch and brunch (or sneak in an early dinner.) If you are a first -timer, this cafe has banned single use cups. You can bring your own, buy a reusable cup or pay for a loaned cup. Dogs are positively welcome and fussed over.
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday: 7 am – 6 pm, Thursday – Saturday: 7 am – 7 pm, Sunday: 8 am- 6 pm
Address: 45-49 Clarence Street
With Archie’s can you get any more dog friendly? Cappuccinos with chocolate paw prints, hand sanitisers on the tables, towels at the door to dry them off, dog beds for your four legged pal to rest on whilst you enjoy breakfast, lunch or cake and a coffee. Small humans are welcome too and if you need to pamper your pooch further, there is a dog outfitters downstairs for all your canine needs!
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 08:30-15:00, Sat 09:30-16:00, Closed Sunday
Address: 6 Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier Street
Woodkraft is the latest venture from Simon Wood, MasterChef Champion 2015. This pooch friendly place offers breakfast, lunch, brunch and drinks with seasonal inspiration coupled with familiar traditional dishes and flavours. Woodkraft is spread across three floors of a beautiful period property on Regent Street. All parts of the building are accessible via steps only, so be aware if you have a pram with you or limited mobility. Highchairs are available.
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm, Friday & Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 9:30am – 4pm
Address: 13 Regent Street
Maison Chaplais has an on site deli with enticing products and comfy seating areas in the cafe. You can dine in or take away breakfast, lunch, brunch and afternoon tea.
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 07:30-18:00, Sun 0900-15:00
Address: 52 Andover Road
The Meadow Cafe is the perfect place to stop after a walk in the meadow with your four legged friend. The cafe is a family run independent business passionate about creating a friendly community cafe with sustainable values. Food wise, breakfast, lunch, a special weekend menu and a unique bagel menu is served. Add it to your list of dog friendly cafes in Cheltenham!
Address: Old Bath Road
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 07.30 – 16:00, Saturday & Sunday 09.00am – 16:00pm. Food served until 3pm
Bayshill Pub is family run and centrally located dog friendly pub in Cheltenham. Dogs are welcome inside and out in this popular, friendly, no frills pub with home-cooked food.
Address: 85 St George’s Place
Food is served: Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 15:00 and 17:00 – 21:00, Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 – 16:00
The Boathouse – Pittville Park was built in 1894 and resides in the heart of Cheltenham’s Pittville Park. Grab a freshly ground coffee, choose from a selection of whole leaf teas, snacks and ice cream. They also encourage our customers to enjoy the range of leisure activities: tennis, golf, fishing, and of course boating, all available from Easter to September. Pirate Activity bags are on sale for £2 and Cheltenham Rocks explorer packs for £2 per pack to help entertain the kids.
Address: Pittville Park
Opening hours: 0930-1600 Monday til Sunday
Chaplais Kitchen is a a chic, laid back restaurant on Rotunda Terrace serving, breakfast, lunch, dinner with Italian, French, European, British & South American flavours.
Address: Rotunda Terrace, 15 Montpellier Street
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 07:30 – 22:00
John Gordon’s is a whisky and gin bar that serves food and welcomes dogs.
Address: 11-13 Montpellier Arcade
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 10:00 – 22:00
The Cheltenham Stable is right in the middle of leafy Cheltenham. In a beautifully restored listed building, with plenty of space inside and out, dogs are welcomed to this relaxed and friendly place. To complement their cider selection, pizza is served with locally sourced toppings.
Address: 40 Clarence Street
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: Midday – 11.00pm, Sunday: Midday – 10.00pm
Cosy Club allows dogs in the bar area and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Enjoy a wide variety of items on the menu, including tapas and relax on comfy sofas and armchairs or choose more formal table and chairs.
Address: Brewery Quarter, High Street
Opening hours: Sunday-Wednesday 9am – 11pm, Thursday 9am – midnight, Friday-Saturday 9am – 1am. Food served every day 9am – 10pm
Brew & Bake serves homemade sausage rolls, brunches, sandwiches and a good selection of cakes. Brews are from local artisan producers and ethically sourced in this bijoux dog friendly cafe.
Address: 217 Bath Rd,
Opening hours:Mon- Sat 0700-16:00, Sun 0900-16:00
The Botanist is in the Brewery Quarter and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Decor is full of shrubbery, specimen drawers and cosy lighting. Dogs are allowed in certain areas
Address: Unit 6 The Brewery
Opening hours: Mon- Wednesday 12:00-00:00, Thursday 12:00- 0100, Fri – Sat 10:00- 01:00, Sunday 10:00- 00:00
With The Tavern you can expect seasonal European eats in this rustic-chic pub with full bar, comedy & live music. Dogs are allowed downstairs making it another dog friendly place to eat in Cheltenham.
Address: 5 Royal Well Place
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 12:00 – 15:00, 17:30 – 22:00, Sat 10:00 – 22:30, Sun 10:00 – 21:30
Harry Cook is right next to Montpellier Gardens and has indoor and outdoor seating areas. Dogs are welcomed with a water bowl and biscuit and humans can indulge in brunch, lunch and dinner.
Address: 23 Montpellier Walk
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 11:00 – 23:00, Fri – Sat 11:00 – 00:00, Sun 12:00 – 22:30
The Beehive is a country pub in the middle of town serving lunch and supper and is another dog friendly place to visit in Cheltenham. Dog biscuits are free at the bar.
Address: 1 – 3 Montpellier Villas
Opening hours: Sun – Thur 12PM – 23.30, Fri & Sat 12:00 – 01:00
The Bottle of Sauce has various places to sit including a private dining room, the bar area, and a covered courtyard. The wood fired pizzas are incredibly tasty and proved for 48 hours. There are dog snacks on the bar for your four legged friends.
Address: 7 Ambrose Street
Kitchen hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 – 14.30 & 17:00 – 21:30, Sat – Sun 10:00 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 21:00
Curious Cafe is a welcoming spot for coffee, cake or a spot of lunch with vegetarian and vegan options. For warmer and dryer days there is a delightful courtyard (although dogs are allowed inside if not too wet or muddy).
Open 0800-14:30 on weekdays, 8:30-14:30 on Saturdays and 9:00 – 14:00 on Sundays.
Address: 204 Bath Road
Revival Cafe Bar & Grill is a cafe with cooked breakfasts and lunches, sandwiches, cakes, organic tea and coffee, fresh smoothies and milkshakes. There are also variety of dishes served fresh from the grill for lunch or dinner.
Address: 5-7 Winchcombe Street
Opening hours: Mon – Tues: 8am – 6.30pm, Weds – Sat 8am – 10pm (& Tues for Bookings) Sun 9am – 5.45pm
The Old Courthouse serves, brunch, lunch and dinner and has indoor and outdoor seating. Expect seasonally inspired menus in the theme of modern British cookery with much of the original building intact.
Address: County Court Road
Opening hours: are from 10:30 and food is served from 12 noon.
The Langton serves brunch, lunch and dinner in a relaxed, comfortable setting and light, stylish feel. The Langdon has its very own courtyard and garden and centrally located in the heart of the picturesque town of Cheltenham. Dogs are allowed in the bar area and there is easy access to a large changing room for those with babies.
Address: London Road
Food service: Mon- Thur Midday til 22:00, Friday and Sat until 22:30 and Sunday midday until 21:00. The bar opens at 11am.
- Disclosure. We were invited by Visit Cheltenham to explore the town with our pooch. Our hotel, breakfast and one meal was covered, the rest was paid for by ourselves.
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