Your resident Muddy sleuth here with all the groovy local goss, from a new hip hangout and Miss World to Heads in Lycra and a cocktail masterclasses. Intrigued? You should be.
The Last Crumb
A new hipster hangout and we think you’re going to love it. The Last Crumb in Caversham (previously the Prince if Wales) is now part of the the Dodo Pub Co family who own pubs across Oxford including The Rusty Bicycle and The Up in Arms. Inside it’s a got all the cool vibes of a Shoreditch boozer – graphic details, retro furniture and original features. Outside there is a ‘Prospect Street’ urban art wall that will be coming to an Instagram feed near you, several heated outside spaces and two shipping containers will soon be installed in the largest garden to host outdoor cinema nights and live music.
There will be an ever-changing menu of craft lagers, alongside a decent cocktail menu and homemade spirits plus crowd-pleasing range of dirty burgers, pizzas and quirky brunch dishes. From now until Thu 17 Oct, The Last Crumb is offering 50% off your food bill.
Veg out in Caversham
The mighty Vegivores have been selling their plant-based street food in Reading for nearly three years, but they’re about to open their very first bricks and mortar Vegan restaurant. Owners Kevin and Emma Farrell will be launching later this month on Church Street in Caversham in a unit that used to be home to the Caversham Cafe. It’s right next door to the local butchers, so avert your eyes and feel the veggie love.
Heads Up to £100k
Mental Health Week and we’ve been media bombed by the Fab Four – Wills, Kate, Harry and Meghan, plus a cameo from Harry’s double Ed Sheeran. But we want to shine a light on the Terrific Twenty. Not heard of them? Well, listen up. Elstree School headmaster, Sid Inglis, is the brains behind the Heads Up Challenge – an endurance event to raise awareness for the mental health charity Place2Be – a charity particularly focused on supporting schools to be ‘mentally healthy’. With a terrifying rise in teen anxiety and depression, more research and support is needed to ensure our kids grow up mentally fit.
In the summer 20 prep schools heads slipped into Lycra and embarked on a 14-hour kayak, cycle and hike from ‘dawn ‘til dusk’ in Pembrokeshire. Their efforts raised a staggering £90,033.16, but their target is £100,000. In the spirit of Mental Health Week, let’s help them over the line. You can donate to Sid’s Just Giving page here – call it danger money, if they don’t raise the money, they’ll be doing a naked calendar (only joking). You have been warned.
Who will be Gilded Miss World
Jo Gilder of Gilded Hair has been crowned Muddy Stilettos Best Hair Salon three times. Not content to sit back and polish her Muddy crown, Jo has been asked to take a team of styling ninjas to London’s ExCel in December. She’ll be creating pageant perfect hair for a gaggle of wannabe Miss Worlds – we can only imagine the tantrums and tiaras. Between now and then, pop on your satin sash and sashay into her Wokingham salon. You can tell her about your plans for world peace while wearing a swimming costume and heels. But will the Miss World crown be sitting on a Gilded do? Only time will tell.
A Happy brew
It has been over a year in the making but Berkshire-based Happy Larder Co finally launched this week, selling quality loose tea with conscience. Every bag of sold helps female survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking rebuild their lives – just by enjoying a brew. For even more feel-good vibes, Happy Larder teas are also ethically and sustainably sourced, the packaging is fully recyclable, and they sell only loose leaf tea to reduce the environmental impact of plastic coated teabags. Founder Leanne Duffield has worked with the UK’s best tea tasters to create a range of quality teas – the English Breakfast blend took eight months to perfect. So pop the kettle on, the humble cuppa has the power to change lives.
Mid-week cocktails, anyone?
Er, always! The Botanist, in Reading, has launched a brand new Cocktail Masterclasses – it’s about time too, considering the bar is famed for its unusual concoctions. Masterclasses, for groups of 6+, are from £25 and are run by an expert mixologist who’ll help you make three cocktails. There’s also the option to upgrade to nibbles and an extra cocktail on arrival (would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?). If you don’t fancy the sweet stuff, there’s an ale and gin offering too, perfect fodder for a night out with the girls. thebotanist.uk.com
British Fashion Council designer pop up
It’s October which means we can officially start buying our new autumn wardrobes. Right on cue – The British Fashion Council is popping up at Bicester Village for 20 days. The pop-up will showcase the BFC’s curated edit of 30 of the best British fashion houses and designers including Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Eudon Choi, House of Holland, Rixo, Roksanda and Winser London. Ready, steady – shop! tbvsc.com
Draco Florist – closed
Sad news! The fabulous Draco Floristry has closed. This edgy florist and French wine concept store will be missed in Newbury. Owner Shakirah Whyte trained at the innovative London Flower School (run by flower powerhouse Wagner Kreusch) and she has returned to the Big Smoke to start a new Draco chapter. Newbury’s loss is London’s gain, but we can’t wait to what Shakirah does next.