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Scorchio news!

Dig out your dental floss outfit, it’s just been announced that The Pussycat Dolls are will be taking to the Party In The Paddock stage at Newbury Racecourse on Sat 15 Aug after a day of summer racing. It’s been a whirlwind in PVC for Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Carmit Bachar who in just a few weeks have reformed, announced a tour and released their new single React. Tickets for Pussycat Dolls at Newbury Racecourse are on general sale book tickets here or call 01635 40015. McFly will also play at the racecourse in July and the legendary Rick Astley in September.


Festival line ups

Brit winner Mabel

The line-ups are coming thick and fast and it’s raining Brits winners at Reading Festival. Best British Male artist Stormzy and Best British Female Artist (and daughter of Neneh Cherry) Mabel, above, will be joining Liam Gallagher and Rage Against The Machine (28-30 Aug). Elsewhere, the 80s cheese-fest Let Rock The Moor in Cookham has Tony Hadley, Kim Wilde, Midge Ure, Toyah, UB40 and Captain Sensible will be turning back time. And over the border, Oxford royalty Supergrass and Brits winners Foals were recently announced as headliners for this year’s Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park (Thurs 30 July – Sun 2nd Aug). Tickets are on sale now so nab them quick.


New and improved

Fat Buddha restaurant

New eateries are popping like snowdrops in Berkshire right now, with a brand new Indian restaurant popping up in Maidenhead. The multi-award-winning Fat Buddha will open next month (March 2020) on Bridge Street offering a cracking curry as well as tapas in the lounge bar.

Over in Wokingham, a new Italian street food spot, TOTO has opened on Central Walk. Chef Luciano is serving authentic Italian pizza, pastries, paninis and other food that doesn’t begin with P like arancini and calamari. The weather may be saying Blighty, but your belly can whisk you off to Bologna.

Golden Ball-Brakspear sofa and sign

As for the improved, The Golden Ball in Pinkneys Green (above) has just completed a huuuge revamp to create a cosy hangout with oodles of personality. Expect to see dusky green walls, squishy sofas, upcycled luggage – basically it’s interior porn for you to salivate over while waiting for your food.

Just down the road, the Rouxs have been polishing their three Michelin stars and tarting up The Waterside Inn. Details of the refurbishment are sketchy, so we will have to sell one of the children and eat there to get a glimpse. Or you enjoy all the eye candy at the restaurant’s super fancy guest chef dinner with Alain Roux and Sat Bains on 21 April. Yes it’s £375pp but 5 Michelin stars don’t come cheap.


Green Queen is crowned

We’ve been shouting about eco trailblazers Gilded Hair for some time, and now this stylish and sustainable salon in Wokingham has received The Good Salon Guide’s Eco Seal of Approval. And the cherry on top is that owner Jo Gilder has been asked to be a champion for GSG’s Eco Award. Berkshire’s Green Queen Jo is committed to creating gorgeous hair at her cool salon without trashing the planet, by using compostable sugar-cane sugar bowls, eco showerheads that reduce water usage by 65%, biodegradable towels, refills of Kevin Murphy products so your plastic bottles (made from recycled ocean plastic) can be reused and more. The list is endless.

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