The line-up for for the 2018 Big Feastival has been announced this morning.
The 3-day family festival that takes place at Alex James' farm in Kingham combines top bands and artists and some of the world's best chefs and once again this year does not disappoint with the likes of Clean Bandit, James Arthur, Paloma Faith, Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc all appearing.
The Big Feastival takes place on the 24th - 26th August 2018 and tickets are available now. We highly recommend dancing your socks off in Alex James' Cheese Hub too!
With just 10 days to go before the Cheltenham Festival begins, the racecourse is covered in a blanket of snow with some drifts sitting deep up against the hurdles and fences.
These images were shared on twitter earlier today by @itvracing.
The ground team have been out doing a great job removing the snow. Here's hoping for a quick thaw and some dry weather!
The summer festival announcements are coming thick and fast and the latest to reveal their line-up for 2018 which includes Squeeze, Decon Blue, UB40 and a UK exclusive performance by Alanis Morissette.
The festival will take place at Great Tew Park on JUly 13th/14th/15th and tickets are available now.
Two awesome Cotswolds businesses are coming together for a night of amazing food and drink.
The Churchill Arms in Paxford will host a 3-course dinner on Wednesday 4th April with a menu devised by top chef and Churchill Arms proprietor Nick Deverell-Smith featuring spirits and liquors from the Cotswolds Distillery.
This is going to be very good and spaces are limited so don't hesitate to call The Churchill Arms 01386 593 159 to book!
The line-up for Wilderness 2018 has been announced this morning with Bastille, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Kamasi Washington all on the bill.
There will also be a DJ set by Groove Armada and top chef Yotam Ottolenghi will be hosting a long table banquet.
The Festival takes place from Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th August.
The line-up for this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival has been announced and it includes some star names from all corners of the globe.
The festival runs between 2nd - 7th May 2018 and will see Van Morrison, Imelda May, Kamasi Washington, Courtney Pine and Omar, Corinne Bailey Rae, Rick Astley + many more acts embark on Montpellier Gardens over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Tickets for Cheltenham Jazz Festival go on sale to Members on Wednesday 28 February, from 1pm; Public booking opens on Wednesday 7 March, from 1pm.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will play at Blenheim Palace on Friday 15th June in a series of concerts over 4 nights. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 16th February.
The Nocturne Live Concerts in the Great Court series also include Nile Rodgers & CHIC, plus special guests Soul II Soul, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, plus special guests The Waterboys and Nick Lowe and Gary Barlow (Sold Out).
Visit www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/nocturne-live.html for more information.
We all know the real way to someone's heart is through their stomach and award-winning Cheltenham fish and chip shop Simpsons, has created the perfect Valentine's Day bouquet.
The world's first fish and chip bouquet consists of a dozen potato roses leaf-shaped fish goujons all wrapped in traditional newspaper.
This is available for one day only on February 14th (Valentine's Day) and is a snip at £15.
Wilderness Festival is one of the most anticipated weekends of the summer and the 2018 programme is being announced on Tuesday 20th February.
While you wait, head over to their website and create your own Wilderness for a chance to win 4 tickets. It's harder than it looks!
The festival held at Cornbury Park will take place from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August.
Fans of This Country enjoyed a preview of the new series in Cirencester tonight which is returning to our screens this February.
A packed out Bingham Hall were treated to two episodes before a Q&A with the cast at a private viewing.
This Country will be aired on Wednesday 26th February and we can't wait!
Here is what people have been saying about it.
Wychwood Festival, which returns to Cheltenham Racecourse from the 1st to the 3rd of June, has announced it's headliners for 2018 including Shed Seven, The Beat, Feeder and Baxter Dury.
This will be the 14th year of the hugely popular festival which been nominated as 'Best Family Festival' each year at the UK Festival awards.
Tickets are on sale now - wychwoodfestival.com
The Cotswolds Distillery has been awarded the title of Best Craft Producer 2018 by the highly respected Whisky Magazine in the 'Rest of the World' category.
They now go up against the other winners from Scotland, the United States, Ireland, and India for the overall title.
The Cotswold Distillery launched the first batch of their highly anticipated whisky in October 2017 - the first single malt to have ever been created in the Cotswolds. It is now available to buy on their website.
The Kingham Plough has been named in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards. The list celebrates the very best gastro pubs and pub food in Great Britain.
