The hip place to stay in Cheltenham is No.131, a restaurant with rooms that opened in 2013. Part of Julian Dunkerton’s stellar Lucky Onion group, this previously derelict Georgian villa has been refurbished with flair, without forgetting its 18th-century heritage. The elegance of the upstairs restaurant is complemented by the relaxed buzz of the downstairs one, late-night bar and Cheltenham hotspot, Crazy Eights. Food is seasonal and mainly organic, from a menu that focuses on prime cuts of outstanding local beef and fresh seafood, always sourced from British land and shores. As for the bedrooms, in three different categories, they are adorable cocoons with glorious Egyptian cotton linen on divine beds, original British paintings by David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake, Banksy and Henry Hudson, reconditioned antique radiators and, in some, Rogeat Lyon baths. Nothing has been overlooked – not even hot water bottles.
Doubles from £110
+44 (0)1242 822939; theluckyonion.com
The unique artwork hanging around the hotel, including works by William Kentridge, David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake, Banksy and Henry Hudson.
The Lucky Onion House Blend coffee is traditional in profile with a full to medium body. You can expect delicate hazelnut and caramel notes with a sumptuous balance of plum and dark chocolate making it the perfect accompaniment to one of our freshly baked Pastel de Nata… or two.
Dunkerton’s organic cider is a summer favourite made using pure pressed juice from the organic fruit harvested at Dunkerton’s own orchards or from the organic orchards of local farms. Cheltenham’s shop will be opening in Summer 2018 https://www.dunkertonscider.co.uk/
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No.131 hosts the Jazz House Party during the Cheltenham Festival, with impromptu performances by the likes of Gregory Porter and Jamie Callum.
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