All the goss…
... and none of the dross! Today we're about new cocktails, brand new shops and Michelin starred chefs. Prepare for enlightenment.
The Alchemist cocktails in Westgate Oxford were already pretty cool, truth be told, with changing colours, smoke, glitter, sparklers, fireworks (okay, no fireworks but close enough). But now, to amuse the millennials and customers like me with a gnat’s concentration, they can now bring your drink to life with an augmented reality app The Conjurer which will make your Nespresso Martini break into a Bette Midler medley. OK I’m not quite sure what happens but I can tell you one thing for sure – I’m gonna find out!
Tom Kerridge’s Marlow marvel The Hand and Flowers (it’s still the only UK pub with two Michelin stars) has just appointed Jamie May as the new head chef. Jamie, pictured above, has been at at the pub for over eight years having worked his way up from junior sous chef to the top spot. Will he add another notch to the Michelin belt? No pressure love *cough*! And in other pubby news, James Street Tavern, in east Oxford, reopened this week after a major month-long refurb courtesy of the team behind the Old Bookbinders in Jericho – French street food and crepes for food, updated interiors with funky neon signage and a relaxed beer garden.
Life’s a beach
Soho Farmhouse fans, it’s time to get a leetle (okay a lot) excited as the Soho House & Co brand is moving into the beach club bizz, and in Mykonos, no less! The brand, whose popular Oxfordshire outhouse has the Beckhams as local neighbours and visitors (rubber-necking, moi?) has just purchased the Greek beachside hangout Scorpios and the 40-room San Georgio hotel, adding to its 23 property portfolio. I’m. So. THERE.
People in glass houses…
Over the border in Herts, the five star The Grove Hotel has just opened its shiny new revamped Glasshouse restaurant. Housed in a triple-height conservatory, it boasts stunning garden views and artsy bronze and glass sculptures hanging from the ceiling. Food-wise, it brings a new dining concept to the hotel – eight stations with different cuisines, with the food cooked fresh in front of you. Release the waistband, and head on in.
One for Mr Muddy
Good news for Oxford’s indie shopping scene (and male Muddy readers for that matter) as a brand new men’s fashion store, Uense, is set to open on Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. The store will sell a selection of smart-casual, designer clothing and whilst there’s no confirmed opening date yet, word on the street is it should be opening in the next few weeks- watch this space.
Who spotted Prince Harry mooching around Barton, Oxfordshire, on Tuesday?! He’s getting a mention in Muddy because, well, he’s Prince Harry.