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The bar scene in Cheltenham is on fire at the moment (not helping Muddy’s sober September efforts at all). Draw up your bar stool – here’s the unmissable round-up of what’s hip and happening.

The Alchemist has landed in Cheltenham. Masters of the art of molecular mixology (that’s epic cocktails to me and you) has opened its doors and is now serving up kooky and creative cocktails with a helping of Alchemist pizzazz.

Known for its known for its stylish, steampunk-luxe décor and experimental menu, you’ll find it at The Brewery Quarter.

Sneaky peek inside Imperial Haus

Also due to open In November is Imperial Haus – this place calls itself an ‘enchanted boutique bar’ and we can’t wait to see what that means!

We already know it’s going to feature a 10ft powdered-gold birdcage (check out their Insta), stylish Designers Guild interiors, truly lust-list statement wallpapers and five-seater booths. Form an orderly queue – and subscribe to their newsletter for free bubbles on your first visit.

Imperial Haus – a super stylish hang out

Meanwhile – Cheltenham’s hotly awaited first rooftop restaurant is another step closer to being a reality.

Construction firm Beard are completing work on the 1970s revamped Quadrangle building and the space that will be the chicest rooftop hang-out this side of LA is finally taking shape. has been taking

With wow-views over the Promenade and Imperial Gardens, it will be the first rooftop addition to Cheltenham’s bar and restaurant scene, fingers crossed we could be cracking open the Clicquot at the end of Feb 2021.

A slice of Tokyo cool has come to Cheltenham with a new Japanese opening in the heart of Cheltenham …

Town fave KIBOUsushi in Cheltenham opened on Sun 6 September in it’s new, spacious home on Regents Street (the old Carluccio’s site, which closed during lockdown.)

A Japanese hot kitchen, ramen and sushi bar it’s an award-winning restaurant serving up delicious dishes from handcrafted sushi to classic Katsu curry.

The interiors are stunning too, with a super-cool neon vibe – inspired by the bustling backstreets of Tokyo. Book your table now, we’re heading in for a Sake Bomb and sashimi pronto.

New lockdown business alert

There’s been an exciting takeover at The Trouble House near Tetbury. Brand new owners (and all-round lovely people) Jacqui and Alynn Squires and their family bought the pub during lockdown (yeesh, all we did was make banana bread).

100% family and dog friendly you’ll find them taking bookings for lunch and dinner now, or pop in for a pint or spritz anytime.

Talking of fabulous new businesses, we’re also loving the gorgeous new The Flower Crowd.

Owner Sarah Butler renovated an old horse box during lockdown and transformed it into a frankly be-U-tiful mobile flower shop. You’ll find her at your favourite spots in the Cotswolds – her mission? To make seasonal, fresh cut & locally grown flowers more accessible. Or if you have an event, give her a call.

Muddy’s retail nose is never far from a new boutique opening so we were highly excited to see the launch of Sorelle Country on the high street in Stow-on-the-Wold.

Dreamy earthenware pots at Sorrelle Country

Set up by two sisters passionate about sharing a love of stylish homewares you’ll find antiques, vintage finds, plants and one off pieces. We’ve spotted Swedish ceramics, an Italian chandelier, amazing earthern-ware pots (above, we want them all) and some gorgeous vintage glasses.

Sorelle Country (some things aren’t)

The shop is open from 11 – 4pm. Tuesday to Sunday, so pop in for a browse and to snap up something rather lovely.

Fancy something a bit different to your average humdrum walk? Tibbiwell Alpacas are taking bookings right now if you want to walk an alpaca around the pretty village of Painswick.

Head out with Dumbledore, Stanley or Apollo – a fabulously quirky and 100% family-friendly experience.

Got a cool £6.5m casually lying around? Then snap this one up – there’s a famous Cotswold landmark up for grabs.

We hear that the Lords of the Manor Hotel in impossibly pretty Upper Slaughter is being brought to market. The 26-bedroom, four red-AA star hotel sits within a converted 17th century rectory which was once owned by Henry VIII.

And finally … some juicy hot off the press news for beer lovers out there, direct from Painswick’s Rococo Garden. As well as being home to acres of dreamy flowers this resplendent garden is home to hops too, and we hear on the grapevine (sorry) they’re planning a very exciting collaboration with a local brewery later this year.

Watch this space for more news soon!

Hops at the Rococo Garden

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