Votes are cast in a poll of hundreds of industry experts, including top chefs, food writers, pubco chiefs, pub-guide editors and top suppliers to bring you this definitive list of the best gastropubs in the UK.
The Sportsman in Whitstable in Kent took top spot
You can see the full list by visiting www.top50gastropubs.com
Each summer, The Forestry Commision host a series of special concerts in seven fabulous forest venues throughout England including the stunning Westonbirt Arboretum here in the Cotswolds.
It will host four concerts in four nights this June with Paloma Faith, The Script and George Ezra all set to play in this unique location.
Thursday 14 June 2018 - The Script
Friday 15 June 2018 - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
Saturday 16 June 2018 - Paloma Faith
Sunday 17 June 2018 - George Ezra
For more information, visit www.forestry.gov.uk
There is something fishy going on at The Fish Hotel. It's currently enjoying a makeover and will reopen in the first week of March and will launch Hook, a brand new restaurant offering a menu of the finest, freshest responsibly sourced fish, sustainable shellfish and a few timeless classics from the land.
The vision of culinary director Martin Burge, Hook will be a laid-back but luxurious celebration of seafood focusing on quality while creating an authentic and original restaurant delivering culinary excellence for all.
Visit www.thefishhotel.co.uk/eat/hook/ to book.
Godfather of Rare Groove Norman Jay MBE is bringing the beat to Crazy Eights in Cheltenham for a free gig on Friday 23rd February.
DJ's start from 7pm and Crazy Eights is open until 3am.
Book a table or secure your spot today by visiting theluckyonion.com/whats-on/norman-jay-mbe/.
For a month or so now it seems that all anyone has spoken about in Cheltenham is The Ivy Montpelier Brasserie and with good reason too. The interior, which you would have probably already drooled over if you have been following The Ivy's progress is ultra impressive and the menus that serve food from 8am to a refreshing 11.30pm in the week and 12.30am on a Saturday make this a fitting place to kick off our reviews for 2018.
After a slow journey in fog we arrived in time for our table but sadly not in time for our planned drink at the splendid circular bar that occupies the middle of the main restaurant. We were pleasantly greeted on entering, offloaded our jackets to the cloakroom and were shown to a small table for two on the inner circle. The way the restaurant is designed means there is no bad tables and it doesn't actually matter where you sit.
Being the hottest place in town, it was unsurprisingly full and buzzing with a inviting vibe. The interior most definitely helps as the beautiful domed ceiling and the horse and jockey covered walls are great conversation topics.
Starters arrived after a couple of glasses of fizz. Atlantic Sea Scallops, Truffle risoni, shaved Parmesan, black truffle and sweet potato crisps was one of the most splendid dishes I have tasted for a long time while the wonderfully fresh Crispy Duck Salad, with five spice dressing, toasted cashews, watermelon, beansprouts, coriander and ginger was packed with many flavours.
Just feet away from us the barman was creating some awesome looking cocktails on his circular stage as our main courses arrived. Mustard and herb crust shoulder of lamb and The Ivy Burger, the latter ordered more out of curiosity as we both wanted to know what a "Potato Bun" tasted like. To me it was just like a brioche bun yet perhaps a little fluffier, to her it was the best bun she had ever had. The lamb was tender and sat on a hill of creamy mash. The rosemary sauce (known to many as gravy) appeared in its own miniature saucepan loaded with carrots and parsnips and a teaspoon for decanting which was a nice touch as well as being a hazard to anyone with an unsteady hand. From the first bite (I had two bites) you could tell the meat in the burger was quality. It was served medium (we were offered well done too but surely nobody opts for that?) with a side of fries, a Bloody Mary ketchup and a complimentary stack of salad that never got disturbed.
Did we need a pudding? Of course we didn't but ordered the Chocolate bombe. It was sweet, like magically sweet with a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre that soon caved in from heat of the lava-esque salted caramel sauce which is sure to become one of the most boomeranged Instagram videos in Cheltenham. We managed to clear the plate and then somehow devoured a salted caramel espresso martini straight after.
