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ISSUE 188

SEPTEMBER 2017

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The Manor Country House Hotel & Dining See page 6 6,500 copies printed every month since 2002

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Welcome to Living in Oxford We hope the summer has been treating you well. The Manor Country Hotel & Restaurant takes the lead for this edition, as our very own (and newest addition to the team – Hello Sandra!) Sandra Dibling reviews this beautiful, picturesque and delightful country retreat on page 6. This issue also features a slew of other great restaurant reviews from an eclectic mix of establishments such as wonderful traditional pub The White Horse in Kings Sutton, The Maytime Inn in Burford (nominated in the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards 2016), the quaint yet exceedingly popular Vaults & Garden Café in the centre of Oxford, long-time favourite of ours – Pierre Victoire in Little Clarendon Street, Qumins on St Clements Street (our designer claims it to be the best Indian meal he’s ever had!), and the bustling Cockadoo in Nuneham Courtnay with their great themed evening and live acts. For those of you who fancy a bit more greenery before the summer comes to an end, we have features on two great and beautiful golf courses in Oxfordshire: Kirtlington Golf Club on page 42 and Frilford Heath Golf Club on page 44. For beauty of a different nature, why not visit Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Summertown for their current exhibition on the works of Sarah Spackman and Linda Bloomfield – see page 32 for more info. The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) has finally opened their doors and would love to welcome you to try their wonderful gins and take a tour of the distillery. Check out page 22 for more info. Last but not least, we are proud to announce the return of the Living In Oxford Awards! Take a look at pages 8 & 9 to see some of the great establishments that are already involved. Happy reading! Lorna Dodson, Assistant Editor, Living In Oxford Magazine

Contents Oxfordshire Events

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Oxfordshire Shopping

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Oxfordshire Education

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Oxford City Centre Map

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Oxfordshire Attractions

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County Map

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Oxfordshire Theatre

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Oxfordshire Sports

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Oxfordshire Cinema

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Oxfordshire Restaurants

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Oxfordshire Art & Antiques

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Oxfordshire Health & Beauty

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Oxfordshire Accommodation

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Oxfordshire Services

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The Living in Oxford Team

Richard Rosser

Sandra Dibling

Colin Rosser

Lorna Dodson

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In this issue of Living In Oxford...

The Manor Country House Hotel & Dining

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"On arrival to The Manor with my friend Annette (a seasoned foodie) I was taken aback by this beautiful 11th century building, it was breath taking. Set in 12 acres of stunning countryside it really and is one of Oxfordshire’s Best Kept Secrets."

The Oxford Artisan Distillery

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"Oxford’s first and only distillery is now open for business – offering visitor tours and sales of its spirits at Old Depot, South Parks, Oxford. The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) is one of very few distilleries in the UK to produce a range of spirits..."

Kirtlington Golf Club

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"It was threatening rain when I arrived at Kirtlington on an overcast May evening to play golf against the Golf and Pro Shop Manager of the club, Gary Quainton. As Gary plays off 5 and I struggle to play off 19, a good old thrashing looked even more..."

• Balancing Business with Birdies

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• Pierre Victoire: A French Connection

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• Excel Dry Cleaners – First Class Service

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The Manor Country House Hotel & Dining

Reviewed by Sandra Dibling

On arrival to The Manor with my friend Annette (a seasoned foodie) I was taken aback by this beautiful 11th century building, it was breath taking. Set in 12 acres of stunning countryside it really is one of Oxfordshire’s Best Kept Secrets. We chose to dine in the Barons Hall, the room was amazing and the Tudor oak-panelling lended itself perfectly to our special evening. With a 2AA Rosette status we knew we were in a for a gastronomic treat and certainly wasn’t disappointed.

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Annette chose the Raw Sweet Potato Noodles as her starter, I couldn’t resist the Tuna Caraccio, it was delicious and presented beautifully... For the main course I relished the Pan Seared Sea Trout served with courgette, vanilla mash, peach and broad beans, it was utterly delicious and the vegetables cooked to perfection. Annette chose the Saffron Poached Lemon sole and declared it was the best she’d ever had. Our delightful waitress Joan gave us time before presenting the desert menu. She recommended the Raw Cocoa Torte which arrived with a raspberry, coconut, peach and vanilla sorbet. It was incredible and a fabulous way to end our meal. I certainly won’t be a stranger to The Manor and am looking forward to popping in for lunch very soon.

The Manor Weston, Weston-on-the-Green Oxfordshire, OX25 3QL Tel: 01869 350621 Web: www.themanorweston.com

DISCOVER YOUR HAVEN OF LUXURY AT THE MANOR. Weddings & Events A natural Oxfordshire venue of choice for many of life’s celebrations...

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IN OXFORD AWARDS 2017 We have been running the In Oxford Awards for three years now, providing Oxfordshire’s favourite establishments with the recognition and praise they deserve. The Awards are voted for online by the general public and readers of In Oxford Magazine.

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CURRENT ENTRANTS Here are some of the great establishments that are currently in the running for this year’s Awards. > > > > >

Ashmolean Museum Breckon & Breckon Brookes Restaurant Chiltern Railways Christ Church Picture Gallery > City Sightseeing > Creation Theatre > Hedges Law > Kirtlington Golf Club > Old Fire Station > Oxford Castle Unlocked > Oxford Shakespeare Co > Pierre Victoire

> Qumins > Royal Oxford Hotel > Sanders of Oxford > The Bear & Ragged Staff > The Cherwell Boathouse > The Manor > The Maytime Inn > The Oxford Kitchen > The Pint Shop > TOAD > Turtle Bay > University of Oxford Shop > Vaults & Garden Café

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Oxfordshire Events Calendar 2017 A quick overview of events to look forward to. For a full list of what’s going on in Oxford and Oxfordshire, see the website! www.livinginoxford.com

Foodies Festival Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd September: Feast in the Street Food Avenue; learn to bake in the Cake and Bake Theatre; enjoy afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Tent; taste wine, champagne and craft beer in the Drinks Theatre; buy from local producers in the Artisan Market; kids enjoy the Childrens Cookery Theatre; live music on the Success Express Music Stage and much more! foodiesfestival.com/oxford-food-festival

St. Giles Fair Monday 4th - Tuesday 5th September: St Giles’ Fair is one of the greatest and most prestigious in the country. In the 18th century it was a toy fair, then in the early 19th century it was a general children’s fair. The funfair grew during mid and late Victorian times. The forerunners of today’s rides were first developed following advances in mechanical engineering. www.oxford.gov.uk

The Oxford Wine Festival Friday 8th - Saturday 9th September: We bring together 40 of the UK's leading wine merchants, regional specialists and English vineyards in one of Oxford's most iconic buildings - the Oxford Union. Hundreds of awardwinning and rare wines from over twenty countries, accompanied by live music, food, and tutored tastings from the world's foremost wine authorities. www.oxfordwinefestival.org

Headington Beer Festival Friday 8th - Sunday 10th September: The 16th Headington Beer Festival at The Masons Arms Headington Quarry Oxfords CAMRA city pub of the year 2004, 2005, 2010, 2014, and 2016. Over 70 Real Ales, Ciders, Craft Beers and the New world Beer Bar. BBQ Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Pig Roast and Live Music Saturday evening. www.themasonsarmshq.co.uk

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials Wednesday 13th - Sunday 17th September: A world class international equestrian event and a great family day out! There is much to do on all days in addition to the showcase eventing classes, such as complimentary displays and demonstrations, competitions for grassroots riders, a fun ride and of course a plethora of shops, food outlets, bars and entertainments. www.blenheimpalace.com

Oxford Chamber Music Festival Wednesday 27th September - Sunday 1st October: The Oxford Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2000 by the Oxford born violinist Priya Mitchell and has gained a reputation for being one of the most exciting music festivals in Europe. Musical mirage, mirrors and double identity, illusion and reality, transformation and metamorphosis...all intriguing themes that will be open to interpretation in OCMF 2017. www.ocmf.net

Thame Food Festival Saturday 30th September - Sunday 1st October: Thame Food Festival , held at The Thame Showground in Oxfordshire, is a wonderful showcase for the passion of local artisan food and drink producers and retailers in the area. It is a celebration of everything that is right with food and is a great, bustling, fun filled, family day out. www.thamefoodfestival.co.uk

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Oxfordshire Events Experience Oxfordshire 15-16 Broad Street Oxford OX1 3AS. Tel: 01865 686430. Web: www.experienceoxfordshire.org Experience Oxfordshire is pleased to promote the many wonderful cultural events, shows, exhibitions and festivals that take place across the city and county. There’s always something going on in Oxfordshire, for all interests and ages. Check our calendar to see what events are on tonight, this weekend, or during your future visit.

Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar Sunday 3rd September: This family-friendly event will showcase more than 350 of the world’s greatest classic and supercars in the stunning surroundings of the Oxfordshire World Heritage Site. Highlights include one of the largest gatherings of Ferraris ever seen in the UK; with 150 examples of the world’s most famous sports car manufacturer on display, as well as the Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition. www.blenheimpalace.com St Giles Fair Monday 4th - Tuesday 5th September: The St Giles' Fair in Oxford is an annual pleasure fair since Victorian times. Every year this famous fair takes place on Monday and Tuesday after the first Sunday following St Giles' Day. The fair is located at St Giles and extends into Magdalen Street to the south and Banbury Road and Woodstock Road to the north. www.oxford.gov.uk Sarah Kendall: One-Seventeen at The North Wall Friday 15th September: Nominated twice for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show and Total Fringe Sell Out 2016, Sarah Kendall returns with One-Seventeen. A blistering hour of storytelling from the creator and star of the hit BBC Radio 4 series Australian Trilogy. The Times reviewed the play as “a mini masterpiece of tragicomic storytelling”. www.thenorthwall.com Ada & the Engine at the Old Fire Station Tuesday 19th September: By turns comic, moving and exhilarating, Lauren Gunderson’s play not only celebrates Ada Lovelace’s intellectual contributions as a mathematician and ‘poetic scientist’, but explores the complex love life and family relationships she dealt with at a time when women were not ‘required’ to be assertive or intellectual. www.oldfirestation.org.uk Simon Amstell: What Is This? at The Oxford Playhouse Sunday 24th September: Beginning his fifth stand up tour in the UK, Simon Amstell’s What Is This? promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love. Supported by Mawaan Rizwan, this is an evening of comedy genius not to be missed. www.oxfordplayhouse.com Nick Cope’s Songbook at The Story Museum Saturday 30th September: Join ex indie-rocker front man of The Candyskins, Nick Cope, to sing along about monkeys, bears, socks and mud! Why not take a break from shopping in the city, and introduce your little ones to the world of music and dance with this unique acoustic folk-rock performance? www.storymuseum.org.uk

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Oxfordshire Events The Oxfordshire Museum Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN. Tel: 01993 811456. Web: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshiremuseum

Lectures The Common Lodging House in Victorian England Wednesday 6th September: By Liz Woolley. Tickets: Friends of The Oxfordshire Museum free, visitors £4. Time: 7.30pm 20 Years of Treasure Saturday 23rd September: Lecture by Dr Michael Lewis FSA MC IfA, Head of Portable Antiquities & Treasure at The British Museum. Tickets: Lecture is free but donations in support of the PAS are welcomed. Time: 10.30am Updating Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter: new digs, new finds Wednesday 4th October: By Pam Manix. Tickets: Friends of The Oxfordshire Museum free, visitors £4. Time: 7.30pm

Viking Heroes Playroom Until Sunday 17th September: Explore our Viking encampment area. The tales of Noggin the Nog, games and crafting activities will encourage visitors young and old to discover more about the everyday lives of the Vikings.

Viking Heroes Exhibition Until Sunday 1st October: In this compelling exhibition discover some of the real-life hero ‘celebrities’ of the Viking world, including Eric Blood-axe – last Viking King of York, King Cnut the Great, Harald Bluetooth – Christian and King, and Harald Hardrada – the thunderbolt of the North.

20 Years of Treasure Saturday 23rd September 2017 - Saturday 31st March 2018: Explore our Viking encampment area. The tales of Noggin the Nog, games and crafting activities will encourage visitors young and old to discover more about the everyday lives of the Vikings.

Pitt Rivers Museum South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP Tel: 01865 270927 Web: www.prm.ox.ac.uk

September Pitt Stop: What Would You Take to the Afterlife? Saturday 2nd September: Think like an Ancient Egyptian Pharoah and build your own tomb. What would you put inside? Time: 1pm - 4pm

September Under 5s: A Little Look at... Food Friday 8th September: A fun and hands-on session for walkers to 5 years. Come along and see some of our fascinating objects and make something to take home with you. Time: 10.30am - 12pm

Syrians Unknown Until Saturday 30 September: A photographic exhibition by John Wreford. Visit the Upper Gallery to encounter large scale portraits of people displaced from Syria, now surviving and thriving in Istanbul, Turkey. Each person photographed has written powerful testimonies about their experiences. Exhibition in English and Arabic.

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 OXFORD COFFEE CONCERTS

One of the top ten things to do in the UK (Observer) Nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2012. Every Sunday Morning at 11:15am. In the Wonderful Holywell Music Room (Oldest Concert Hall in Europe) Coffee Served before and after the concert at the Kings Arms and Vaults Cafe.

3rd September: The Piatti String Quartet 10th September: Tim Horton 17th September: The Marmen Quartet 24th September: The Isimsiz Ensemble For full concert details visit www.coffeeconcerts.com £12 Adults, £6 Children ages 11 -17. Admission is free of charge to children aged of 5-10 accompanied by an adult. (Please note: we do not allow children under the age of 5.) Tickets Available at the door or from Oxford Playhouse. Tel: 01865 305305. Web: www.coffeeconcerts.com

Bitten Oxford Web: bittenoxford.co.uk Twitter: @BittenOxford Facebook: /bittenoxford

Bitten Street: Season Close Party Saturday 2nd September: Bitten Street, Oxford’s street food market, kicked off in 2014. We’ve since made Oxford Castle Quarter our home, with a rotating selection of street food and drink. Hosting a regular collection of local traders while also playing host to a glittering selection of the UK’s best street food traders from further afield, each event is unique and each trader is hand picked for their awesome food and epic vans/trucks/stalls. Time: 11am - 3pm.

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Think Healthy Thoughts

8th September, 10am - 4pm Join us for our first ever Health & Wellness Event

My Novel, what next?

9th September, 10am - 4pm This is your first step to becoming an author

Wedding Fair & Venue Showcase 17th September, 11.30am - 3pm

Find out why generations of brides and grooms have chosen The Manor to play host to their most special of days

Jan Harvey Creative Writing Class

14th October, 9am - 12pm Spend the morning exploring your Creativity in a relaxed and Supportive Environment

The Manor, Northampton Road, Weston on the Green, OX25 3QL

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Oxfordshire Education EF Oxford Language School Pullens Lane, Oxford, OX3 0DT. Tel: 01865 759660. Web: www.ef.co.uk Experience centuries of academic excellence and a tourist destination complete with stunning architecture, markets and world class museums. Highlights include: Spacious modern campus is situated on private grounds in a quiet residential neighbourhood; Newly renovated English school features glass-roofed cafeteria, fitness room, multimedia lecture hall and classrooms; Spacious student lounge equipped with TV, DVD player and a variety of games; Outdoor patio with lounge chairs and year-round BBQ café; The Oxford English school is located 5-minute walk from public transportation; Group jaunts to West end shows and musicals.

Lake School of English 14 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1JQ. Tel: +44 (0) 1865 724312. Email: carmel@englishinoxford.com Web: www.englishinoxford.com In the centre of Oxford, the Lake School of English offers a professional, dynamic approach to teaching and a supportive environment for learning with intensive courses delivered by well-qualified and experienced teachers. Our students enjoy personal attention, inclusive social activities, comfortable accommodation and lovely self-study facilities. The Lake School is British Council accredited, a leading Centre of Excellence 2010 – 2015, and a member of Quality English.

Our Lady’s Abingdon Abingdon on Thames, Oxfordshire, OX14 3PS. Tel: 01235 524658. Web: www.olab.org.uk OLA is a member of The Society of Heads , the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and the Catholic Independent Schools' Conference (CISC). It is a thriving and highly-regarded independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-18 years. The school is set in pleasant grounds within walking distance of the centre of Abingdon and within a few miles of Oxford. The facilities on offer are extensive. Building programmes over recent years have provided excellent teaching facilities for subjects across the curriculum, including a spacious Sixth Form Centre and a purpose built Nursery. A major building programme was completed a number of years ago which included a new auditorium, drama studio, science laboratory, exhibition and reception area, teaching spaces and a library/resource centre. We have since extended the Sixth Form Centre, created a Design and Technology suite and extended our dining facilities.

Eckersley Oxford 14 Friars Entry, Oxford OX1 2BZ. Tel: 01865 721268. Web: www.eckersley.co.uk At Eckersley School of English we deliver intensive English courses in the heart of Oxford, England. Students are taught in very small class sizes which creates a collaborative training environment with constant proximity to tutors. This close tutorship feeds students’ curiosity and inspires them in the creation of their bi-lingual identity. The very small class sizes allow us to focus on each student’s own intelligences and give extra coaching where needed. The school environment promotes discussion and inquiry which stimulates critical thinking and illuminates ideas. Programmes deliver a depth of language skill and a breadth of cultural awareness which gives learners a cosmopolitan perspective and a natural flair for international connectivity.

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Oxfordshire Attractions City Sightseeing Bus Tours Oxford Railway Station, Park End Street, OX1 1HS. Tel: 01865 790522. Web: www.citysightseeingoxford.com Our award winning one hour tour takes you on a fascinating journey around both the famous University colleges and the historic buildings of the city itself. Hop on and off at any of our nineteen bus stops around the town. All buses have live guides or recorded commentary in up to thirteen languages. Tours operate all day every day except Christmas/Boxing and New years day. Tickets valid on Red and Green Buses.

Cherwell Boathouse - Punting Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST (1 mile from the town centre). Tel: 01865 515978. Web: www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk Enjoy the quintessential Oxford experience punting on the River Cherwell. With over 70 hand built punts, boats and canoes. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon in a beautiful tranquil environment on the river.

The James Sadler Oxford Balloon Experience Tel: 0845 116 8899. Email: info@oxfordballoonexperience.com Web: www.oxfordballoonexperience.com The James Sadler Oxford Balloon Experience, a World class attraction to commemorate James Sadler, a working-class hero who made history in 1784 by becoming the first Englishman to fly, as well as many other remarkable achievements. The Centre will offer 120 metre high balloon rides in a tethered balloon, alongside a complementary information and education centre, educating visitors about Sadler’s extraordinary achievements. Education is key: interactive scientific concepts will be designed with children in mind.

