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Book this foodie pop-up!

It’s about a posh as a festival gets – first class music, food, fizz and black tie. Plus Reading’s top notch London Street Brasserie is popping up for the first time ever.

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Bring out the bunting and wriggle into your super-hot going-out frock. Henley Festival is just around the corner and it’s like no other festival you will attend this summer.

You’ll know already, being such social movers, that it’s a massive 5 day bash, chocca with live music from headliners Rita Ora, Grace Jones, Nile Rodgers and Curtis Stigers, contemporary arts, comedy (Paul Merton, Mark Watson, Rob Brydon, Lucy Watson), and street theatre plus there’s the massively popular Family Sunday if you can snaffle tickets.

On the food front, the big news is that renowned local chef Paul Clerehugh of London Street Brasserie in Reading will be opening a pop up called Brasserie @ The Jazz Club  in the Spiegeltent – and it is all shades of fab-u-lous. (If you haven’t eaten at LSB before, you might know Paul’s other gaff, The brilliant Crooked Billet in Stoke Row).

Rachel, intrepid editor in Muddy Berkshire who has a collection of elasticated restaurant reviewing trousers to rival my own, raves London Street Brasserie, and the menu does look really good – Starters include king prawn and asparagus salad, seafood sashimi, Iberico ham and a pimped up mozzarella and tomato salad. Mains: steak and chips (the only place offering this classic), lobster, Cornish bass and a tasty beetroot gratin and chickpea and falafel veggie dish. Pud choices include cheese, fruity meringue, or chocolate with lashings of cream and salted caramel. See the full menu here. Basically resistance is futile.

The cost of a table for the whole evening, live music in the Spiegeltent and 3 delicious courses is £60 per person, with drinks on top. The awesome NYJO contemporary jazz orchestra will take the stage for early diners to enjoy, warming you up nicely for the main act, and the later sitting (after the Rita and co have headed home for a hot water and lemon) will see Purdy, Ray Gelato & the Giants and the Staks Band keeping the party going into the small hours.

Henley jazz festival

As if all this wasn’t enticing enough, mention Muddy Stilettos when making your reservation at the London Street Brasserie Henley Festival pop up and you’ll snaffle a FREE flute of Champagne. Call Paul on 07379 244926 or email paul@brasseriejazzfest.com and he’ll put the bubbles on ice. Just don’t forget to purchase your Henley Festival ticket, if you haven’t got one already. You ain’t getting anywhere near the food, music or fun without it.

Talking of which, what can you expect this year at the Henley Festival?

WED 11 JUL 

Headline: Rita Ora.

Brasserie @ Spiegeltent: NYJO House Band and Ray Gelato & the Giants.

Other highlights: Mark Watson, Thunderbards and Sam & Stew.

 

THU 12 JUL

Headline: Grace Jones.

Brasserie @ Spiegeltent: NYJO House Band and Purdy.

Other highlights: Dom Holland, Suzi Ruffell and Cecil.

 

FRI 13 JUL

Headline: Chic feat. Nile Rodgers.

Brasserie @ Spiegeltent: NYJO House Band and Stak Band & special guest.

Other highlights: Paul Merton’s Impro Chumps, Rhys James and Acro-Chaps.

 

SAT 14 JUL

Headline: Curtis Stigers & Ronnie Scott’s.

Brasserie @ Spiegeltent: NYJO House Band and King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys.

Other highlights: Lucy Porter, Lee Nelson and Big Names (aka Salvator Dali).

 

SUN 15 JUL

Headline: English National Opera.

Brasserie @ Spiegeltent: Mr Danger’s Really Safe Show, Opera Prelude and Miss Kiddy and The Cads.

Other highlights: Jon Culshaw, The Card Ninja and Mr Bloom.

 

Henley Festival, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 2LY – Wed 11 – Sun 15 July. To book a table at London Street Brasserie pop up Brasserie @ The Jazz Club, call 07379 244926 or email paul@brasseriejazzfest.com and don’t forget to grab your free glass of bubbles courtesy of Muddy. As if you would! 

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