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HIGHLIGHTS   4 Open the Gate... Westgate Oxford to open on 24.10.17

  32 24 Hours in Woodstock The perfect retreat

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WELCOME Welcome to the October edition of... IN Oxford Magazine! That’s right, we’ve changed our name back to In Oxford Magazine! Being “Living In Oxford” was great while it lasted but we felt like something shorter and punchier was the way to go.

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You’ll notice the whole magazine has gone through a re-haul: We’re brighter, bolder and a little more modern than before, and we hope all our readers will enjoy our new look as much as we do. The website has also had a fresh coat of paint to match, check it out at www.inoxford.com. Lorna Dodson, Assistant Editor Michael Grange - We were deeply saddened to hear of Michael’s passing in September. Not only was Michael one of our most loyal supporters, he was also a gentleman and a friend. He will be sadly missed by all who worked with him and knew him as a kind, generous and charming man.

KEEP IN TOUCH  01865 742211   info@inoxford.com   www.inoxford.com   PO Box 388, Kidlington, OX5 9EH

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EVENTS 10 Music at Oxford   14 Grand Designs Live Returning to Birmingham for 13th year

  20 Christmas with Creation Theatre A Christmas like no other!

LEARN 22 EF Oxford Language School 22  Our Lady’s Abingdon

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27 Blade Runner 2049

50 Wychwood Brewery

27  Thor: Ragnarok

50  Bicester Village

27 The Mountain Between Us

  52 Alexandra Roman New boutique launches in Oxford

EAT  57 The Oxford Kitchen  60 The Cherwell Boathouse  63 The Baskerville  66 Angels Cocktail Bar  71 Turtle Bay

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 72 The Anchor: Seas the day!

28 Kieran Stiles Art Studios 28 Modern Art Oxford  30 Modern, Bold Sculpture By Matt Smart

WELL 74 Spa at Jurys Inn Oxford 74  Clinic 95

STAY 44 Malmaison Oxford 46 Bear & Ragged Staff   48 A Room with a Riverside View The River Hotel

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TRADE 78 Hedges Law 80  Bloodwise 81 Headington Carriers

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OPEN THE GATE... Relaxing and buzzing, intellectual and hedonistic, stylish and comforting, Westgate Oxford will deliver a game changing experience set to reinvent the city of Oxford as the ultimate retail and lifestyle destination.

With an eclectic mix of prestigious global brands, inventive and eclectic restaurants and cafes, a five-screen boutique cinema and sophisticated rooftop bars and dining, Westgate Oxford will excite and delight. Expect bold and daring architecture meets innovative design and technology. Arresting rooftop views of the Oxford city skyline create an exceptional, inspirational destination like no other. Located just an hour from London, Westgate Oxford will form part of the historic city centre with excellent transport links to the city. Nearly three years in the making and spanning over 800,000 sq. ft., Westgate Oxford’s pioneering design sensitively blends old and new with rooftop restaurants offering never-before-seen views of the famous city skyline. Food and drink options are equally impressive with openings including Cinnamon Kitchen, The Alchemist, The Breakfast Club and the first Pizza Pilgrims outside of London. Can we add Dirty Bones into here? Westgate Oxford also houses a stellar selection of premium and highstreet retailers including John Lewis, Cath Kidston, Hotel Chocolat, & Other Stories, Cos, Hugo Boss and Jo Malone. The development will bolster the city’s already flourishing independent retail and leisure offering with local brands including Blackwell’s bookshop and Burrows & Hare. Sure to be a hive of activity, entertainment options

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“WITH AN ECLECTIC MIX OF PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL BRANDS, INVENTIVE AND ECLECTIC RESTAURANTS AND CAFES...” - Westgate Oxford to open on 24.10.17

come in the form of Junkyard Golf Club and Curzon’s five screen boutique cinema, making it the perfect place for catch ups with friends and family. Other confirmed brands coming to Westgate Oxford: Accessorize, Acuitis, Ann Summers, Benito’s Hay, Bobbi Brown, Boux Avenue, Caffe Concerto, Calvin Klein, Carphone Warehouse, Charles Tyrwhitt, Comptoir Libanais, Dirty Bones, Dr. Martens, EE, Ernest Jones, Gant, Godiva, Goldsmiths, Guess, H&M, Hobbs, JD Sports, Joules, Le Pain Quoidien, Levi’s, Loake, Lush, MAC, Micael Kors, Mint Velvet, Nando’s, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Ned’s Noodle Bar, Nespresso, New Look, Next, Oasis, Office, Oliver Bonas, Paul, Pho, Polpo, Pret A Manger, Primark, Reiss, River Island, Rola Wala, Russell & Bromley, Sainsbury’s, Salt ‘n’ Sauce, Schuh, Seasalt, Shawa, Shoryu, Skechers, Smashbox, Smiggle, Sticks’n’Sushi, Superdry, T2, Ted Bker, The Body Shop, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Uniqlo, Vans, Victoria Secret Pink, White Stuff.

Castle Street, Oxford, OX1 1NZ 01865 725455 www.westgateoxford.co.uk

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ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS The must-see buildings and landmarks around Oxford & Oxfordshire for locals and visitors alike.

Cherwell Boathouse - Punting  Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST  01865 515978  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.

Carfax Tower  Junction of St Aldates & High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AZ  01865 686442 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 Visitor Information Centre  15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS  01865 686430  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 or email: info@experienceoxfordshire.org

City Sightseeing Bus Tours  Oxford Railway Station, Park End Street, OX1 1HS  01865 790522  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.

St Michael at the North Gate  Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY  01865 240940  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

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The James Sadler Oxford Balloon Experience  info@oxfordballoonexperience.com  0845 116 8899  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 Official Walking Tours  15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS  01865 686442  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.

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin  High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ  01865 279111  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)

Oxford Castle Unlocked  44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY  01865 260666  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. Opening Times: 10am - 5pm.

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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.inoxford.com

Banbury Folk Festival  www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk Friday 6th - Sunday 8th October: Welcome to our 18th Festival! This will be our last festival as we are ‘retiring’ from organising folk activities this year. We have planned a bumper year both at the Festival and at Banbury Folk Club so come and join the party! Banbury Folk festival includes a full weekend of major artists and folk enthusiasts from all over the country.

The Oxford Lieder Festival  www.oxfordlieder.co.uk Friday 13th - Saturday 28th October: The Lieder Festival is the focal point of Oxford Lieder’s year, presenting more than 35 concerts and dozens of other events celebrating the unique art form of song. It is well established as one of the world’s leading song festivals and the biggest in the UK, attracting many of the world’s greatest artists.

Oxford Castle Ghost Fest  www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk/events/ghost-fest Thursday 19th - Tuesday 31st October: Scare yourself silly as the castle transforms into Oxford’s only scare attraction, with a range of family fun activities and spookier activities for those who dare. Are you brave enough to enjoy our spooky midnight tour on Halloween night? With so many ghosts, you’ll never be braving it alone! Will you dare to join us?

Halloween Entertainment  www.blenheimpalace.com Saturday 21st - Sunday 29th October: As autumn draws in and the nights become longer, we have a delightfully spooky itinerary of events and activities to entertain your little ghouls during October Half Term. Hop on board the ghost train to the Pleasure Gardens, lurk around the Labyrinth, take the Mini-beasts Trail, or head to the cinema in the Stables Courtyard, theres lots to do!

20th Oxford Beer & Cider Festival  www.camra.org.uk/events Thursday 26th - Saturday 28th October: Enjoy some cracking beer in the historic building of Oxford Town Hall. With 140 real ales and 60 real ciders/perries. 50 new casks will also be kept back for Saturday, so that you may enjoy our delicious beers right up to the weekend. Hot/cold food will also be available. Open: Thu 5-11pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 11am-9pm. Admission £10.

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Experience Oxfordshire  15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS  01865 686430  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.

Ghost Fest at Oxford Castle Unlocked Sunday 1st - Tuesday 31st October: Get ready for a spooky experience like no other when you visit Oxford Castle Unlocked during October. Find the ancient castle transformed into Oxford’s only scare attraction, and take part in one of the family fun activities, from overnight ghost hunts to Trick or Treating and truth or dare tours! For those who dare, why not brave the spooky midnight tour on Halloween night? For more info and to book, visit www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk The Raymond Blanc Festival of Music Tuesday 3rd - Wednesday 4th October: An unmissable event that has been showcasing world-class gastronomy and internationally acclaimed music for over 25 years, the Raymond Blanc Festival of Music returns for two nights this October. Celebrating internationally renowned artists from the worlds of classical music, jazz and opera, the event welcomes performances from singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti on the 3rd, and Oxford Philharmonic on the 4th. www.belmond.com/lemanoir Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th October: More than 100 leading writers and public figures will appear at dozens of events in the magnificent surroundings of one of Britain’s greatest palaces and of the historic town of Woodstock for the Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music. www.blenheimpalace.com The Great British Bike Off Saturday 21st October: ‘A spectacle of everything weird and wonderful on two wheels’ Oxfordshire’s first customised bicycle festival is coming to Oxford City Centre this Autumn and you’re invited! Taking place on Broad Street, the event offers individuals & groups the opportunity to join dozens of other special bikes on a city-centre ride/ parade and more. Proceeds from the event will go to go toward Oxford based charity The Ark-T Centre. www.greatbritishbikeoff.org Fara at North Wall Arts Centre Friday 27th October: Fara brings together 4 emerging musicians at the forefront of today’s young Scottish folk scene to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney. With vibrant and inventive arrangements, energetic fiddle & driving piano, Fara is an exciting one. www.thenorthwall.com

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MUSIC Music at Oxford  info@musicatoxford.com  01865 244806  www.musicatoxford.com English Touring Opera - Rameau: Dardanus Thursday 12th October: Dardanus – Rameau’s ravishing, romantic tale of love and war – is English Touring Opera’s first foray into the exotic world of French baroque opera. It is also the premiere in the UK of the revised 1744 version, which is widely considered to be the composer’s masterpiece. Time: (Pre-concert talk 6.30pm) 7.30pm - 9.45pm. Tickets: £15 - £45, Box Office 01865 244806, Online www.musicatoxford.com. Venue: Sheldonian Theatre.

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OCTOBER 12 - Luis-Manuel Garcia (University of Birmingham) The Call: Interpellation & the Ethical Turn in Electronic Dance Music Venue: The Barn at St John’s College (Kendrew Quad). Time: 5pm - 6.30pm

OCTOBER 19 - Philippe Canguilhem (University of Toulouse) “Usuall Musicke”. Singing upon the book in the Renaissance Venue: Wharton Room, All Souls College. Time: 5pm - 7pm

OCTOBER 24 - Tom Perchard (Goldsmiths, University of London) Reimagining Popular Music History Venue: Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, OX1 1DB. Time: 5.15pm

FREE ENTRY Visit www.music.ox.ac.uk/events for more information.

CONCERT PERFORMANCE CONDUCTED BY DR JONATHAN WILLIAMS

SHELDONIAN THEATRE, OXFORD THU 12 OCTOBER 2017, 7.30PM 01865 244806 | MUSICATOXFORD.COM TICKETS FROM £15

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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 - 12:15pm. 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. Visit www.coffeeconcerts.com for more information about this month’s events! £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

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Friday 13 October 2017, Oxford Town Hall, 7.30pm ROSSINI Overture to Guillaume Tell STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto in D MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, ‘Italian’ STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite (1919)

Valery Gergiev conductor Thursday 26 October 2017, Sheldonian Theatre, 7.30pm RAcHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2 SHOSTAKOVIcH Symphony No. 5

Khatia Buniatishvili piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor

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B4  PO Box 388, Kidlington, OX5 9EH  01865 742211  www.b4-business.com B4 Platinum Dinner at Randolph Hotel Thursday 12th October: Enjoy a Champagne Reception, Threecourse dinner, Sommelier selected wines and Coffee and Petits Fours at this leading 5-star hotel in Oxford. Macdonald Randolph offers luxurious accommodation, delicious food and a sensuous spa haven in the heart of this world-famous University City. Guests will love the newly opened Acanthus Restaurant, serving mouthwatering seasonal dishes prepared by their highly skilled chefs. Time: 7pm - 11pm. Tickets: £150

Chinese State Circus  The Oxpens, Oxford, OX1 1RQ  0844 4155 228  www.chinesestatecircus.com Thursday 3rd - Sunday 8th October: The internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus returns to the UK with a spectacular new production - DYNASTY. 30 world-class Chinese acrobats, aerial artistes, and jugglers interact with the super-human physical skills and dexterity of the masters of martial arts - the legendary Shaolin Warriors. There’s nonstop action from start to awesome finale as thrill follows thrill, and the seemingly impossible becomes a reality. Show Times: Tue: 7.00pm only. Wed - Fri: 4.45pm & 7.30pm. Sat: 2.00pm, 4.45pm & 7.30pm. Sun: 12pm & 3.00pm.

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BOX OFFICE 0844 4155 228 WWW.CHINESESTATECIRCUS.COM EDUCATIONAL Pitt Rivers Museum  South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP  01865 270927  www.prm.ox.ac.uk Museum Takeover: Night at the Museum Saturday 14th October: An after-hours social event organised by the Pitt Youth Action Team. An evening of music and activities showcasing local young musical talent, with object handling, soundscapes, object talks and a non-alcoholic bar. All welcome. Full programme details and online booking available at www.prm.ox.ac.uk. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Tickets: £2 October Half-Term Activities: Bats, Cats, Witches and Charms Monday 23rd - Wednesday 25th October: Join us for a Halloween special, with activities exploring creatures of the night, magic charms and solving mysteries. Craft activities and real museum objects to handle. Time: 1pm - 4pm Camel: A Journey through Fragile Landscapes Until Sunday 29th October: This exhibition presents sixtyfive monochrome prints by Roger Chapman from his major international photography project. Camel: A Journey through Fragile Landscapes is a story of connection, survival and interdependence on the edges of our world. From the dry heat of the Sahara to the bitter cold of the Mongolian steppe, camels are at the heart of pastoral communities in some of the harshest desert environments on the planet.

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GRAND DESIGNS LIVE RETURNS TO BIRMINGHAM FOR 13TH YEAR Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is set to return to Birmingham’s NEC from 11th – 15th October 2017. This unique event promises to break down the conventional limitations to home building and offers visitors a chance to discover the latest innovations, explore current trends and preview unseen products. Once again hosted by Grand Designs guru Kevin McCloud, the event will showcase a series of exciting, educational and interactive features over five days. With over 400 exhibitors making their way to the NEC, there will be something for everyone across the six different sections of the show covering Build, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Technology, Gardens and Interiors. As design authority and presenter of the Channel 4 TV series, Kevin will be bringing his expertise in the design industry as well as his distinctive style and approach to the event. This season’s Grand Designs Live is set to be one of the most informative, exciting and engaging home improvement and design exhibitions to date. Speaking to Living in Oxford Magazine’s Richard Rosser, Kevin was asked what kind of home improvements can add the most value and charm to a small property? “Storage is key. It’s always better to build fitted in storage rather than install cupboards and wardrobes which take up so much room. It’s better to lose a small amount of space and have complete walls of storage. You also need illumination in a building to lift and brighten it. For example, uplighters in a room can add 30% to the perceived size of a room.”

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“WE ARE AN AMBITIOUS SPECIES AND WANT TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE AND WE WANT TO TREAT OURSELVES.” - Kevin McCloud

In response to being asked what risks are involved in improving a smaller home, Kevin highlighted the key risk is ourselves: “The risk is human. We are an ambitious species and want to make the world a better place and we want to treat ourselves. Most people start with good intentions when they start improving their homes, but we always overrun on budget. There are two key points to make on this. Firstly, I don’t understand why people have more than one bathroom – we have stopped measuring houses on how many bathrooms we have! Let’s stop that nonsense because they’re really expensive to install. The other thing is that people will always put back what they took out before they improved their home… they invariably end up with more than they had in the first place! My advice is to put all of your possessions in storage for six months and see how much you miss it… I guarantee you’ll have forgotten about most of it. It’s a great test!” Thank you to the charming Kevin McCloud for his time and to the wonderful Kate and Genevieve at Good Results for their help. Kevin will be appearing at Grand Designs Live from 11th–15th October 2017.

NEC, Halls, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT www.granddesignslive.co.uk

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THEATRE New Theatre Oxford  George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG  0844 871 3020  www.atgtickets.com/oxford Nina Conti: In Your Face Sunday 8th October: Bursting with fresh and astonishing spontaneity, the voice-throwing queen is back. British Comedy Award Winner Nina Conti improvises unforgettable puppetry using live audience members in cartoonish masks, with the help if her simian sidekick Monkey. Awful Auntie Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th October: When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life.

Oxford Playhouse  11 - 12 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW  01865 305305  www.oxfordplayhouse.com People, Places & Things Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th October: Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she sober up? Rita, Sue And Bob Too Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th October: Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling that each of them think they control. Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of two girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future.

Creation Theatre  Various mystery locations around Oxford  01865 766266  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!

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Cornerstone Arts Centre  25 Station Rd, Didcot, OX11 7NE  01235 515144  www.cornerstone-arts.org Tipping Point Thursday 5th & Friday 6th October: The five performers, enclosed within the circle of the stage, transform simple 5 metre metal poles into a rich landscape of images. Poles are balanced on fingertips, hung from the roof, lashed, climbed, swung from and walked along, they become forests, cross roads and pendulums. Tickets: £14, Concessions £12, Family £48. Time: 7.30pm

Old Fire Station  40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ  01865 263980  www.oldfirestation.org.uk 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. Tickets: £12, Conc £10 Kindertransport Wednesday 25th - Saturday 28th October: As the clouds of war gather in 1930’s Germany a desperate mother bundles her nineyear-old daughter onto a train, sending her away from danger and into the arms of strangers. A proud mother prepares to say farewell to her grown-up daughter. Tickets: £14, Conc £12

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SPORTS Oxford United Football Club  The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP  01865 337533  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 Tuesday 3rd October, 19:45: Brighton and Hove Albion (H) Saturday 7th October, 15:00: AFC Wimbledon (H) Saturday 14th October, 15:00: Bristol Rovers (A) Tuesday 17th October, 19:45: Charlton Athletic (H) Saturday 21st October, 15:00: Rotherham United (H) Saturday 28th October, 15:00: Fleetwood Town (A)

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CHRISTMAS WITH CREATION THEATRE Leaves are changing hues, conkers are covering the pavements and there’s a distinct autumnal chill in the air.

We know that many people hate hearing the word Christmas in October, but here at Creation Theatre, we’re gearing up for a Christmas like no other. “High energy, witty, engaging, and also very moving” - Audience member on Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 2016 For families across Oxfordshire, the Creation Christmas show has become a festive tradition, much like mulled wine and mince pies. Rather than pantomimes, we produce anarchic interpretations of classic stories, and this winter is no exception. Returning for our seventh Christmas production at The North Wall, our Oxford winter show is a brand-new adaptation of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. From the creative team behind last year’s sell-out Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm and led by writer and director Gari Jones, this will be Dickens like you’ve not seen him before. The show is full of misers, music, Marley’s ghost and all sorts of Creation twists. We’re also bringing back cabaret seating so audiences can cosy up around tables during the show – these front row tables are really popular, so book fast!

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“AN ORIGINAL TAKE ON AN OLD FAVOURITE, PACKED FULL OF HUMOUR, HAUNTING MUSIC AND IMAGINATION.” - Audience member on Cinderella and the Glass Slipper, 2016

“An original take on an old favourite, packed full of humour, haunting music and imagination.” - Audience member on Cinderella and the Glass Slipper, 2016 North of the county, we’re bringing one of our most popular recent Christmas shows to The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury - The Wind in the Willows. Adapted by Gari Jones, the show was first performed in Oxford in 2014, and this year is being co-produced with the Banbury-based Cherwell Theatre Company, who’ll be bringing a community chorus of young Oxfordshire actors into the show. Directed by Tristan Pate, it’s an eccentric, heart-warming and downright bonkers version of Kenneth Grahame’s classic. As with all Creation shows, expect the unexpected. Full schedules and tickets: www.creationtheatre.co.uk Box Office: 01865 766266 St Thomas House, 6 Becket Street, Oxford, OX1 1PP 01865 766266 www.creationtheatre.co.uk

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Oxford is known across the globe as being a leader in education. From the world-famous colleges of the University of Oxford, to local private and public schools.

EF Oxford Language School  Pullens Lane, Oxford, OX3 0DT  01865 759660  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 glassroofed 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 Oxford  14 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1JQ  01865 724312  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 wellqualified 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. Email: carmel@englishinoxford.com

Our Lady’s Abingdon  Abingdon on Thames, Oxfordshire, OX14 3PS  01235 524658  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.

Eckersley School of English  14 Friars Entry, Oxford, OX1 2BZ  01865 721268  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 bilingual 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.

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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? www.inoxford.com

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OCTOBER FILM RELEASES

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Select highlights of films on in Oxford and Oxfordshire over this month. Please see www.inoxford.com for more details and trailers.

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 Hulk!

The Mountain Between Us Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modernday ninjas who must pull together to unleash their true power.

COMING SOON Paddington 2 ‘Paddington 2’ continues the adventures of the little bear from darkest Peru, now that he’s a permanent member of the Brown family and a popular member of the local community. His Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday is coming up, and he’s trying to find the perfect present for her..

Justice League Inspired by Superman’s selfless sacrifice, Batman has regained his faith in humanity and been inspired to build a team. To counter the threat that’s coming, he creates the ‘Justice League’. With a devastating enemy on the way and Earth’s greatest hero fallen, he and the immortal Amazon warrior Wonder Woman track down their recruits.

Murder On The Orient Express A lavish, luxurious train journey through Europe turns deadly in ‘Murder On The Orient Express’, forcing legendary detective Hercule Poirot to solve the case and find out whodunit. The motive is mysterious, and practically everyone on the train is a suspect. It’s a fiendishly difficult puzzle to solve, and Poirot’s now in a race against time to catch the killer before they can make their escape.

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ART & ANTIQUES IN OXFORD Oxford cultivates a rich art society, from fine artists to illustrators, we even have our fair share of comicbook artists.

Kieran Stiles Art Studios  Folly Bridge, Oxford  07967 075367  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. Email: kieran@artcoursesoxford.com

Modern Art Oxford  30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP  01865 722733  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.

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 the 16th to 20th Centuries, is extensive and encompasses a wide range of subjects, engravers, and prices. In the run up to Halloween, prints from our ‘Weird & Wonderful’ catalogue will be on display in the gallery. A spooktacular collection of ghouls, ghosts, and medical oddities! 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

Gallery Artists www.wisegal.com Tel: 01865 515 123 40-41 South Parade Summertown Oxford OX2 7JL

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Sanders of Oxford  104 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BW  01865 242590  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.

Christ Church Picture Gallery Drawing in Rome

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Mon, Wed - Sat: 10.30am - 1pm & 2pm - 4.30pm; Sun: 2pm - 4.30pm (Closed Tuesdays) Christ Church, Oxford Entrance via Oriel Square Admission: £4/£2 Tel: 01865 276172 www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery

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MODERN, BOLD SCULPTURE Loud laughter erupts in the sculpture garden. People have spotted “The Legs”: a vision of a person who...

Loud laughter erupts in the sculpture garden. People have spotted “The Legs”: a vision of a person who plummeted into the ground, head first, leaving their legs sticking up. The piece is called ‘Many Happy Returns’. It comically signifies that we are of the earth, and we should live life to the full - Whatever you do, dive in! As resident artist at a fringe festival in summer, Matt installed the tail of an aeroplane in the Parish churchyard. A five-metre eruption of our power to arise from diversities. Adults often commented “It looks like a representation of Brexit, a nosedive”, but it was children who noticed the cross-shaped reference to re-birth. Matt Smart has been sculpting for 4 years. He has had a solo exhibition, he started and ran a London gallery, has shown at music and arts festivals, and practices street art. He experiments with materials, finding new ways to make sculptures light and low-impact on the environment, while packing a punch. The Fist sculpture is adult-height and made of molehills, which he gathered and dried for the piece. At the Artweeks’ ‘Change the World’ show, the Fist won two prizes, including Grand Prize. There is a sharp contemporary edge to Matt’s work. “The first time I exhibited at a big music festival I was lucky enough to get the top spot, which also got most attention. I had to repair one piece seven times, people were so “enthusiastic”. Also, at festivals, there are so many amazing things

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“THE FIRST TIME I EXHIBITED AT A BIG MUSIC FESTIVAL I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET THE TOP SPOT, WHICH ALSO GOT MOST ATTENTION” - Matt Smart

to see that subtle visuals get lost among brighter excitements. Sculpture has to be instantly gripping. Festivals taught me to sculpt things strong.” Matt Smart’s art is also shown in night clubs and restaurants, working with lighting technicians who project moving images onto the sculptures, often synchronised with the music. Some works highlight courage. ‘We Met One Day’ - an almost flaming figure on a plinth – is about how we put people on pedestals when we are impressed by them from afar. If you talk to that amazing person you may forever remember the day you dared. They may think the same of you. ‘Muffin of Lascaux’ is a rendition of horses from ancient cave paintings. Matt sourced coloured earth minerals, in keeping with original pigments. The 3-D depiction embodies how street art on flat walls is often about the 3-dimensional urban landscape. Within the tradition of equine art, it is a playful nod to how the origins of art were also the origins of leisure. Because art is joy as well as business! For more thoughts and visions, see www.MattSmart.org, Instagram’s @mattsmartart, and in You Tube videos search for ‘Matt Smart’. matt.smart@mail.com 07500 118791 www.mattsmart.org

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24 HOURS IN WOODSTOCK

WOOD STOCK

Woodstock is the perfect retreat with the convenience of being a stones throw away from the centre of Oxford.

Woodstock is a historic town just to the north of Oxford. It grew up as a coach stop around the Royal Hunting Lodge, which later became the site of Blenheim Palace, home of the Dukes of Marlborough since the early 1700s.

alike: Post Office, bank, supermarket, newsagent, cafes, restaurants, galleries and a wide range of shops are all situated in the town centre. The local people are always willing to assist visitors with honesty and a smile.

With its characterful accommodation, it is the ideal place to stay for its own interesting history, to see Blenheim Palace, or to visit Winston Churchill’s grave at nearby Bladon. Oxford City with its colleges, museums and dreaming spires is within easy access by bus or car.

At the centre of Woodstock is ‘Market Place’ and the Town Hall. From there, Park Street goes down to the Blenheim Palace’s ‘Town Gate’, passing the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene on the left. The Town Hall lies at the apex of a triangle made up of High Street on one side, Market Street on the other and Oxford Street at the base.

The town has an active local business community and makes provision for the everyday needs of visitors and residents

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Antiques at Heritage  Market Place, Woodstock, OX20 1TA  01993 811332  www.woodstockheritage.com Antiques at Heritage is the home of 12 established and experienced antique dealers located in a 15thc building in the heart of Woodstock just seven miles north of Oxford. A wide and ever changing range of antiques mainly pre-1940 can be found within the gallery. Stock includes English furniture country, formal and arts and crafts, silver, fine art, porcelain, pottery, jewellery, glass, mirrors, rugs, clocks, garden antiques, books, vintage luggage and accessories.

Cotswold Tailor  21B Oxford Street, Woodstock, OX20 1TH  01993 358284  www.suitstailored.com The Cotswold Tailor is an award winning tailor, that takes traditional British cloths and tailors them with a contemporary twist. This results in unique, elegant designs, that stand out from the usual mass produced clothing on the high street. We emphasise the use of British manufacturers. Please take this opportunity to view our products online or alternatively if you would like to visit us, we are located in the bustling market town of Woodstock on the high street as well as our new shop located on Church Street in Shipston On Stour.

The Oxfordshire Museum  Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN  01993 811456  oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshiremuseum Lecture: Pam Manix Wednesday 4th October: Updating Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter, new digs, new finds. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £4. Those Were the Days Reminiscence Session: Celebrations Friday 6th October: Bring your photos, objects and memories of various celebrations. From fetes, feasts, carnivals and bonfires to birthdays, weddings and christenings – everyone likes an excuse to celebrate. Tea & Coffee will be served. Time: 2pm - 3.30pm/4pm. Tickets: £1 per person. Location: The Coach House Exhibition: Nick Schlee Saturday 7th October – Sunday 12th November: From drawing to painting, discover how artists transfer what they first see to paper and then to oils. Museums Resource Centre Open Day Sunday 8th October: A unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and discover what we collect, why we collect it and how we use it? Free admission and free parking. Time: 10am – 4pm. Location: Cotswold Dene, Standlake OX29 7QG. Exhibition: Peter Ross Until Sunday 29th October: Paintings by this local Oxfordshire artist featuring churches in West Oxfordshire and great artists and their work. October School Holidays Tuesday: Tom Tots, Music, stories and rhymes for under-fives. Time: 10.30am - 11am. Tickets: £1 per child, £2.50 per family. Tuesday & Thursday: Fun and creative crafts for all ages. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Tickets: £2 per child, £5 per family.

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24 HOURS IN WOODSTOCK Woodstock is the perfect retreat with the convenience of being a stones throw away from the centre of Oxford.

Dantzig  1 Market Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SU  01993 812000  www.dantzig.uk Starting down the Passage de Dantzig, our story begins in Paris, 1902 with the opening of La Ruche, a beehive humming with artistic activity. Sustained by its collaborative efforts, sense of creative identity and colourful names in the 20th movement – we’ve taken the heart of this culture, believing in the thriving spirit of modernity, its descendants and the power of expression. Dantzig provides a space for the exchange of total art, with our gallery in Woodstock celebrating processes and exploring Modern and Contemporary works.

 01993 815888 We provide a wide range of technology services for homes and businesses: • Computer Help & Support • Phone & Laptop Repairs • Device Repairs & