Sandford Park Ale House

4.8
267 reviews
£25 and under
Pub
Whether you are in for a quick drink after work or to spend some quality time with friends, we’d love to welcome you in. Since 2013 Sandford Park Alehouse, has been a beacon for quality beer in Cheltenham. We work with local and national suppliers to keep the beer range fresh, relevant and appealing. Our staff are passionate about beer, so don’t worry if you are overwhelmed by the choice, there’s always a helping hand to make that decision.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 267 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.6
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vipMac766
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would like the app to order to continue

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Handsan
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just went for a Sunday afternoon pint and it was great - as it always is. Even post-lockdown they have kept the table service going, which is excellent because it means there is no scrum at the bar. Still Cheltenham’s best pub!

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MelB
Gloucestershire
7 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our first visit coincided with cider festival so could not experience hot food which I had heard lots about. However cheeseboard was great but just felt it lacked some bread & celery ... Bar staff very knowledgable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
8 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cheese and cider festival. Why not do a beer & sausage festival at some point as well!

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MalcolmLou
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food and drink love the garden and always so peaceful

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EdwardC
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A very reasonbly priced pub menu. The food was good (I had the chickpea burger which was delicious), service was excellent, lovely quiet garden. Have been before, will definitely be back.

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SimonA
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the Alehouse copes with the rigours of dealing with customers during the pandemic in a smooth and efficient way. Of course the beer and food is right on the money and it is clearly one of the best pubs in Cheltenham.

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VillaAnj
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Broad and varied menu with lots of choices on offer for both meat lovers and plant-based diets.
Staff are very welcoming and accommodating, and show you to your pre-booked table with efficiency.

I'm not a beer or lager drinker but the range on offer accommodates all tastes. Importantly this pub knows its wines and offers New Zealand options which is perfect for me.

The garden seating is well spaced so you don't feel as if you're encroaching on the next group's conversation, or indeed they on yours.

Lovely setting, super staff and amazing quality of food and fluids.
Thank you Sandford Ale House, see you soon.

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Simon
London
23 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good quality, good value and delicious pub food served quickly and efficiently by friendly staff.

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Anon
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience1

There were mice running round everywhere outside. We saw 5 mice whilst sat outside in two hours. This is a vermin problem and really needs addressing as the venue staff and food where lovely apart from this. Won’t be returning until the vermin problem is sorted.

Sandford Park Ale House
Responded on 8 July 2021

Good Morning, Firstly thank you very much for your review and your kind comments regarding our staff! However, the mice you saw are actually Water Voles coming from the river directly behind us. These are a protected species, as mentioned in our social media posts, and will be no harm to you or anyone else. We receive regular pest control inspections who have given us a clean bill of health and help keep "vermin" at bay. So I do hope you come to visit again soon and embrace the local wildlife.

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MichaelJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As ever, an excellent afternoon in the Sandford Park Ale House. Although we didnt eat on the day I could see other customers chomping on gorgeous looking burgers etc.

Great selection of beers and despite the social distancing stuff we managed to get served fairly quickly and had a lovely afternoon sesh.

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LiamH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Risotto cooled too quickly, my burger was very good

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JesperH
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very enjoyable, garden table made a big difference

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Pleasant afternoon old pals reunion
Excellent ales in a convivial atmosphere
Efficient unobtrusive service.
Didn’t sample food but previous visits observed what appeared to be good cuisine.
Many more visits to come.

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Simon
London
23 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is one of the best town pubs I have visited. Plenty of space, including a large garden, exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable service and very tasty food, a little different from the norm. The range of beers, ciders and other drinks is outstanding.

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katem
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and beer. Would definitely recommend.

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PaulT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful staff. Good choice of ale and tasty roast

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Father’s Day meal

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Foodie4ever
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. The roast beef was exceptional I’m fact my father said it was the best beef he’s had in years!!! Fantastic service will definitely be back 5 ⭐️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Service was good with the young waiter and waitresses. The fillet steak must have been the smallest I’ve ever seen! Not good value for money. The other meals were fine so just avoid the fillet steak! It was cold in the garden and despite having many patio heaters, none of them had any gas in. Only some tables had an umbrella that barely covered the table. I suggest avoid booking a table outside unless the weather forecast is hot and dry!!

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AndrewT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

I’m afraid I had to send my steak back as it was cold. The kitchen didn’t have any more so I had the fish, which was lovely. Staff were fab 👍

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vipOpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
9 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for another great experience. As good as ever!

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RidgeTeam
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and selection of drinks. Food is delicious too.

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JamesH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Relaxed atmosphere, great beers and food, a great place to meet friends

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday day out .. The staff were amazing, so friendly , chatty and accommodating. The food was fantastic! Might be my new local :)

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DouglasS
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would like to say that their burger was excellent, moist & juicy and their peanut butter brownie was delicious. Also excellent service and great ciders.

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carlao
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as great as it’s always been. Nobody on phones, everyone talking away. That’s why it’s a proper ale house.

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside in the garden area which was well kept, attractive and full by mid evening. An excellent selection of both craft and cask ales is back, and the food was excellent, a step above the basic pub food they used to offer. Service quick and friendly. What's not to like?

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LucindaP
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great Atmosphere with friendly staff. It’s become my local now so love coming here. Food is great too and never have to wait long.

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ColinB
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Your review system does not allow for people just having a social drink. We did not have any food so had to 'rate' as poor!!

We had two tables outside in the garden. Very well organised and waited upon. They have an app but us old duffers prefer the table service.

Will be back next month.

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ChloeH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quick service. Accidentally ordered a wrong item and was sorted straight away. Also asked for a modification on an item and they did it without hesitation. Very happy overall!

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Creature
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful pub, wonderful staff,wwonderful real ales.

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Kezcat20
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch on Sunday. Veggie roast was amazing. Lovely nut roast, with delicious veg and roasties. Mushroom and walnut gravy was really good addition. Veggie roasts can be a let down but this is a real treat. Get in my belly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
9 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't have food today, but service etc as good as ever. Thanks.

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charlotteg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and lively well spaced outdoor seating and vibe

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Smurf
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love this place friendly staff chilled out atmosphere excellent ale

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AmyM
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wonderful as always.. great selection of beers. Didnt have food but it looked delicious! It would be good if the app remembered your card details, so you didnt need to input it each time (or there was an option to use google pay/paypal) and/or there was an option not the use the app...

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DeePee
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Food and service quick. Would definitely recommend the fish and chips!

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BarryW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service and selection of ales. Many of them local. Thanks Sanford Ale House team.

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Kezcat20
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly pub with great food. Fantastic selection of beers and ciders. Nice big garden.

FAQs

Sandford Park Ale House is rated 4.8 stars by 267 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.