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Cotswold pub champions to open latest venue in Cheltenham

Cotswold pub champions Tom Noest and Peter Creed are due to open their newest venue in Cheltenham this month.

They have given a new lease of life to The Tivoli in Andover Road - their first foray into a more urban venue.

Following a refurbishment it is set to serve its first pint on July 26 and will be the fifth venue opened by the pair.

The local duo have built up a reputation for rescuing rundown pubs in the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire.

They met whilst working at The Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach, Cheltenham- Tom as a chef and Pete as the general manager- and became business partners years later.

They have already opened The Bell in Langford in 2017, The Little Bell at Soho Farmhouse in 2019, The Lamb in Shipton under Wychwood in July 2021 and The Fox Inn in Broadwell in March and The Sherborne Arms in Northleach in May.

Now they have taken on The Tivoli which is a veritable phoenix of the town's social scene.

This is not its first rebirth- and this is not its first rebirth. In the Noughties it was a drinking venue and sports bar but it closed its doors April 2009 after failing to keep up with soaring overheads.

It rose from the ashes 18 months later with a sleeker image and premium offering, following a £1m refurbishment by Scoff & Quaff Holdings Ltd and Enterprise Inns - part of Stonegate Group, the UK's largest pub company.

This new chapter perhaps offers a more personal touch.

Noest and Creed have restored and renovated The Tivoli with a rural feel and furniture sourced from local antique fairs and furniture restorers.

It features a large bar area, and two floors for dining, including two private rooms, with 120 covers throughout, making it one of the duo's largest establishments.

The pair said: "We've been lucky enough to take on and restore some great buildings so far, and we're excited to be stretching our wings a bit with The Tivoli - it's a legendary spot to those who've been in Cheltenham for a while, or grew up around here, so it felt like a natural fit for us.

"We welcome lots of the urban crowd who drive out to our rural pubs, so we're looking forward to bringing our own slice of the countryside to their doorsteps."

The seasonal menu will offer twists on pub classics and dishes inspired by local produce and a nose-to-tail philosophy.

There will be pub snacks, daily lunch specials and regular chicken and steak nights.

Local beers will be available, including draught pours from Cheltenham based Deya Brewery and the landlords have worked with them to produce the Publican IPA.

There will be live music nights, as well as showings of key sport fixtures, and screening opportunities for local businesses and private hires.

Example menu:

Devilled Kidneys on Toast £11

Pigs Head Scrumpet & Salad Lyonnaise £12

Cornbury Park Venison Sausages, Mash & Gravy £18

Gnocchi, Girolles, Peas & Corra Linn £22

Iberico Pork Bavette £30

Sticky Toffee Pudding £9

Flourless Valrhona Chocolate Cake & Crème Fraiche £11

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