Originally called the Ye Olde Inn, the name was changed to The Hollow Bottom when the 17th century building was bought by a group including Peter Scudamore and Nigel Twiston-Davies.
The new name, The Hollow Bottom, 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. It's reputation has now widened however to make it a racing themed pub/restaurant with an award winning chef.
Behind this re-launch are two college friends who met in their teens while studying Hotel Management in Scotland. They had always talked about going into business together and this was achieved in 2001 when Hugh Kelly from Inverness via Glasgow and Charlie Pettigrew from Motherwell took over the Lease of the Hollow Bottom and subsequently purchased the freehold in 2002.
Charlie, who was Young Scottish Chef of the Year, came here via the Marine Highland Hotel on Royal Troon Golf Course, Claridges, Gleneagles and the Savoy, an awesome pedigree by anyones standards. A varied bar menu is always available, but it is no coincidence that since Charlie's arrival his expertise and flair combined with Karen our second chef have transformed the food side of the business so that 90% of meals now served are his specials.
From Duck in ginger wine sauce to Crocodile; Seabass with prawns and pine kernals to Kangaroo; Chicken and stilton to Veal and green pepper corn sauce, alongside a wide variety of Local Produce & Game. Charlie and Karen's imaginations work overtime to deliver nothing short of the very best. Specials are changed frequently and the Sunday Carvery is so popular that every seat is booked at the weekend.
The typical Cotswolds village of Guiting Power lies on a tributary of the river Windrush, its russet-coloured houses clustered round a sloping green. The buildings are restored by a self-help housing trust, initially set up for twelve cottages in 1934.
This delightful village is a fascinating example of the unconcious harmony created by Cotswold masons over the centuries. The cottages, shops and local inn are all beautifully cared for.
The Hollow Bottom is on the road leading to Winchcombe and forms a welcome break on a number of glorious walks that can be taken in this area - north-westwards to Guiting Woods, south-eastwards down the Windrush Valley to Naunton, or south-westwards to Hawling. Guiting Power is a perfect example of how the English village can seem to have been carved from the earth it is built on. The church of St. Michael to the south of the village has an exceptionally fine Norman south doorway.
The 790 square miles of the Cotswolds have more listed buildings and monuments than anywhere in the country. It is a designated area of natural beauty - second only in size to the Lake District - with more than 20 million visitors a year. Places to visit close-bye include Winchcombe and Sudely Castle, the popular village of Broadway, the old market town of Stow-on-the -Wold and its many antique shops, the village of Bourton-on-Water (the little venice of the Cotswolds), and the many surrounding idylic Cotswold villages and inns. Just North of the village is the Cotswold Farm Park, home to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust which exists to preserve historic breeds of farm animals that might otherwise become extinct - a great day out for the family.
Sudeley Castle and Gardens Just a few miles away, the home of the Dent-Brockelhurst family is steeped in history. The castle apartments hold an impressive collection of paintings and antiques, while a permanent exhibition 'The Lace and times of Emma Dent' tells the story of the lady of the house in the Victorian Age. The award-winning gardens are delightful, spanning over 14 acres. This includes a vegatable plot with a selection of rare herbs and vegatables. A garden centre on site provides the opportunity to purchase a selection of plants from the estate.
For the sporting enthusiasts, there is a nearby 18 hole golf course Cotswold Hills where the views of the surrounding countryside can easily take your mind off that bad shot. The course has excellent facilities for the accomplished golfer, to first time hacker!
A short drive to Cheltenham will take you to the highest point in Gloucestershire, namely Cleeve Hill, where only the brave will take on the inland links 18 hole course there. Affording magnificant views over the Malvern Hills, down onto the home of National Hunt racing at Cheltenham Racecourse, where you can see the best racing action in the world. ( and maybe win a bob or two).
In Cheltenham you'll also find the magnificant stadium of Cheltenham Town Football Club, the famous Whaddon Road where you'll be sure to see a goal or two. Cutting across to Gloucester you'll find the ampitheatre of Rugby in England at Kingsholm.
The Hollow Bottom Pub
The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5UX
Telephone: 01451 850392, Fax: 01451 850945, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org