The Bottle of Sauce Spices Up Cheltenham's Food Quarter

The Bottle of Sauce Spices Up Cheltenham's Food Quarter
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Indie Oxford publicans, Dodo Pub Co. are thrilled to announce the launch of their latest venture The Bottle of Sauce, the first outside of Oxford.

This hip new watering hole and eatery will be open throughout the day and late into the evening serving a variety of craft beverages and cocktails, alongside a menu of street food inspired pub grub. 

Located on the corner of Ambrose and Clarence Street, The Bottle of Sauce will open its doors to the public on Friday 18th November, when until Thursday 24th November 2016 the pub will be in their ‘soft’ launch phase. A Grand Opening party will take place on Friday 2nd December, with members of the public welcome to join the guest list by emailing

Founding Director of the Dodo Pub Co., Leo Johnson said: “The Bottle of Sauce offers a quirky, inviting and fun space for everyone. We’ve taken inspiration from the pubs of our youth, proper neighbourhood pubs where the welcome was always warm and no matter what time of day or night there were always generous helpings of food and drink. The Bottle of Sauce will be the place to be from brunch right through to the early hours with a fully stocked bar and cracking menu. There will be plenty of late night revelry too with mood setting playlists from our DJ booth, events and drinks promos too. We hope The Bottle of Sauce will fast become a Cheltenham institution, just as The Rusty Bicycle and The Rickety Press are in Oxford.”

The pub takes its name from the cockney rhyming slang - The Bottle of Sauce meaning ‘horse’, which is a nod to Cheltenham’s rich racing heritage.

The £500,000 grand overhaul has transformed the once tired building into a stylish and modern venue. The pub’s interiors have been tailored to create a relaxed welcoming feel, with modern designs that appreciate the pub’s characterful heritage features throughout.

The main bar area boasts high ceilings and grand period windows. Distressed reclaimed timber flooring has been teamed with vibrant petrol blue leather seating and a polished concrete bar. Exposed brickwork walls throughout give an authentic rustic feel. This space has been tailor made for after work drinks, girlie get togethers, drinks with mates and cocktail catch-ups.

Adjacent to the bar will be the snug, complete with deep lounge sofas and low coffee tables – perfect for long leisurely brunches or savouring the Sunday papers with friends and family.

A hidden private dining or meeting space will be available for more intimate gatherings. The room will feature exposed brickwork walls, a long banquet table and ‘Tracey Emin-esque’ retro red neon lighting.

The Bottle of Sauce’s Games Room invites guests to take each other on with retro pub favourites including pool table, table tennis and more. Within this space, a projector will also show key sport matches of the seasons.

Across the courtyard from the main bar, the Canteen is an open plan dining come dancefloor space complete with an open theatre-style kitchen, multi-level interchangeable lighting and seating, and raised DJ booth. In warmer months, bifold doors will transform the Canteen into an indoor outdoor space with outside seating available on the suntrap terrace.

In the daytime the Canteen will be ideal for family brunches, quick working lunches and dinner dates, while into the evening tables will be moved aside for partying into the early hours.

The Bottle of Sauce will be fully open from Monday 21st November, with a soft launch phase from Friday 18th November. Members of the public can apply to attend the Grand Opening Party on Friday 2nd December by emailing

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