Churchdown is a village in Gloucestershire, situated between Gloucester and Cheltenham. The village of Churchdown is unusual in having two centres. The old centre is near St Andrew’s Church; the new centre is near St John’s Church. This is a relatively large village, with a population exceeding 11000. It is located in a semi-rural environment.
The local landmark is Churchdown Hill (also known as Chosen Hill), which rises to 154m above sea level and has views over the Vale of Severn and to the Cotswolds, Gloucester, Cheltenham, the Malverns and Wales. The hill is great for walking but can be steep in places, but the views are worth the climb.
St Bartholomew’s Church
St Bartholomew’s Church is located on ancient Christian site near the peak of Churchdown hill. The building is pretty special and the grounds are an excellent viewpoint. The area on the hill is very nice walking country, be warned though it is steep on the way up.
Pubs & Restaurants
The village has 2 pubs currently, one in each village centre, both serve food and have a good atmosphere.
Old Elm Inn
Towards the St Andrews Church End is The Old Elm Inn a relaxing public house and eatery, this was formerly The Bat & Ball. Their restaurant bases its menu around fresh local produce cooked to perfection. Their main dining room has the capacity to seat 100 people and are open from 12 pm until 10 pm. Weekly on a Sunday, The Old Elm Inn serves a great Sunday lunch, their main menu includes delights like duck, salmon and options like steak. They also have guest accommodation above the pub that includes breakfast in the morning.
Hare & Hounds
The Hare & Hounds is a Greene King pub located on the main Cheltenham Road in the village. The Hare and Hounds is a family-friendly village pub that has a beer garden to sit and enjoy your time in the sun. They are geared towards sport in the pub and show live games on their big screens, you can also play a game of pool here. They have a comprehensive menu including chicken wings, steak & ale pie, gammon and eggs and a variety of other dishes.
Located on Church Road in the village, Golden City is a Chinese restaurant that also do takeaway food. The restaurant is cosy and nicely decorated and the staff are very helpful. They serve all the usual Chinese food favourites, set meals and also serve some traditional Thai options.
Events & Fun
Churchdown Male Voice Choir
The choir was formed in 1965, the 70 strong choir takes its members from all over the county.
In the last few years the choir has had the great privilege of appearing with orchestras, choirs, brass and military bands and, in concerts with the English Association of Male Voice Choirs and National Association of Choirs, has shared the platform with such luminaries as Shirley Bassey, Dame Vera Lynn, Sir Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Max Boyce, Dennis O’Neil and other major stars.
Under its conductor Ralph Barnes, and accompanist James Quinn, the choir performs around 20 concerts a year raising money for local and national charities. Every year the choir likes to have at least one major concert which raises money for local and national charities. http://www.churchdownmvc.org/