Oxford Visitor Information Centre 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS Tel: 01865 686 430. Email: info@experienceoxfordshire.org Web: experienceoxfordshire.org The Oxford Visitor Information Centre staff provide an extensive range of services to help make your stay enjoyable and memorable. We offer a wide range of guides, maps, souvenirs and local produce. We also can guide you to the best Oxfordshire has to offer. We are also the home of Oxford Official Walking Tours, the best way to explore Oxford on foot. See in store or get in contact with us by Tel: 01865 686430 Email: info@experienceoxfordshire.org

Oxford Official Walking Tours 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS Tel: 01865 686442. Web: experienceoxfordshire.org/official-tours What better way to discover our beautiful city than on foot? The Oxford Official Walking Tours are a fascinating and entertaining way to explore and learn about this unique city, its history, University, famous people and odd traditions. Oxford Official Walking Tours cover a wide range of topics from an introduction to the city and its University to Inspector Morse, Harry Potter, J.R.R. Tolkien and more. Email: officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org

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Oxford Castle Quarter 43 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 20165. Web: www.oxfordcastle.com Oxford’s oldest new quarter, once home to the infamous Oxford Prison and now home to an exciting hub of restaurants and the gorgeous Malmaison Boutique Hotel. The Castle also has an exciting visitor attraction ‘Oxford Castle Unlocked,’ where the secrets of the castle have been unlocked. For art lovers there is the O3 Gallery, with exhibitions all year round.

St Michael at the North Gate Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY. Tel: 01865 240940. Web: www.smng.org.uk St Michael at the North Gate is the oldest Church Tower in Oxford and is definitely worth a visit! There’s also a treasury of silver and bronze dating back to the 1600s and you can also see a copy of the church accounts dating back hundreds of years. Open: 10.30am - 5pm (10.30am - 4pm in Winter). Admission: Adults and Concessions £2.50, Students £2.00, Children £1.30, Family ticket £7.00

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ. Tel: 01865 279111. Web: www.university-church.ox.ac.uk St Mary’s is situated at the historic heart of the City and University of Oxford. Thought to be the oldest university building in the world, the Tower was built in 1280, and the University’s reference library was added in 1320. It is worth the climb of 127 steps to make it to the top to enjoy fine uninterrupted views across Oxford and the surrounding countryside. Open: 9am to 5pm (July and August 9am-6pm). Tower Admission: Adult £4 (Concs £2.50)

Carfax Tower Junction of St Aldates and High Street, Oxford OX1 4AZ. Tel: 01865 792653. In 1818 St Martin’s church was rebuilt complete with tower. However, the church, apart from its tower, was demolished in 1896. The tower is all that remains today. Two ‘quarter boys’ who hit the bells at every quarter hour adorn the east facade of the church clock. Climb up 99 steps to get a sweeping view of Oxford’s spires. Open 10am - 5.30pm, Apr - Oct (4.30pm in October), Admission £2.20, Children £1.10.

Oxford Castle Unlocked 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 260666. Web: www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk Discover 1,000 years of Oxford’s history. Oxford Castle Unlocked is a visitor attraction with a past stretching far beyond your imagination. Led by a costumed character guide, the rich history of the castle will be revealed. Climb the Saxon St George’s Tower, descend deep underground into the Crypt, explore the Prison D-Wing and scale the Mound of the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle. See a full list of our events at www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk. Opening Times: 10am - 5pm.

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The Oxford Artisan Distillery Oxford’s first and only distillery is now open for business – offering visitor tours and sales of its spirits at Old Depot, South Parks, Oxford. The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) is one of very few distilleries in the UK to produce a range of spirits from grain to glass, making it a very rare, true craft distiller with the highest standards in total provenance. Its main ingredients are unique populations of ancient heritage grain - all grown and harvested in fields close to Oxford. Not just organic, they are grown with sustainable farming methods, once common in medieval England, which replenish the soil and support wildlife. Worldwide, these populations of grain are only found in Oxfordshire – and are grown exclusively for TOAD. Some of TOAD’s botanicals are hand-picked from The University of Oxford’s Botanic Garden – the oldest garden of its kind in the country and the inspiration behind many of the distiller’s recipes. The magnificent copper stills, Nautilus and Nemo, were designed by TOAD and hand-built by the engineers at South Devon Railways, the team who re-built the famous steam engine, The Flying Scotsman. Visitor Tours Visitors are now able to book tours of the distillery either directly or through Experience Oxfordshire’s Visitor Information Centre in Broad St or online at http://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/venue/oxford-artisan-distillery/ Standard tours cost £20 and last about 45 minutes. Visitors can arrange to be picked up in TOAD’s own shuttle bus from the centre of Oxford – and returned after sampling its spirits and learning what makes TOAD a true craft distiller. Spirits for Sale TOAD’s first products are Oxford Dry Gin (46% abv, £39.50 per 70cl bottle) and Oxford Rye Vodka (40% abv, £34.95 per 70 cl bottle), both available to buy at the distillery or online at https://www.spiritoftoad.com/spirits. The first gin ever to have been produced in Oxford, TOAD’s Oxford Dry Gin is described as a classic, juniper and citrus gin, true to the authentic gins of old. The City’s first vodka, TOAD’s Oxford Rye Vodka is a pure, smooth spirit with a clean aftertaste of spice – the result of its pure rye grain spirit, distilled on site. The distillery is open to purchase spirits 11.00-15.00 Monday to Saturday and 14.00-16.00 on Sundays. The Oxford Artisan Distillery, Old Depot, South Park, Cheney Lane, Oxford, OX3 7QJ Tel: 01865 767918 Web: www.spiritoftoad.com www.livinginoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Theatre Old Fire Station 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ Tel: 01865 263980. Web: www.oldfirestation.org.uk

Ada & The Engine Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd September: In a field where women were not expected to achieve, she excelled. In an era when women were expected to conform, she trod her own path. Born in the shadow of her father, Lord Byron, she made her own mark. Tickets: £15, Conc £13

Sawdust Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th October: Viva Vintage Circus is falling on hard times. The performers – from Lena the acrobat to Samson the lion tamer and the incredible, impossible Insect Girl – have become their own kind of family, determined to see the bad times out. What do you do when your way of life is crumbling, and you don’t have enough money to pay the lions? Tickets: £12, Conc £10

Oxford Playhouse 11 - 12 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW Tel: 01865 305305. Web: www.oxfordplayhouse.com

The Tiger’s Bride Monday 11th - Saturday 16th September: Having fled abjection in Russia, Beauty and her father arrive in a small Italian village to find that all who come here must play a hand with La Bestia. After her father makes a very ill-advised bet, Beauty must come to terms with a frightening new home, a surprising offer, and a most unusual Beast.

The Wipers Times Monday 18th - Saturday 23rd September: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the extraordinary true story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. In a bombed out building during the first world war in the Belgian town of Ypres (mispronounced ‘Wipers’ by British Soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and decide to create a newspaper.

Cornerstone Arts Centre 25 Station Rd, Didcot, OX11 7NE Tel: 01235 515144. Web: www.cornerstone-arts.org

Dirty Dancing Saturday 16th September: Be part of the magic as A Night of Dirty Dancing, heads out on its biggest tour yet. No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the Passion, the Romance & Joy of the Cult Classic and celebrate the music of one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time. It’s going to have you dancing dirty in the aisles! Tickets: £19, Conc £17, Members £15.20. Time: 7.30pm

Nocturnes Thursday 21st - Saturday 23rd September: Multi-media twist on a 50s spy thriller set during the height of the cold war. Nocturnes asks important questions about truth and free will and about how we understand what’s real in this post-truth era. Tickets: £14, Conc £12, Members £11.20. Time: 7.30pm

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Creation Theatre Various mystery locations around Oxford Tel: 01865 766266. Web: www.creationtheatre.co.uk

Christmas 2017 Think about those books, the ones that you’ll always go back to, those moments in life where you think ‘that’s a bit like that chapter’ or ‘you’re just like that character’, those are the stories we love. We don’t just want to leave those books on the shelf though, we take them down, hand them around, share them out and bring them to life. We’ll be back this Christmas with two of our family favourites; ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘The Wind in the Willows’.

New Theatre Oxford George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG Tel: 0844 871 3020. Web: www.atgtickets.com/oxford

Derren Brown - Underground Friday 8th - Saturday 9th September: Direct from its sell-out London run, Derren Brown: Underground is the latest stage show from the multi-award winning master of psychological illusion. Bringing together a collection of the very best of Derren’s previous stage work, Underground is a spell-binding experience of showmanship and magical genius.

Flashdance Monday 18th - Saturday 23rd September: Starring Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton and A1 heartthrob Ben Adams, Flashdance The Musical is the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex a determined welder who dreams of becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream of attending Shipley Dance Academy.

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Could you hold a Tea Party for Sobell House? It’s simple! Request a starter pack, pop the kettle on, invite your friends round for a slice of cake in return for donations. Then sit back and feel good that you have helped your local Hospice. Spread the word and help grow the care we provide here at Sobell House by holding your very own Come 4 tea. To find out more, contact us today: 01865 857008 / Libby.aley@sobellhospice.org

Caring today, tomorrow...and in the future At Sobell House we care for people at the end of their lives and support their families, friends and carers. We focus on quality of life, respecting each person’s dignity and uniqueness. Our wonderful dedicated staff accompany patients and their families on perhaps the most difficult journey they will ever make. Please will you support us?

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Simon Amstell at Oxford Playhouse Following a series of critically acclaimed, sold-out international tours, comedian Simon Amstell comes to Oxford Playhouse on Sunday 24 September as part of his fifth UK stand-up tour. What Is This? promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love. Amstell, the former host of Never Mind The Buzzcocks, has won two British Comedy Awards, an RTS Award, a Broadcast Award, a Chortle Award and has been nominated for a BAFTA. This year he released the BBC mockumentary, Carnage, about veganism set in the year 2067 and is due to release his first book HELP later this year. A hilarious and riotous evening guaranteed. Tickets for Simon Amstell at Oxford Playhouse are ÂŁ24 and are available from the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online at our website.

