Christmas At Thistle Cheltenham

At Thistle Cheltenham we certainly know how to host the best Christmas celebrations. From party nights, gala dinners, traditional Christmas lunches or New Year’s Eve parties – whichever you choose, we’ll make it the most memorable Christmas for you.

So if you’ve been nominated to organise your work’s Christmas-do, family get-together or your friends are looking to you to organise a treat, then look no further!

Behind the scenes, our friendly staff are experienced at organising events that are seamlessly smooth, beautifully presented and charged with a joyful atmosphere. And at every good party there’s got to be great food! At Thistle the food always matches the occasion and our chefs are passionate about serving consistently delicious, fresh food from a mouth-watering range of menus.

At Thistle Cheltenham, an eventful and enjoyable Christmas and a very happy New Year is waiting for everyone!

Don’t book a taxi... book a room!

You’re having a great night so don’t let it end too soon, spend the night with us! With such great room rates and a hearty breakfast the following morning, let us look after you!

Packages Available

Casino Party Nights

AFTER TRYING YOUR LUCK ON OUR FUN-MONEY CASINO TABLES, HIT THE DANCE FLOOR AS OUR DJ PLAYS GREAT MUSIC!

Starters

  • Roast plum tomato and red pepper soup with a dash of chilli infused sherry oil (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait, Pinot Noir jelly served with toasted focaccia, raspberry vinaigrette and winter fruit chutney.
  • Goat’s cheese, roasted beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).
  • Norwegian smoked salmon with asparagus spears served with capers and a lemon and herb dressing.

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with chipolata sausage, sage and onion stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Roasted rib of beef served with Yorkshire pudding, port wine sauce, château potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Grilled salmon fillet served with béarnaise sauce, steamed baby new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom and leek risotto served with crisp rocket leaves, buttered broccoli florets and vegetarian-friendly Parmesan shavings (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit and brandy served warm with custard.
  • Dark chocolate and orange tart served with clotted cream.
  • Sticky toffee and walnut pudding served with irresistible caramel sauce.
  • Vanilla and lemon cheesecake, chantilly cream and mango purée. 

Freshly brewed tea or coffee

Dates and Prices

£25.95 per person

Friday 28th November 

£37.95 per person 

Saturday 12th December*

£36.95 per person

Saturday 20th December 

Your party started

  • 3 course meal, live band and disco
  • Bar service from 6.00pm
  • Dinner served at 8.00pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am

Stay over?

  • From £50.00 per room – single occupancy
  • £5.00 supplement for double occupancy
  • Rates inclusive of bed and breakfast and subject to availability

  • *The Casino Party Night on 12th December has a black tie or lounge suit dress code and includes a cocktail on arrival.
  • For just £10.00 per person why not upgrade your package to include 3 drinks vouchers per person?
  • Menu pre-selections will be required 21 days prior to your function date.

Live Band Party Nights

WITH OUR BAND GIVING A LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE, OUR LIVE BAND PARTY NIGHTS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE UNFORGETTABLE.

Starters

  • Roast plum tomato and red pepper soup with a dash of chilli infused sherry oil (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait, Pinot Noir jelly served with toasted focaccia, raspberry vinaigrette and winter fruit chutney.
  • Goat’s cheese, roasted beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).
  • Norwegian smoked salmon with asparagus spears served with capers and a lemon and herb dressing.

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with chipolata sausage, sage and onion stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Roasted rib of beef served with Yorkshire pudding, port wine sauce, château potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Grilled salmon fillet served with béarnaise sauce, steamed baby new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom and leek risotto served with crisp rocket leaves, buttered broccoli florets and vegetarian-friendly Parmesan shavings (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit and brandy served warm with custard.
  • Dark chocolate and orange tart served with clotted cream.
  • Sticky toffee and walnut pudding served with irresistible caramel sauce.
  • Vanilla and lemon cheesecake, chantilly cream and mango purée. 

Freshly brewed tea or coffee

Dates and Prices

£19.95 per person

Saturday 22nd November 

£37.95 per person 

Saturday 6th December*

£36.95 per person

Saturday 13th December 
Friday 19th December 

Your party started

  • 3 course meal, live band and disco
  • Bar service from 6.00pm
  • Dinner served at 8.00pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am

Stay over?

  • From £50.00 per room – single occupancy
  • £5.00 supplement for double occupancy
  • Rates inclusive of bed and breakfast and subject to availability

  • *The Live Band Party Night on 6th December has a black tie or lounge suit dress code and includes a cocktail on arrival.
  • For just £10.00 per person why not upgrade your package to include 3 drinks vouchers per person?
  • Menu pre-selections will be required 21 days prior to your function date.

