Our love for burgers spreads far and wide and we are often asked where to go for a good burger. Yet, when asked where to visit in Cheltenham we have been a little bit stuck for places that we would happily recommend. Then like (stagecoach) buses, two come along at once!
In the same week, The (Royal Well) Tavern (reopening after a fire a few months ago) and The Bottle Of Sauce (Cheltenham's most recent pub addition) have opened their doors.
If you are an avid reader or follower of The Cotswolds Gentleman (if not, why not?), you would have seen our visit to The Tavern tasting menu session where we got to try, pretty much, their whole menu which included a cracking range of burgers. You can read about it here if you haven't already - Tavern Reload. The Tavern is enjoying its reopening weekend as we write this and serves food from midday to midnight daily which means you have a 12 hour window to taste their burgers!
On Thursday of last week, we visited the newly opened Bottle of Sauce, formerly The Quaich, but you would never know that when you walk through the doors. Firstly, you are welcomed by good space, a very smart looking bar and a great relaxed atmosphere. There is a snug to enjoy more intimate drinks with friends and, off to the side of the bar, a private dining room and games room, for young and old children, to enjoy table tennis and table football which in no way interferes with the vibe of the bar area. In addition to the tables in the bar where drinkers and diners can both occupy, they have created a great dining area in an old skittles alley full with an open kitchen, DJ booth, lights and tables that fold up and down respectively when food service is over and the party is starting and a menu full of burgers, as well as sides, salads and pizzas - but we're not here to talk about those (although the Napalm Wings are a fiery delight!), we are here to talk about the Dodo (house beef patty with cheddar cheese), The Mother Clucker (Kimchi Buttermilk roasted chicken, napalm sauce, chipotle mayo which made it the best chicken burger we have ever tasted), The Big D (like the dodo but with bacon and caramelised onions) and the Al Capone ( full with spicy 'nduja relish and lots of the above!). The offer The Dodo and their Mushroom Man (their vegie option) for half price on "#DoubleTasty" Mondays and you can add more bacon, cheese and another patty for anyone wanting to go large and why wouldn't you?!
So to finish off where we started, when we are next asked where to go for a burger in Cheltenham, we will most definitely be saying The Bottle of Sauce and The Tavern!
Ramblings from The Cotswolds Gentleman.