Gossip alert! Get the lowdown on secret supper clubs, new openings and award-winners in our local news round-up.
The Artichoke makes no 28 on Harden top 100
Congrats to Amersham’s fine dining restaurant The Artichoke, still remembered fondly as one of the first places I reviewed on Muddy! The Muddy Award winner for Best Restaurant 2018 made 28 on Harden’s Top 100 restaurants in the UK. Fully deserved too.
The Plough at Great Haseley reopened with new owners
Ding-a-ling, it’s all change at The Haseley Plough, with locals Heath and Sasha Harvey having just bought and taken over the village pub this month. Sasha has a foodie background and owns private chef agency ‘Book a Cook’ while chef Martin is from Yorkshire, so watch those puds rise high on a Sunday.
Pop-up supper club in a cave!
The Old Chalk Mine in Warren Row is the location for a unique pop-up dining experience tonight (Dec 19) with chef Greg Lewis of Spoon Supper club (and private chef to the Jaggers and the Murdochs, but that’s by the by). Tickets are £97.50 each (gulp) which gets you champers, canapés, a five course top notch meal and wine pairings. Also, the Hiddn Kitchn pop up transforms the village hall in Wolvercote, Oxford into a fine dining event on Fri 21 & Sat 22 Dec from 7:45pm – for every ticket sold patrons Barney and Gemma will donate a Christmas Day meal to the homeless charity The Porch Centre in Cowley. Book tickets.
Candice Brown from GBBO buys a pub near Woburn!
The fragrant Candice and her bro have gone and bought The Green Man pub in Eversholt, near Woburn. Expect the biggest, spongiest, sexiest cakes evahhhhh. I’ll report back on the mains asap.
First ever pop-up Shakespearian theatre – the Rose – at Blenheim Palace, 8 Jul – 7 Sept
Forsooth, this sounds completely amazeballs! A very early, enthusiastic flagwave for MacBeth, Romeo & Juliet, Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all to be performed in a pop-up Rose Theatre, a 13- sided playhouse that can hold 900 people in the grounds of Blenheim Palace this summer. The theatre, inspired by the famous London Rose built in 1597, will be part of a Shakespearian village with medieval musicians, an Elizabethan garden and local food and drink offerings.
Soho Farmhouse opens new piglet and walled garden rooms
The brand new ‘piglet’ rooms are squealing to be stayed in at Great Tew’s chichi Soho Farmhouse. You don’t need to be a member to book one of cabins that sit in clusters of four in a wildflower meadow – they’re small rooms with emperor-sized bed and sofa and private bathroom with rainforest shower, so cost less than the normal cabins.