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Oxfordshire Cinema September Film Releases Select highlights of films on in Oxford and Oxfordshire over this month. Please see inoxford.com for more details and trailers. Tweet us what you think of this months releases @inoxford

It Derry isn’t like other towns. There’s a 7pm curfew, and people die or disappear six times more often than average. Everything’s connected by the sewers, and that’s where ‘It’ lives. When children start disappearing, a group of young kids are forced to face their worst fears as they confront the culprit: a monstrous clown called Pennywise, whose legacy of murder and violence stretches back for centuries.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Eggsy, Merlin and Roxy are back in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’, which finds them fresh from saving the world – and now they’re going to have to do it again. After Kingsman headquarters is destroyed, they travel to the United States to join up with Statesman, their American counterpart. They’re faced with a ruthless common enemy who pushes their skills to the limit.

Victoria And Abdul 'Victoria And Abdul’ chronicles the unlikely true story of the friendship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk called Abdul, who had travelled to England for the Golden Jubilee. He’d expected to wait tables, but found himself working as Victoria’s personal attendant. Within a year, he had become a powerful figure at court; but their controversial friendship nearly led to a revolt in the royal household.

The Limehouse Golem A gothic murder mystery set in London's dangerous Limehouse district in 1880. A series of gruesome and bloody murders have shaken the Limehouse community. So monstrous and ruthless are these crimes the press claim they're the work of 'The Golem' - a legendary creature from dark times...

Goodbye Christopher Robin A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War.

Coming Soon Blade Runner 2049 ‘Blade Runner 2049’ takes us back to the dark future of the original classic to find a new blade runner, Officer K, searching for the missing Rick Deckard. Deckard disappeared 30 years ago, but K has discovered a secret that could plunge what remains of society into turmoil. With the world continuing to decay around him, he hunts for Deckard, the one man who may be able to help him.

Thor: Ragnarok The God of Thunder returns in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, a race against time to stop the destruction of Asgard at the hands of the ruthless, incredibly powerful Hela. She’s destroyed his mighty hammer Mjolnir and hurled him to the other side of the universe. He has to get back and stop her – but first, he finds himself imprisoned and forced to fight in a gladiatorial arena. His opponent: the Incredible Hulk!

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fully furnished & equipped accommodation in Oxford Our high-quality properties offer stays from a few nights to several years. Each and every property comes with the Righton Promise, a promise you can trust.

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Oxfordshire Art & Antiques Sanders of Oxford 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 242590. E-mail: info@sandersofoxford.com Sanders of Oxford, situated in the 17th century Salutation Inn, has long been a landmark on the High Street. Our selection of prints and maps, dating from 16th – 20th Centuries, is extensive and encompasses a wide range of subjects, engravers and prices.

Kieran Stiles Art Studios Folly Bridge, Oxford. E-mail: kieran@artcoursesoxford.com Tel: 07967 075367. Web: www.artcoursesoxford.com A range of beginner and advanced courses in painting, printmaking and life drawing with a professional artist and experienced, qualified teacher. Mid-week and weekend tuition in a friendly atmosphere. Group sessions, all day workshops and individual tutorials. Exhibition space available. All in the inspiring setting of Folly Bridge, Oxford.

Modern Art Oxford 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP. Tel: 01865 722 733. Web: www.modernartoxford.org.uk Founded in 1966, Modern Art Oxford is one of the UK’s most exciting and influential contemporary art spaces with an international reputation for ambitious and innovative projects. The gallery is open to all and all our exhibitions and events are completely free of charge, unless stated. We aim to make contemporary art accessible and engaging to the widest audience through presentation and participation.

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Sanders of Oxford Antique Prints & Maps

Sanders of Oxford, situated in the 17th century Salutation Inn, has long been a landmark on the High Street. Our selection of prints and maps, dating from 16th – 20th Centuries, is extensive and encompasses a wide range of subjects, engravers and prices. On display in the gallery at the moment we have a fantastic collection of early maps of Oxford, Great Britain and the rest of the World alongside some of the finest printed views of the University City. 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 242590. E-mail: info@sandersofoxford.com. Web: www.sandersofoxford.com. Admission: FREE. Open: Mon to Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 11am - 5pm

Dialogues SARAH SPACKMAN & LINDA BLOOMFIELD 9TH - 30TH SEPTEMBER 2017 www.wisegal.com Tel: 01865 515 123 40-41 South Parade Summertown Oxford OX2 7JL

Christ Church Picture Gallery Scraps of Laughter 31 May – 11 September 2017 Opening Times:

Mon - Sat: 10.30am - 5pm Sun: 2pm - 5pm (open daily) Christ Church, Oxford Entrance via Oriel Square Admission: £4/£2 Tel: 01865 276172 www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery

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‘Dialogues’ Sarah Spackman & Linda Bloomfield In a unique new exhibition at Sarah Wiseman Gallery, ‘Dialogues’ celebrates an artistic friendship between a painter and a potter that first began with a chance meeting at Art in Action. Sarah Spackman, a well-known still life painter based in Oxford was exhibiting at the art festival a few years back when she spotted ceramics by Linda Bloomfield. The two artists exchanged work and met up the following year, becoming friends. They discovered they have a mutual appreciation for painters like Giorgio Morandi; Linda was enchanted by Sarah Spackman’s studio which is crammed with a huge collection of ceramic cups, bottles and vases which she uses in her paintings. Visitors to Dialogues can expect to see not only a beautiful exhibition of new paintings and ceramics, but actually gain a little insight into the chemistry between two makers that share the same influences and inspiration. Sarah Spackman is a highly sought-after Oxford-based artist, whose paintings have appeared in numerous exhibitions around the UK, including at the Discerning Eye and Royal Society of British Artists. Her paintings are distinctive by their clarity of line and colour, and subtlety of tone, brought to life by her strength of drawing. ‘I have always enjoyed painting Linda’s pots and have incorporated them into many paintings. These paintings are a direct response to the ceramics themselves and also to the way in which such objects are displayed. Many pots are made for every-day use but they can become elevated into something else by the way we look at them,’ says Sarah. Similarly, Linda’s ceramics are recognisable by their pure forms and subtle palette. Also in high demand, Linda has recently made collections for Liberty London, David Mellor and The Royal Albert Hall Café-Bar. ‘I usually make repeat tableware for galleries, shops and restaurants, so I am excited to make larger, one-off pieces and still life groups in a gallery installation. This will expand my practise as an artist as well as a production potter and tableware designer.’

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Oxfordshire Accommodation The Manor Country House Hotel Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QL Tel: 01869 350621 Web: www.themanorweston.com Discover your haven of luxury at The Manor. You are invited to linger awhile in the stunning luxury bedrooms, your very own sanctuary of peace and opulence. Pause for a moment and enjoy the smoothest of white cotton linens and the most sumptuous of handpicked beds. Savour the contrasts of the 11th Century history with the modern must-have conveniences.

Malmaison Oxford Malmaison, 3 New Road, Oxford, OX1 1AY Tel: 0871 943 0350 Web: www.malmaison.com It’s never a hard day’s night at Oxford hotel, which is surely one of our most unique buildings around. Located in a converted prison in a medieval castle, this boutique hotel is in Oxford Castle Quarter, one of the oldest, busiest and trendiest spots in the city. So, if you’re tired of doing hard time in run-of-the-mill hotels, check into this extraordinary slammer where the only hardship is having to go home!

River Hotel Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0AA Tel: (01865) 243475 Web: www.riverhotel.co.uk Email: reception@riverhotel.co.uk Long established local business • Excellent City location overlooking the river, by ‘Thames Walk’ towpath • Oxford College owned property, originally an 1870’s Master-builder’s home • 18 bedrooms with own bathroom, all with expected in-room facilities • 24-hr access for registered residents, free on-site car-park and wi-fi • SatNav, via Mill Street, take immediate first lane on right OX2 0AJ • On A420, 1 mile to A34 ring road, west exit at Botley/Seacourt interchange • Easy walk to City, Colleges, Venues, Conferences, near Said Business School • VisitEngland ** metro grading, breakfast table service, residents bar ‘Large enough to be comfortable, small enough to be friendly’

Righton 14 Oakthorpe Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BE. Tel: 01865 318 594 Web: www.rightonproperty.co.uk. Email: stay@rightongroup.cuk Righton specialises in high quality serviced accommodation in Oxford for both short stay and longer term let. Our properties are carefully selected to be close to local amenities, transport links and key businesses and can be rented for as little as three nights through to a year or more. Our services include weekly linen and towel changes, weekly freshen-up cleans, internet access, telephone and tariffs inclusive of utilities.

Royal Oxford Hotel Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR. Tel: 01865 248432. Web: www.royaloxfordhotel.co.uk The Royal Oxford Hotel is a Non Smoking Property located 2 minutes walk to the bus and train stations and offers: * Air conditioned bedrooms * Free wireless network throughout the hotel * Spacious and well appointed accommodation * Complementary water and selection of fresh fruit in all bedrooms * Tourist Information Within easy reach of the train station and the centre of Oxford.

The Feathers Hotel Market Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1SX Tel: 01993 812291 Web: www.feathers.co.uk The Feathers Hotel is an inviting country retreat that combines historic charm with a fun personality. Named Oxfordshire’s Restaurant of the Year 2012, it currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of gin (167 varieties). “The Gin Experience” menu is £75 per person for seven courses.

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THE VENUE OF CHOICE FOR ALL OCCASIONS  The Westwood Hotel, Hinksey Hill Top, Near Boars Hill, Oxfordshire, OX1 5BG  01865 735 408  reservations@westwoodhotel.co.uk  hotelwestwood  hotelwestwood  the-westwood-hotel-oxford

Macdonald Randolph Hotel Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN. Tel: 01865 256400. Web: www.macdonald-hotels.co.uk/randolph Oxford’s leading hotel - The AA Five star Macdonald Randolph - is situated in the heart of the city opposite the world famous Ashmolean Museum. Built in 1864 and recently refurbished, the hotel offers each guest the highest level of comfort and service in a traditional and welcoming environment. The location makes the Macdonald Randolph Hotel an ideal base for exploring the historic sights of Oxford or the thriving shopping centre just two minutes walk away.

