Cheltenham-based pub company The Lucky Onion will reveal an exciting new addition to its family of properties next month when it opens the newly renovated The Hollow Bottom. The 17th Century Cotswold stone pub has been a staple part of the racing community for decades. The historic building features large recessed windows, low ceilings and exposed stone walls and timbers with a log-burning fire in the winter and terrace in the warmer weather.
Stay off the beaten track at this rural village pub in the hidden heart of the Cotswolds. On the edge of Guiting Power, a small, tucked away village five miles from the popular Cotswold haunts of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. Cheltenham — and its renowned racecourse — is 13 miles away.
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A 'thriving' pub in the Cotswolds has shut suddenly after its long-serving landlord pulled his final pint. Hugh Kelly spent 18 years at The Hollow Bottom, a business at the heart of the local horse racing community. Under his management it hosted many celebrations for connections of horses that have won some of the UK's most notable prizes, including the Gold Cup and Grand National.
It looks to be a match made in heaven - a historic Gloucestershire pub famed for its connections to racing royalty and a company that is transforming landmark sites across Gloucestershire. No official announcement has been made by either the Hollow Bottom or the Lucky Onion, but it appears the Guiting Power gastropub is the latest to be acquired by Julian Dunkerton's group. In July, we reported on the shock news that long-standing landlord Hugh Kelly had decided to call it a day after nearly two decades behind the bar.
The buyers are a hotel and country pub business in the Cotswolds. Twiston-Davies, who used to part-own the pub with Peter Scudamore, said: "It's great news. We have celebrated all our big winners over the years, Grand Nationals and Gold Cups, so it's a very important place.
We were looking forward to dining here last night, only to arrive at their door and it is closed. Windows soaped. Hopefully it will open again soon - looked forward to eating there!
The Lucky Onion group, owned by Jade and Julian Dunkerton, took over The Hollow Bottom in September, highlighting their dedication to invest in local pubs and historic buildings. The historic building features large recessed windows, low ceilings and exposed stone walls and timbers making it perfect for relaxing; whether by the log-burning fire or outside on the terrace. Outside of race week, The Hollow Bottom is the perfect place for a quiet drink and supper after exploring the Cotswold Way National Trail and the picturesque village of Guiting Power, which is now a conservation area. Racing is the heart of the local community as is The Hollow Bottom; we have gone above and beyond to ensure that locals and visitors are able to continue to celebrate both.
Guiting Power is a pretty village and not over-run with tourists. The Hollow Bottom pub is full of racing memorabilia and very interesting. We had home-made carrot soup with coriander and delicious ciabatta bread and a tuna salad also with ciabatta bread.
The new name came from the local people who used to refer to the pub as the pub in the Hollow at the Bottom of the village. Not surprisingly it quickly became known as a pub with a racing theme. Behind this re-launch is the extraordinary story of two men who met in their teens on an Hotel and Catering Management Course, became friends and dreamed of going into business together.