Category: Homes & Interiors
When Heston’s people call your people to invite you round for a barbecue in the funky new garden at his pub The Crown At Bray, you’re not going to say no. Yes it was a bit nippy, all right he was flogging his swanky new barbecues, but as you can imagine, this was no ordinary grill up… This was the pimped up daddy of all barbies.
When I arrive half the garden is swathed in a super-stylish marquee (blasted British weather), there’s a funky outdoor bar and a big open kitchen which is smokin’ as the chefs fire up Heston’s new toys to road test The Crown’s new menu.
Wonderful though it is living in these ‘ere countrified parts, the one area that can be under-represented is the cooler end of contemporary interiors. Thank goodness then for one of the grooviest couples I’ve ever met, Russ and Tessa Turner, whose quirky shop Epoch3, selling refurbished period furniture, local artwork and stylish gifts has been like a breath of minty freshness amidst Reading’s otherwise chain-heavy streets.
In this wonderful treasure trove on the Caversham Road (just before the Mothercare roundabout, I managed to park quite easily on Brigham Road, there are a smattering of 2-hour free parking bays in the neighbouring streets) you’ll find some fabulous mid-century furniture (stuff like G-Plan, Ercol, Vanson) with life breathed into it by Russ who lovingly restores and hand-paints the pieces the couple finds at auction, like these Ercol chairs…
They also sell lots of local, original art.
I’ve just discovered Jules Hogan on Twitter. She knits beautiful cushions, ponchos, wraps and more in her garden studio in Berkshire. Can’t get enough of her gorgeous things. Take a look!
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