It came as quite a shock when it was first announced that the Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power had closed its doors. As lovers of both horse racing and cosy country pubs, it felt like a big loss. But thankfully the news soon came out that it was due to reopen, not only in time for 2019’s jump season but under the ownership of the Lucky Onion group.
If you aren’t local to the Gloucestershire area then you may not know that the ‘Lucky Onion’ is a group of hotels and pubs around the Cotswolds, all owned by Jade and Julian Dunkerton – the founders of Holland Cooper and Superdry. Their properties are known for both tasteful decor and all the character of the countryside, so this was very exciting news!
We booked in at the first opportunity and what better timing than for Sunday lunch on a drizzly Autumn afternoon. After driving through winding country roads in the middle of nowhere straight from an afternoon at our wedding venue, we landed in the idyllic village of Guiting Power. The village itself is a pretty small one, but known locally for the celebrations of Nigel Twiston-Davies and the overspill of action from Cheltenham racecourse.
It was good to see that inside, not too much had changed. With wooden beams, a roaring log fire, and candles lit in every corner, it certainly warmed us up following the drab weather outside.
The Sunday menu bought the temptation of a roast dinner, but with so many hearty dishes to choose from, we both opted for something different. For Jake it was the Fish and Chips and for me it was Sausage and Mash – one of my all time favourites when you need warming up a little.
Both were incredibly delicious… Jakes ginormous piece of crispy cod was hiding the chunkiest chips, with a big side of Tartare sauce and mushy peas to dip them into. My sausage and mash was also pretty banging…
This always has been and probably always will be one of our favourite spots.