Getting ready for Cheltenham

Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold hosting very special ‘Mark the Card’ event.

With Cheltenham Festival just over a month away, The Porch House at Stow-on-the-Wold, is hosting a pre-festival exclusive ‘Mark the Card’ event on Thursday 7th March from 7pm. £15pp. With only limited places available, book now via their website.

Find out more ahead of the UK racing calendar’s premier week from 12th-15th March with these inimitable group of racing professionals. On the panel and for a Q&A session following the talks are;

Alex Steedman (pictured) – Head of Racing Operations at Racing & Sports and known internationally for his knowledge of racing, journalism and relations with owners, trainers and jockeys, Alex heads up local and international wagering of racing and operations.

Ryan Hatch – Now retired due to injury, former jump jockey, Ryan is a two-time grade one Cheltenham winner, and is now a trainer with the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Carl Llewellyn – This double Grand National-winning jockey was one of the most successful in the racing world. Carl rode for renowned Cotswolds-based trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies. Now retired from racing, Carl works as an assistant trainer to Nigel after training for the Pittmans in Lambourn.

Said to be the oldest inn in the UK, with timbers dating to 947AD, the handsome Grade II listed Porch House is now a multi-award winning pub and restaurant with 13 boutique bedrooms. Located in the heart of picturesque Stow-on-the-Wold, The Porch House has been a hostelry since the 13th century and was taken over by renowned pub group, Brakspear, in 2014.

Re-opened following an extensive and sensitive renovation of its many architectural features in 2015, The Porch House now offers the perfect Cotswolds bolthole, with relaxing, contemporary interiors filled with quirky touches, cosy nooks, wood-burning stoves or open fires and picturesque outdoor spaces. Upstairs, 11 stunning and individually decorated guest rooms with exposed beams, rendered Cotswold stone wall and luxurious contemporary furnishings with luxe bathrooms with free-standing baths and powerful walk-in showers. On the ground floor, two more double rooms. Several rooms are dog-friendly! Doubles from £100 a night on a B&B basis.

Dine in its airy conservatory adjacent to the bar, in its more formal, dining room featuring a stunning stone fireplace at each end or book its private dining room seating eight with its own bar. Outside, there’s a pretty, landscaped garden terrace, perfect for drinking and dining during the warmer months.

On the menus, rustic British pub classics and more innovative dishes on its regularly and seasonally changing menus championing ingredients with provenance from across the region.

Stow-on-the-Wold is a small town packed with historic buildings and delightful independent shops, including artisan makers and producers, antiques and homewares and high quality food outlets. Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Kingham and The Slaughters lie close by, and Cheltenham race course is a 35-minute drive away.