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Air Balloon

Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
+44 1452 862541
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good20%
  • Average15%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible17%
2 weeks ago
“Nice, cosy atmosphere and good food”
12 Oct 2017
“Food average!”
Open Now
10:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, British, Pub, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Over ate! Gorgeous food and surroundings. Nice relaxing atmosphere with a fabulous bar for drinks. Lovely place.

Thank Rebecca R
Craig P, Assistant Manager at Air Balloon, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you Rebecca for your wonderful review of our pub, lovely to hear you have returned to us and enjoyed yourself once again. Next time we shall tempt you with even more delicious offerings.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a very enjoyable, tasty and well priced meal, good and friendly service which made our experience more than good. Well done to the staff, how it should be done.More

Thank limbo222
Craig P, Assistant Manager at Air Balloon, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your kind words, we do try very hard to provide a warm welcoming environment to give the best possible experience in our pub. Lovely to hear we ticked all the boxes. I will pass your review on to the team. Hope to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of attending this lovely old pub. Sunday lunch was excellent and good value for money. Staff were friendly and efficient. The building is quirky and ambient. Looking forward to our next visit already.More

Thank Angela H
Craig P, Assistant Manager at Air Balloon, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Angela, thank you for your kind words. I enjoy reading reviews like this. Shows the time and effort our team puts in, really does make a huge difference to providing a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I will be passing this on to the team, so...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely family meal. All the staff were great and very helpful, so was the service. Will definitely be visiting again soon. Thank you :)

Thank lucywilson696
Craig P, Assistant Manager at Air Balloon, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Lucy, I am glad you got to experience the high standards we aim to provide at the air balloon. I will pass your review on to the team, so we can continue providing the same level of service on your next visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to eat here after my daughters graduation ceremony in Cheltenham. We arrived at 6pm and the place was very quiet however this meant that we got attentive service. We ordered drinks which were delivered promptly and were given time to peruse the menu...More

Thank Neil G
Craig P, Assistant Manager at Air Balloon, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Neil, firstly congratulations to your daughter for graduating. It’s fantastic to see you enjoyed your experience with us. Yes indeed our portion sizes are impressive, we take pride in our food and our chefs really go that extra mile. They not only provide a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Passing through on a Saturday and called in for lunch. Never been here before and am pleased we did not read reviews beforehand as we would have given it a miss. A lovely, quirky old pub and beautifully decorated for the festive season. Friendly staff...More

Thank Colin J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I understand that this iconic landmark has recently been acquired by the Chef &Brewer group. I cannot comment on how C&B have refurbed this pub however I can say that the staff appeared to be dark and despite the Christmas decorations it was dark and...More

1  Thank BobbieJ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What has happened to this pub?? I have periodically visited this pub over the years as it's a good meeting place, food has always been OK. Yesterday lunchtime the food was appalling. Firstly my friend and I ordered a flat white coffee each - the...More

Thank ShonaGarry
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We accidentally stubbled upon this place while on a weekend away in Cheltenham. We went for a Sunday lunch and couldn’t have been happier. The food was amazing, we both had the Sunday best rib of beef dinner which was to die for!!!! Then we...More

Thank Nicki G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came him on a whim, as we had a Tesco clubcard voucher to use. Never been before but the other Chef and Brewer (The Wheatstone) was very busy so we came here...it was very quiet (should have been the first clue). Food was served quickly...More

Thank Peter S
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2 November 2016|
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Response from Mike H | Reviewed this property |
Might I suggest that the time of year would influence the answer; I find that my birthday parties go on for quite a while; also, on December 23rd for example (the shortest day) it will be dark soon after 4PM. Why not have... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Bar, British, Pub, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cotswolds  >  Birdlip
  • Phone Number: +44 1452 862541
  • E-mail
The Air Balloon was originally two ale houses and provided for the needs of the travellers before the days of licensing. Many Balloon ascents were made from about 1784 onwards, and one Walter Powell ascended from Malmesbury and disapppeared without trace about that time. No evidence is recorded, however that he landed here! The Inn was next known as The Balloon in 1796 and recorded as the Air Balloon in 1802. It was owned as a part of Cowley Manor Estate until the early 20th Century. Current owners Greeneking acquired the Air Balloon in January 2004, after having a refurbishment in 2010 the character and charm is still catering for the needs of todays traveller, and is a busy stop off point for all walks of life. There is a very busy car park which can be used, therefore ensuring that all customers can park. We also have a new meeting room that can sit 8-30 people.
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