Christmas is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking of what booze to get into the house to enjoy with family and friends.
This week's cocktail is a gem from Reverend Hubert, whose Winter Gin Liqueur recipe was created by The Reverend Hubert Bell Lester in 1904 and updated to what it is today by his great-grandson Thomas Lester.
Reverend Hubert's Champagne Cocktail
Place a sugar cube in your glass and sprinkle dashes of Angostura orange bitters (or original) on the cube.
Next add 15ml of Reverend Hubert's winter liqueur.
Top up with Champagne or Prosecco.
Finally drop in a Maraschino cherry.
Christmas comes early to Cheltenham every year, with the greatest gift of them all: two days of quality racing action at the Home of Jump Racing for The International on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 December.
The racecourse will be turning yellow on Friday 10th December in memory of Tiggy Hancock who tragically died in a riding accident in June 2021 aged just 15, whilst at team training for the Pony European Eventing Championships. Cheltenham Racecourse welcome everybody who is coming racing to wear an item of clothing that is yellow to support Tiggy's Trust.
With an overseas flare in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, and more top quality action in the shape of the Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase, Unibet International Hurdle and The International Gold Cup, this two-day race meeting is a highlight of the Christmas racing calendar and kick starts the festive sporting season.
The International Friday
From the the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase to the Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase, it's an important day in the Festive racing calendar and one that always delivers in the entertainment stakes.
Storm Control, Cogry and the Grand National-winning Mon Mome are just some of the names to taste glory on the Friday of the International.
After racing, we will see the return of the Tattersalls Cheltenham December Sale which provide clients the opportunity to purchase quality English and Irish point to pointers and National Hunt Form Horses from the spring season. The sale is attached to racing and takes place after the last race.
Saturday at The International
The second day of The International Meeting on Saturday 11 December is another fixture that isn't to be missed, and we will be getting in the Festive spirit with Christmas Carols and Live Music.
With clues for The Festival appearing in every race, there's plenty to get excited about with JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle, the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and the Unibet International Hurdle.
Winners of those races include real fan favourites such as The New One, Cogry and Fusil Raffles, but who will be adding their name to our honours boards in 2021?
Got2Sing will get the Christmas party started with Christmas Carols on the Centaur Balcony as you enter the racecourse, you will then be able to catch them later in the day on the North Plaza - a perfect area to get racegoers involved in a Christmas sing-a-long.
As well as a fantastic variety of food and drink across the racecourse we will be offering a complimentary mulled wine and minced pie to racegoers on the North Plaza.
There will also be live Jazz music throughout the day from The Hipcats who will roam club/tattersalls enclosure
Finish each day in The Centaur and watch The Wickermen perform from 3.45pm - 4.45pm.
For tickets and more information, visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/events-tickets/the-international
Evesham always gets a bad rap, some fair and some a little unjust. For many, it's the Onslow and Daisy to the Hyacinth Bucket over-manicured Cotswolds, and unless you live there or you were visiting The Regal Cinema, there is no real reason to visit.
The town centre is littered with charity shops, an abundance of hairdressers and double denim from the first time around. It's in desperate need of a little TLC. However, in the Market Place where Bridge Street meets Vine Street there is a beacon of hope.
What began in a converted Rice Beaufort horse box during lockdown is now a super-stylish restaurant, serving awesome burgers and cocktails over two floors of an old pub. There is a huge emphasis on the locally sourced ingredients used both in the kitchen and behind the bar and a decent selection for the vegans and vegetarians that live amongst us. They also offer a delivery service on Thursday - Sunday on their food and drink to Evesham and the surrounding areas.
We had an hour and a half before Bond was due to start at The Regal, so we were just going to grab a quick burger and drink and get on our merry way. Obviously, after looking at the menu, this didn't happen.
"You must try the Crispy Belly Bites". Of course we did.
"The Baby Bacon Fries are particularly good". Go on then, you've twisted my arm.
Eventually our table was covered in burgers and sides.
The Snack Daniels burger was as good as it sounded. Salt beef slices, cola and bourbon-braised brisket and Tubby Tom's Smokey Schweet BBQ sauce all fighting their way out of the bun. It was delightfully messy, smokey and sticky, and honestly the best thing I had eaten for a long time.
The recommended pork belly bites were heavenly meaty cubes, with a crispy glaze and a subtle kick from the ginger and chilli that accompanied them during the roasting.
