From racing to cricket, we round up the best sporting pubs across the country
HOLLOW BOTTOM, COTSWOLDS
Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5UX
A NEW ADDITION TO THE LUCKY ONION FAMILY, HOLLOW BOTTOM HAS BEEN A BOLTHOLE FOR THE RACING COMMUNITY FOR DECADES. SET IN THE RURAL VILLAGE OF GUITING POWER, JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM CHELTENHAM, THE PUB IS THE ONLY PLACE TO GO DURING RACE WEEKS.
A beautiful 17th-century Cotswold stone building with excellent country views, the pub is warm and welcoming with deep recessed windows, low ceilings, exposed stone walls and timbers and a roaring log-burning stove. During the summer, kick back on the terrace and soak up the sunshine, drink in hand. Continuing our passion for lovingly-cooked good food, tuck into a simple yet heart-warmingly delicious menu featuring classic pub dishes while Sunday’s menu honours the traditional British roast with Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings.
THE JIGGER INN, SCOTLAND
ST ANDREWS IS KNOWN AS ‘THE HOME OF GOLF’ AND THE JIGGER INN, WHICH OVERLOOKS THE COURSE’S WORLD-FAMOUS 17TH HOLE, IS FONDLY REFERRED TO AS ‘THE TOWNS BEST 19TH HOLE’.
During the big competitions, the pub is a mecca for some of the world’s most famous golfers – and the pub’s treasure trove of golfing memorabilia goes to prove it. This building itself is steeped in history and dates back to the 1850s when it was the station master’s lodge.
The original poster announcing the closure of the station in 1969 is on the wall as is the station’s clock, stopped at ten to two – the time of the last train to depart St Andrew’s station. Today, the pub boasts crackling open-hearth fires, home-cooked food and a superb selection of Scottish beers including The Jigger Inn’s very own ale.
LORD’S TAVERN, LONDON
RIGHT NEXT TO THE FAMOUS GRACE GATES AT LORD’S CRICKET GROUND, LORD’S TAVERN HAD BEEN WELCOMING LOCALS, PLAYERS AND VISITORS ALIKE FOR OVER 100 YEARS.
Newly-refurbished with a discreet backdrop of subtle wood panelling, all the main sporting fixtures are shown here. Hailed as a foodie destination in its own right, expect seasonal robust flavours with the likes of Lancashire hotpot, Gloucester Old Spot bangers and mash or beer-battered haddock. The smoked salmon fishcakes or prawn cocktail make for great starters.
Finish with apple and plum crumble or sticky toffee pudding. An excellent selection of beer and wine is on hand to quench thirsts, alongside fizz for century-toasting celebrations. Go on a weekend where they will be serving up flame-grilled feasts straight from the pub barbecue.