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There was no better place to spend the afternoon than in the relaxed and fresh surroundings of Après. A three hour shopping mission had left my feet feeling slightly worse for wear and I was in need of some scrummy fuel in my fire.

Located in the cosmopolitan surroundings of The Brewery in Cheltenham’s town centre, this Scandinavian inspired bar and restaurant offered more to us than just a bite to eat.

The distinctive red interior, log fires and oversized furniture created a cosy atmosphere to ease into. An intimate booth immediately caught my eye and we sunk into it like a big hug. It was blissful!

The staff at the bar were friendly, but their attention to customers mirrored the price of the meals. Not very high. With the sun shining outside we decided to spoil ourselves with a luxury cocktail pitcher. A Polish Breeze at £7.95. The collaboration of Vodka, Apple Schnapps and Apple Juice was a welcoming refreshment and a mixture I would certainly recommend.

We decided to abuse one of Apres’ famous mid-week offers, ‘Grab Some Grub’. A choice of six hearty meals at a very reasonable £5.25 each. I indulged in a hefty Aberdeen Angus Burger which came with a side of coleslaw and fries. My friend chose the BBQ Chicken flat bread with melted cheese, fries and coleslaw.

Our eyes surprisingly widened at the sight of our meals. The generous portion sizes are not for the faint hearted, but they were perfect for our mid-week meaty treat. The meal was everything I hoped it would be. A succulent burger in a floury bap and mouth watering French fries to top the meal off. The dishes sitting opposite me looked just as delicious as mine and it did not take long for them to disappear.

Apres offers a fabulous range of food and drink deals on each day of the week , which ensures a classy but inexpensive treat. The yummy mummy’s bought an element of fun to the lunch trading, while the 15:00-20:00 Happy Hour drew the after-work crowd to unwind with a small tipple. The open plan surrounding allows for this customer versatility, something which is not often commemorated in similar restaurants.

The mellow music of the day turns into a jazzy upbeat vibe. On one side, wide screen televisions showcase live sport fixtures in a energetic and exciting atmosphere, while on the other friends and colleagues laugh and gossip amongst wine and champagne.

Après is a sophisticated hot-spot that does not break the bank. If you are meeting friends for a quick drink or planning a luxury day out, this is the place to be.

OPENING HOURS: 10:00am - midnight