Cheltenham has a reputation as one of the UK’s most family friendly cities. Therefore, visitors can expect to find an abundance of welcoming cafes, pubs and restaurants catering to young patrons. Head to Charlton Kings and Leckhampton for independent coffee shops, upmarket Montpellier for smart bistros, or the Brewery Quarter for reliable chains like Wagamama. On the other hand, if you want to get out of town, there are numerous pretty gastropubs pubs in the surrounding villages and Cotswold’s countryside.
Therefore, at BabyBreaks we have researched the best family restaurants in Cheltenham, so you can plan your mealtimes around the city.
Also take a look at our selection of activities in Cheltenham for the perfect stay.
1. The Cosy Club
This chain of restaurants fuses opulent interior design with a relaxed atmosphere for drinking and dining. In the Cheltenham branch, high ceilings and panoramic windows bring light and airiness to the decadent interiors. The menu is really varied, offering everything from brunch and light bites to a three course dinner, so you can drop in any time of day or night.
Although this may seem quite a grown up venue, there are a good selection of toys provided for children and the staff are very accommodating.
Phone: 01242 644088
2. Smokey Joe’s
Children will certainly love playing the free arcade games at this retro diner, which serves classic American dishes in an upbeat setting. The Unicorn Hot Chocolate is bound to be the kids’ top choice, overflowing with multi coloured marshmallow. Parents beware of the sugar rush!
Phone: 01242 513744
3. Boston Tea Party
An eco-conscious café powered by 100% renewable energy. Boston Tea Party has been serving up fresh, sustainably sourced food and drink since 1995. The delicious smoothies, home baked treats and flavourful lunch options are bound to impress the whole family.
Located on historic Clarence street, it’s right in the centre of town and there’s plenty of seating spread over two floors. So a good option if you need a feed fast. One of the best family restaurants in Cheltenham.
Phone: 01242 573935
4. The Langton
Don’t be put off by this smart pub’s grand appearance, they are very welcoming to children. It’s a firm favourite for Sunday lunch with local families in the Charlton Kings area. The children’s menu features some sophisticated dishes such as fig nut roastand seafood linguine. In addition, there’s a large terrace and garden area for them to let off some steam in the warm weather. Certainly one of our favourite family restaurants in Cheltenham.
Phone: 01242 233022
5. The Curious Cafe
Located on buzzing Bath Road, this quaint little café is the locals’ best kept secret. Although small, so it may be difficult to navigate with a pram, it has a pretty courtyard garden and is known for its excellent breakfasts. However, they are open until 2:30pm, so make sure to stop in for coffee after your morning stroll.
Phone: 01242 226854
6. The Meadow Cafe
This community hub backs onto Cox’s Meadows – a lovely green space used by local sports teams, dog walkers and families. So there’s plenty of space for the kids to run off some steam before you sit down to eat. Tuck into smashed avo on toast or a granola bowl for breakfast, or a bagel, warm salad or panini for lunch.
Address: Old Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7FF
Phone: 01242 300506
7. The Wilson Cafe
This is a lovely cafe within The Wilson – a family friendly art gallery and museum that’s really popular with families. This family restaurants in Cheltenham boasts spacious interiors with plenty of room for buggies, as well as toys, books and games for kids. Kids will also love the ‘lunch boxes’ on offer which contain a sandwich, fruit, snack and a drink. Read more about The Wilson and other Cheltenham activities for kids here.
Address: Clarence St, Cheltenham GL50 3JT
Phone: 01242 387488
8. The Exmouth Arms
If it’s pub grub you’re after, you can’t go wrong at the recently refurbished Exmouth Arms. It has a spacious garden that’s perfect for families in the summer, and the chic new interiors have plenty of space for prams and high chairs. The menu is wide ranging, serving up everything from Thai-inspired small plates to authentic pizzas cooked in the outdoor pizza oven. There are a number of children’s options, and half-sized portions are available on most of the main dishes.
Address: 167 Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7LX
Phone: 01242 528149
9. The Cheltenham Stable
The Cheltenham outpost of the artisan pizza and cider chain offers loads of space over two floors, so its a popular spot for a city centre lunch with the family. The dough for their fantastic sourdough pizzas is made fresh on site every day, and the high quality toppings all come from local suppliers where possible. There’s a good value kids menu, which they can colour in too – win win. And for the adults there are over 80 craft ciders to taste and regular live music nights.
Address: 40 Clarence St, Cheltenham GL50 3NX
Phone: 01242 514163
10. The House in the Tree
A pub with an outdoor play area and a small petting zoo that the kids are sure to love! Because of its popularity with local families, it does get busy at weekends so it’s worth calling ahead to book a table.
Phone: 01242 680241
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