The Sober Parrot

The Sober Parrot

The Sober Parrot | 19th September 2018

Location: 7 St James Square
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL50 3PR

Date of visit: 19th September 2018

Parking

Saint James’ Square public car park is a few minutes walk away from the venue. There are 3 disabled bays and there is no charge for blue badge holders.

Accessibility

The front entrance leading into the venue has two steps, making it inaccessible for a wheelchair user. There is a bell at the front door to ring if you are unable to use the steps, this will get the attention of the staff who will assist you around a side entrance that is not generally for public use. There is a narrow corridor when using this entrance which would be unsuitable for large wheelchairs or mobility scooters. The manager, Jo is eager to make the venue as accessible as possible and is going to investigate purchasing a temporary ramp to be used at the front entrance. The front door is nice and wide and would be suitable for larger chairs or scooters.

Accessibility

There are two levels to the venue, the ground level is completely accessible, the walk way is wide enough for a wheelchair to get through and there are plenty of accessible tables. Depending on your wheelchair size you may need to fold your footplates due to the tables being pedestal tables.

The menus are nice and light, the text is quite small making it difficult to read if you have a visual impairment, the menu is simple and easy to read otherwise. There is a lowered bar/counter which would be easy for a wheelchair user to get underneath, so you can order your own drinks at the bar and pay.

There is a second floor which is used for music events, it is a small building and there is no lift access. It is nice and quiet up here during the day, suitable for somebody sensitive to noise.

The lighting through the building was overhead and dimmed with plenty of natural daylight coming in through lots of windows.

Toilets

There is a disabled toilet located at the back of the building, the toilet is designed for a right-hand transfer and has appropriate hand rails to do so. The other facilities including sink, soap dispenser and hand dryer are all at a lowered height and within reach. The toilets are nice and clean and big enough for a smaller wheelchair to turn around in.

Customer Service

The manager Jo was very friendly and took the time to sit and chat with me about my work and had some questions on how they could make themselves more accessible. The waitress was also very polite, and all staff were well dressed an approachable.

Accessibility Rating

Physical

Four out of five

Sensory

Four out of five

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Hotel du Vin | 27th July 2018

Location: Parabola Rd, Cheltenham GL50 3AH
Date of visit: 27th July 2018

Parking

There is one disabled parking bay located outside the front of the building, the car park is quite small and turning space for the vehicle is tight. The disabled bay is directly opposite the main entrance.

There is also a rear car park with one disabled parking bay, this leads to the garden and to the Bistro. There is a small step leading into the Bistro, a manual wheelchair would be able to use this entrance however, it would not be suitable for an electric wheelchair. Management have advised they will look to purchase a temporary ramp for the step which will make it fully accessible. (this can be accessed from the front of the building and via lift)

Accessibility

The main entrance is up a small flight of steps, there is a platform lift for a wheelchair. This was very easy to use for a wheelchair user by themselves. Once you exit the lift the entrance is directly to your right. The reception point is a low desk, accessible for a wheelchair user. The reception desk is open 24 hours a day with two reception staff, so a member of staff can assist somebody to their room if required. There are phones to call reception in the rooms too if you require assistance.

When checking into the room, there is a questionnaire you can complete is you require assistance in the case of emergency, this gives you the opportunity to detail your exact requirements, so staff know how to assist you best. There are evac chairs on the first floor.

There is dimmed lighting throughout the whole hotel and bistro.

Rooms

There are 3 accessible bedrooms with large bathrooms/wet rooms, these rooms are accessible via the lift. All other guest rooms are up some steps so inaccessible if you have a walker or wheelchair. The rooms are very spacious, and the beds are lowered for easy transfer. There is a bathtub in the bedroom but no hoist. The bathroom was very big and easy for a wheelchair to move around in. There is one handrail for the shower but no seat, there is a stool available at reception for use in the shower. This may not be suitable for all disabled guests. The toilet has two fixed handrails, the hand rail is a little high. There is no emergency cord in the room.

Bar and Bistro

The bar is located to the left of the reception on the ground floor, the bar is quite high but there is table service. There is quiet music in the background and there are plenty of quieter corners. The Bistro is down a level, this is accessible via the lift. There are plenty of accessible tables in the bar and bistro. The menus are light but the writing is small, they don’t offer a larger print menu for people with visual impairments, they do have online menus for screen readers – https://www.hotelduvin.com/locations/cheltenham/bistro/

Lift

The lift can take you from the ground floor to the underground level which is the Bistro and the first level which is the accessible rooms. The lift is quite small, may not be suitable for a particularly large wheelchair, when entering the lift there is room for somebody to assist directly to the left, it is advisable for them to entre the lift first. The doors close quite quickly so best for somebody to hold the door.

Toilets

There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, it is big enough for a wheelchair to turn around in and the facilities within the toilet are at a low level. There is an emergency cord to the left of the toilet if sat on toilet.

Customer Service

Luke the general manager and Remi the reception manager both showed us around the hotel, they were very polite and helpful. They took on all of our recommendations for improvements and were keen to as accessible as possible.

