We're sure you're already on it, but don't forget: Sunday 11 March is Mother's Day. We're offering all mums a free glass of fizz with their brunch or lunch, because they bloody well deserve it... so get yourselves down to the pub on Mothering Sunday for a celebratory meal!
It's that time of year again: the Cheltenham Festival is nearly upon us!
From Tuesday 13 - Friday 16 March Cheltenham will play host to the finest racing event of the year, and we're showing all races all week on the big screen at the Bottle. It all culminates in a big old Gold Cup Blowout on the Friday – our Guilty Pleasures DJ night, featuring shamelessly good tunes late into the evening, so you can celebrate your winnings (or drown your sorrows...) in style.
Mark your calendars: the big Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race is on Saturday 24 March, and we're showing it on the big screen at both the Rusty and the Rickety. Come on down, have a pint or two, and cheer Oxford on!
Our March special is here! Introducing the Notorious P.I.G., featuring BBQ pulled pork, smoked Applewood cheese, bacon, coleslaw, pickles, lettuce and delicious chipotle mayo. As usual, it's here for one fleeting month only, so hop to it!
We've got a bank holiday bonanza coming up, with Good Friday on 30 March AND Easter Monday on 2 April... and we'll be serving up our famous hangover-busting brunches all weekend at the Rusty and the Rickety.
Treat yourself from 9am at the Rusty and 10am at the Rickety.
We're kicking things up a notch at the Bottle of Sauce, with a brand new programme of regular events... including a yard sale. The first one is happening on Saturday 24th February, and on the last Saturday of every month thereafter.
There will be cool curiosities, artisan what-nots and knick-knacks galore, plus coffee, cakes and pastries, breakfast baps and of course Dodo burgers and woodfired pizzas from the kitchen to pick you up after a hard day of shopping!
Get involved: 10am - 4pm at the Bottle of Sauce, Cheltenham, Saturday 24th February.
And don't forget to check the Bottle of Sauce website for this month's event listings... there's something for everyone, including DJ nights like Disco Biscuit (old school funk and disco remixed for the 21st century) and Boombox (an old skool hip hop party, every payday Friday) and our very own knitting club – Knitty Gritty.
February's tasty special has landed: the Ribwich, featuring low n slow cooked BBQ pork rib meat, buffalo hot sauce, vinegar slaw and pickles. It's here for one month only – and February is a short month! – so get down to the pub pronto to enjoy before it's too late...
Can you believe it? Our beloved Rusty Bicycle is NINE! It's hard to believe that it was nearly a decade ago that we first threw open our doors, but any excuse for a good party... we celebrated in classic Rusty style last Saturday, with food, friends, booze, birthday cake, and tunes from Dodo favourites the Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band. (if you missed it – or if you can't get enough of them – good news: you'll be able to catch them again at the Bottle of Sauce for JazzFest in May!)
Tuesday 13th February is Shrove Tuesday... better known amongst those in the know as (DIRTY) PANCAKE DAY.
If you're looking for one last hurrah before the abstemiousness of lent (or if, like us, you're just a pancake fan), then we recommend you indulge in our selection of fluffy American pancakes with outrageous toppings, available at all three pubs for one day only...
It's here! The 2018 6 Nations championship is about to get underway, and we're showing all fixtures at all three pubs on the big screen (including a massive projector at the Bottle of Sauce). If ever there was a good excuse to pop down to the pub, this is it...
Plan your visits:
Saturday 3rd February
14:15 Wales v Scotland
16:45 France v Ireland
Sunday 4th February
15:00 Italy v England
Saturday 10th February
14:25 Ireland v Italy
16:45 England v Wales
Sunday 11th February
15:00 Scotland v France
Friday 23rd February
20:00 France v Italy
Saturday 24th February
14:15 Ireland v Wales
16:45 Scotland v England
Saturday 10th March
14:15 Ireland v Scotland
16:45 France v England
Sunday 11th March
15:00 Wales v Italy
Saturday 17th March
12:30 Italy v Scotland
14:45 England v Ireland
17:00 Wales v France
This Valentine's day, we're celebrating love in all its forms with a little Instagram competition – no sappiness required.
All you have to do is post something creative that captures your love of Dodo pizza on Instagram and follow and tag your favourite Dodo pub – @thebottleofsauce, @thericketypress or @therustybicycle – along with the hashtag #truelove
We'll give the creators of our favourite posts a £50 Dodo bar tab to spend with their loved ones this Valentine's day.
Winners announced on 14th February, so get posting now!
