Cheltenham is a town that likes to indulge in a glass or two of the world’s most famous sparkling wine, especially when eager horse racing fans descend upon the town for the illustrious Cheltenham Festival. Every year, revellers get through a huge amount of alcohol throughout the festival, with 2017 set to be no different.
But there are also other bars that keep the champagne flowing all throughout the year, not just when the famous horses and pundits are in town. We’ve rounded up the most glamorous champagne bars in the area that are championing the sales of champagne throughout the region.
Golden Miller Champagne Bar
We couldn’t write this list without mentioning the Golden Miller Champagne Bar at Cheltenham’s famous racecourse. Owned by Cheltenham legend Mick Fitzgerald, the bar serves a vast amount of champagne throughout the festival, and despite champagne sales being down because of Brexit, it’s set to remain a strong seller as people celebrate their winnings (or rue their losses) in style.
Even though betting on the Cheltenham Festival online is more popular than ever before, many people still loyally attend the festival in person, and it’s because of the stylish, luxurious experience that the Golden Miller Champagne Bar and the course as a whole, offers to guests. And this well crafted, polished event doesn’t happen by accident; the Jockey Club, which owns the racecourse, has spent £80 million on developing its facilities over the past 30 years, which ensures people come back time and time again.
Soho Bar is a trendy, award winning cocktail bar in Montpellier. Downstairs, it serves a wide range of amazing cocktails, as well as delicious, well-executed food. However, upstairs is where it gets interesting, where you can find an exclusive champagne bar, which is perfect for sharing a bottle of the good stuff with friends.
The upstairs bar is run in association with top champagne producer Laurent-Perrier, which has been producing champagne since its inception in 1812, and is one of the most well-known producers in the world.
The Daffodil is a much-loved Cheltenham institution. The bar-restaurant is known for its elegant art deco interior, impeccable food and classy live music. The venue has recently undergone a huge £3 million refurbishment, with it being another example of the investment being put into Cheltenham’s upmarket food and leisure scene.
However, upstairs, you will be treated to a champagne and cocktail bar that looks out over the main restaurant, where you can choose to order drinks by the glass or bottle from top champagne producers, including Louis Roederer, who are well regarded in the industry, and are one of the few remaining family-run champagne houses.
The scale of investment within these bars and restaurants shows just how luxurious the food, drinks and entertainment industries in Cheltenham are, especially on race days. Some of the best champagne in the world is stocked by these bars, and despite the recent consumer and financial difficulties major champagne houses have recently experienced, Cheltenham looks set to remain a prosperous stronghold for the drink.