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Sandford Park Ale House, Cheltenham

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user reviews of Sandford Park Ale House, Cheltenham

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I've always found Cheltenham to be one of Britain's most disappointing large towns so this chance to visit the 2015 national pub of the year was taken up with enthusiasm. It didn't disappoint. We visited the day after a cider and cheese festival and left over wares were being used ingeniously on the menu with many a perry and cider still on offer. Beer wise, I had a divine pint of Ramsbury Silver Pigs stout and dined on bratwurst roll and chips - also of high quality. Service as knowledgeable and impeccable. The beer garden looks like a good spot too.
BoehmBawerk - 14 Aug 2017 13:21
I came, like many others, to see if it was worthy of the prize.

National pub of the year 2015. I'm sure it was the Salutation in Ham, so we can only assume that the panel live in Gloucestershire.

Thriving, much beer choice but far to brightly lit for my liking.

Exceptional beer. Excellent Purity Ubu was chosen.

Photos at my blog - http://bit.ly/2d1vJ0u
Mappiman - 25 Sep 2016 19:26
Great ale pub. The craft kegs were a bit underwhelming - apart from a Bristol Beer Factory, but they might just be responding to the demand of their regular custom. If it ain't broke, no need to get Kernel etc in to fix it- you can always go to wild beer if you want that sort of thing. Food is decent quality pub grub at very keen prices and staff are excellent. My daughter's steak was five minutes late and they gave her a pudding for free. Cask ales are exemplary as you would expect - a mixture of strengths and styles. And if the kegs don't quite deliver, there is a staggering range of bottles. Bar billiards as well. Has to be a ten.
dryriserinlet - 3 Jul 2016 21:28
Totally agree with Weazel Times' review. As well as sampling some of the range of well kept beers we had soup for lunch. 10% discount on Monday for Camra members
Rocky53 - 12 Feb 2016 14:37
Another good pub in Cheltenham. felt very comfortable here so we stayed all night.
8 real ales, 2 ciders and 16 craft beer/lagers. Why would you want to move?
Church End -Goats Milk £3.10, Castle- Kings Reserve £3.20, Darkstar- Revalation £3.60.
rpf1955 - 14 Jan 2016 18:11
This is clearly the best place for beer in Cheltenham, which does have a fine selection of pubs. It was packed but there was a continual turn over of punter and the service was very good. Toilets well clean. Plenty of local ales which is nice and a good spread of golden to best to stout, with a continual change over during the night. I did like the electronic board which showed the beers available and the price clearly marked before you got to the bar. So cheap as well, some pints of ale were at £2.90. There was some of that Yanky craft beer on as well, which I naturally avoided.
WeazelTimes - 5 Dec 2015 15:08
This is certainly one of Cheltenham's best pubs. Whilst I prefer the Jolly Brewmaster, this was my favourite pub today. 9 ales and 1 cider are on handpull and there is a good keg selection of craft beers at the rear. Real ales were Purity Mad Goose, Wye Valley Butty Bach, Oakham Citra, Tring Ridgeway, Celt Experience Native Storm, Bristol Beer Factory Nova, Kite Dr Price's Lemon Ale, Wickwar Station Porter & Loose Cannon IPA. The cider was Sandford Orchards Bumbleberry. Food is served. But there are not too many tables inside. One room has a bar billiards table. There is a small patio used by smokers at the rear, with a fairly large garden beyond that, bordering onto Sandford Park itself. Took a while to get served. But service was friendly. Worth a visit.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Jul 2015 23:17
Great pub, fantastic range of beers well kept. Decent sized beer garden. TV room upstairs frequently showing rugby
platelet123 - 4 Jul 2015 22:02
One thing you can be sure of at the SPA is a damn decent pint whether it's cider, beer or porter (can't vouch for lager, but why would you want lager over anything else that's on offer) there's always a great choice on offer. Staff are friendly and know their stuff when it comes to beer. Good pint of Wye Valley. love the place. Keep up the good work folks.
Abronson - 12 Apr 2015 01:01
Everything a good pub should be - comfy and relaxed atmosphere. U-shaped main bar area wraps around a new timber staircase with a Bar Billiards table at far end. Small front Snug room and large south facing beer garden. Up to seven guest ales (with Oakham Ales a feature) with a good selection of ciders and foreign beers. Tried Oakham Citra, Purity Mad Goose and Wye Valley Butty Bach, all good so this was very pleasing!
booziechick - 15 Mar 2015 12:29
It has a good selection of well kept ales. It is what is becoming your kind of standard niche beer kind of bar as opposed to a proper pub though. Nice enough I suppose.
Snarling_Mallard - 1 Mar 2015 09:11
Busy on a Saturday lunchtime with a mix of customers young and old. Two welcoming and polite young ladies behind the bar serving a choice of 10 cask ales and a similar number of keg. My pint of Church End Vicars Ruin at £3.10 went down well as did the giant bacon and blue cheese toastie with chips and salad at only £4.50. Needless to say that the beers change regularly and a screen on the wall keeps you up-to-date with what's on or sold out. I feel a return visit before too long despite living 50 miles away.
yellowfever - 1 Dec 2014 11:53
Great little drinking establishment, best part was the bar billiards table.
Yorkshireman - 8 Oct 2014 12:38
Found the Landlord to be pleasant enough. Good choice of ales, on my visit leaning towards Oakham (4 on) all good quality.
pwilkins - 6 Oct 2014 12:10
Pretentious bar with cocksure landlord
morrisonale - 10 May 2014 02:17

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