Insiders Guide to Gold Cup week with The Lucky Onion

We appreciate there is plenty going on in the Cotswolds over The Festival, so we thought we’d make it nice and simple for you. Here is our Insiders Guide to Gold Cup week in Cheltenham with The Lucky Onion…


Where in Cheltenham is a mere 3 minute drive away from Cheltenham Racecourse and serving up breakfast, brunch, supper AND cocktails all day we hear you ask? Look no further than our very own Lucky Onion Club pop up at No.38 The Park.

We’ve got it covered when it comes to eating and drinking right during race week. From Bloody Mary’s and bacon butties to kick start your day to a Singapore Sling and Steak Tartare in the evening, when it comes to eating and drinking right this Gold Cup, we’ve got things covered from 7am until 10pm. Check out our menu here.

Fuel up for the day, relax in the sitting room or escape the post races pandemonium at No.38 The Park from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th March.

Call us on 01242 822 929 to book your table or if you’d just like to pop in for cocktails we’ll happily add your name to our guest list.


Head right into the centre of Cheltenham where No.131 is serving bountiful plates of locally sourced produce from 7am – 9:30pm (and 10:30pm on Gold Cup Friday). Seasonal Lucky Six cocktails will help celebrate your wins or commiserate your losses alongside our resident Lucky Onion Collective DJ every night from 6pm.

If that isn’t enough, we’re bringing you toe tapping, live music with the return of Stompin’ Dave out on our terrace morning and night.

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The Tavern

In the words of Marks & Sparks…This isn’t just any breakfast, this is a Tavern breakfast. Think sausage or bacon and egg rolls with hash browns. Think avocado on toast with locally sourced Cacklebean poached eggs. Think full English with maple bacon and Cumberland sausage. Need we say more?

Oh yes! Did we forget to mention you can grab some gobsmackingly good, Michelin Bib Gourmand grub from 8am until midnight all week? Why not wash it all down with our boozy slushies and alcohol laced shakes and bop along to our resident, vinyl DJ who will be serving up hip hop every night from 8pm.

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The Wheatsheaf Inn

Heading out of Cheltenham and into the Cotswolds over The Festival doesn’t mean you have to miss out. To kick start the week, we’ve invited Kim Bailey and Nick Luck along to The Wheatsheaf on Monday 13th March to help us glean some top tips on the runners and riders at our Mark the Card evening.

Throughout the week it is business as usual in Northleach with breakfast, lunch and supper available to all. We’ll even be showing the racing in our snug so you can soak up all the action without leaving the comfort of our sofas.

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The Chequers

The Festival is a notable time of the year for the Cotswolds which calls for out of the ordinary, special offerings. This year sees the return of Mark the Card at The Chequers with local trainer Ben Pauling. Join him from 8pm on Monday 13th March as he discusses the week ahead.

Not only this, The Chequers are opening their doors from 8:30am throughout the week to bring you a breakfast fit for a king (or fit for a race goer needing to fuel up for the day). To make sure this year goes out with a bang, The Chequers are welcoming back the high energy, skiffle-pop band Thrill Collins for Gold Cup Friday, from 7pm so don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes.

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The Wild Duck

Only 30 minutes away from Cheltenham and tucked away in sleepy Ewen, you’ll find a hearty breakfast for all who wish to start their day in the Cotswold countryside. Also hidden beneath the ivy at The Wild Duck is the answer to your hangover, Oysters and Bloody Mary’s on Saturday 18th. (Pssst we offer these every Saturday and Sunday).

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