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Dinner, drinks, and deals: 9 student date nights in Cheltenham 

Jordan Renwick, Journalism student 

Anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or just date night. These are some of the best romantic spots Cheltenham has to offer.

Happy hours

Turtle bay

A classic. Turtle Bay’s Happy Hour is every day until 6.30pm and again from 9pm until close.

The Caribbean island inspired menu has over 20 cocktails including specials and twists on old favourites. The vibes are unmatched, and paired with soft reggae tunes, this is the student budget alternative to a trip to The Bahamas.

You’ll feel like you’re in a beach club the second you walk in the door. 

Green and red cocktails on a table

Brasserie Blanc 

Fancy a midweek date night? Brasserie Blanc offer two of their expertly crafted cocktails or spritz for the price of one from 5-7pm Mondays to Fridays.

Nestled into the side of the iconic Queens hotel, inside in the air-conditioned bar or outside on the terrace, you can enjoy any season at this Cheltenham favourite.   

The Urban Fox 

You’ll go for the £6 cocktails and stay for the £6 cocktails, and the live music and workshops. From Wednesday to Friday choose two of 12 cocktails for £12 from 5-7pm (5-6pm on Saturdays).

The gorgeous indoor/outdoor feel of the cocktail bar is the perfect place to start date night. 

Gin and tonic drink with orange slice

Discounted dinner


Already great value food, Pho offers students 15% discount off their food bill. Enjoy freshly cooked Vietnamese food to suit every preference.

High protein, keto-friendly, as well as vegan, veggie, and gluten-free options – there’s something for everyone.   

Son of Steak   

Not only do Son of Steak offer a 20% discount off food for students, from Sunday to Thursday cocktails are two for £12.50

If that isn’t a perfect date night deal, I don’t know what is. Also offering vegan options, nothing is stopping this from being your next date night.  

The Coconut Tree

A favourite for a reason. Sunday to Thursday, get authentic Sri Lankan food and cocotails at The Coconut Tree.

The vibey restaurant offers a 20% student discount off the, wait for it, whole bill. And that’s not all. This is their all-year-round offer, they run various student offers as well as putting together this handy guide for student money saving (including visiting The Coconut Tree, obviously).

Special occasion


This stunning Japanese restaurant just celebrated their 10th anniversary. The beautiful terrace and the award-winning kitchen & bar is sure to impress. Save this one for someone special, or just take yourself, it’s too good to wait.  

A person making a cocktail


This contemporary Indian bar and restaurant is the perfect combination of good food and insane gin.

The production value of the drinks alone is reason enough to visit this gem.  

The Nook on Five  

Is he proposing, or did he just take me to The Nook on Five? Located at the top of the quadrangle, the balcony gives breath-taking views over imperial gardens and blankets to keep you warm all evening while you stare lovingly into each other’s eyes.