12 Private dining rooms for a rocking reunion
It's been so long since we've seen our loved ones it's high time to plan that reunion in style. Have someone else do the cooking and washing up and reap all the fun, by booking one of these Glos & Worcs pubs and restaurants with private dining rooms.
From next week (May 17), we can meet indoors, hug (or do the careful cuddling thing!) and generally pile the TLC onto our friends and family again. You’ll be able to book private dining for six people, or two households, or up to 30 people for events such as wedding parties, funeral wakes and ‘standalone life-cycle events’… whatever they may be.
It’s been a while hasn’t it? And no one wants to be stirring sauce on the hob and refilling glasses when we can set foot in our fabulous local pubs and eateries at last.
So what could be better than booking your own private room where you can chat, chow down and guzzle your body weight in Merlot without disapproving looks from fellow diners.
Here’s our pick of the best private rooms across Glos and Worcs to suit every occasion, from a bijou soiree to a sit-down feast or full blown cocktail do.
(Hot tip – when we’re allowed larger gatherings from June 21st you’ll want want to have these places booked up well ahead!) ….
The Bell at Sapperton, Frampton Mansell
The Bell is a staunch local favourite for good reason, its all about laid back, rustic chic and you get great food consistently. The private, bookable country-style dining room leads off the main pub area giving it an airy, open plan yet personal feel. Everyone’s welcome here too (kids, dogs, horses! -we kid you not there is genuinely a horse parking spot outside!). If you want a low-key, chilled vibe for getting together with a small group of friends or family this is a really nice choice (book ahead though it’s popular).
The Frogmill, Shipton Oliffe near Cheltenham
The Frogmill recently added a gorgeous twinkly canopied aera to its terrace for alfresco food and drink, but inside it’s one of the best places for a light lunch or big bash with loved ones. Book the lovely Alcove Room, which is semi-private and has a feature fireplace for that cosy feel. It’s free to hire and you even get access to the Retro Games Room (it’s ace, we’re particularly addicted to the Shuffleboard). You’re guaranteed award-winning food here that’s always seasonal, a great cocktail menu, and if you want to turn the reunion into a 24 hour party there are 28 boutique bedrooms to book too.
The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie, Cheltenham
Want to level up the style factor for your first big get-together or that special occasion? Then get thee to The Papworth Room. When numbers permit up to 24 guests can be fitted on one long Captain’s style table or 40 guests standing. The Ivy is super-luxe but with surprisingly affordable food and drink prices (aka nowhere near London levels). Located in the iconic Grade I listed Rotunda Building, in the heart of Cheltenham’s boutique Montpellier district, quaff and scoff with a backdrop of artwork, sexy red leather chairs and a gold tiled ceiling. Available seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold
Head to stylish Stow and stake a place at the Porch House’s intimate and design-led private dining room. Holding up to 14 people, it has its own bar, lovely garden area, seating area and toilets. With a claim to fame of being England’s oldest inn, this handsome, Grade II listed pub is the perfect fusion of modern-rustic design touches. A great choice for private family celebrations and the talented team will even design a menu based around your requirements, just let the them know what you’d like.
Circus Tipi, Bathurst Arms, North Cerney
If you loved The Greatest Showman, The Bathurst Arms near Cirencester has you covered with a new theatrical dining experience in its riverside beer garden.
A 24-foot tipi has been converted into a marvellous circus-themed dining space, inspired by favourite local show, Giffords Circus, with a toy panther, twinkling fairy lights, zebras in party hats and a fabulous fully-organic menu that’s famed for miles around. Space is limited and you’ll need to book ahead but this one is perfect for a gathering with friends, or from the 17th book a large table inside this lovely village pub.
The Wheatsheaf, Northleach
With gorgeous gardens, delicious food, and two beautiful private dining rooms to boot, there’s no better place to get together and celebrate than this 2021-meets-17th century coaching inn. The Gun Room can accommodate 20 guests, making it the ideal choice for large family suppers, while the Poker Room comfortably seats up to six, and is perfect for small, intimate gatherings. You’re guaranteed one of the coolest modern-rustic pub backdrops (it’s extremely cool but not in a pretentious way), kick things off with drinks and nibbles first then sit down for a sumptuous three-course supper, or tuck into large sharing pies, whole cuts of meat, and platters of delicious side dishes from our feasting menu. Drool.
Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Tewkesbury
The team at Tewkesbury love a good party (our kinda people) and this is a fantastic place to have your bash – big or small. You can choose from the Duke of Gloucester, a decadently decorated Victorian dining room in the heart of the former manor house, with a stunning bay window overlooking the golf course and towards Gloucester Cathedral. With a sixty-inch mirror TV (you won’t believe your eyes), crystal chandeliers and a long oval table that can be split up to suit your needs, it’s ideal for a smaller party of up to twenty guests sitting down or thirty(ish) if chairs aren’t allowed. Or snap up the smaller Earl of Warwick private room just next door which leads out to the main lounge area and cocktail bar. Want to go large? There’s also the Cotswold Suite seating up to 200 with its private terrace and floor to ceiling glass windows. Email the team for more details.
No.131. Montpellier, Cheltenham
You ordered swanky madam? You got it. No. 131 in the heart of Chelt’s fashionable Montpellier boutique district has a choice of glam rooms to hold your do, whatever the size. If it’s a big do the team will even help you choose a photographer, a local florist and design the menus with the Executive Chef. The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can exchange vows in the beautiful lounge or dining room.
Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud
Beautiful Burleigh Court Hotel, just minutes from Minchinhampton Common and overlooking the rolling Golden Valley is one of our top faves for a quaff or scoff anytime. The friendly team can cater for a whole host of functions from small get-togethers to those long-overdue celebrations. The lovely dining room leads out on to a newly redesigned and canopied terrace which you can use, complete with firepits and furry throws if you want to celebrate long into the night. The award-winning chef makes some of the best food we’ve had in the Cotswolds (which is a tall order).
Dormy House, Broadway
Luxe hotel Dormy House is a top drawer choice for the discerning socialiser. Book out the semi-private stone-walled dining nook which is home to a banqueting table for up to 14 people, with a spectacular hanging light as its centrepiece. Available for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, room costs from £100 to hire buttt it’s so worth it for a special occasion we’d say. The Sun Terrace is also a stylish and relaxed place to hang out en-masses, and provides the perfect space for a semi-private event of up to 10 guests. Available for both lunch and dinner.
Lygon Arms, Broadway
Make any occasion pretty special with a get-together at The Lygon Arms – a charming, next-level 16th century hotel (it’s super-lush). Think dark moody interiors, velvet sofas and roaring fireplaces (with an outside courtyard for summery days). You can book an area for a lavish feast in the Lygon Bar & Grill or a more intimate gathering in one of the Lounges, plus The Lygon caters really well for any dairy-free, gluten-free or vegan besties you might have. Caters from 2 to 102, and you can even take advantage of valet parking and book your own dedicated host should you wish! Email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Brockencote Hall Hotel, Kidderminster
This lakeside hotel has ‘swish’ written all over it. Whether you’re coming for a small reunion, a family party, special anniversary or birthday, the team is geared up to help. If it’s a special event enjoy Champagne and canapés on the terrace and create a menu personally designed for your event by the Head Chef, then retire to Le Colonial for a nightcap. Or book out a smaller dining room for some of the finest food in Worcestershire, the hotel has won a host of awards including three AA Rosettes for its outstanding dishes at the Chaddesley Restaurant. And enjoy it all overlooking the dreamy lake and rural estate.