Cotswolds Spy: October 2019


New autumn menus at The Tavern and No.131

As the leaves begin to fall and the nights get chillier, we are thrilled to say that our new autumn menus have arrived. Tuck into warming, wholesome dishes and big punchy flavours at The Tavern with the likes of Slow Cooked Beef Shin Lasagne, Squash Agnolotti and Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger. Our beautiful Georgian townhouse, No. 131, has really delivered, too. Featuring everything from delicately flavoured seafood and hearty vegetarian dishes to delicious, locally-sourced game, start perhaps with Wood Pigeon and Port Terrine, followed by New Season Yorkshire Grouse and finish with Chocolate Souffle.


The Tavern, 5 Royal Well Place, Cheltenham GL50 3DN
Call: 01242 221 212
No. 131, 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NW
Call: 01242 822 939


Bruce McLean at Paragon Gallery

One of the major leading figures in contemporary art, Bruce McLean has spent the last 50 years redefining the boundaries of sculpture, painting and performance. Opening this month, the Paragon Gallery is staging an exhibition of original prints and ceramics, giving a stunning overview of the artist’s work. Known for his humour, scepticism and wit, McLean seeks to challenge the concept of ‘sculpture’ and of ‘art’ by creating work that questions establishment thinking, materials and methods of display. His work is in private and public collections worldwide including Tate Gallery, Arts Council of Great Britain and Victoria & Albert Museum.
Until 18th October.

Until 18th October
Paragon Gallery, 4 Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50
Call: 01242 233 391



My Beautiful Laundrette at Everyman Theatre

Set in London during the Thatcher years, this excellent adaption of Hanif Kureishi’s ground-breaking film tells of young British Pakistani, Omar, who transforms his uncle’s run-down laundrette into a thriving business. After being confronted by a gang, Omar recognises school-friend Johnny and uses their history to diffuse the situation. As they renovate the laundrette together, love blossoms between them. Featuring brand new music by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of Pet Shop Boys, this bold new production explores cultural conflict, gender equality, class and generational strife, all presented against a fun backdrop of 80s music and culture.

8th-12th October
The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ
Call: 01242 572573



Jack Savoretti at Cheltenham Racecourse

One of the biggest names in acoustic rock music, English-Italian singer-songwriter, Jack Savoretti has been likened to Paolo Nutini and James Morrison. Fresh from co-writing his latest UK number 1 album, Singing To Strangers, with both Bob Dylan and Kylie Minogue, Savoretti is now coming to town, to perform a mix of both old and new songs.  The album follows on from his last two gold discs Written in Scars and Sleep No More, and sold 32,000 in its first week. Enjoy Toby Johnson, Savoretti’s support act, too, with his infectious summer soundtrack ‘Rumour of a Good Life’.

31st October 2019
Cheltenham Racecourse, Presbury Park, Evesham Road, Chelt GL50 4SH
Call: 0871 220 0260



Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival is back. And it’s bigger and better than ever. Now in its 70th year, authors Ian McEwan, David Nicholls and Jojo Moyes are in the line-up alongside Louis Theroux and Helen Bonham Carter. There’s also the chance to see Andrew Lloyd-Webber, former England cricket captain Alistair Cook and Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain. To celebrate, we’ve got special festival lunch and dinner set menus planned at No. 131, sporting scrumptious dishes including Longhorne Beef Carpaccio, Chermoula Spiced Lamb Rump and our legendary Sticky Toffee Pudding, all made using Best of British ingredients.

Until 13th October 2019
Venues across Cheltenham
Call: 01242 850270
No. 131, 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NW
Call: 01242 822 939