Holiday Inn Oxford Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 8JD. Tel: 0871 942 9086. Web: www.hioxfordhotel.co.uk The Holiday Inn Oxford hotel is beside the A34 and with ample free parking, it’s easy to travel into Oxford - just hop on the Park and Ride bus adjacent to the hotel. It’s also close to the M40, M4, Blenheim Palace and Silverstone. The 154 bedroom purpose-built hotel offers Wi-Fi internet access and excellent hotel family rooms for up to 2 adults and 2 children. And because Kids Eat & Stay Free, it’s a fantastic value for families. While you’re here, enjoy the large gym, pool and beauty therapists in the Spirit health club. The Holiday Inn Oxford also boasts Academy Conference and Training Suites, with a dedicated team to help you plan your event and run the day.

The Beetle and Wedge Ferry Lane Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX10 9JF. Tel: 01491 651381. Web: www.beetleandwedge.co.uk Set on the banks of the River Thames immortalised in ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and Jerome K Jerome’s chronicled escapades of his friends’ visits in ‘Three Men in a Boat’, the Boathouse Restaurant emphasis is on quality of food, wines and service. The older part of our beautiful old beamed Boathouse offers our famous open charcoal grill where delicacies are created before your very eyes. Join us and enjoy the tranquillity and peace of a beautiful riverside setting for relaxed dining.

Bear & Ragged Staff 28 Appleton Road, Cumnor, Oxfordshire OX2 9QH Tel: 01865 862329 Web: www.bearandraggedstaff.com The room count in Cumnor has just increased by another 125% with the opening of the last five of nine rooms at the Bear and Ragged Staff in December 2012. The Bear is just 2 miles away from the A34, 4 miles West of Oxford and without all the city centre parking issues and outside rush hour, is just a 12 minute drive away. Park and Ride facilities are just a 5 minute drive.

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Oxfordshire Shopping Wychwood Brewery Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4DP Tel: 01993 890800 Web: www.wychwood.co.uk The Wychwood Brewery is tucked away behind the main street of the market town of Witney, in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Discover the brewing process of Wychwood & Brakspear Beers, from seeing the raw ingredients to the finished product during one of our 45 minute guided tours. After the tour you are invited to sample our flagship Legendary Hobgoblin and our range of Wychwood and Brakspear bottled beers.

University of Oxford Shop 106 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BW Tel: 01865 247414. Web: www.oushop.com Established in 1991, the University of Oxford Shop has been welcoming visitors and residents of Oxford for 25 years. Our ranges of official merchandise, clothing and gifts feature exclusive Oxford designs and where possible are made in the UK. We are wholly owned by the University and profits from every purchase help to support teaching and research.

Fairtrade at St Michaels The Basement, St Michael at the North Gate, Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY. Tel: 01865 722505. Web: www.fairtradeatstmichaels.co.uk Oxford’s Fairtrade at St Michaels is an Aladdin’s cave of goods. 76 different suppliers from around the world provide our diverse range of products – from quirky ornaments to functional homeware, stationery to skincare, artisan jewellery to children’s toys and clothing, plus an extensive range of delicious food. Fairtrade at St Michaels is a member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) and Cooperatives UK.

Bicester Village 50 Pingle Dr, Bicester OX26 6WD. Tel: 01869 366266. Web: www.bicestervillage.com Discover a relaxed shopping haven in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, where spacious boutiques showcase the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands. Quality, attention to detail and five-star service are hallmarks of the Bicester Village shopping experience.

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Oxfordshire Sport Oxford United Football Club The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP. Tel: 01865 337533. Web: www.oufc.co.uk Oxford United Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Oxford. Get the latest news straight from Oxford United. Official team updates, match previews & reviews, transfer information and more at our website www.oufc.co.uk Saturday 3rd September, 15:00: MK Dons (A) Saturday 9th September, 15:00: Gillingham (H) Saturday 12th September, 19:45: Bradford City (H) Saturday 16th September, 15:00: Blackpool (A) Saturday 23rd September, 15:00: Walsall (H) Saturday 26th September, 19:45: Bury (A) Saturday 30th September, 15:00: Peterborough United (A)

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Sport Review:

Kirtlington Golf Club

Reviewed by Colin Rosser

It was threatening rain when I arrived at Kirtlington on an overcast May evening to play golf against the Golf and Pro Shop Manager of the club, Gary Quainton. As Gary plays off 5 and I struggle to play off 19, a good old thrashing looked even more threatening. Kirtlington Golf Club is entering it’s 22nd year this October and they have plenty to celebrate. In addition to the 6107 yard Par 70, 18 hole course that we played, they have also recently opened a 1535 yard Par 30, 9 hole course. The latter is of course aimed more at the beginner but also caters for those that want a quick nine holes at any time of day. The club have a thriving membership and are a favourite of many golfing societies for their away days. On the evening we played, the clubhouse and dining room was full of members of a local police federation golf day, who seemed to be having a great time. The main course has two par fives, both of which are nearly 500 yards, but even more testing are the 5 par 4’s of around 400 yards. One of the par 3’s is over 200 yards! There is not a lot of water , which I managed to find of course, but there are a good number of bunkers and the rough, as we go through the summer, gets more of a problem. Like most courses, staying on the fairway is the key and I certainly gained from having Gary’s local knowledge to call on. Unbelievably I managed to halve our match on the 18th green and even more unbelievable was the fact that the 18 holes had taken us under 3 and 1/2 hours! Mind you I think Gary went easy on me but as he said, I played to my handicap so you must have played to yours! Afterwards we retired to the bar and had a refreshing pint. There is a fantastic atmosphere at the club, they do great food and drink and the sta are amazing. There is a well stocked professionals shop, where coaching is available from a PGA professional, driving range and short game practice area. If you are looking for a progressive golf club with a challenging course you could not find better. They have many very interesting packages available, both personal and corporate, which can be seen on their website.

Kirtlington Golf Club, Near Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire, OX5 3JY Tel: 01865 351133 Web: www.kirtlingtongolfclub.com www.livinginoxford.com

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Balancing Business with Birdies Located in the south of Oxford on 500 acres of glorious undulating heathland is the county’s leading golf club; Frilford Heath. Recently a venue for the 2017 Open qualifying, Frilford Heath offers players the choice of three championship golf courses to tee off from – Red, Green and Blue - which help to make it one of the leading golf venues in the south. The Red Course offers a traditional heathland golfing experience with pushed-up greens that run fast and true alongside fairways that demand accurate driving if golfers are to score well. In 2013, it once again hosted the English Amateur, and has hosted the European Tour 1st  Stage Qualifying since 2011. The classical Green Course may be the shortest, at just over 6,000 yards, but its par 69 is no pushover, from the outset it offers its only par five as its opening hole, and birdie opportunities from there on are few and far between. The  Blue Course’s subtle greens are more undulating than on the two older courses, and offer a number of interesting and challenging flag positions as tested by the PGA Europro Tour who host a televised event each June and for five days every spring when the Blue and the Red Course becomes the home of the PGA Europro Tour Qualifying School. Alongside golf, Frilford Heath is a first class meeting and conference venue. All work and no play can make for a long day. So, teaming up your event with a pre-or post round of golf offers a great way to break the ice, team build or relax after work. Russell Stebbings, Frilford Heath’s General Manager, says: “Our threeauthentic championship standard  golf courses  ensure your visit will not be cramped or rushed and we’re always happy to offer an experience tailored to suit your needs. “We also have our team of qualified PGA professionals on hand to help on all corporate and society days, to provide a smooth and enjoyable experience for all. From giving top advice to hiring trolleys and buggies, we ensure you have everything you need to get the most out of your day. “For those who aren’t familiar with golf our experienced team offers group coaching and group clinics are also available on corporate and society days. It’s the perfect way to have a bit of a fun learning something new.” Meetings rooms can be hired for either half a day or a full day, with a number of packages to suit your needs. To ensure guests are kept happy throughout the event Frilford Heath offers a full catering service from tea and coffee to a fine dining experience. Frilford Heath Golf Club Ltd, Oxford Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 5NW Tel: 01865 390864 Web: www.frilfordheath.co.uk www.livinginoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Restaurants Asian Jee Saheb 15 North Parade Avenue, Oxford, OX2 6LX. Tel: 01865 513773. Web: www.jeesaheb.co.uk With our restaurant we have created an ambience that will make you feel relaxed and welcomed. Our key aim is to use fresh produce and source it from local suppliers where possible. We offer no fuss, just classic Asian cuisine. You can enjoy our food in a main dining room, with a party of friends in our function room with a capacity of 28, or in our garden.

COSMO Magdalen Street, Oxford, OX1 3AD. Tel: 01865 297575. Web: www.cosmo-restaurants.co.uk At COSMO Oxford, our chefs prepare over 150 authentic dishes from around the world every day and each dish is expertly created in small amounts to ensure they are always fresh. Its Live Cooking Stations provide the entertainment, sounds, aromas but above all, dishes cooked in front customers. COSMO provides a casual dining experience like no other, offering a balanced choice of delicious food, exceptional value for money giving guests added value at one set price.

Malikas 218 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UQ. Tel: 01865 723029 Web: www.malikasrestaurant.co.uk In the middle of the buzzing area of Cowley Road, you will find Malikas, which guarantees a superior Indian cuisine experience! Modern decor, which seats 70, but still the atmosphere is cozy and relaxing.

Aziz Chequers 17A, Beaumont Road, Headington Quarry, Oxford, OX3 8JN Tel: 01865 763321 Web: www.aziz.uk.com Email: reservations@aziz.uk.com Aziz is now located at The Chequers Inn, Headington Quarry Oxford! Same food, with better facilities, free onsite parking and a beer garden. With our restaurant we have created and ambiance that will make you feel relaxed and welcomed and with our award winning team from the front of house staff to our award winning chefs who will offer you a great dinning experience.

