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This is an interesting pub on the outskirts of the centre and a little walk from the station or the town hall. It's more of a traditional local with a skittle alley and function room rolled into one (there is now a conservatory off the alley which seats up to 25). There is decking and seating outside for the summer and a small car park. The Suffolk Arms has been redecorated and is bright inside as much as the two front windows will allow. They have a live music every Saturday, Karaoke on Monday and open Mic Thursday. But best of all, Thai chefs (husband and wife) who provide the finest Thai food at extremely good prices that Cheltenham has ever seen. By the way, they also do a large English food menu (all homemade) and a carvery with choice of meats every Sunday. They even do take away Thai food with a 15% discount and serve all meals up to 10.30pm. You may have originally come to collect your food but will find yourself staying there all night. There is some good beer on offer such as, Goff's Jouster, Breakespear Bitter and occasionally Wickwar Brand Oak. The seating is chairs and tables with some comfortable bench seats around the outside of the room. The single bar is panelled and the staff are very helpful and the beer is of the best quality. There is also a TV for football if you like that sort of thing. The pub is open all day 11-11pm and 12-10.30 Sundays unlike most of the pubs in Cheltenham. If you feel a bit peckish outside the food hours there is a good balti place on the corner of the block which does cheap and plentiful meals. While the door is narrow, there is room for a wheelchair, though be careful of the toilets as it requires some nifty manoeuvring around and behind doors. There is no accommodation here, but Cheltenham is one of those places for tourism and so there is plenty of B&B to be had.
Since its thorough redecoration, its been kept very clean and tidy and is always warm and welcoming. Since Alan & Rita took over in 99 it has had a massive transformation and has become a lot more friendlier and hospitable place to be. (March 2004)
Gloucestershire, GL50 1UX
Single fr ?28 / Double fr ?48