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Gossip so hot it’s fried to a crisp – some achievement in this weather!


New Oxford openings – yay!

New shops and eateries are popping up like snowdrops in Oxford, with a brand new Anthropologie just opened as of Friday on Oxford High St, plus a shiny new Bravissimo, which has moved from its former home on Broad Street to Queen Street and will open in full hoisted glory on Wednesday (19 Feb).

Still in the city centre, the Covered Market is home to two new bars. Micro wine shop and bar The Market Cellar Door (above) opened yesterday in collaboration with Teardrop next door and indie wine buffs and past Muddy award winners, Eynsham Cellars. Head over pronto to pick up a bottle (or two) of something you fancy. Also in the market, Muddy favourite Tap Social will be opening a new bar this summer called The Market Tap – we’ll be there as soon as it opens.

Over in Headington, Kazan Japanese is now open on London Road on the site of former Chinese takeaway Yummy – no website yet, but watch this space.

Finally, it’s looking likely that Daunt Books will be setting up shop in the former NatWest Bank building on Banbury Road as soon as early April. A new chapter and all that (I’ll get my coat).


… and a sad closure – boo!

A favourite with Muddy men, Gatsby Menswear in Marlow is sadly waving a stylish goodbye after nearly a decade on West Street. Go visit their closing down sale to snap up a few last-minute bargains and send best wishes to the brilliant James.


Festival line up goss

The line-ups are coming thick and fast. Over The Hill festival is back in Witney on Mon 31 August, after its inaugural sell-out year in 2019. This quirky country, blues and roots music festival sets up shop at the gorgeous Cogges Manor Farm (above) with acts spread across two stone stages, and plenty of first-class catering to keep you fed and watered (which you’d expect, seeing as the event is sponsored by Wychwood Brewery). Pick up early bird tickets for £30 – go go go.

Oxford royalty Supergrass and Foals were recently announced as headliners for this year’s Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park (Thurs 30 July – Sun 2nd Aug). Tickets are on sale now so nab them quick.

And there’s a new festival on the block too – Bigfoot is just over the border in Warwickshire, in the grounds of Ragley Hall, and kicks off this summer from 19-21 June. With 60 music acts across five stages, 15 restaurants, 8 chefs and over 50 breweries, this newbie looks to be nipping at the heels of Cornbury and the like. Fingers crossed the weather’s good so revellers can enjoy the lakeside hot tub, wild swimming and forest yoga.

Property spot

In the market for a miniature castle? Ooh, we’re sorely tempted. Dinton Castle is a Grade II* listed 18th century property just off the A418 in Dinton, Bucks, and could be yours for a snip as it’s listed with Michael Graham for just £675,000. The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted it on Grand Designs, where the restoration project ran into issues after a Saxon burial ground was discovered on site – but with a roof terrace and views like that, who cares about the odd haunting?


The UK’s best kebabs?

Gone are the days where you’d need to sink twenty pints first to justify gobbling down a kebab – snaffle without shame, ladies, because the kebab is officially having a glow-up. What’s more, we have some of the best in the country in this neck of the woods, according to The British Kebab Awards – this year’s shortlist includes four Oxfordshire nominees and two in Bucks.

Antep Kitchen has played a blinder, with both its Cowley Road and Milton Keynes branches up for Best Value Restaurant, and Pasha Turkish Grill Restaurant in Bletchey has been nominated for the Customer Satisfaction Award. Ahmed’s Bar B-Q in Oxford High Street will be defending the title it won last year as Best Kebab Van from previous winners Atalay’s Kebab Van in Thame and newcomer Grove Kebab Van in Wantage. Anyone else feeling hungry?


And finally…

Our local girl Florence Pugh may not have scooped an Oscar for her performance in Little Women, but we’re over the moon to see that costume designer Jacqueline Durran (originally of Bicester, don’t you know!) won Best Costume Design. Will she single-handedly bring back the trend for petticoats and bloomers? We’ll let you know!

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