Qumins 86 St. Clements Street, Oxford, OX4 1AR. Tel: 01865 247093 Web: www.qumins.co.uk Email: info@qumins.co.uk At Qumins we aim to provide an exciting new experience in fine Indian cuisine, blending traditional techniques with a modern twist. All of our products are made using the freshest, finest ingredients, and most importantly are cooked with love and passion for the Indian cuisine. With our unique menu we can guarantee that some of our specialities can only be tried and tested here at Qumins! We look forward to serving you!

French Pierre Victoire 9 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 316616. Web: www.pierrevictoire.co.uk Enjoy our authentically cooked, traditional dishes in an informal environment at reasonable prices, the way the French do… Choose from a variety of fixed price menus, which we change with the seasons, focusing on local, fresh produce! We offer a 3 course lunch or early Pre Theatre supper for £11.50 and an evening 3 course Prix Fixe for £23.50! Rustic and friendly, with lots of candles, providing great food, value and service!

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Classic bangladeshi and indian cuisine ◆ Beautiful location with on-site car parking ◆ Lovely garden for dining and private functions ◆ Small and large parties catered for ◆ Superb sunday buffet with over 30 selections to choose from ◆ Take away and home delivery service available ◆ Free WIFI

Visit our website aziz.uk.com or call us on 01865 763321 Aziz Restaurant, Chequers 17A, Beaumont Road, Headington Quarry, Oxford, OX3 8JN

Caribbean Turtle Bay 12 Friars Entry, Magdalen Street, Oxford, OX1 2BY Tel: 01865 242141. Web: www.turtlebay.co.uk Eating and drinking is at the heart and soul of the Caribbean Island culture and we, here at Turtle Bay, aim to capture the essence of this way of life and the great food that evolves here!!

Patisserie Gatineau 209 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford. OX2 7HQ. Tel: 01865 311779. Web: www.gatineau.uk.com Situated in the upmarket Summertown area of Oxford, Gatineau patisserie offers the finest artisan produce in the French/ European patisserie and boulangerie tradition: premium cakes, pastries, savouries and bread - all made with the highest quality ingredients, creative flair, taste combinations and attention to detail.

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Oxfordshire Restaurants Italian Marco’s New York Italian Oxford 73 High St, Oxford OX1 4BE. Tel: 01865 248695. Web: www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk/restaurants/marcos-oxford This stunning Marco Pierre White restaurant is located at number 73 on High Street in the centre of Oxford. Serving an array of mouthwatering dishes from Italian sharing platters, fresh fish, home-made pizza and pasta to New York favourites such as succulent steaks, burgers and Marco’s tasty BBQ ribs and lazy fries. The restaurant and bar offers something for everyone. With a big bar area, this all-day venue is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or dinner or simply pop-in for a light bite or drinks.

La Cucina 39-40 St. Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AB. Tel: 01865 793811. Web: www.lacucinaoxford.co.uk The open kitchen allows customers to see chefs at work, tossing pizza and preparing daily specials from 11am - 10.30pm. The menu changes seasonally and caters for all - families and those looking for an authentic italian dining experience in relaxed surroundings. Open front in Summer months.

Rigoletto Bicester Road, Middleton Stoney, Oxfordshire, OX25 4TD. Tel: 01869 343216. Web: www.rigolettorestaurant.co.uk Rigoletto is a family run Italian restaurant, situated on the Bicester Road close to Middleton Stoney. We are also only a 5-10 minute drive from Bicester Village. The restaurant is set in idyllic surroundings with ample car parking. Serving a varied menu of Italian dishes and an excellent selection of wines. We believe in offering great service without any pretence.

Café Greens Cafe 50 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU. Tel: 01865 316878. Web:www.greenscafe.co.uk At Greens everything is freshly made and we use Organic, Free Range and Fairtrade produce. We cater for everyone’s taste including vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free foods. Greens Cafe has a friendly relaxed atmosphere with lots of seating available upstairs with free Wi-Fi also available. We have a great choice of Hot Drinks & Cold Drinks including Smoothies & Milkshakes, Breakfasts, Baguettes, Paninis, Homemade Soups, Jacket Potatoes, Pastas, Fresh Salads, Homemade Cakes & Slices, Pastries, Homemade Cookies, Fruits and more.

The Vaults & Garden Café University Church, 1 Radcliffe, Square, Oxford, OX1 4AH Tel: 01865 279112. Web: www.thevaultsandgarden.com Housed in Oxford University's Old Congregation House of 1320, the Vaults Cafe offers a delicious and healthy seasonal menu. When the weather is nice, our garden is one of the finest spots in Oxford to sit in, surrounded by architectural treasures, flowers and aromatic herbs. Hot water bottles & blankets are provided during the winter!

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WWW.THEVAULTSANDGARDEN.COM University Church, 1 Radcliffe Square, Oxford, OX1 4AH

Housed in Oxford University’s Old Congregation House of 1320, the Vaults Cafe offers a delicious & healthy seasonal menu.

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Restaurant Review:

The Vaults & Garden Café

Reviewed by Rob Scotcher

Walking into The Vaults you know you’ve discovered something special with it’s beautiful architecture in the very heart of Oxford. I chose the full Oxford English Breakfast while my friend went for scrambled eggs on toast. We both ordered tea and decided, as it was a beautiful day, to sit outside in the shade of the Radcliffe Camera. The scrambled eggs were incredible, sat on delicious sourdough toast. My Oxford English Breakfast really hit the spot with some excellent sausages. Everything we ate was organic and cooked to perfection. The Vaults is a must visit place for tourists and locals. Excellent food and drink from helpful, friendly and experienced staff. University Church, 1 Radcliffe Square, Oxford, OX1 4AH Tel: 01865 279112 Web: www.thevaultsandgarden.com www.livinginoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Restaurants Bars Pint Shop 25-27 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AU. Tel: 01865 251194.. Web: www.pintshop.co.uk Pint Shop is all about creating a place that embraces eating and drinking equally. A place where you feel equally at home having a few beers, a light lunch or a full blown feast. A place where people from all walks of life, rub shoulders with each other.

Angels Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. OX1 2HS. Tel: 01865 544244. Web: www.angelsbar.co.uk Step into Angels and journey through cocktail history. Choose between the first vintage mixes or new trends perfected in the Angels laboratory, all carefully crafted by our expert bartenders.

Spanish Al-Andalus Tapas Bar Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. OX1 2HS. Tel: 01865 516688. Web: www.tapasoxford.co.uk Our menus are bursting with Spanish flavours and cooked in a traditional style, a great way to enjoy the true taste of Spain! So forget the traditional way of ordering meals with starters and main courses and treat yourself to a Spanish banquet.

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Our menus are bursting with Spanish flavours and cooked in a traditional style, a great way to enjoy the true taste of Spain! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 10 LITTLE CLARENDON STREET | OXFORD | OX1 2HP 01865 516 688 | TAPASOXFORD.CO.UK

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Restaurant Review:

The White Horse, Kings Sutton

Reviewed by Karl & Becky Leitelmayer

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at this traditional stone village pub. The pub, which has been refurbished over the last 4 years by Julie and Hendrik has a great atmosphere, welcoming locals and visitors alike, along with a jar of dog biscuits for any four legged friends that might pop in! The dÊcor is modern and stylish but still retains the cosy, relaxed feel of a village pub. The front of house staff were very attentive without being intrusive. The meal itself was superb, starting with a complimentary appetizer of whitebait and dip, alongside white and brown bread. We plumped for the White Horse version of a Waldorf salad, with the most divine Oxford Blue Cheese and a wild mushroom omelette served in its own cast iron pan which meant it stayed nice and hot. The pork dish was immense, consisting of pork fillet, belly pork, a pork cheek hash brown and crackling. Every mouthful was delicious and was complimented by a side dish of hispi cabbage (recommended by our waitress). The beef fillet melted in the mouth and the beef dripping chips were the stuff of dreams, fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside. Moving onto desserts, we sampled the Banana Sticky Toffee Pudding and the Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel Ice Cream. An excellent sticky toffee pudding and enough toffee sauce to satisfy even the sweetest of tooth! The salted caramel ice cream was smooth and creamy with just the right amount of salted caramel not to be overpowering. We finished off our evening where we started, back in the garden overlooking the village square and church enjoying a coffee and a scrumptious Strawberry Caipirinha from the cocktail list. This is definitely one for a return visit and we’ve already recommended it to many of our friends! 2 The Square, Kings Sutton, Banbury, OX17 3RF Tel: 01295 812440 Web: www.whitehorseks.co.uk www.livinginoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Restaurants Contemporary Acanthus Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN. Tel: 01865 256410. Web: www.macdonald-hotels.co.uk/randolph The restaurant at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel has recently just won its second AA rosette for its cuisine and features contemporary menus in an unrivalled setting with fabulous views of the city. If a more relaxed atmosphere is desired for a quiet drink then the Morse Bar provides a peaceful environment in which you can relax and unwind in after a busy day.

Cherwell Boathouse Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST. Tel: 01865 552746. Web: www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk Beautifully located by the river Cherwell. Fine food and renowned wine list (2010 Fine Wine list of the Year) Open lunch and dinner 7 days a week Marquee and terrace available for private hire. Week day lunch menu available 2 courses from £13.50. Al fresco dining available.

Bear & Ragged Staff 28 Appleton Rd, Cumnor, Oxford OX2 9QH. Tel: 01865 862329. Web: www.bearandraggedstaff.com Whether you are looking for a simple sandwich or businessman’s lunch, a romantic dinner for two or a full on three course meal with wine, port liqueurs and coffee, we have the solution. If you want to hold that special family gathering or a sit down banquet for 80, we can accommodate and tailor our offering to your requirements.

