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I'm all over it! Hip happenings in High Wycombe, a brand new restaurant, shoe boutique (oh hello!) and Ed Sheeran on a pub crawl in Henley. Find out the latest goss right here.

Crockers Henley 

This is going to be HUGE! Unique Dining who own Crockers Tring in Herts, have announced this week (hot off the press!) that it’s set to open a new locale in our neck of the woods, Crockers Henley. Like Crockers Tring (which FYI holds a Michelin plate), the new restaurant will offer a fine dining experience but without the stuffiness and have two Chef’s Tables – one more than the Tring outpost – where you can see you dinner being cooked live, in an intimate, relaxed setting. There’ll also be a cocktail bar, social dining space serving small plates, sharing dishes and a handful of boutique bedrooms above. The venture will move into Lock Fyne’s old lot on Market Square and will open in spring 2020. I. Can’t. Wait.


New shoes alert!

This one’s all about stilettos so, naturally, we’re on board. Italian luxury footwear brand AQUAZZURA is set to open it’s second UK boutique in Bicester Village (the other is in Mayfair, if you’re heading to the Big Smoke). Founder Edgardo Osorio really knows how to design – he was made Head of Shoes at Roberto Cavalli at 23 years old – and the boutiques are really beautiful (and totally Instagrammable). No confirmed date yet, but I’ll keep my ear to the ground.


DesBox development

High Wycombe isn’t exactly known for a surfeit of cool hangouts but that looks set to change with the opening of the town’s DesBox development, opposite the new Aldi on Baker Street. A large scale copycat of Shoreditch’s arts hub BoxPark above, the 45 unit development, formed from 135 recycled shipping containers, has three floors, including a ground floor café, office, storage and retail space aimed at start-ups, the micro business economy and artists. But as more indies open, another closes (but don’t worry, it’s not for long!) The Chilterns’ answer to the hipster café scene, Tin Kitchen, will be closed until mid-Sept, apart from the odd supper club and private dining. But don’t fret, in the meantime you can head over to its equally hip and Muddy Award-winning sister spot Lata Lata. Phew!


And finally…


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…Ed Sheeran has been spotted in Henley, no less. The ginger songster crawled around 10 Brakspear pubs on the Henley Ale Trail including The Angel on the Bridge, Three Tuns and The Old Bell to add another accolade to his Grammy and BRIT awards – the Ale Trail T-shirt. Considering Ed has an actual pub in his Suffolk-based home, that’s praise indeed for our local award-winning brewery chain.


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