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 the website here, porch-house.co.uk 

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 - 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 (WMCA).
  • 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.

More about the Porch House

Said to be the oldest inn in the UK, with timbers dating to 947AD, this handsome Grade II listed building 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.

Opening hours

Monday – Thursday 8am. -10.30pm

Friday - Saturday 8am – 11pm

Sunday 8am – 9pm


Served daily between 8am -10.30am

Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12 – 3 pm
Sunday 12 – 7pm

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 5 – 9 pm, Sunday 5 – 8 pm

Room rates Doubles on a B&B basis from £100 a night. Dogs £20 a night per dog.

Nearest train station – Kingham with direct GWR mainline services from London Paddington via Reading and Oxford. Journey time 1hr 20mins.

The Porch House, Digbeth Street, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1BN. Tel: 01451 870048. info@porch-house.co.uk


The Porch House is part of Honeycomb Houses

The Frogmill, Andoversford, Gloucestershire, www.thefrogmill.co.uk

The Sheep on Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Glos, www.thesheepstow.co.uk

Th Bull on Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon www.bullonbell.co.uk

The George, Shipston-on-Stour, Warks, www.thegeorgeshipston.co.uk

The Lion, Bicester, Oxfordshire, www.thelionbicester.co.uk

The Nags’ Head, Abingdon, Oxon, www.thenagsheadonthethames.co.uk

The Chequers, Marlow. Bucks, www.thechequersmarlow.co.uk

Egypt Mill, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, www.egyptmill.com/

The White Bear, Warlingham, Surrey, www.whitebearwarlingham.co.uk

Honeycomb Houses is the managed division of parent company, Brakspear, with 110 pubs nationwide.  All ten Honeycomb Houses are some of Brakspear’s finest venues, with seven of the ten properties feature a stunning selection of double and twin rooms. All Honeycomb Houses are dog-friendly both inside and out with seven welcoming dogs for overnight stays in at least one room per pub. All the Honeycomb properties are located within idyllic towns and villages surrounded by incredible countryside just waiting to be explored.


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