Your resident Muddy sleuth here with all the groovy local goss, from pampered pooches, cocktail masterclasses (for humans, not dogs!) and more.
Mid-week cocktails, anyone?
Er, always! This week The Botanist, in Marlow, has just launched a brand new Cocktail Masterclasses – it’s about time too, considering the bar is famed for its unusual concoctions. Masterclasses, for groups of 6+, are from £25 and are run by an expert mixologist who’ll help you make three cocktails. There’s also the option to upgrade to nibbles and an extra cocktail on arrival (would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?). If you don’t fancy the sweet stuff, there’s an ale and gin offering too, perfect fodder for a night out with the girls. thebotanist.uk.com
British Fashion Council designer pop up
It’s October which means we can officially start buying our new autumn wardrobes. Right on cue – The British Fashion Council is popping up on Tues 8 Oct at Bicester Village for 20 days. The pop-up will showcase the BFC’s curated edit of 30 of the best British fashion houses and designers including Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Eudon Choi, House of Holland, Rixo, Roksanda and Winser London. Ready, steady – shop! tbvsc.com
Openings & closures
It’s a sad Muddy farewell to fabulous skiwear shop Turners | Sun | Rain | Snow. It’s been a staple in Marlow for the past 28 years, so best of luck to David and Lynda for the future. Also closing down is homewares and kitchen store House in Westgate Oxford (for real, it’s not just its never ending sale!), but don’t worry, you can still shop online.
But as Westgate loses one lot, it gains two more with Phase 8 relocating from it’s High Street locale into the centre, as well as artisanal handcrafted chocolatiers Choco Chemistry, above, run by two Wilts-based friends. Bicester is also gaining a new sweet hotspot with the opening of Candy Warehouse which will sell an assortment of American candy, chocolate and drinks – just in time for Trick or Treating season.
And finally, on the foodie front, a new BBQ joint is opening in North Oxford. Burnout BBQ has been on the festival scene for a while, serving BBQ grub cooked on a custom hot rod (a huge grill to you and me), and will be opening its first permanent takeaway shop on Islip Road from 5 Nov.
Soho Farmhouse will be offering a, shall we say, interesting service for pampered pooches next month – Doggy Gong Baths! (I’m not even joking). Also known as a ‘sound massage’, Gong Baths involve lying down, relaxing and listening to someone gently hit a gong. Apparently it gives dogs a natural high and the waves of sound can ‘realign their cells’. Anyone else hoping to book in for a human version?