Spectre, Cheltenham – Review by HungryOwlOn April 9, 2017 by HungryOwl
Spectre is located on the High Street in Cheltenham and is part of a chain pubs owned by Stonegate Pub Company.
It is not the sort of place you would visit if you were looking for a quiet romantic night out. It is the sort of place if you want to watch sport especially football and rugby. The pub also offers free WiFi.
The food menu is bulk standard ‘pub grub’ – burgers, scampi, gammon, ribs, chilli etc. They also offer some pick and mix dishes so you can create your own meal. So being a bit picky and always having a weird idea of food combinations I selected the Nachos with Salsa, Cheddar and Sour Cream (I donated the jalapeños to FattyCat) to and 10 chicken wings with BBQ dip. To be honest to would have taken a really really bad chef to mess those two dishes up. But the portion sizes were good and everything was yummy.
FattyCat decided to stick to his usual safe choice of Beef Burger with bacon and cheese accompanied with chips. He said the burger was cooked just right and was still moist. There was also an option to ‘go large’ for an extra fee, but there was plenty on the plate.
There is a large selection of beers both from the pull and in bottles, plus a good selection of ciders (But no Orchard Pig my favourite). They also sell a good quality coffee for £2.19 per mug, although I always find the draught cola to be lacking in concentrate and I have now given up ordering this here.
As this is primarily a sports bar the clientèle is main male and they can get rather excited during certain matches.
My biggest dislike of Spectre is that every time I visit here, the ladies toilets (up on the 1st floor) are filthy and smelly. Today there was what looked like dried vomit on the radiator and two cubicles were missing toilets seats – this was at 12 noon on a Sunday – leaving me with the feeling that they had not been cleaned from the busy Saturday.
This place will remain popular as it is one of the few pubs that show the sport and humans enjoy being part of tribe when watching sport