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Reading Festival 2021 line up


If this year’s cancelled Reading Festival left a gaping hole in your summer, fear not, the organisers have just announced next year’s event will be super-charged with six headliners performing on not one but two main stages.

Stormzy and Liam Gallagher have re-confirmed (Rage Against The Machine are MIA) with US rapper Post Malone, dance duo Disclosure, and rock bands Queens of the Stone Age and Catfish and the Bottlemen joining the bill. The elephant in the field? The lack of female artists among next year’s headliners, all of whom are male. Ouch.

Picnic with Rick

Pub in the park Tom Kerridge Giant PITP letters

The thing about Rick Astley is that when he commits to a job he’s ‘Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down‘ (*tehe). So when Pub In The Park was hastily postponed until 2021 and the 80s legend realised he couldn’t perfrom, he plotted with organiser Tom Kerridge to bring a mini festival to Marlow this month.

Picnic In The Park takes place from 24 – 27 Sep at Higginson Park, where you’ll get four nights of socially-distant comedy, live music and amaaaazing food. Headliners Rick Astley, Jack Savoretti, Dara Ó Briain, Josh Widdicombe, Tom Allen and Mark Watson will step up to the mic, while Tom Kerridge, Paul Ainsworth and Atol Kocchar will be working their Michelin star magic in the kitchens.

Tickets go on sale Fri 4 Sep. Be warned numbers are very limited.

Sweet dreams are made of this

Natalie of Cuppies and Cream holding a cake

Lockdown baking has lost its lustre? We hear you. As someone who can only back banana loaf, it’s best to leave baking to the professionals. As if by magic, news lands in the Muddy in tray that Wokingham’s utterly brilliant Natalie of Cuppies ‘N’ Cream fame is opening a cake studio and cupcake café in Hartley Wintney. Not only will you be able to order her stunning bespoke tiers, but she’ll be whipping up fresh batches for us to devour with a hot cuppa. Natalie is a self-taught genius with a creative eye so expect a space that once in, you’ll never want to leave.

The Little Angel reopens

The Little Angel Pub Henley yellow velvet chair green velvet sofa wood burner blue grey walls

Man the confetti canon, The Little Angel in Henley is back!!! The team will welcome customers with a socially distant hug from Fri 4 Sep. We’re big fans of this pub (just nudging across the border into Berkshire), and they’ve been super busy during their temporary closure installing a new kitchen and pimping up the interiors. The Little Angel has always had a great rep for quality food and is a bit of haunt for the Lycra-wearing six-packers who waft in for a few jars after a gruelling rowing sesh on the river. Eat, drink, ogle… repeat.

The Oxford Blue closes

Oxford Blue At Home Steven and Ami Ellis

Yet another Covid casualty and a big loss Berkshire’s foodie scene. We are sad to learn that Oxford Blue in Old Windsor has closed permanently. Despite many accolades (ranked 36th in the Top 50 Gastropub this year) and five-star reviews, chef-proprietor Steven Ellis (protégé of Gordon Ramsay) couldn’t get over the devastating impact lockdown had on his business. While the gastropub was closed Stephen and his pastry chef wide Ami launched Oxford Blue At Home – so if you love their food, you can enjoy their delicious British dishes but you’ll need to brush up on your plating skills and service.

Eat Out To Help Out – the party continues

The Beehive pub white waltham opposite village cricket green

Following the success of Dishy Rishi’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme, some of Berkshire’s finest foodie pitstops are continuing to offer a discount throughout September too. The Beehive in White Waltham (one of the best gastropubs in then UK), has extended its hours and on Tuesdays you can snag 10% off. The White Oak in Cookham will be offering 25% off, Wed-Fri. Changing things up a bit, at The Newbury Pub you can get three small plates for £12 throughout Sep (12pm-4pm) and on Thursdays quaff a glass of wine or prosecco on the house too. The Dolphin in Newbury is continuing the Eat Out To Help Out discount Tues and Wed. Heading into Reading? The Last Crumb in Caversham is offering 40% off, Mon-Wed and at The Shurlock Inn and The Corn Stores Reading get 50% off food (max £10 per head). Eat, drink and support our local hospitality businesses.

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