Asian-inspired dining at No.131
Join us on the terrace of our beautiful Georgian townhouse No. 131 and tuck into our brand new Asian menu. Expect punchy authentic flavours – with soft, fluffy bao buns, delicate sushi and sashimi and our take on all-time classics, such as seabass tempura roll and Chinese pork belly with pineapple relish. We’ve got scrumptious puddings, too, including a mouth-watering Blackberry pavlova, yuzu and pistachio crème brulee and lemon meringue pie. Stay the night afterwards in one of our individually-designed bedrooms which mix old-fashioned luxury with statement prints and contemporary artwork from the likes of Banksy and David Hockney.
No.131, 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NW. 01242 822939; www.no131.com
Cheltenham Music Festival
Showcasing the best of British music, the Cheltenham Music Festival is one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. Combining a feast of popular classics with the very best in contemporary composition, there is something for everyone. Hot tickets include the award-winning Maxwell String Quartet, a joint jazz performance by Dame Imogen Cooper and Dame Sarah Connolly and a celebration of Sir Matthew Arnold and the silver screen. There’s a wonderful range of workshops, too – book ‘music and mindfulness’ with quietnote founder Will Crawford. And if that wasn’t enough, there is also a weekend of free music in Imperial Gardens.
2nd-11th July. Various venues across Cheltenham. 01242 850270; www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music
Henri Matisse at the Paragon Gallery
One of the most extraordinary draughtsmen of the 20th century and a colourist of unsurpassed brilliance, Henri Matisse was a trailblazer in every respect. This included his printmaking – with the artist producing more than 800 pieces in this format during his 60-year career. From sinuous linocuts, to dazzling lithographs, to vintage exhibition posters, Matisse’s graphic work can now be seen at the Paragon Gallery with this summer exhibition of original prints. An extended love letter to the drawn line, these pieces of art trace the ceaseless course of invention and poetry that informed his art from the very beginning.
3rd-31st July. The Paragon Gallery, 4 Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham GL50 1SW. 01242 233391; www.paragongallery.co.uk
The Crown at the Gatcombe Food and Drink Festival
This brand-new three-day festival in the beautiful grounds of Gatcombe Park highlights the very best of local food and drink. There will be a bustling street food market, live culinary classes with local chefs and the chance to explore an outstanding range of organic beers from leading local breweries. There’s a kids’ zone, too. Our beautiful Cotswolds country pub The Crown, just a stone’s throw away, has come on board as a partner. The perfect place to meet, eat and make great memories, The Crown is brilliant for a long lunch al fresco or a cosy supper, serving up locally inspired flavours and a cellar stocked full of craft ales, fine wines and fizz.
30th July-1st August. Gatcombe Park, Stroud GL6 9AT. www.gatcombefoodfestival.ticketsrv.co.uk
The Crown, High Street, Minchinhampton, Stroud GL6 9BN. 01453 488160; www.thecrown-minchinhampton.com