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The return of our super flashy newsflash!

Sound the trumpets! Now that life is (slowly) going back to normal, there's finally gossip again! Here's the latest news for all you movers and shakers out there.

Foodie news

First up, food (because that’s always a priority here at Muddy). There are plenty of new openings on the horizon, including a super-swish new Crockers due to officially open its doors in Henley on Tuesday 4 August.

Crockers restaurant Henley

You can expect relaxed yet elevated dishes (including plenty of meats cooked on the bespoke robatayaki charcoal grill), all washed down with Crockers’ famous cocktails. Make your reservation now to nab a spot at one of the two chef’s tables – what better way to celebrate all those missed birthdays and anniversaries from the last few months, eh?

Vaasu Atul Kocchar

New restaurant Vaasu by Atul Kochhar in Marlow may have had its dine-in launch slightly delayed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sample the wares! Explore the North Indian cuisine in your own living room by ordering from their takeaway service – not every day you can eat a Michelin-starred curry in your PJs!

A new cafe is set to open in Oxford’s St Alban’s Hall on Charles Street come September, and it’s named after… Robin Hood. Bit of a left field choice? Not so – the cafe will be themed around the history of the so-called Robin Hood area of East Oxford. Keep an eye on The Rumble Museum next door to find out the official launch date.

If you’re out Chipping Norton way, be sure to put The Royal Oak Ramsden on your must-book list so you can check out the brand new refurb and menu. Head chef Rob Marshall has whipped up some cracking new dishes – take a look here.

Go glamping!

Camp Hox Pop Up Eynsham Hall Oxfordshire

Feeling inspired by our camping debate last week? Ditch your blow-up bed and amp up the glamour with the new Camp Hox pop-up at Eynsham Hall in Witney.

Run by the same lot behind London’s Hoxton hotels, this chic take on a camp site features 12 lotus tents decked out with all the necessities (actual beds, electricity, Roberts radios and tea and coffee-making facilities, etc.), and you’ll get access to your own private hot showers and toilets, a bottle of wine on arrival and a Hoxton breakfast bag delivered every morning. Best of all, there’s an outdoor pour-your-own Graham’s white port and tonic bar. Prices start at £185 per night, and you’ll also get a free night at any of Hoxton’s London hotels thrown into the mix.

Openings and re-openings

The Story Museum Oxford

Parents, rejoice! We’ll finally be able to clap eyes on The Story Museum‘s new makeover after the grand opening in April was delayed. This Oxford family favourite is opening its ground floor from Thursday 6 August, and visitors will be able to see Small Worlds, a story-themed play area for littlies aged 0-5, as well as live storytelling in the outdoor courtyard.

It’s a way off yet, but Marlow locals will be pleased to hear that plans for an Everyman boutique cinema have been approved for the old Steamer Trading Cookshop building on Market Square. Plans show a two-screen cinema and a restaurant – watch this space!

That’s the spirit

Ready your glass, there’s a whole host of local winners to toast to from this year’s London Spirits Competition. Medal winners include Mr Hobbs Gin of Henley, Skywave Gin in Banbury, Chalgrove Artisan Distillery, and The British Honey Company in Aylesbury. Cheers!

And finally….

Stokenchurch Methodist Church

Fancy a property project of, ahem, Biblical proportions? Stokenchurch Methodist Church in Bucks is up for sale on Zoopla for £325,000 – and if the local authorities can be convinced it no longer has a community use, they might – (might! )- say yes to a residential conversion. Worth it for those stained glass windows, we reckon.

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