The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have announced that a 2½ Mare's Chase will be introduced to the Cheltenham Festival from 2021.
There are currently two mares-only hurdle races run over hurdles at The Festival, Grade 1 Mares’ Hurdle and Grade 2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, but nothing over fences. The race will replace one of the existing 28 races.
There is also changes taking place to the National Hunt Chase. The Grade 2 four-mile race will now be 2 furlongs shorter and have less obstacles, 23 from 25. It will remain an amateur race but will now include a minimun number of rides and winners for the jockey, and starts for the horse under rules.
The Festival™ takes place from 10th - 13th March 2020. Watch finest horses, jockeys, owners, and trainers to battle it out for the highest racing honours, their reputations and over £4.5 million of prize money.
FULL CHANGES AT THE FESTIVAL
Before we know it, the National Hunt season will be upon us again.
It all kicks off at Cheltenham with The Showcase meeting on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October 2019.
The exciting two-day meeting sees a host of new racing recruits join the ranks - from trainers and jockeys to future equine stars and sets the tone for what's to come, leading all the way to The Festival presented by Magners in March 2020.
Here are all the fixtures at Cheltenham Racecourse for the 2019/20 season.
Friday 25th & Saturday 26th October 2019
THE NOVEMBER MEETING
Friday 15th - Sunday 17th November 2019
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th December 2019
NEW YEAR'S DAY
Wednesday 1st January 2020
FESTIVAL TRIALS DAY
Saturday 25th January 2020
THE FESTIVAL™ PRESENTED BY MAGNERS
Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th March 2020
Book your tickets before 2nd December at 10:59am for the best price
THE APRIL MEETING
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th April 2020
RACE NIGHT FEATURING HUNTER CHASE RACING
Friday 1st May 2020
For tickets and further information about each meeting, visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham
The Festival™ presented by Magners is a world class event here in the Cotswolds.
Today, Cheltenham Racecourse released their new hospitality brochure for The Festival™ 2020 which takes you inside their restaurants and private boxes for a 3D tour.
From panoramic views to unrivalled dining experiences, Cheltenham offers everything you need to celebrate a special occasion or entertain guests and clients.
Click HERE to view the brochure
OUR GUIDE TO THE GREATEST SHOW ON TURF
We are delighted to launch The Roar, the ultimate guide to racing at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Yes we know the 2019 Festival only took place last week but you can secure your tickets for next year already.
Tickets for The Festival™ presented by Magners are available from just £27 during the Magners Priority booking period until 10:59am on Friday 5th July 2019.
The Festival™ takes place at Cheltenham racecourse from Tuesday 10th March - Friday 13th March 2020.
It was announced this morning that one of Cheltenham's finest restaurants is to close its doors on Sunday 24th March.
Owner and head chef Chris White said in a statement on Facebook "It is with great sadness that Purdey & I are making the following announcement;
After three and half great years running our fantastic restaurant, Sunday 24th March 2019 will be The White Spoon's last service before we close permanently.
We have had such a fantastic time, creating, growing and running The White Spoon, a dream I have held for a long time. We are hugely proud of all that we have achieved.
Unfortunately, the challenges of running a business, especially in such a demanding industry, whilst trying to maintain a balance with a young family have proven too much of a stretch for us. As a partnership and a family, we have made the very difficult decision to move on and adapt what our lifestyle looks like.
We are thankful to you all our customers who have taken time to dine with us, in particular those of you who have become avid supporters, visiting regularly. Over the years there are those of you who have become less like customers and more like friends, to the whole White Spoon Team. We will miss you dearly.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you, to our staff, past and present who have shared our passion and shown great commitment. Whenever, the going got tough, we could always rely on certain people to dig deeper than ever asked.
Apologies, but this does mean that we will not be able to honour any bookings past the 25th March.
We hope that over the next week we will see a few of you to say goodbye. We have a number of tables available Thursday to Sunday, if you wish to visit us for one last taste of The White Spoon’s unique offering..… and I’m sure there will be a few bargains on our wine list this week!
All the best,
Chris, Purdey & Annie
Gin & Juice is launching tonight (Thursday 28th February) at No.131 in Cheltenham, transforming the venue into a bustling, late night destination every weekend with over 350 Gins that will amaze beginners and satisfy connoisseurs.
