Movers, groovers and gossipers I have news (and there's absolutely no mention of the C-word). We're talking parks reopening, new foodie hotspots and cocktails delivered to your door.
Oxford’s only Michelin star restaurant, The Oxford Kitchen, has sadly closed down recently, but don’t be too glum – it’s reinventing itself as a brand new restaurant and bar 215 Kitchen & Drinks (a nod to its location on Banbury Road). The new restaurant will offer a modern and relaxed, bistro style setting and a simpler, more affordable menu created by The Oxford Kitchen’s current head chef Paul Welburn. You can be I’ll bet first through the door when it opens.
There’s good news for Bucks residents too. Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar’s 2 AA Rosette restaurant Hawkyns, in Amersham, is launching a delivery and takeaway service Hawkyns@Home for local residents, from Wed 20 May. The modern Indian menu will be available Wed – Sun, with a 20% discount for all frontline workers.
Wildness 2020 postponed
Gah, nooooo! The brilliant Wilderness Festival has announced that this year’s weekender in August will not be going ahead as planned, adding to the list of local shindigs that have unfortunately been cancelled this year (Truck, Cornbury, Henley – the list goes on). Roll on 2021! You’ll find me splashing about in the lake or scoffing my face at the Ottolenghi table.
Fancy a cocktail?
Planning on drinking your way through the next few weeks? (What’s taken you so long, we’ve been at it for months). Here, start with one of these brand new cocktail delivery services. Cowley-based Bearded Viking Drinks was launched last week and offers doorstep delivery of artisan cocktails. The drinks come beautifully packaged in little bottles (I spy new candle holders) and are pre-mixed, so all the hard work is done for you.
Also delivering the goods is Crockers Henley. The new contemporary fine dining restaurant (which was due to open last month) has a takeaway service for Henley locals, but you can now order its cocktails straight to your door. Take your pick from a Negroni, Margarita, Aviation or Cosmopolitan, or, you know, just order them all.
Good news if you’re running out of locations to stretch your legs now we have unlimited exercise privileges. Bucks’ Country Parks – Denham Country Park, Thorney Park, Langley Park and Black Park – are now all open to the public for walks, runs and picnics (with members of your household). Meanwhile, the National Trust is following suit with the announcement that most of its car parks in England will be open by 21 May for visitors.