Rhianna's coming to Oxford and Milton Keynes!! (er, sort of). This and other hot gossip straight off the Muddy presses!
Scoff & Quaff
I strolled past the newly opened Terruño Bar, on Cowley Road, Oxford at the weekend and it looks like a goodie. It’s the new venture from the brains behind Oli’s Thai and tapas bar Arbequena (conveniently next door to Terruño) so I’m expecting big things. I love how it’s disguised as a watchmakers – very cool and under-the-radar. Another recent opening to check out is The Grapes, on George Street- one of Oxford’s landmark pubs, it was recently given an uplift by new owners West Berkshire Brewery, with new interiors and a large range of beers, wines and artisan spirits.
The Swan Inn, rebooted
The Swan Inn, in the Cotswold village of Ascott-under-Wychwood, is set to emerge from its sketched state above, and re-open in the real world at the end of the month (Mon 27) under the new ownership of Sam and Georgie Pearman, who also own The Talbot in Malton and The Chequers in Churchill.
Good news beauty buffs – pop princess Rihanna’s makeup line Fenty Beauty is coming to Boots stores across Bucks & Oxon. Previously only sold on the Fenty website and Harvey Nichols, the brand will now be sold in Boots Milton Keynes Crown Walk and Boots Oxford Cornmarket Street. A purchase will surely make me look as good as RiRi, right?
On your marks, get set, BAKE!
After a huge crowdfunding project (239 people donated), The Orange Bakery, in Watlington, is opening tomorrow morning and no doubt with a queue down the street. Run by 15 year old Kitty and her dad, the bakery will sell rustic bread and pastries made from locally sourced ingredients – Mary Berry would approve. And, speaking of La Berry, the domestic goddess is only coming to Thame! The former Great British Bake Off judge has just been announced as the headliner for Thame Food Festival (28 – 29 Sept) where she’ll be interviewed and signing copies of her latest book.
Fans of Stephen Fry hold on to your hats – the comedy stalwart has just announced that he’s heading out on tour for the first time in a whopping 40 years (*gasp*). The new show Mythos: A Trilogy is hopefully funnier than it sounds, and will open at the Edinburgh International Festival on 19 Aug. It will be split into three separate shows with the audience deciding which tales Stephen will tell. There are only seven dates on the tour but Oxford has made the cut- he performs at New Theatre, Oxford, on Thurs 19 – Sat 21 Sept. Get in quick, it will be a super-sell out.