Welcome to the first of my December Eat Live Love Local guides. #ELLL is quite simply somewhere for me to share my love of independent producers in & around Oxfordshire who are producing great food, events and things I just love.
There are so many g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s. local producers popping out of the woodwork in time for Christmas! Oh and the food…so much food! I must stop buying chocolates and storing them in my “Christmas cupboard” – well that’s my excuse anyway!
So on this week’s Eat Live Love Local, there’s something for a quick winter’s lunch, a place to escape & a family show to get you into the Christmas mood. Enjoy staying local!
I think when Scotch Eggs are made well they’re some of the best comfort food around. Served warm with a winter salad is just divine for lunch.
Kirsty’s Kitchen Scotch Eggs are a work of art. She uses free range local eggs and meat which is then seasoned & hand rolled. The outside is so crumbly crunchy and the inside soft and gooey! When served warm with a runny, soft centre you’re onto a winner!
There’s a range of Christmas flavours, created by wrapping & seasoning the eggs before smothering in sausagemeat. Flavours range from Kirsty’s original with just a hint of spice to Christmas Plucked & Stuffed, It’s Thyme Deer and Beefy Hors’doeuf !
Kirsty & team are at the Vale Harvest Food Festival, on the 1st Saturday of every month in Haddenham, and a range of butchers, pubs and farm shops throughout Buckinghamshire and Oxfordforshire.
I don’t know why I’m surprised to find this independent cinema in Oxford – I should know this city would have one somewhere!
It’s the most beautiful art-deco building and auditorium which has a real throw-back to cinema in the old days. I’m ancient enough to remember cinemas with breaks in between the adverts & the film which was just enough time to buy your ice-cream from a person walking up & down the cinema steps!
This Ultimate Picture Palace doesn’t do adverts and it does have a bar *punches air* at the back of the auditorium. How wonderfully old fashioned!
It’s a lovely movie house run by a handful of staff and lots of volunteers. It’s the kind of place me & Dadtired get some grown-up cinema time. You won’t find blockbusters here, but you will find a wonderful range of arthouse films that tell a proper story!
Story telling at the children’s Story Museum looks magical this Christmas. It’s a new musical show inspired by classic myths which will take you East of the Sun and West of the Moon via a forest where Three Bears are having Christmas porridge problems!
If last year’s ‘Winter’s Tale’ is anything to go by, this year’s performance should be equally as entertaining. Perfect for primary/KS1 children and anyone else who wants to believe in the magic of Christmas!
We’re booked for next week, so a full review will follow.
The Three Bears starts 1 December 2016 – Sunday 8 January 2017. Do check the times when booking as they vary each day.
If you’re an independent business in & around Oxfordshire I’d love to get to know you.
Whether you’re a beautiful pub in the corner of the Cotswolds, a butcher selling hand-made sausages (I’ll take some of those, thank you) 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.