One of Bristol’s brightest star chef’s is coming to take over the kitchen at Tetbury’s The Priory Inn.
New head chef Tom Bannister has worked at some of Bristol’s best eateries including a head chef role at The Souk Kitchen.He is planning to introduce a new, more casual approach to dinning focusing on the social side of eating, using the charming dining space at The Priory.
The Arkell’s Brewery hotel has undergone a management makeover since Greg Heath took over the reins of the hotel in July.
The 2019 Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has marked its 70th anniversary with a record-breaking number of tickets sold. With its most international, diverse programme yet, the world’s oldest literature Festival reached a larger audience than ever before, supported by a new broadcast partnership with Sky Arts.
Festival highlights included stage and screen stars Tan France, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Theroux and Andrew Ridgeley, sporting legends Sam Warburton and Alastair Cook, and political insight from the likes of Jess Phillips, Rory Stewart, Emily Maitlis and David Cameron. The fun continued after dark with a Game of Thrones quiz night, US story-telling sensation The Moth, and the return of the ever-popular Lit Crawl taking over the streets, pubs and bars of Cheltenham.
Literature Festival in Numbers
• Over 140,000 tickets issued
• Over 17,000 visitors on each of the festival weekends
• Over 4,500 visitors to the site every week day
• More than 900 authors on site
Things we learnt during the festival
• Helena Bonham revealed that she sought psychic help for the role of Princess Margaret
• Sue Perkins admitted that cake was in fact off her ideal menu
• Rory Stewart spoke of how he quit as an MP to run for Mayor so that he could make a difference
• Sky Arts exposed a nation of literary liars, with over half of Britons having had pretended to read a book
• This Country stars teased the audience with the idea of a Cotswold Christmas Special
• Andrew Ridgeley suggested TV talent shows were too brutal for young talent
• Sam Warburton told how his arachnophobia stops him from entering the I’m a Celeb jungle
• David Cameron admitted his daughter has forgotten that he was prime minister
• David Mitchell joked that we might look back on the invention of the internet as a terrible disaster
Next year’s dates
The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival will take place from 2nd -11th October 2020
The Cotswolds Distillery have introduce their own twist on the classic Old Tom Gin.
Dating back to the 18th century, at a time when gin was consumed in copious amounts, this juniper spirit was traditionally sweetened with sugar or liquorice to conceal the astringent qualities of the substandard spirit. Thanks to the thriving craft cocktail scene, Old Tom Gins based on traditional recipes have made a comeback in the past few years.
The Cotswolds Old Tom has sweet, woody notes from liquorice root balanced with zesty orange citrus and light spice from the ginger.
We enjoy our Old Tom neat, garnished with fresh orange peel, or why not try a Tom Collins cocktail by adding lemon juice, soda and sugar syrup.
It's available now in-store and online.
500ml | 42% ABV | £29.95
50 restaurants in the Cotswolds have made it into the Michelin Guide 2020 that was published this week.
We have done the honourable thing and listed them all for you so you don't have to to go on a wild search.
You can find the whole list by clicking HERE.
The Royal Oak in Whatcote has been awarded a Michelin Star.
The menu showcases high quality local, organic, wild ingredients and game often 'shot to order' by gamekeepers on local estates, while keeping the local pub ethos throughout.
Chef Richard Craven has been a well-know name in the culinary world in the Cotswolds after the success of The Chef's Dozen in Chipping Campden and said on twitter "We’re still reeling from last night but we would like to sincerely thank our little team and incredible part timers for all their hard work. Thank you Michelin for taking the time to visit us and for awarding us this absolute honour."
The National Hunt horse racing season starts this week, and there's just 17 days until the first meeting at Cheltenham Racecouse.
The Showcase, a 2-day meeting on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October, kicks off the season for many racing enthusiasts here in the Cotswolds.
In addition to great racing, why not celebrate the start of the season in style with the first ever Cheltoberfest on both days of The Showcase meeting, including live music from The Bierkeller Boys, a range of local real ales, and tips from a racing tipster before racing commences.
For more information and tickets, visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/events-tickets/the-showcase
The Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power opened its doors again after its shock closure in July.
The famous 17th century Cotswolds racing pub has been taken over by The Lucky Onion Group, which is owned by Julian Dunkerton.
Obviously we pooped down and had a look. The pub's interior looks and feels warmer, and there is still a racing theme throughout. There is, of course, Dunkertons Cider of draft as well as other local ales and lagers.
We also had a bite too. The Ham, Egg and Chips is immense with an orange glazed whole ham hock on the plate.
The Cotswolds Distillery have added a new whisky to their range with the launch of the first-ever whisky matured in peated casks in the Cotswolds.
The peated cask release is hand-crafted in small batches using 100% locally grown barley, and has been matured exclusively in ex-peated quarter casks from Scotland. The result is a wonderfully-balanced rich and fruity whisky with subtle notes of peat smoke.
They began making this single malt using 100% locally grown, floor-malted barley which is mashed and then fermented for more than 90 hours before a double distillation in their bespoke copper pot stills, resulting in a light and fruity new-make spirit.
After being diluted to 63.5% ABV, they then filled ex-peated quarter casks from Scotland with the new-make spirit and left these to mature, allowing the rich and fruity spirit to take on a light smoked peat flavour. The whisky has been fully matured in these casks and bottled at cask strength (59.3% ABV), non-chill filtered and with no added colouring.
Nose: Vanilla with light charring and a touch of dried fruits and spice.
Palate: Creamy peat smoke layered with light fruits and tannin-rich wood.
Finish: Lasting finish of smoking embers, floral honey and woody sugars.
It has been announced that The Hollow Bottom will officially reopen on Monday 7th October.
The popular horse racing pub in Guiting Power closed suddenly in July before being bought buy The Lucky Onion Group, owned by clothing brand Superdry's co-founder Julian Dunkerton.
Check out the new menu below.
There is just one month to go until jump racing returns to Cheltenham for The Showcase meeting on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October.
In addition to all the exciting racing to enjoy the racecourse will be hosting its first Cheltoberfest, which will take place in The Centaur both days with music from The Bierkeller Boys.
The buzz around the course as the gates open is like no other with anticipation for the season ahead.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/events-tickets/the-showcase