Skilfully paired with our original cocktail list and resident DJ’s, No.131 is sure to resume it’s social stature at the heart of Cheltenham's party scene.
During the day, Gin & Juice will also be offering an all day brunch menu, making it a perfect place to work from.
The line-up for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival has been confirmed with some big names on the bill including Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, James Morrison, Sergio Mendes and Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night.
The festival takes place from the 1st - 6th May 2019.
Members tickets go on Sale on 27th February at 10am, 16-25 Members on Sale on March 1st at 10am and General Sale goes live on March 6th at 10am.
I have never been a "new year, new me" kind of person but I have been trying to eat less and get fitter in the last month or so. It's not nice, nor is it fun, it's more cutting down on any snacks so I can eat all the things I love without feeling any remorse. A Sunday roast is one of the things I love.
My previous two roasts out have both been in hotel restaurants. This isn't my usual style. I usually go in search of a cosy pub with with a log fire and all the other clichés associated with them. Turning down invites is also not my style and last week saw us head over Cleeve Hill to the beautiful Ellenborough Park.
The drive up to the hotel has the feel of entering a private country estate. The building is very grand as you would expect and a wire horse stands on the front lawn gazing out towards Cheltenham Racecourse which is just yards away. Inside is a cosy maze of stone, wood and soft furnishings and beautiful rooms at every turn. We were shown to our table in the corner of the lovely oak panelled dining room. It's the kind of room where my grandparents would have donned their Sunday best and visited on a special occasion and why the hell not?
It's customary before I go anywhere that I look at the menu online, and to my surprise the Sunday Lunch was £25 for two courses, the same price, if not cheaper, than some pubs in the northern reaches of the Cotswolds. I was expecting it to be more.
David, the Sommelier, introduced himself (The Ellenborough is well-known for the quality of its wine) and offered to pair our wine for each course. How could we possibly refuse? I'm used to a glass of house red to wash down my roast beef.
Our Rabbit and Duck starters arrived, beautifully presented along with a wonderfully fruity and light Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Gevrey-Chambertin En Jouise and a New Zealand Dry River Gewürztraminer that got both thumbs up from the non white drinker the other side of the table.
In good time a man appeared holding a tray with two plates full of perfectly rare sirloin, roast potatoes, Jenga-style carrots and parsnips and a Yorkshire Pudding, along with two small pots of veg, a jug of extra gravy and incredible horseradish to knock your socks off. David paired a 2011 Clos du Val Merlot from Napa Valley which was a lot heavier than the first red but went down just as well.
We usually share a pudding but were torn between the Sticky Toffee Pudding and Apple Tarte Tatin so we ended up ordering both. I think David was pleased as he could pour us a glass of Patricius Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos from his native Hungary. I rarely eat pudding so rarely have dessert wine but this was heavenly sweet honey-finished golden nectar and the perfect way to end a meal.
Ellenborough Park is lovely in every way and although it may not be your usual setting for a Sunday Roast, it's the perfect place for a special occasion where the service is impeccable and everything is done brilliantly well.
Price: 2 courses £25. 3 courses £32
Legendary punk band The Stranglers will close the Wychwood Festival on the Sunday evening this summer.
Now in its 15th year, the festival takes place on 31 May – 2 June 2019 at Cheltenham Racecourse and is one of the leading family festivals in the UK.
The Stranglers will join funk and soul DJ Craig Charles, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam band, Scouting For Girls, T'Pau, Toyah +many more across the weekend.
I'm a Celebrity winner Harry Redknapp is coming to Cheltenham Town Hall in November for a fun filled event with tales of the jungle and of a football managers life, plus a Q&A with the audience.
The event takes place on Wednesday 6th November.
Click HERE for all information and tickets. Hurry as there are not many left already!
43 horses have been entered for the 2019 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, including three previous winners; Native River, Sizing John and Coneygree.
Blaklion and Bristol De Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies), Minella Rocco (Jonjo O'Neill) and Double Shuffle (Tom George) all offer local interest.
MAGNERS CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP ENTRIES
AL BOUM PHOTO
BALKO DES FLOS
BRISTOL DE MAI
CLAN DES OBEAUX
GIVE ME A COPPER
ROAD TO RESPECT
TOUT EST PERMIS
We all love a deal and this offer is one not to be missed!
