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The Air Balloon

Crickley Hill, Birdlip, Gloucester, Gloucestershire  GL4 8JY View Map.

General Manager:

Dane Hewitt.

Contact us

Tel. 01452 862541


pub opening times meal times
Monday - Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday 11am - 10pm
Daily 12noon - 9pm

Whats New & Forthcoming Events

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What is new & forthcoming in 2016

What's New & Forthcoming

Taste of Summer Festival 2016:

Running until Monday 11th July 2016.
Our Taste of Summer Festival limited edition menu has aimed to capture the essence of Summer dishes. All of our dishes are freshly prepared, colourful and bursting with flavour. They feature seasonal ingredients and heavenly dips and dressings. From interesting starters and mouth watering mains to delicious puddings to savour.

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About Us

Situated at Crickey Hill, near Birdlip, on the junction of the A417, B4070 a... Read more

About our venue

Situated at Crickey Hill, near Birdlip, on the junction of the A417, B4070 and A436, The Air Balloon is particularly easy to get to from anywhere in Cheltenham and it’s suitable for the whole family. Outside there are large car parks and two garden areas one laid to lawn, the other an extensive split-level patio with plenty of cover and heaters to prolong your enjoyment of the summer evenings. Adjacent to the patios is a kids play area so you can unwind with one eye still on the little ones. The exterior of the pub is deceptive as inside we have seating for 100 diners with plenty of room and comfy seating areas, maybe next to the Inglenook fireplace and wood burner during cooler months. Our staff are a skilled and energetic team dedicated to customer service.

Our Food & Menus

We offer a comprehensive lunch and dinner menus, there may be some differenc... Read more

Old English Inns food

We offer a comprehensive lunch and dinner menus, there may be some differences however many of the dishes are available on both and each is supported by a daily specials board and what a selection there is!

Meal Times

Daily 12noon - 9pm


Bookings are taken for table is the restaurant. It is highly recommended you book early especially for Sundays lunchtimes to avoid disappointment


Our menus.

Food Promotions:

Value Meals Menu:

Available Monday to Friday.

Delicious Meals from £4.99 - take a look at our value menu.
Add a starter or dessert from a choice of 3, each for £2.79 extra.

Childrens Meal Deal:

Available during food service times.

Little Bear main, dessert & Fruit Shoot for £5.49.
Big Bear main, dessert & Fruit Shoot for £5.99.

Childrens Snack Deal:

Available all day every day.

Sandwich or Half a baked potato, dessert & Fruit Shoot for £4.99.

Coffee & Cake:

Available all day every day.

Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee & cake for only £3.29.

Sunday Roast:

Delicious traditional roast served with all the trimmings: fresh seasonal vegetables, large Yorkshire pudding, crisp roast potatoes, mash & gravy from £8.99 for pork loin & vegetarian option Add an extra for just £1 each: roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, three pigs-in-blankets Children’s roasts for just £4.29 each: Chicken breast, pork loin, beef, vegetarian or mixed meats (choose two from: chicken breast, pork loin and beef).

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Have a Meeting or Function with us

We can cater for parties or meetings in an area of our private room up to 26... Read more

Have a Party

Functions / Meetings

We can cater for parties or meetings in an area of our private room up to 26 people. Tea, coffee & buffets can be supplied as well as sit down meals.

Our Drinks

We have an excellent selection of the best drinks on draught, wines & spirits... Read more

Our Drinks

Drinks on Draught

Fosters, Peroni, San Miguel, Guinness & Weston's Stowford Press Cider

Real Ale

3 Regularly changing Guest ales

Other Drinks

Good Range of Wines, Tea & Range of Illy Coffee

We are accredited for excellence in service of our quality real ales.

Drinks Promotions:

Fizz Friday:

Available Friday all day excluding Christmas Day & New Year’s Day 2016.

Two glasses of Prosecco for £5.00.


  • Extensive Beer Garden with Jumbrella heaters and lighting
  • Outdoor Children's Play Area
  • Car Parking 70 - 80 spaces
  • Disabled Car Parking


  • Free Wi-Fi Access
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Disabled Toilet
  • Baby Changing Facility


  • Children Welcome until 9pm
  • Dogs Welcome in bar area & outside on a lead
  • Coach Parties Welcome by appointment only
  • ATM Machine
  • Debit and Credit Cards accepted