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That’s a candid shot of my bedroom just this morning… I wish. It’s actually a selection of the chic interiors goodies available from contemporary furniture store Arlo & Jacob, which is opening its fourth showroom in Windsor House on Spittal Street, Marlow this Easter. They design and produce everything in-house, a policy which gets a big gold star from us. But as one shop door opens, sadly another closes – Aylesbury’s indie Rocky & Kook vintage store, that’s been on Temple Street since 2016, is shutting up shop on Sat 27 April.


Boozer news… and there’s plenty of it!

Henley’s nightlife gets a boost this month with two new openings. A new wine-focused bar with dining, Hof’s, is opening on Sat 13 April, on Market Place, and will have in-house vino experts, a tasting table, a menu of lesser-known wines from all around the world, Brakspear cask ales and cocktails. And down the road on Hart Street, the team behind The Bottle & Glass Inn in Binfield Heath, is opening Hart Street Tavern (below) on CAU steakhouse’s old spot.

It’ll have a modern British menu, open from breakfast to dinner, and is soft launching at the end of April. Huzzah!

Another new pub with a whizzy team at the reins is The Oarsman in Marlow (replacing the Cross Keys) which has been taken on by the crew behind the award-winning Grouse & Ale in Lane End and Yew Tree at Frieth. No confirmed date yet but should be opening in the next few weeks, I’ll prod you when I hear.

Finally, The Polecat Inn, in G Miss is set to open in time for Easter Monday, on Fri 12 Apr, with a new glass dining area and following suit is Muddy favourite The Perch, Binsey, below, which is also opening a swanky new dining room on Sat 13, with room for 60 extra covers and fabulous views of that gorgeous pub garden and Port Meadow. The opening also coincides with the launch of a new spring menu and wine lists. Table for one, please!


New chefs checking in

I am super excited about The Langley opening this summer, so much so that I plonked on a hard hat a couple of months ago to have a sneak peek at the progress (FYI there’s a super sexy spa that I can’t wait to try out). Now I’m even more excited as Marco Ardemagni has just been announced as head chef – he was previously sous chef at Sushi Samba, so expect big things.

In other foodie news, a new cooking maestro has been appointed at The Vineyard in Stockcross just across the border in Berks. Tom Scade will be leaving Michelin-star holder, The Ritz hotel in London where he is sous chef under John Williams. Will he bring a Michelin twinkler back to The Vineyard? We will have to wait and see.


And finally…

The man behind Oxford’s infamous shark house on New High Street in Headington, writer and broadcaster Bill Heine, sadly passed away last week. If you’d like a closer look at his iconic gaff, it’s listed on Air b’n’b (sleeps four guests). It’s worth renting just to find out if the shark’s head pokes down through the living room ceiling.


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