Accessibility Rating

(four out of five stars)

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Parking

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Accessibility

There are manual heavy doors to enter the cafe, there isn’t much space around the café to get around and it is quite small and not very accessible for a wheelchair. The manager Dale advised us that they offer table service if it was difficult for someone in a wheelchair to go and order at the bar, however we were waiting for over 10 minutes before anybody approached us.

Toilets

There is a disabled toilet located at the back of the building, however this is quite difficult to get to in a wheelchair due the lack of space. A customer had to get up off their chair for me to get my wheelchair to the toilet. Once inside the toilet it was good, there was adequate handrails and it was spacious.

Customer Service

Once my PA went up to the bar to notify Dale the manager that we were here, he was very helpful, he came and took our food order and showed us around the café and answered all our questions. He also came over to check if everything with okay with the food.

 

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Parking 

There is no designated customer parking. There is nearby parking on the Promenade, where there are four disabled parking spaces, alternatively there are four/five disabled parking spaces outside the library. Each of these locations is about a 5-minute journey walking or in a wheelchair and you will require a blue badge permit.

Accessibility

There is a singe manual door propped open which has a small sharp lip but the wheelchair was able to get over it. This leads to a set of manual double doors.

There are two floors to the venue, the top floor is inaccessible due to there being no lift. However, everything you need is on the ground floor. The restaurant is on the ground floor but in a raised section up three steps, there is a portable ramp which can be brought out to get up these steps however, this was too steep for my electric wheelchair. This would only be suitable for a manual wheelchair.

There are tables on the lowered section however, they are too tall for a wheelchair user. Due to not being able to sit in the restaurant the staff moved a table down to the bar area for me to sit at and were more than happy to do so.

We visited on a lunchtime and there was some light music playing in the background, in the evening Revolution becomes more of a bar/nightclub and is a popular spot for drinks, therefore the music will be louder.

They currently don’t offer large print or braille menus, however, the manager has requested that we send some information over so they can look into it.

There are some secluded booths however, these are not accessible for a wheelchair. There is no lowered section to the bar however, they offer table service and you can pay at your table.

There is a nice friendly atmosphere in the bar and the drinks and food looks great, they also serve some delicious looking cocktails.

Toilets

There is a disabled toilet located at the back of the building underneath the stairs, a RADAR key is required to access this toilet, there is one to hand in the bar.

There are adequate handrails for transfer and the facilities are all at a lowered height for wheelchairs.

Customer Service

Abby, the assistant manager kindly took the time out of her day to show us around the venue and answer our questions. She brought our drinks over to our table and was very friendly and helpful.

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Jurys Inn – Cheltenham | 27th April 2018

Parking

There are six disabled parking spaces located right at the front of the building with easy access into the hotel. There was also one disabled parking space in the rear car park close to the leisure centre. Once checked in it is easier to gain access via the leisure club entrance as it is closer to the hotel rooms and the same level, so you can avoid the platform lift to save time. The hotel can reserve you a space in the rear car park if requested.

Customer Service

The general manager, Peter Hendry kindly took the time out of his busy day to show me around the facilities in the hotel. He gave me lots of useful information and was very polite and friendly. All other staff in the hotel were well dressed and well mannered.

Accessibility

There is a paved entrance into the hotel with a small slope up to the automatic double doors and a lowered reception point. Most of the rooms in the hotel are accessible via the lift however, there are two specific rooms for disabled guests on the ground floor, each with wide doors to access the rooms.

There is one double and one twin accessible room, both with wider door entrances. The double is the larger of the two with a larger bathroom. Both bathrooms have accessible shower seats which are mounted on the wall under the shower, lots of handrails and everything in the bathroom is at a low height.

Within the hotel they offer a vibrating pillow and flashing alarm system for the deaf in the case of an emergency, if you notify the receptionists of any specific needs upon arrival they will also come and assist you to ensure your safety in an emergency.

Guide dogs are allowed into the building.

Restaurant and Café / Meeting Rooms

There is a restaurant and café area on the ground floor, both have plenty of tables for wheelchairs to fit comfortably underneath. The café is open to members of the public, there are often people having business meetings within the café, they offer table service and you can pay at your table by cash or card.

The restaurant is more for the hotel guests, the food is served as a ‘help yourself’ buffet, which would be difficult for somebody in a wheelchair, but the staff will bring the food over to your table if required.

There are also a number of meeting rooms that can be hired out for private business meetings or functions, these are all accessible for wheelchairs.

Toilet

There is a disabled toilet located between the reception area and the café, the facilities within the toilet are good, there were handrails for right and left-hand transfer and everything was within reach for a wheelchair user. They were also nice and clean.

Lift

There is a lift which takes you up to more hotel rooms, I was able to fit my wheelchair in and my PA was able to fit in too, but it was tight. All of the facilities however are on the first floor as well as a large number of hotel rooms so the lift isn’t a necessity for a wheelchair user staying in the hotel.

There are also two platform stairs lifts to get up and down the small sets of stairs which lead down from the café to the hotel rooms, meeting rooms and leisure club. These both worked efficiently and the staff are happy to help with operating them.

