9 tasty burgers every foodie needs to try in Cheltenham
PUBLISHED: 14:09 03 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:58 09 January 2019
Hallelujah – all burger fans rejoice! You won’t be disappointed with the offering in the Cheltenham...
1. Bottle of Sauce, Ambrose Street
If burgers, beers and naughty sides are your jam, you won’t be disappointed with a visit to the Bottle of Sauce. Recently celebrating its second birthday, the lively gastropub has become a firm favourite with Cheltenham residents for a number of reasons including their delicious burgers – from the original Dodo burger to the veggie favourite, the Mushroom Man and recent vegan addition Tofu or Not Tofu?.
Best burger: Although the menu is filled with mouth watering burgers, it has to be The Big D. A perfectly cooked beef patty with cheddar, bacon, beer-braised onions and Dodo burger sauce. Enjoy alongside some rosemary salted truffle fries and a Dodo lager. Selected burgers are £5 on a Monday too!
2. Holee Cow, Winchcombe Street
Holee Cow offers fast food style burgers made using prime cuts of Gloucestershire beef. Their simple menu offers six different burgers (including a vegetarian option) with sides such as bacon & cheese fries, buffalo wings and macaroni cheese bites. There’s usually a special on offer too. If chicken is more your thing you’re in luck – the team behind Holee Cow will be opening a fried chicken joint aptly named Holee Clucker soon.
Best burger: It has to be the “Piggy In The Middle”: aged beef patty, craft house cheese, smoked pulled pork and streaky bacon. A meat feast!
3. The Tavern, Royal Well Place
Piping hot and packed full of flavour, burger fans will be impressed with the offering at The Tavern. The homemade Artisan burgers, with locally sourced beef, are juicy, succulent and are a must-try. Part of the Lucky Onion Group, who also look after 131 and No.38 The Park in Cheltenham, you can be guaranteed great service among enviable interiors.
Best burger: You have the choice between with equally tasty beef or fried buttermilk with various toppings. We love the sound of the new feasting menu: a selection of buffalo and stick wings followed by a burger, chips and salad – all for the bargain price of £15 per person.
4. The Ox, Cambray Place
Known throughout Cheltenham and the local area for melt-in-the-mouth steaks and moreish triple-cooked chips, The Ox also serves up a prime-cut burger that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds. The low lighting and dark wood interiors make for a gorgeously intimate setting – a perfect location for date night or a catch up with friends.
Best burger: There’s just the one delicious burger at The Ox – a double cheese burger served with a side of fries, coleslaw and the options to add some tasty toppings.
5. The Strand, High Street
A popular pub sitting at the top of Cheltenham High Street, The Strand is a lovely, friendly spot to enjoy drinks and a bite to eat. The menu is extensive, and burger lovers have plenty of options to sink their teeth into; from The Strand Burger topped with either bacon, chorizo, cheddar or stilton (you have a choice of two toppings) to a spicy falafel with tzatziki and houmous burger.
Best burger: It’s a classic beef burger with bacon and American cheese for us – yum!
6. The Old Restoration Smokehouse, High Street
Cheltenham’s oldest pub not only enjoyed a facelift not too long ago but has now, with the arrival of two new managers, a revamped menu focusing on authentic smoked meats served straight from their smokers. Alongside BBQ smothered ribs, brisket and burnt ends, and a long list of loaded fries, there are plenty of burgers to tuck into too. You have a choice between a number of grilled 6oz steak burgers, as well as a Havana style veggie burger, served in a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, crispy onions, gherkins, fries and a side of slaw. Save money on a Monday with the Burger and Pint for £12 deal.
Best burger: Go big or go home. The Big Restoration Burger is topped with brisket, pulled pork, bacon and cheese, as well as a good helping of BBQ sauce – a tasty challenge for a big burger fan.
7. Clarence Social, Clarence Parade
Boasting Instagram-worthy interiors, a vibrant atmosphere and serving up delicious dishes throughout the day, it’s easy to see why Clarence Social still possesses the same buzz it did when it first came to Cheltenham. Whether you’re coming in for brunch, out for cocktails in the swanky basement bar or enjoying a leisurely Sunday lunch, you’re well catered for here. Also make sure to keep your eyes peeled for their popular movie nights (complete with burger and cocktail).
Best burger: It’s the one burger at Clarence Social but boy is it good. The carefully cooked wagyu burger with bacon jam, smoked cheese, lettuce and tomato encased in a light bun tastes even better than it sounds.
8. County Kitchen, Grovesnor Street
Known throughout Cheltenham for its tasty brunches and roast dinners, County Kitchen, just a stone’s throw from the high street, also has a selection of tempting burgers on the lunch and dinner menus. Choose from either the house burger of Cotswold beef topped with Swiss or blue cheese or the crispy-coated vegetarian bean burger topped with Swiss or blue cheese, both served with French fries and salad.
Best burger: We’ve known to be partial to a vegetarian burger from time to time and the seasoned falafel burger topped with either Swiss or blue cheese is delicious.
9. The Hewlett, Harp Hill
Following a recent refurbishment, the Hewlett has reopened its doors and is looking forward to welcoming customers old and new. The cosy pub, just a short walk from the town centre, boasts a fantastic ale selection as well as menu filled with classic pub dishes and plenty of burgers to try. Every Wednesday, diners can enjoy a burger of your choice along with a pint for a tenner.
Best burger: From The Classic, a beef pattie with red pepper relish to The Colonel, buttermilk chicken with bacon and garlic mayonnaise, there’s something to suit the taste of every burger fan. We love the sounds of The Big Moo: 6oz prime steak burger with mustard mayonnaise, bacon and a pickled onion ring topped with Swiss Cheese.
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Note: This article could originally featured on the Cotswold Life website.