It really does feel as if we’re on the run in to Christmas, I’ve seen so many flyers and messages for Christmas Fayres recently…and we’re only in November!
This week for #ELLL I’ve tried to steer away from over-indulging in all things Christmassy – there’s plenty of time for that later!
I didn’t realise just how many independent retailers & producers are in Oxfordshire until I started this post. Trust me, I’m enjoying exploring & eating at them all!
Here’s a look at my favourite places to eats, things to do and places to go this week! Enjoy staying local!
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Edamame, Holywell Street, Oxford
If it wasn’t for the queue outside you could walk straight past this tiny blue door on the cobbled, residential Holywell Street. But don’t. Within lies some beautiful, Japanese delicacies worth checking out.
This is a cosy, communal, authentic Japanese restaurant in the heart of Oxford serving the freshest of fish. It an informal, front-room dining experience but that only adds to feeling you’re one of the family.
The restaurant has three different menus which vary from lunch, dinner and the weekends. The owners say this allows it to be flexible to suit seasons & the freshness of the produce available. It worked for me! Thursday evenings is Sushi night.
Seriously, if you’re craving Japanese food this is to be the place to go.
Run by Peter and Mieko Galpin (proprietors) & their son, Leo. No booking, just walk-ins or takeaway.
Ross & Ross Pop Up LASSCO Three Pigeons Milton Common
Combine one of my favourite venues in Oxfordshire, surrounded by antiques and the best reclaimed architecture furniture around with two chefs who have produced foods for Malmaison & Paxton & Whitfield and worked at the local ‘The Thatch’ in Thame & you know you’re onto a winner!
This is the last weekend of this winter’s Pop-Up event, although there are some Christmas events planned for December. This menu at Lassco is seriously grown up and mouthwatering. They had me at the Venison Loin, Spinach & Watercress Puree, Boulangere Potatoes, Jus & Buttered Kale.
Click thru quickly, tickets are selling like hot cakes!
Olivia May Boutique, Little Clarence Street, Oxford
Oliva May Boutique, Oxford
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to attend an event at this Boutique with a range of other Oxfordshire bloggers & a styling session from LisaB Styling.
As you walk in you’re surrounded by a range of designer styles, from modern Japanese to floaty, European designers – clothes you don’t see on the high street with a bit of an edge.
What makes this boutique is the staff’s enthusiasm. I don’t mean in a sycophantic ‘I like everything on you’ kinda way, but on their knowledge of what suits your body shape. I was identified as an hour-glass – er, yes…don’t laugh!. I was encouraged to try on styles I would usually steer clear of & was pleasantly surprised. Oh, and they know how to accessorise!
That’s it from me. Be kind to your local independents this week. See you next!
Remember, if you’re an independent business in & around Oxfordshire I’d love to get to know you. Whether you’re a pub in the corner of the Cotswolds, a butcher selling hand-made sausages (or have an event that’s worth shouting about do let me know here or drop me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.