I loved the Ivy but my only slight worry is that people will forget that its a brasserie and will pick holes because of the logo above the door and the stamp on the plates. In reality it is the finest looking, and busiest restaurant in town serving decent food at extremely reasonable prices and offers a very good dining experience which is more than can be said for many of the places that have rested on their laurels for a few years. Of course it's early days and yes it's the zeitgeist, but one thing is for sure, The Ivy has given Cheltenham a kick up the backside it never knew it needed.
Atlantic sea scallops 11.95
Crispy duck salad 7.95
Slow-roasted lamb shoulder 16.95
The Ivy hamburger 14.25
Chocolate bombe 8.50
The highly anticipated Ivy Montpellier has officially opened its doors in Cheltenham.
Situated in the stunning Grade 1 listed Rotunda building, the restaurant offers a sophisticated and friendly all-day dining experience including breakfast, an fantastic à la carte menu, afternoon tea, a weekday set menu option and a dedicated weekend brunch menu.
You can also enjoy a pre-dinner drink and a wonderful cocktail at the beautiful circular bar that sits below the spectacular domed ceiling.
You can find out all menu information below.
MONDAY - FRIDAY 8AM - 11.30AM
SATURDAY 8AM - 11AM
SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAYS 9AM - 11AM
A LA CARTE
MONDAY - FRIDAY 11.30AM - CLOSE
SATURDAY, SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAYS 4PM - CLOSE
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11AM - 4PM
MONDAY - SUNDAY 3PM - 5PM
MONDAY - FRIDAY 11.30AM - 6.30PM
TWO COURSES £16.50 THREE COURSES £21
The Jockey Club and Cheltenham Racecourse are launching an exclusive new hospitality experience at The Cheltenham Festival in March 2018.
Theatre @ The Festival is a brand new Pan Asian course-facing restaurant available to racegoers attending The Festival between Tuesday 13th and Friday 16th March.
The exclusive menu, created by Jockey Club Catering executive head chef at Cheltenham Racecourse Tom Parry, delivers a fusion of tastes, with flavours garnished across Asia and delivered via the farms of The Cotswolds.
Guests will be able to dine on Individual bento box starters which include; Peking duck pancake roll, slow roasted duck, cucumber and hoisin sauce in a rice pancake; California sushi roll, sushi cooked rice, crab stick, avocado and cucumber; Hot filo prawns, hot and crispy king prawns, Vietnamese dipping sauce. Prawn crackers, soy sauce and chilli dipping sauce are available from the centre of the table.
Main courses include; Black pepper fillet of beef, locally sourced beef served with a cucumber kamahi salad and fresh plum sauce; Lobster and lobster, luxurious lobster oil drizzled over poached noodles, shallots and coriander cress, Cantonese ginger, spring onion and Brixham lobster tail; Offered form the centre of the table, crisp greens with freekeh and miso, tomato with wasabi mascarpone and pine-nut and potatoes with caper, pink peppercorns and roasted garlic.
Desserts include; Six shades of chocolate, peanut and chocolate dacquoise, chocolate cream, chocolate pearls, salted peanut caramel, crunchy sesame and cashew candy, and chocolate popping candy; Pineapple Ice cream sandwich’, pineapple sorbet, popping crumble biscuit, Malibu pearls, burnt soy caramel and spicy pineapple; Pandan crème brulee, coffee ice cream, ‘Milo’ powder and tuille.
Theatre @ The Festival combines unrivalled views over the final fences of the racecourse and a
unique culinary experience, creating an unforgettable day out.
All packages, available from £625 per person, include club admission ticket, car parking (1 per 2 people), official racecard, TV racing coverage, Tote betting service, complimentary bar including beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks (excludes champagne) and a hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day.
To book please call the hospitality team on 01242 537 653 or visit www.cheltenham.co.uk or take a look at the menu HERE.
With the ski season fast approaching, The Old Stocks Inn in Stow on the Wold have created the Cotswolds' only Apres-Ski Bar.
The bar is open from 3.00pm to 10.00pm (last orders 9.30pm) every day from the 1st December - 3rd January (excluding Christmas Day), unless booked privately.
Wrapping up warm is advisable but there are heaters and blankets.
Enjoy some continental beers, seasonal drinks and nibbles menu, including mokey pulled pork baps, Bratwurst, soup and Charcuterie, which you can see by clicking the link below.
Apres-ski Bar Menu
The bar is also available for private parties from 1-23 December.
See more about the apres-ski bar here: www.oldstocksinn.com