 

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Brewhouse & Kitchen | 7th March 2018

Parking

The Brewhouse & Kitchen is located in Cheltenham Brewery quarter therefore there is no specific customer parking. There is an NCP car park just opposite the premises, they do offer disabled spaces however, they don’t offer discounted or free parking for blue badge holders. There is some on street pay and display just outside the brewery as well as double yellow lines to park on if you have a blue badge.

Accessibility

There are large, manual, double doors to enter the building with a flat entrance. The doors are quite heavy.

I visited on a week day at lunch time so it was fairly quiet and I found my own table to sit at, in the evening a staff member would show you to a table. Most of the venue is on the ground floor and is all accessible for a wheelchair apart from a small upstairs area with a few extra tables.

When walking into the bar/restaurant you are greeted with the smell of beer brewing. There was some quiet music playing in the background and it was nice and bright within the building. There are quite a few tables in the restaurant that are not suitable for a wheelchair, for example raised benches and barrels which have been converted into tables which add to the brewhouse effect. There are however, still plenty of tables that are suitable for a wheelchair and I made sure I was able to fit underneath several of them comfortably.

They do not offer braille or large print menus for the visually impaired and do not offer hearing loops for the deaf but the staff are willing to help read through the menu with you.

The restaurant is open plan and there aren’t any secluded booths but there a few quieter corners if you wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle.

The fire exit is up a few raised stairs so could cause difficulty for an electric wheelchair.

There is no lowered section to the bar so would be difficult for a wheelchair user to pay at the bar, however you are able to pay at the table by card or cash.

Customer Service

My PA went up to the bar to order our drinks, the gentleman serving was very polite, helpful and friendly and bought our drinks over to our table. He helped move the furniture, so I could fit my wheelchair under a table and also answered all of my extra questions for the assessment.

Toilets

There is a disabled toilet located on the righthand side of the bar. The toilet was nice and spacious inside with plenty of room for my wheelchair.

There were handrails to transfer and the sink, soap dispenser and hand dryer were all at a lowered height for wheelchair user.

There were some sanitary bins in the toilet and they were in the corner of the room and out of the way.

A RADAR key is required for the door

Accessibility Rating

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Jet Age Museum

17th June 2017

There are two disabled parking spaces located at the front of the building.

There is a flat entrance leading into the venue with large accessible double doors.

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Once inside, you go through a set of accessible double doors to enter the museum.

Attraction

Once inside there is a large open space which is all completely accessible.

There are lots of planes and little bits of information that you can get up close and personal with. I could drive my wheelchair right up to any of these displays with no trouble.

Outside there are some planes that are open for the public to go in and sit in. However these are inaccessible for wheelchair users due to the gravelled ground leading up to the planes. 

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Toilets

There are disabled toilets located to the right as you enter the building.

These are accessible for wheelchair users. There isn’t quite enough room for a wheelchair to turn around safely. There is room for a family member or PA to assist a wheelchair user.

There are handrails for both transfer sides. The sink and toilet paper dispenser are both accessible for a wheelchair user. The hand dryer is a little too high for a wheelchair user.

The toilet doesn’t require a RADAR key.

The lighting in the toilet nice and bright. The toilets are nice and clean and safe to use.

Café

There is a café to the left as you enter the building. This is accessible for wheelchair users.

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There are lots of tables that you can fit a wheelchair underneath.

Accessibility Rating

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The Cheltenham Chase Hotel

The Cheltenham Chase Hotel

31st January 2017

There are six disabled parking spaces located outside the front of the building.

There is an accessible flat entrance into the venue. There is a large automatic door.

The staff are all friendly, well mannered and helpful.

Toilets

There are disabled toilets, these are located on the ground floor. These are accessible for wheelchair users. They are not large enough for a wheelchair to turn around safely but there is enough room for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user. The toilet has a handrail for both transfer sides. The sink and hand dryer are accessible for wheelchair users. The toilet does not require a RADAR key. There is enough lighting and the toilets are safe to use.

Lifts

There are two lifts within the building, these are located on the ground floor. They are accessible for wheelchair users but they are not large enough to turn around in safely. There is enough room for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user. The lighting inside the lift is good, however, the lift buttons are out of reach of a wheelchair users.

Restaurant

The restaurant and lounge have plenty of space and are accessible to wheelchair users. They serve breakfast Monday to Friday 7am-930am, Saturday 730am-1030am and Sunday 8am-11am. The bar and lounge serve food and snacks throughout the day. Dinner is served 7pm-930pm. They offer a larger menu for the visually impaired. If requested, staff will read the menu.

Rooms

There are two disabled twin rooms, these are located on the ground floor. There is clear access to both the rooms. There is a walk-in shower with a seat and plenty of room for a wheelchair user. The toilet has a handrail, one of the rooms has a left hand transfer and the other room has a right hand transfer. They offer a deaf guard and a hearing loop.

Facilities

The facility also offers a health spa, located on the lower ground floor. They offer a large disabled changing room with it’s own poolside entrance. There is a large walk in shower with a seat inside the changing room. They also offer a hoist with help into the pool. They also offer a gym and every staff member is trained to help with the disabled.

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