Use the code Cots20JAN until 31st January when you visit Holee Cow at their new home on Winchcombe Street in Cheltenham throughout January.
This offer is exclusively for The Cotswolds Gentleman readers.
Happy New Year and spread the word!
If you haven't already heard, No.38 The Park is the new home of Prithvi - Cheltenham's No.1 restaurant.
No 38. The Park has always offered a boutique experience that combines the services of a hotel with a luxurious home from home feel, and now guests will be able to enjoy the fine dining and South Asian flavours that have made Prithvi hugely popular on the Cheltenham restaurant scene.
Prithvi at No.38 will be open for dinner 7 days a week as well as for lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The restaurant will seat 56 in the main dining room as well 8 in a private dining space.
What are you doing for New Year's? Here's your guide to the best NYE parties in Cheltenham this year.
For any Peaky Blinder fan, this is the NYE party for you. Enjoy a 3-course supper and live music from the brilliant Thrill Collins for just £60 while dressed in your best Peaky Blinders attire. Party only tickets are available at £20.
NO.131 & CRAZY EIGHTS
Whatever you fancy doing this year, No. 131 and Crazy Eights can help. Enjoy a NYE Tasting Menu at 131 (£85) or if you want to just party the night away then just by a Party Ticket (£20) for Crazy Eights including a drink on arrival and Live DJ.
CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL
If Motown is your thing then look no further than Cheltenham Town Hall. Enjoy canapés and a glass of bubbly on arrival before making your way up to the balconies for a delicious three-course dinner with wine, overlooking the magnificent Main Hall, dressed as the golden age of disco, above the dance floor and stage. A 2-course and dance only ticket are also available!
Welcome 2019 in style at Ellenborough Park. Enjoy champagne and canapés on arrival followed by a delicious 4-course dinner in the Horsebox Restaurant, then kick your shoes and dance the night away to a live jazz band in the De La Bere Court before the fireworks display at midnight. £150pp
THE BOTTLE OF SAUCE
Travel down the Rabbit Hole with The Bottle of Sauce this New Year's Eveand enjoy some crazy goings on including Flamingo Crazy Golf, Mad Hatters tea party and a Af'Tea party until 4am!
Celebrate the new year in style at Door 4 with live music from the incredible Camilla Lewington, bubbles, cocktails and a lot of dancing.
The self proclaimed "biggest party to end 2018" takes place at The Bierkeller with their Celebrity Masquerade Ball. There will be celebrity masks, props and a bubbly reception for all booked tables.
WILD BEER AT JESSOP HOUSE
If you're looking for a good old fashioned knees up to see in the New Year then Wild Beer is the place for you. There will be champagne inspired beers, Brut IPA's and some throwback tunes to get it the mood to shimmy and shake into 2019.
Woodkraft, the latest venture from 2015 MasterChef champion Simon Wood, opened today on Regent Street in Cheltenham today.
Offering the best seasonal and local produce, Woodkraft will be serving brunch, lunch and Sunday sharing roasts in a relaxed and informal setting.
Their basement and first floor dining areas can be available for private hire and for exclusive use for larger groups. For exclusive hire and private events, their normal opening times do not apply.
Check them out - woodkraftcheltenham.com
One of Cheltenham's finest Indian restaurants is relocating.
Prithvi, ranked #1 restaurant in Cheltenham, is moving to No.38 The Park from December 4th 2018 from their current Bath Road residence.
Their new address is 38 Evesham Rd, GL52 2AH.
Christmas has come early to Cheltenham with two new arrivals.
The Botanist, a "secret garden" of food, drink, live music, botanical cocktails, craft beers and ales, Champagne and wine and food inspired by the deli, rotisserie and BBQ, will be opening in The Brewery on December 3rd.
Meanwhile, Masterchef champion Simon Wood is launching a brand new Artisan Eatery on Regent Street. A year on from launching his first fine dining restaurant WOOD Manchester, Woodkraft will be a more casual with a menu that will include brunch and breakfast dishes, Sunday roasts to share.
The Akashi Tai sake brewery has been in existence since 1856, based in the fishing town of Akashi in Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan. They have taken the sea bream (‘Tai’) as their symbol because they admire the strength, drive, curiosity and tenacity of this fish that fights for survival in the strong currents of Osaka Bay. Further inland they are blessed with fertile lands and fresh springs that produce good rice.
