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“Cheltenham's best kept secret”
Review of Royal Union Inn

Royal Union Inn
Ranked #161 of 477 Restaurants in Cheltenham
Price range: $7 - $28
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Please note. The Royal Union is firstly a Pub. We just happen to turn out great food from our tiny kitchen. If you're looking for Michelin Starred, there's one up the road. If you want traditional food, well prepared, cooked and served in a relaxed informal atmosphere, look no further. Tucked away in the Tivoli area of Cheltenham which is half way between the Town's Railway Station and it's centre. Specialising in real ales (8 generally available)and sharing meals for two to thirty people (Legs of Lamb, Ribs of Beef, Shoulders of Pork, whole chickens and 20oz Steaks). The sharing Sunday roasts are fab. Friendly staff and locals create an almost unique atmosphere. No blaring piped music but live Jazz on Sunday nights. A great place if you like character and class.
Reviewed September 22, 2013

The Royal Union has to be Cheltenham's best kept secret. Many people I have spoken to have never heard of it or know where it is. They're missing out. Set on the corner of a terrace in the Tivoli area you can't miss it as it's painted pale green and stands out. It is exactly what a pub should be, somewhere to have a drink, a chat, a bite to eat all without widescreen TVs or loud music blaring out or youngsters shouting at the top of their voices. It's nice to go somewhere where people are reading a book or newspapers while enjoying a drink and it seems to have a fairly eclectic clientele. The pub is firmly a real ale establishment priding itself on a varied selection of real ales that change regularly and the landlord will happily advise and discuss them as well as giving you a taster before buying. The food on offer is excellent, well prepared, imaginative and reasonably priced. The other thing to mention is the decor. It certainly isn't trendy and I think the best way to describe it is quirky or bohemian. Nothing matches, there are different sized tables, armchairs scattered amongst wooden chairs, random paintings on the wall and it works well which is a change from the identikit chain pubs. The Royal Union is a proper pub, a proper local and well worth a visit.

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

I couldn't believe my luck when I discovered The Royal Union in Cheltenham. It is a fantastic pub with a superb landlord who was very welcoming when our party arrived.

We went for a leg of lamb to share. This was beautifully cooked and the side dishes of roast vegetables and thick cut chips were amazing. The meal came with a nice complimentary bottle of red which went down a treat. Fantastic value.

We will be back.

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We went for Brunch, loved the choice of cooked breakfast,cereals and toast, coffee and juice in lovely relaxing surroundings for a lazy Sunday with guitarist playing. Newspapers were very welcome and such a nice friendly welcome, how a pub should be! Brunch all the above for £10 lovely little gem.really enjoyed, nice little touches in the pub and surroundings also.

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

A 'real' pub feel to the place with local, and international, beers and ciders. Not only a warm welcome from the staff but also from the clientele (who in the main are locals - normally a good recommendation in itself).
The food was well prepared and certainly plentiful and all those in my party were very pleased with what they had.

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Thank Geoffrey C
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Robin (the Landlord) and his team did us proud serving up a superb whole B-B-Q'd Leg of Lamb.meal with roasted vegetables and chips. Great value and the laid back 'carve yourself' delivery made for a very relaxing 'home feel' event (without the washing up - always a plus!!).
Our party of 10 thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Union - Well done Robin and team!
Highly recommended.

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Thank MartinGL
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