Read all about it! Your resident town crier here with all this week's juicy tidbits from Bucks and Oxon.
Headline shopping news this week is that Anthropologie is set to open in Oxford. The uber-cool fashion and lifestyle brand will be moving into Jack Wills’ old lot on High Street (how about a post-shopping brunch at the new Ivy Brasserie, also opening down the road?). Meanwhile, Beaconsfield is also upping its fashion creds with Whistles opening imminently. No confirmed opening date for either shop yet, but fingers crossed it’ll be before Christmas.
On the foodie front, a new noodle bar, TSE Noodle, has opened up on tucked-away Ship Street in Oxford – keep your eyes peeled the space is so tiny you might walk straight past it. And over in Marlow, if your barnet is in need of a little TLC, you’re in luck as a new salon Dorota Marlow is coming soon from the same owners as Dorota in Henley-on-Thames.
Finally, Hale Leys Shopping Centre in Aylesbury is bringing retro back with the addition of a new games arcade. The Arcade, which opens on 25 Oct, will be the biggest in the home counties and contain 48 machines. Race you to the slots!
We were sad to hear that the utterly brilliant The Royal Oak in Bovington Green, near Marlow, suffered a fire upstairs and will be closed until further notice. Obvs we’ll let you know as soon as the ribbon is cut for reopening.
In cheerier news, Henley-based brewer and pub experts Brakspear, have been named Pub Champion 2019 by the British Beer & Pub Association. Brakspear run lots of Muddy favourites including The Chequers in Marlow, The Bull on Bell St in Henley and The Nags Head in Abingdon. Well deserved!
The Henley Mermaids swim the Channel
Major Muddy kudos and good luck this team of Henley-based mums, who are donning their wetsuits for a sponsored swim across the Channel to raise money for Henley Music School. Headed up by Laura Reineke (centre), who founded the school in 2010, the Henley Mermaids are all regular swimmers at Henley Open Water Swimming Club and will be undertaking the challenge next June.
John Lewis pilots BuyBack scheme
Looking to up your eco-points? John Lewis in Westgate Oxford is piloting a brand new BuyBack scheme for My John Lewis members over the next few weeks. Old clothes in good condition, or those that you’ve only worn once at a wedding four years ago and have been forgotten about in the back of your wardrobe (guilty!), can be resold back to John Lewis for £3 per garment. Plus, you’re doing your little bit for the environment. Win, win, I say.
Kids will be jumping up and down with excitement for the opening of My Cookie Dough in Westgate Oxford – the dessert parlour serves up all kinds of milkshakes and cookie creations that are crispy on the outside and gooey in the centre (ok, now I’m excited). Elsewhere, East Oxford is set to gain a new café and tea room called Beeyoutiful. The café will serve a selection of artisan coffee and cake as well as crepes and waffles.
From fast cars to, erm, a farm! Jeremy Clarkson has submitted plans to build a farm shop and lambing shed on his Diddly Squat Farm in the village of Chadlington, Oxon, which will be used for his new Amazon show about townies living the rural life. Filming for the show will not proceed unless planning permission is granted and, as it stands Jezza’s new venture isn’t so popular with the neighbours. We’ll be sat here munching our popcorn, waiting to see what happens.