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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