READY, SET, SWEAT!
Yogis of Buckingham rejoice! Sweat Studios, which has a ‘no nonsense’ approach to yoga (it’s all about the workout, less about the cymbal chiming) has just opened a sister studio to it’s Milton Keynes based venue in Buckingham town centre. Whilst the MK studio focuses primarily on hot yoga (wondered why it’s called Sweat Studios?), the new studio will be non-heated and offer classes such as mixed ability sessions, slow flow, pilates and classes for tweens and kids.
PUBS & GRUB
It’s foodie news in abundance this week across Bucks & Oxon with makeovers, new openings, awards and, erm, waffles- I’ll get my coat.
The Oarsman, Marlow, was on Superflashy a while back and, true to my word, I’m letting you know that as of last week the pub and restaurant is fully open for business; it was taken on by the crew behind the award-winning Grouse & Ale in Lane End and Yew Tree at Frieth so should be a goodie.
Another foodie hotspot that’s had a makeover is The Wavendon Arms, Wavendon, with new secret garden area, Whisky Room and contemporary interiors including oak floors and bold leafy prints above. There’s a new menu too with small sharing style plates and cocktails.
There are a few newbies for Aylesbury too; small streak restaurant with cool industrial interiors, The Grill, is moving from Kingham into a larger lot (with double the covers) at the new Exchange development above, and brand new Japanese restaurant and sushi bar MIYA, in Aylesbury’s old Police HQ, launched last week with stylish decor and open-plan kitchen.
Nearby in High Wycombe (really upping its indie game at the mo!) current eyesore old Ottakar’s bookshop, on White Hart Street, will soon be turned into two café/bar/restaurants on the ground floor and stylish office space above – work is expected to start in August.
Muddy reviewed The White House, Bladon, last month and were super impressed. The 16th century historic public house turned modern gastropub has just scooped up a coveted AA Rosette for culinary excellence. Congrats!
Meanwhile over in central Oxford, the duo who previously revamped the Half Moon on St Clements, have moved a minute down the road to the Port Mahon.
The pub, which re-opened at the weekend with a new beer garden and interior overhaul, and with the intention to restore it a cool music venue supporting local talent. And finally, sugar crazed children will be jumping up and down (literally) at the news that a brand new bubble tea and waffle store, Bubbleology, which already has stores in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Cardiff, is coming to Oxford. No confirmed date or location yet, but my bet’s on Westgate Oxford.
HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA’S EXTENDING
Good news for Henley Royal Regatta fans – word on the street is that the five day rowing fandango (this year it’s 3 – 7 Jul) is adding an extra day to the bill meaning all the more straw boaters and lycra bulges to feast your eyes on. If the extension is granted the fest will run from Tues to Sun, will include more races for female rowers and leave bigger gaps in between races for Champers guzzling, obvs.