Festive Disco Party Nights

GET INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY TO A SELECTION OF CHRISTMAS HITS AND DANCE FLOOR FILLERS!

Starters

  • Roast plum tomato and red pepper soup with a dash of chilli infused sherry oil (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait, Pinot Noir jelly served with toasted focaccia, raspberry vinaigrette and winter fruit chutney.

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with chipolata sausage, sage and onion stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Grilled salmon fillet served with béarnaise sauce, steamed baby new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom and leek risotto served with crisp rocket leaves, buttered broccoli florets and vegetarian-friendly Parmesan shavings (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit and brandy served warm with custard.
  • Dark chocolate and orange tart served with clotted cream.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee

Dates and Prices

£19.95 per person

Saturday 29th November 
Thursday 11th and 18th December
Sunday 14th December
Wednesday 17th December

£29.95 per person 

Friday 5th December

£36.95 per person

Saturday 13th December 
Friday 19th December 

Your party started

  • 3 course meal, live band and disco
  • Bar service from 6.00pm
  • Dinner served at 8.00pm
  • Carriages at 12.30am (Sunday to Thursday)
  • Carriages at 1.00am (Friday and Saturday)

Stay over?

  • From £50.00 per room – single occupancy
  • £5.00 supplement for double occupancy
  • Rates inclusive of bed and breakfast and subject to availability

  • For just £10.00 per person why not upgrade your package to include 3 drinks vouchers per person?
  • Menu pre-selections will be required 21 days prior to your function date.

Christmas Day Lunch

ENJOY A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH, THE PERFECT WAY TO RELAX AND ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES WITH YOUR FAMILY ON THIS SPECIAL DAY.

Starters

  • Confit of Gressingham duck leg, puy lentils, raspberry vinaigrette and brioche bread.
  • Smoked salmon with sweet roasted beetroot, pea shoots, lemon and a caper dressing.
  • Asparagus and cherry tomato salad with citrus dressing, soft boiled egg and cress salad (v).

Mains

  • Roast breast of seasonal English turkey served with traditional Roast breast of seasonal English turkey served with traditional cranberry sauce, dressed with a rich red wine jus.
  • Casterbridge roast rib of beef, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, port wine jus, accompanied with creamed horseradish.
  • Seared trout fillet, basil mash, braised baby fennel and saffron broth Mediterranean vegetable and goat’s cheese Wellington served with sauté green beans and roasted red pepper coulis (v).

Desserts

  • Warm bramley apple pie with vanilla bean ice cream and a raspberry coulis.
  • Baked white chocolate cheesecake, chantilly cream and seasonal berries.
  • Steamed festive Christmas pudding served with vanilla custard and a mixed berries compote.
  • Cheese selection served with crunchy celery, spicy plum chutney and crackers.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee

Dates and Prices

£60.00 per adult

£25.00 per child 

Children under 5 years eat free
Thursday 25th December

Your party started

  • Bar service from 12.00pm
  • Lunch reservations at 1.30pm and 2.30pm

Thistle insider

IT’S CHRISTMAS!

Christmas is to be enjoyed, so don’t defrost the turkey and forget the washing up. Come and enjoy a very warm welcome and an irresistible festive lunch.


YOUR WINE WISH LIST

Is your tipple a Merlot or a Bordeaux? A chilled Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, pre-order your favourites from our tempting wine list.


  • Menu pre-selections will be required 21 days prior to your function date.

New Year's Eve

YOUR EVENING WILL START WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND CANAPÉS. OUR LIVE BAND AND RESIDENT DJ WILL KEEP YOU DANCING THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT PAUSING ONLY TO COUNT IN THE NEW YEAR.

Starters

  • Chicken and wild mushroom terrine wrapped in pancetta served with toasted brioche, spiced fruit relish and chive oil.

Soup

  • Parsnip and chestnut soup flavoured with cinnamon and served with a Pink Lady apple crisp (v).

Mains 

  • English rump of lamb (cooked to medium), served on roasted root vegetables with tender stem broccoli, fondant potato and redcurrant jus.
  • Seared trout fillet, basil mash, braised baby fennel and saffron broth.
  • Mediterranean vegetable and goat’s cheese Wellington served with sauté green beans and roasted red pepper coulis and herb salad (v).

