About The Hollow Bottom

Originally called ‘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 with his expertise and flair, combined with the talent of our second chef Karen, the food side of the business has been transformed and 90% of meals now served are his specials.

From Duck in Ginger Wine Sauce to Crocodile; Sea Bass with Prawns and Pine Kernels to Kangaroo; Chicken and Stilton to Veal and Green Peppercorn Sauce, alongside a wide variety of local produce and game. Charlie and Karen’s imaginations work overtime to deliver nothing short of the very best. Specials are changed frequently and Sunday lunch is so popular that you need to book early to secure a table.

The Area – Guiting Power

The typical Cotswolds village of Guiting Power lies on a tributary of the river Windrush, with 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 unconscious 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 Cotswolds

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 by 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 idyllic 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.

Local attractions

Sudeley Castle and Gardens is just a few miles away and is steeped in history of the Dent-Brockelhurst family. 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 vegetable plot with a selection of rare herbs and vegetables. A garden centre on site provides the opportunity to purchase a selection of plants from the estate.

For the sporting enthusiasts, there are two nearby 18 hole golf courses in Naunton Downs & Cotswold Hills where the views of the surrounding countryside can easily take your mind off that bad shot. The courses both have excellent facilities for the accomplished golfer and 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 magnificent 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 “magnificent” 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 amphitheatre of Rugby in England at Kingsholm.