This is the sake that the Akashi Tai brewmasters reach for at the end of a working day. To qualify as ‘Honjozu’, at least 30% of each rice grain must be milled away before fermentation to remove fats and proteins that can affect the flavour – but in this case, Akashi Tai remove 40%. Genshu means undiluted – brewers normally add water to temper the alcohol level of a sake – so this one is fuller in body, has a more concentrated flavour and is a bit stronger than most sake (and wine for that matter) at 19% ABV. It has a rich, woody aroma, a velvety texture, a lingering finish and hints of citrus fruits. It is dry and accompanies rich dishes or even cheese and can be served chilled or warm (our preference is chilled, especially in the hotter months).
BANDANA MONKEY BAR
Bandana Monkey Bar is a cocktail bar at award-winning restaurant with an award-winning bartender at the helm. Dan Morgan (Cheltenham Bartender of the Year 2018) joined Koj in Cheltenham (Cotswold Life’s Best Newcomer 2018 and Cheltenham BID’s Best Restaurant 2018). Although Dan is classically trained and can knock up a mean Martini, Daiquiri or Mai Tai, he now curates an innovative Japanese cocktail list using ingredients such as sake, mirin and shochu. With 15 Japanese whiskies, Bandana Monkey is the best stocked specialist bar in Cheltenham. Pop in for a cocktail and order from the famous buns menu.
Whether it’s food or drinks, we share Akashi Tai’s mantra that adhering to authenticity and tradition doesn’t mean being conservative or non-progressive. To truly respect tradition is to keep it alive, and to do that you sometimes need to be willing to question the status quo and challenge received wisdom. This requires insatiable curiosity and strength of character to follow your own path, but with a profound understanding of and respect for the centuries of tradition and craft that have led to where we are now. In the case of the sea bream, swim against the current because you never know what you might find.
You may have already heard the news that plans for a brand new five-screen cinema, rooftop bar has been given the go-ahead in Cheltenham.
The new boutique sofa-style cinema and bar will be located in the vacant former BHS store in the Regent Arcade which closed in 2016.
This is what it could look like.
Cheltenham was once flooded with burger restaurants. They were literally popping up on every corner. However, within a year, most of them have disappeared. Real Burger has gone. Moody's lasted about two months, sadly it was far too big and in the wrong place and has returned to being The Bierkeller. The Tavern changed their menu for the umpteenth time and moved away from a full American diner menu to a more grown up offering which is really good. Five Guys arrived and will do alright as it's in The Brewery, but it's massively overrated which leaves us just two places, The Bottle of Sauce and Holee Cow.
The latter opened in 2017 and like most new places, I usually give them a few weeks to settle in before trying them. I never intended to leave it a year. It's in quite a good spot right next to Superdry and near the highly controversial Boots Corner and the incredibly new tacky artificial grass outside Starbucks. What's that about?
The interior is stripped back industrial with exposed brick and wood walls. There's a mix of tables, chairs stools and a long sofa down one f the walls. Hanging bulbs light the place nicely but very much like the menu, it isn't over complicated.
On the back of your paper place mat you will find six burgers, eight sides with a couple of monthly specials on a board on the wall. You can double up on each burger if you're that way inclined. The Holee Cow is the house burger, then you have Smokey Bacon & Cheese which is self explanatory, P.I.T.M (Piggy in the Middle) with smoked pulled pork, The Lamburghini, yep you've got it, a lamb kofte patty, The Spicy Clucker, a buttermilk marinated & dredged chicken breast with buffalo hot sauce and their vegetarian option The Bean Bag. All (as singles) are £9 or under and all the ones with a beef patty contains locally sourced West Gloucestershire beef.
We both chose the Smokey Bacon and cheese (one single and one double) with a side of both Truffle Cheese fries and Loaded Pulled Pork and Jalapeño sweet potato fries. Bacon Cheese Fries, Macaroni Cheese Bites and Chicken Wings are also available.
The brioche buns were lightly toasted, cheese was dripping out over the pattys and the bacon was properly crispy and as smokey as described. The fries were both superb with generous amounts of toppings. I can't remember lunch ever tasting so good.
It's like survival of the fittest for burger restaurants in Cheltenham and these guys are in fine physical shape. Find me a better burger in town... I'll wait.
Look out for their new Holee Clucker restaurant launching in November!