The Feathers Market Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SX. Tel: 01993 812291. Web: www.feathers.co.uk Eating and drinking is at the heart of The Feathers experience. The awardwinning Restaurant serves the best of modern English cuisine and locally sourced ingredients – light and fresh in summer, rich and robust in winter. A more informal Bar is open all day for coffee, lunch, cream tea and supper.

Cuttlefish 36 St Clement’s Street, Oxford, OX4 1AB. Tel: 01865 243003. Web: www.cuttlefishoxford.co.uk Cuttlefish is the new fish restaurant on the block, bringing the best seasonal, sustainable fish to Oxford from the shore at the fairest of prices. The extensive menu includes the Cuttlefish seafood platter, mixed fish grill and possibly Oxford’s best fish and chips. Non fish eaters and vegetarians have an eclectic choice too. A takeaway service is also available.

The Oxford Kitchen 215 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HQ. Tel: 01865 511149. Web: www.theoxfordkitchen.co.uk The Oxford Kitchen’s reputation for fine modern British cuisine is built around the inspired creations of Executive Chef John Footman, whose food has the critics talking. Dishes on our à la carte and set menus have been carefully designed for their sensory appeal and exquisite flavour combinations. Recognised as a leader among the best dining outlets in the city, The Oxford Kitchen provides a full café service in a contemporary, intimate setting, offering breakfasts, morning coffees, specialty teas, snacks and a specially developed children’s menu.

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Oxfordshire Restaurants Traditional The Beetle and Wedge Ferry Lane, Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 9JF. Tel: 01491 651381. Web: www.beetleandwedge.co.uk The Restaurant offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and a magical combination of fabulous food, an idyllic location and great service - our mission is to ensure your time with us is as enjoyable as possible. Families are important to us at The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse and children are always welcome, we can adapt our menus to suit most tastes and provide highchairs where necessary. If you have any special requirements please contact us.

The Trout Godstow Rd, Wolvercote, Oxford, OX2 8PN Tel: 01865 510930. Web: www.thetroutoxford.co.uk Nestled on the banks of the River Thames and steeped in history this 17th century pub is a unique setting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our traditional pub building has been stylishly refurbished to make it the perfect place to find a cosy corner and take time out whilst enjoying some of our Chefs' seasonal dishes and our great selection of wines, ales and lagers.

The White Horse, Kings Sutton 2 The Square, Kings Sutton, Banbury, OX17 3RF Tel: 01295 812440. Web: www.whitehorseks.co.uk A warm welcome awaits at The White Horse, Kings Sutton! We are a friendly country pub at the heart of the village, offering the perfect pint and Great British pub classics freshly prepared with local ingredients. The White Horse is a picturesque stone building, set in perfect surroundings, overlooking the village green across to the Parish Church. Hope to see you soon!

The Maytime Inn Asthall, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW Tel: 01993 822068. Web: www.themaytime.com The Maytime Inn is independent and fiercely so, because of this we can offer you a range of excellently conditioned, regularly changing local ales, ciders and a wide selection of fine wines by the glass. Our Award Winning Chef and his team will set out to delight whether you choose from the a la carte menu, pub classics or even a sandwich. We only use the finest fresh local produce in each dish so you can be ensured of a quality meal, be it a candle lit dinner or a sandwich at lunch.

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Restaurant Review:

The Maytime Inn Reviewed by Gillie Coghlan

The Maytime Inn is a charming, traditional 17th century Cotswold pub, restaurant and hotel, sympathetically modernised, with clean, cool colours in its welcoming bar. The restaurant is composed of several interlinking areas leading off the bar, with a room where larger parties could be seated. There is an attractive garden and outdoor seating area, and dogs are welcomed. The menu is modern British, seasonal and locally sourced, with a delicious variety of choices, including the Sharing Fish Platter, which makes a great starter for two, or a tasty light lunch. Vegetarians are also well catered-for, and the presentation of all the dishes is exceptional. There is a wide range of good wines at reasonable prices, with an astonishing choice of gins to choose from, more than 100! A warm welcome is received from Andrew and Dominic, and the ambiance is relaxed and enjoyable. Locals still use the bar ensuring a pleasant mix of diners and drinkers. There is a large car park, and the location is in Asthall, only five minutes from the A40. The Maytime Inn, Asthall, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW Tel: 01993 822068 Web: www.themaytime.com www.livinginoxford.com

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Restaurant Review:

Cockadoo; Bar & Restaurant

Reviewed by Ruth Hawkins, Solicitor at Turpin & Miller LLP

This was our first visit to Cockadoo, but it won’t be our last. There is an immense menu, covering all the usual favourites from Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Mongolian cuisines. My husband and I were with our 10 year old daughter, and we all found plenty to appeal to our taste buds. I went for a lamb Massaman curry and jasmine rice for my main, which was beautifully subtle and creamy. John had Grilled Ostrich in Japanese BBQ Soya sauce, and Isobel went for Sirloin Beef with fresh mango and mango sauce. The beef, cooked pink, was beautifully tender and tasted amazing. We were pleasantly surprised to see a wonderful selection of Movenpick ice creams and sorbets and other light desserts on the menu. We tried the brownies (lovely and gooey) and the mango and cream ice cream, which finished off the meal perfectly. Cockadoo also do regular themed nights with tribute acts as diverse as Lionel Ritchie and Wham to Elvis and Abba coming up on their programme, and having eaten there and sampled the plush decor, I really fancy one of those! Nuneham Courtenay, Oxford, OX44 9NX Tel: 01865 341030 Web: www.cockadoo.co.uk www.livinginoxford.com

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Restaurant Review:

Pierre Victoire: A French Connection

Reviewed by Lucy Parr

Escaping the rainy streets of Oxford into the cosy interior of Pierre Victoire, my dining partner and I were suddenly transported into a quaint Parisian bistro - assisted by the lyrical French accents from the staff. Warmly welcomed by Alicja, we were shown to our candlelit table where we soaked up the intimate atmosphere and rustic furnishings. Despite it being relatively early on a Monday evening the place was buzzing - a great indicator that we were in the right spot for dinner. We were swiftly furnished with menus and some sliced baguette with butter. My dining partner and I were determined to do the menu justice, so passed up the fantastically affordable fixed price dinner option (3 courses for £25) and instead perused the a la carte offering. A great selection with beautiful ingredients made for a tough decision! But we couldn’t pass up on PV’s signature dishes, Moules Marinières à la Crème (£6.90) and Escargots (£7.90) - an intrepid French first for both of us! Our caution was unwarranted however as this delicacy was delicious, generously dressed in garlic, parsley and Pernod butter. The mussels were quite simply the best I’ve ever eaten. So velvety rich and a really generous portion - we both enjoyed mopping up the remaining sauce with our leftover bread. For mains my partner went for the superb Filet de Bœuf (£23 .90) cooked to a pink perfection, served with parmentier potatoes char-grilled tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and Béarnaise sauce. I chose the Queue de Lotte au Risotto de Crabe (£15.50) lovely, meaty yet delicate monkfish tail baked in salty jambon de Bayonne and served on a creamy crab risotto. Our waiter Gabi encouraged us to try a side dish too so we went for the Wild Rocket, Watercress & Parmesan salad which had a delicious balsamic dressing (£2.95) and enjoyed a bottle of the house red between us (£15.50.) Despite feeling fully satisfied we deduced it would be improper not to finish our perfect meal without a dessert - so we chose two favourites, a Vanilla Crème Brûlée and easily the star of the show, the Tarte Tatin (both £5.75.) Satiated and fit to burst, we left with huge smiles on our faces and promises to return.

9 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 316616 Web: www.pierrevictoire.co.uk www.livinginoxford.com

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Restaurant Review:

Qumins; Fine Indian Cusine

Reviewed by Rob Scotcher

We were invited in to a relaxing atmosphere by professional, cheery staff. After taking our seats we were presented with poppadoms and a delightful pickle tray. With menus in hand and drinks on order we found that Qumins sported some excellent additions to a typical Indian menu. We both decided on Onion Bhajis and, after being recommended by restaurant owner Ali Azam, a Koliji Puri to start. For main we ordered a Chicken Korma, Lamb Bhuna, Special Rice, Pilau Rice, Tadka Dahl and a Peshwari Naan. Our starters arrived promptly which was excellent as we hadn’t eaten all day. The Koliji Puri is something special and I can see why it’s one of Qumins most popular dishes; truly incredible. By this point my friend and I were thoroughly impressed, and we hadn’t even ventured onto our main course. Each dish was cooked to perfection, presented incredibly and tasted so fresh and full of flavour. The Peshwari Naan was nice and light and the Lamb was impeccable. It’s really not often that I’m blown away by a meal out, but Qumins definitely succeeded. 86 St. Clements Street, Oxford, OX4 1AR Tel: 01865 247093 Web: www.qumins.co.uk www.livinginoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Health & Beauty Leisure Club and Spa at The Randolph Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN Tel: 01865 256 400 Web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk At Macdonald Randolph Hotel and Spa, we provide you with the perfect oasis to unwind and relax. Our calm and tranquil spa provides the most luxurious of retreats from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Voted amongst the top 50 best spas in the world, our facilities provide you with the perfect environment for a workout and Oxford’s golf courses, parks and rivers offer hours of leisure-time activities.

Tara Tripp Hearing Sandford Gate, Oxford OX4 6LB. Tel: 01865 910202 Web: www.tripphearing.co.uk We are an independent family run private healthcare practice covering Oxfordshire and the surrounding area. Our hearing healthcare practice has earned an excellent reputation in Oxford and the surrounding areas for providing a wide range of digital hearing aids and also for our unique microsuction ear wax removal clinic.