Dessert

  • Dark chocolate pyramid, filled with passion fruit mousse, served with sweet red wine glaze and fresh berries.
  • Selection of West Country cheeses – Somerset Brie, Applewood and Smoked Cheddar, Blacksticks Blue, crackers, poppy seed bread and homemade fruit chutney.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee

Dates and Prices

£65.00 per person

Wednesday 31st December

Your party started

  • 4 course meal with live band and disco
  • Bar service from 6.00pm
  • Reception drinks from 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 8.00pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am
  • Dress code: lounge suit or black tie

Stay over?

  • £125.00 per person based on 2 people sharing
  • Single occupancy supplement applies
  • Rates are inclusive of a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates to welcome you. See in the New Year by joining our drinks reception and gala dinner and enjoy a full English breakfast on New Year’s Day.

  • Don’t forget to order your champagne to be delivered to your table at midnight.
  • Going to Cheltenham Racecourse on New Year’s Day? Indulge in an extra night from £70.00 including breakfast.

Private Christmas Parties

LET THISTLE CHELTENHAM ORGANISE A TAILOR-MADE PARTY TO SUIT YOUR ORGANISATION. WE CAN CATER FOR UP TO 300 GUESTS.

Starters

  • Roast plum tomato and red pepper soup with a dash of chilli infused sherry oil (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait, Pinot Noir jelly served with toasted focaccia, raspberry vinaigrette and winter fruit chutney.

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with chipolata sausage, sage and onion stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Grilled salmon fillet served with béarnaise sauce, steamed baby new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom and leek risotto served with crisp rocket leaves, buttered broccoli florets and vegetarian-friendly Parmesan shavings (v).

Dessert

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit and brandy served warm with custard.
  • Dark chocolate and orange tart served with clotted cream.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee

Dates and Prices

From £19.95 per person

We have various dates available throughout November, December and January.

Your party started

  • Entertainment and theming options available
  • We can create a package to suit your budget and tastes with different menus available on request

January party nights

No time for partying in December?
Join our January Party

  • From £19.95 per person
  • Friday 16th January – 80s Party Night
  • 3 course meal, live band and disco

Thistle insider

SPARKLE AS BRIGHT AS THE LIGHTS

A hint of glitter, subtle shine or a flash of gold. All go just perfectly with classic black. Create an outfit made for celebrating this season.


  • For just £10.00 per person why not upgrade your package to include 3 drinks vouchers per person?
  • From £55.00 for double occupancy room.

Wine & Drinks Packages

ORDER YOUR DRINKS IN ADVANCE TO HELP YOUR PARTY RUN MORE SMOOTHLY ON THE NIGHT AND BENEFIT FROM OUR PRE-ORDER DISCOUNTS. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR OUR LATEST DEALS AND PRICES.

Drinks packages

Here are some of the pre-order options to choose from:

BEER BUCKETS £40.00

  • 12 bottles of beer from a selection of Stella Artois and Becks.

WINE COMBO £55.00

  • 2 bottle of house red wine.
  • 2 bottles of house white wine.

COCKTAIL JUGS £18.00 each (1 litre)

  • Choose from Cosmopolitan, Sex on the Beach and Tequila Sunrise.

SOFT DRINKS BUCKETS £20.00

  • Choose 12 bottles from Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and J2O.

Arrival reception rooms

Pre-order your drinks for arrival and have them ready in your own dedicated reception room. Receive a discount on your drinks and escape the queue at the bar! Please contact us for availability.


Reward the organiser

We know how demanding it can be to arrange a Christmas event, and that’s why the organiser of any event over 50 people will receive a complimentary overnight stay on the night of your party (subject to availability).


Thistle insider

KEEP IT FLOWING

From a sparkling reception to a wide choice of soft drinks, we’ve got you covered. Pre-order your favourites from our inspired drinks menu.


IT’S YOUR PARTY

Wishes do come true, just believe! From casino nights to live bands, 3 course dinners to canapés and cocktails, we’ll make it everything you dreamed of.


SET THE DATE

Avoid the Christmas rush and book well in advance if you have your eye on a certain party package, it’s all yours, guaranteed.


DON’T EVACUATE THE DANCE FLOOR

Let your good time roll on and on, book a room and enjoy a lie in and breakfast on us. A perfect start to the morning after.


  • For just £10.00 per person why not upgrade your package to include 3 drinks vouchers per person?
  • To book, please call 01242 232691.

Thistle Cheltenham

Gloucester Road
Cheltenham
Gloucester
GL51 0TS

Tel: 0871 376 9013
Int Tel: +44 845 305 8313

Directions

Leave the M5 at junction 11 and take the A40 towards Cheltenham. At the next roundabout take the second exit; Thistle Cheltenham is immediately on the left. We have 220 parking spaces available on-site for a small additional charge for all overnight guests. To programme your sat-nav, please use the postcode GL51 0TS