This NYE we're going back to the glory days of the speakeasy, recapturing the spirit of prohibition naughtiness and turning the Bottle of Sauce into a blind pig, hidden in plain sight.
With live music from the Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band (the best jazz and jump blues band this side of the 1920s!), electro-swing DJs, a bathtub gin bar, reprobate blackjack, and our very own boardwalk empire in the courtyard, this will be a truly spectacular night.
So, in the timeless words of Cole Porter, let's misbehave!
Get your tickets from the bar: limited earlybird tickets available for £10; standard tickets £15. And once you've booked, stay tuned... we'll be giving out a super-secret password to all revellers on the night. No password, no entry!
Sunday 31st December 2017, 7pm - late.
This is not the Rickety Press as you know it: this is Miami, circa 1983, disco going strong, the parties heaving all night long. For one night only, our Jericho pub will be transformed into the Babylon, with throwback cocktails, retro treats at midnight, and DJs spinning eighties classics and funk disco all night long.
Come dressed as your 1980s alter-ego, ready to dance the night away in our back room nightclub. Fancy dress is a must!
Grab your £10 earlybird tickets before they run out; standard tickets £15. Buy 'em from the bar.
Sunday 31st December 2017, 7pm - late.
Picture, if you will, an alternate reality. It's New Year's Eve, 2017. A gaggle of colourful eccentrics, correspondingly attired, are having a booze-drenched lock-in. Little do they know, the police are closing in. Imagine our eccentrics' surprise when the doors are kicked open, and their secrets are revealed...
What's the funniest, most outlandish, most outrageous thing you can imagine yourself wearing in that situation? Well, put it on, and pop down to the Rusty for a madcap New Year's Eve celebration on Sunday 31st December, from 7pm - late. Recreate our boozy, bizarre lock-in, with treats at midnight for all revellers, a mugshot photo booth, and DJs playing tunes all night long. We promise it'll be crazy weird and crazy fun.
Get your tickets from the bar, and get them quick: a limited number of earlybird tickets will be sold at £10; standard entry £15.
Stave off the chill this winter with our hot'tails... choose from mulled wine (the festive classic), mulled Old Rosie cider, or our personal favourite, the Cuddly Pie: mulled cider with bourbon!
It's December, and as a special treat we've got not one but TWO super specials for you to enjoy all month.
For the burger lovers among you, the Quirky Turkey: a little slice of Christmas dinner (Dodo style) in a brioche bun, featuring crispy fried turkey breast, sausage patty, melted cheese, spiced cranberry ketchup, pickle, lettuce, and dodo burger sauce.
Pizza aficionados, meanwhile, will rejoice at the Eat Your Sprouts: a white pizza with ricotta, fior di latte, basil, buttered sprouts, smoked pancetta, and lemon oil – so good even sprouts naysayers will find themselves swayed.
You know the deal: they're here for one month only, so don't miss out!
You may have noticed that some of our staff are looking a little... furrier than usual.
In the spirit of Movember, we're growing our very best** moustaches this month to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues.
There are two easy ways you can join us in supporting the great work that the Movember charity are doing to change the face of men's health: donate directly here or via the QR code above, or stop by any of the pubs for a Mo' and Blue burger – we're donating £1 from every November special we sell to the charity (plus you can snigger at our 'staches while you order).
**well, we're trying, anyway.
We can hardly believe it, but the Bottle of Sauce is nearly a year old! The baby of the Dodo family is growing up fast, and to commemorate this momentous occasion, we thought we'd throw a super sweet party. This is one not to be missed... expect cool gifts from us to you, plus music, food, and (it goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway) booze aplenty.
More details soon, but for now, mark your calendars: it's all going down on Saturday 2nd December at the Bottle of Sauce, Cheltenham.
Well, this is exciting! The whizzes at UE Coffee Roasters have helped us develop our own unique coffee blend for the pubs. We wanted something that would be as delicious plonked in a milky cappuccino as it is on its own, so the blend is part arabica, part robusta for a more mellow, traditional coffee taste, and while we're hardly the most impartial judges, we think it's perfect for the job.
We could keep throwing more fancy coffee terminology at you (tones of hazelnut and treacle, full body, blah blah blah)... or you could just try a cup next time you stop by!
Attention Cheltenham: the November Meeting is coming up! Make sure you set yourself up for a long day at the races (or, erm, recover from a long night celebrating your winnings...) with our racing brunch, served at the Bottle of Sauce, 9am – 3pm daily between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th November.