The "Bacon Baby" fries are pleasantly thicker than the normal skinny ones you often get and smothered in baconnaise and bacon bits, each one as addictive as the last.
Even when you know you have ordered too much, I can never ignore mac 'n' cheese on a menu. These were topped with bacon bits, chives and crispy onions and, if anything, could have been much gooier with a lot more cheese.
The same has to be said for halloumi fries, you know you don't need them but you have to order them especially when they are rubbed in Tubby Tom's espresso and smoked chipotle dust and washed down with a dark 'n' stormy.
It was all incredibly impressive from start to finish, and in fear of sounding too overdramatic, the arrival of StirrUps is absolutely massive for the town. Evesham has finally got somewhere it can be proud of and it shows other business folk that nice places can be successful there.
Countryside Day kicks off The November Meeting at Cheltenham on Friday 12th November and features some awesome displays before racing begins.
10.45am - 11.15am: Nick Gregory Gun Dog Display
Nick offers a lively and enjoyable display using up to a dozen different gundogs, he skilfully demonstrates their training stages from puppy to fully trained. His grand finale is a rare opportunity to see one person handling up to seven dogs off the lead at one time. A mesmerising display showing the love of man for his dog and vice versa.
11:25am - 11:40am: ROR Parade
We are looking forward to the return of the ROR Parade which feature a combination of well-known former racehorses that have been retrained in a second career together with notable success stories of horses excelling in a different discipline after retiring from racing. Equine heroes who will be parading include Gold Cup winning Coneygree, Grand National winning Pineau Du Re, Smad Place, Zarkandar, Annacotty, Minella Rebellion, Un Temps Pout Tout, Saphir Du Rheu, Thomas Crapper, and Wayward Prince.
11.45am-12.05pm: Q&A with Kaleb Cooper
Don't miss Kaleb Cooper from Amazon Prime Video's Clarkson's Farm, who will be doing a Q&A in the parade ring at 11.45am.
12.10pm-12.30pm: The Bremont Great War Display Team
The Bremont Great War Display Team are a group of highly experienced pilots who display replica World War One aircraft in a safe, they carefully replicate how aircraft were flown during the Great War over the trenches of Northern France and Belgium. (this display will take place over the course - head to the front of the stands for the best seat in the house)
13.50pm: Hounds Parade
Always a spectacle, this year we are pleased to be welcoming a number of packs to the racecourse for our Hound Parade led by the Cotswold.
and after racing...
Finish the day on a high and head to the Centaur where Radio 1 Chris Stark will be performing a live DJ set from 4.15pm - 5.15pm (approximately).
For The November Meeting tickets, visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/events-tickets/the-november-meeting
A new deli and coffee shop has opened in Bibury.
The Twig has opened within the old village store, which has been empty and unused for years, bringing a new destination spot to the village centre.
The Twig is an offshoot of The Stump, hence the name, a renowned Cotswold Inn serving up an epic menu of pizza, small plates and cocktails since opening in 2019. Both sites have been dreamt up and brought to life by Baz & Fred, who first started serving pizzas together in 2012 and have since opened two pizza restaurants in London as well as local favourites The Stump and The New Inn in the Cotswolds. Their latest opening will put the same emphasis on serving high quality, carefully sourced ingredients and delicious food and drink but this time with a focus on coffee, snacks, and special ingredients.
The house coffee at The Twig will be from Oxfordshire based UE Coffee and best enjoyed alongside one of the fresh house pastries, including specials such as The Twig sausage roll, made with whole grain mustard and apple sauce inside, sourdough toasties, amazing cakes and focaccia sandwiches made in house with best Italian ingredients.
The menu will also include a delicious menu of sandwiches including:
Ham, Emmental, Double Gloucester, Dijonnaise, cornichons
Truffle mushrooms, Comte, Double Gloucester, Dijonnaise
Prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil pesto
Sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, mozzarella, rocket, basil pesto
Salad pots: change on a weekly basis, focusing on seasonal produce
The shop will also be a go-to spot to pick up local produce from companies such as Cotswold Curer, Sourdough Revolution and Hard to Find (honey and oil). Alongside this there will be a delicious range of Spanish and Italian dry goods including cured meats, a select range of natural wines and local Deya beers, and Baz & Fred’s Chilli oil, all ready to buy and enjoy at home.