Family Restaurants in Cheltenham

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Let’s face it, eating out with children is often better in theory... imagining the peaceful serenity of refined family chit-chat whilst the children tuck their napkins into their collars and baby snoozes quietly alongside.

The reality is usually quite different - refereeing a literal bun fight whilst trying to keep as much of the condiments, cutlery, napkins and other accoutrements as possible from ending up on the floor (or neighbouring tables). Eventually leaving, feeling eminently more stressed, fifty quid lighter and toppling 3 chairs and a hat stand with the pushchair wheels on the way out.

Most restaurants in Cheltenham have a family offering and we all know about the big chains, but here we’ve searched out those that stand apart from the rest that perhaps you may not have considered for a family meal. These places go above and beyond, whether with the kids’ entertainment, accessibility, or great offers.

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Cosy Club

Why it’s great: Quirky, eccentric and playful, the Cosy Club offers informal casual dining, drinking and lounging in a family friendly environment. They cater for mini Cosy Clubbers with a dedicated children’s menu which doubles as an activity pad. There’s also a selection of board games, toys and quality free Wifi.
Offers: Click here
Wifi: Yes
Pushchair access: Yes (via lift)
Changing area: Yes, unisex
What customers say: “Just had the most fantastic meal at the Cosy Club, we had a table of 8 with a 3 year old and 17 month old and nothing was too much to ask for Adam who looked after us, a basket of toys were brought over so the kids were entertained and we got to enjoy our lunches, which were amazing!" Louisa via Facebook
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Brasserie Blanc

Why it’s great: 'Fine dining' and 'pre-schoolers' aren't usually things you find in the same sentence but Cheltenham's Brasserie Blanc welcomes young families with open arms. Young kids can choose from the Henri le Worm activity menu (with accompanying phone/tablet app), and older children have the option of half-sizes off the main menu too.
Offers: Free Mac n Cheese for toddlers. There is also a kids club where little ones can collect their own loyalty stamps.
Wifi: Yes
Pushchair access: Yes
Changing area: Yes, unisex
What customers say: “They offer a children's menu, are spacious enough for prams and highchairs, have plenty of wine, and are unfazed by toddler messes." Heather, via Trip Advisor
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Babel Cheltenham

Why it’s great: The newest opening on our list, Babel stands apart for its super easy accessibility (it's extremely spacious, and very easy to navigate with a pushchair) and glorious setting – you won’t feel like you’re slumming it with the nippers with the gorgeous décor and attentive service. For kids, there’s a selection of board games and colouring for amusement, and food-wise, they can choose smaller versions off the main menu, making them feel super-special and grown up.
Offers: See Facebook page for the latest updates and events
Wifi: Yes
Pushchair access: Yes
Changing area: Yes, unisex
What customers say: "There were 22 of us including toddlers and we had a wonderful time. Bri and her staff were wonderful and went the extra mile by putting out colouring things for the kids." Sophie, Trip Advisor
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Smokey Joe's

Why it’s great: This place is full of retro curiosities and vintage arcade games, some of which are free to play. The food always looks on point, with diner-style presentation to keep with the theme. The Unicorn Hot Chocolates are a winner with kids of all ages.
Offers: 10% off with a Cineworld ticket or unlimited card. 10% off for NHS.
Wifi: Yes
Pushchair access: Yes (there's two steps which are pretty easy to negotiate)
Changing area: Yes, in ladies
What customers say: “Always love it! Yummy waffles, perfect coffee, awesome retro arcade... happy me, happy kids.” Wes Griffin, via Facebook
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Mr Mulligan's Lost World Golf

Why it’s great: We probably don't need to tell you how much the kids will enjoy the activities on site at Mr Mulligan's (36 holes of crazy golf, UV area, yadda, yadda) - but what you might not know is that they have a huge restaurant area which sells quality, good value meals, ranging from burgers and sharers, to sandwiches and salads plus 10 flavours of ice cream.
Offers: Visit the website for the latest offers
Wifi: Yes
Pushchair access: Yes (via lift)
Changing area: Yes, unisex
What customers say: "It was very clean and tidy and the food was superb. Kids food very well presented and excellent quality meat in burger. I was astounded!" Dorcas, via Trip Advisor
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The House in the Tree

Why it’s great: Free parking, fantastic food, and a very warm welcome from landlords Donna and Jason. For kids there’s indoor activities such as wooden puzzles and colouring. Outside there’s a play area with slide and petting zoo.
Offers: See Facebook page for the latest updates and events
Wifi: Yes
Pushchair access: Yes
Changing area: Yes, unisex
What customers say: "First visit and blown away by the beautiful location, kids play area, animals, friendly staff and amazing food!" Lisa, via Facebook
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The Storyteller Restaurant

Why it’s great: Beautiful independent restaurant with an exciting menu and relaxing atmosphere. Kangaroo is a speciality and there are themed nights around tex-mex and burritos. The menus double as little activity packs with colouring, a maze and word searches.
Offers: Kids eat for £1 with a paying adult.
Wifi: Yes
Pushchair access: Yes
Changing area: Yes, downstairs
What customers say: “Lovely atmosphere, feels special, but comfortable.” Natalie Juna, Google
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Play Farm Cheltenham

Why it’s great: The menu at Play Farm has been recently updated to include some heartier choices for adults, kids pick 'n' mix, smoothies and a 'free from' section with gluten free and vegetarian options. Improvements have been made to the quality too (pork sausages now 90% pork rather than 40% previously). On a recent visit we enjoyed a grilled chicken burger in brioche bun, with a choice of side salad and chips for just £6.95.
Offers: Get £1 adult entry price back on £10 spent on food and drink.
Wifi: Yes
Pushchair access: Yes
Changing area: Yes, unisex
What customers say: "The new toddler area is great, with lots of climbing challenges for tots. I was sad to lose the Playfarm Big Breakfast from the menu, but the new bacon ciabatta is substantial and good quality." Sal, via Facebook
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Wagamama Cheltenham

Why it’s great: Apart from the legendry deliciousness that we know and love Wagamama for, the staff at Cheltenham Wagamama are simply wonderful with younger guests. It would seem there is no limit to the number of times they can pick up a wayward toy car with a smile on their face. There's colouring of course, a very healthy menu, kids chopsticks and fruit lollies to finish. And, if you want the ultimate family-friendly environment for your meal - Wagamama Cheltenham is now on Deliveroo!
Offers: Wagamama does not currently run offers but collection options are available
Wifi: Yes
Pushchair access: Yes
Changing area: Yes, unisex
What customers say: "Oh my goodness! What an absolutely amazing meal! Fantastic atmosphere. Staff were really friendly and amazing with my sons nut allergy. Would highly recommend peeps." Ann-Marie, via Facebook
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So there you have it for our round up of great, alternative family restaurants in Cheltenham. If you know a family-friendly dining spot with-a-twist in town that we've not featured - get in touch and we'll go and check it out! Nom.