Spa at Jurys Inn Oxford Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8AL Tel: 01865 489 988 Web: www.jurysinns.com Relax, unwind and let us pamper you in the tranquil surroundings of the beauty rooms at Jurys Inn Hotel, or get fit at The Health & Leisure Club at Jurys Inn (open to hotel guests and members). Facilities: 2 beauty rooms with a range of treatments, Fitness suite, Splash pool, Sauna, Steam room, Squash courts.

Spirit Health Club Holiday Inn Oxford, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 8JD. Tel: 01865 888444. Web: www.spirithealthclubs.co.uk/clubs/oxford Feel comfortable and at ease here with a great, social atmosphere and friendly staff as committed to your long term goals as you are. Whether it’s fitness, relaxation or wellbeing, we’ll help you find your true Spirit. See more at our website www.spirithealthclubs.co.uk/clubs/oxford.

Clinic 95 95 West Way, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9JY Tel: 01865 241662 Web: www.clinic95.com Our experienced dental professionals pride themselves on their gentle approach to dental care. Our aim is to improve your dental wellbeing in friendly, relaxed surroundings with a thorough and unhurried service that is second to none. We offer all the private treatments you would expect, including comprehensive health checks, white fillings and preventive hygiene therapy, as well as an extensive range of cosmetic treatments, such as tooth whitening, implants, porcelain crowns & veneers and orthodontics for a great smile makeover. Nervous patients are particularly welcome at Clinic95 and our reassuring sedation techniques help aid relaxation.

Diamond House - Dental Practice 199 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7AR. Tel: 01865 559521. Web: www.diamondhouse.co.uk It is our aim to provide the highest quality of Dental Care in a relaxed and friendly environment, with the most up to date methods and equipment available. The safety and comfort of our patients is always our primary concern.

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Oxfordshire Services Travel Chiltern Railways Tel: 08456 005 165 Web: www.chilternrailways.co.uk You can now travel with Chiltern Railways from the heart of Oxford. Trains leave twice an hour from Oxford station for London Marylebone, with journey times from just over an hour. You can also travel with us from Oxford Parkway, Chiltern’s new park and ride station in north Oxford, just by the A34 and A44. With Chiltern enjoy free Wi-Fi and spacious carriages with plenty of tables and power points. Lovely London Marylebone is on the Bakerloo line with a choice of four more tube lines within a five-minute walk at Baker Street.

Accountants Wellers 8 King Edward Street Oxford OX1 4HL Tel: 01865 723 131 Web: www.wellersaccountants.co.uk Wellers is a firm of accountants who work with entrepreneurs, business owners and private individuals to deliver quality advice and solutions that help them fulfil their aspirations. Passionate about helping people and their organisations, Wellers can draw upon 70 years experience to support and advise clients on growing their businesses and protecting their wealth.

Construction, Maintenance & Renovations Savvy 253 London Road Headington Oxford OX3 9EH. Tel: 01865 920020 / 01865 920040 Web: www.group-savvy.co.uk The driving force behind some of the most prestigious construction and renovation projects  in the oxfordshire area and beyond.  Providing exceptional quality homes and properties on time and on budget. We work with landlords, property owners, developers and key stake holders across commercial, industry, education, healthcare, sport and leisure and private homes.

Food Delivery Deliveroo Email: support@deliveroo.co.uk Web: www.deliveroo.co.uk To bring you meals from high-quality restaurants with a transparent, speedy delivery service, courteous, friendly drivers and unparalleled customer service. We don’t want you eating low-quality pizza, kebabs, Chinese and curries just because you can’t make it out to your favourite restaurants we’re here to bring quality restaurants directly to you.

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Oxfordshire Services Photography & Video Production Studio 8 8 Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1AA. Tel: 01865 842525. Web: www.s8.co.uk Studio8 was started by Clark and Brooke Wiseman in 2003 and has grown to become one of Oxfordshire’s best known creative studios. We provide a collection of services for both businesses and families. We work throughout the UK on many shoots and also throughout the world. Please get in touch to speak to us about your next project.

Funeral Directors Greens Funeral Services 21 High Street, Eynsham, Oxford Tel: 01865 880837 8 Bridge Street, Witney, Oxford Tel: 01993 776486 Established in 1866, we are an independent family business with five generations of experience, offering a dignified 24 hour service with our personal attention to detail. Our private chapels of rest are available for visitings and prayer if required. Golden Charter pre-paid plans also available.

Property Finders Keepers 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, OX2 7BY Tel: 01865 311011 Web: www.finders.co.uk Finders Keepers is a letting and property management agency covering Oxfordshire and the surrounding area. We deliver a comprehensive service from search and acquisition through furnishing and refurbishment to letting and property management. Since our foundation in 1972, we’ve built a reputation for professionalism, rigorous processes and responsiveness.

Breckon & Breckon 294 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7ED. Tel: 01865 310300. Web: www.breckon.co.uk An independent firm of Estate Agents est. in 1947 operating from a network of six offices in Oxfordshire offering properties for sale or for rent. We are property professionals with many years of experience in the local market.

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Removals Headington Carriers The Straight Mile, Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1PW Tel: 01993 811276/01865 300111. Web: www.headingtoncarriers.co.uk Headington Carriers Limited has been providing a first class commercial, house and office removal service throughout Oxfordshire and the UK for over 20 years. We pride ourselves on providing a personalised removal service for all our customers.

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Oxfordshire Services Charities Bloodwise Email: hello@bloodwise.org.uk Tel: 020 7504 2200 Web: bloodwise.org.uk We are Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research), your UK blood cancer charity. Every year we stop more people dying of blood cancer and our researchers are even working to stop people developing blood cancer in the first place. We improve the lives of blood cancer patients with cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma because we believe everyone should be able to live their life to the full.

Thinking of Oscar Twitter: twitter.com/thinkingofoscar Email: thinkingofoscar@gmail.com Web: www.thinkingofoscar.com Thinking of Oscar was set up in memory of Oscar Cole, who died suddenly in June 2014 aged just 16 months. Thinking of Oscar supports children and their families whilst in hospital care by funding projects and innovation over and above that supplied by the NHS. To date Thinking of Oscar has raised in excess of £150,000 and has funded innovative vein finding devices into the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Dry Cleaners Excel Dry Cleaners 274 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7DY. Tel: 01865 310300. Web: www.exceldrycleanersofoxford.co.uk Dry cleaning and laundry services in Oxford. With over 17 years of dry cleaning and laundry experience all of our customers are assured of a first class and affordable service. For more information about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Care Homes The Lady Nuffield Home 165 Banbury Rd, Oxford, Oxfordshire County OX2 7AW. Tel: 01865 888500. Web: www.ladynuffieldhome.co.uk The Lady Nuffield Home is a small residential home for elderly men and women and aims to provide a high standard of care, based on the individual needs of the resident whilst enabling them to remain as independent as possible.

Oxford Beaumont Care Community Bayworth Lane, Boars Hill, Oxford, OX1 5DF. Tel: 01865 730 990. Web: www.barchester.com Oxford Beaumont provides a happy and relaxed lifestyle in the heart of Boars Hill, with its scenic surroundings. Oxford city is close-by for shops, cafes and The New Theatre. Nonetheless our extensive gardens are quiet and peaceful, giving the home a feeling of space and tranquility. We offer a homely environment and the support of first class 24-hour nursing care, helping to manage disabilities such as Parkinson’s disease and sensory impairment. We provide personally tailored levels of care, helping people to enjoy life with support but as independently as possible.

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Hairdressers H.I.M 66 St.Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AH. Tel: 01865 249 740. Web: www.himoxford.co.uk H.I.M is all about quality hairdressing in a relaxed and friendly environment. The H.I.M team is young and friendly with many years experince in the trade. We focus on our clients as individuals and deliver a high quality service at a reasonable price. New customers are always welcome in the H.I.M salon which provides a modern setting and a friendly atmosphere.

Law Hedges Law 16 Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0AE Tel: 01865 594265 Web: www.hedgeslaw.co.uk Hedges has been delivering legal solutions to our clients for over 200 years. Our highly skilled team of lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to resolve even the most complex legal issues that you bring to us. At Hedges, however, we recognise you aren’t just looking for history, an impressive CV and an ability to recite the law.

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Services Review:

Excel Dry Cleaners – First Class Service

Reviewed by Richard Rosser

We’ve been using Excel for years. Previous owner, John Warburton, was always engaging and courteous, providing a service second to none. And now Rachel Boyes, who took over the business eight years ago has taken over from where John left off having joined the business in Summertown twenty two years ago. Rachel is a hard worker in a physically demanding business. The end product may well be perfectly ironed shirts, reinvigorated curtains or a revitalised dress, but the truth is that the process is as it has always been…..hard work in very hot conditions. Rachel is someone who, from personal experience, clearly cares about the service she provides her clients. She’s a hard worker, artisan like, demanding the best of herself and her dedicated team. “It’s a physically demanding job and it’s not for everyone. My team are wonderful and I simply couldn’t do it without them. All of the team have been trained on the job and I have even been asked before to go in and train other staff at client premises where they installed some new laundry equipment and they wanted me to go and do the training for them. I’m more than happy to go out and train housekeepers and clients with requirements that I can help with. With clients ranging from students to young professionals, local hotels to uniforms for some of the leading businesses in the county, it’s not difficult to see why so many people put their trust in Excel. “I sometimes wonder where they all come from. We have people bringing in 16 shirts at a time, curtains, suits, wedding dresses, you name it we clean it! “We’ve built up an excellent reputation as we have been here so long. There are lots of familiar faces coming in to the shop every day and it’s really nice to see so many loyal customers coming back, time and again.” Excel has attracted some fabulous corporate clients, including the likes of Blenheim Palace and leading Oxfordshire hotels, adds Rachel. “It’s great to pick up some excellent accounts and certainly helps the business to grow.”

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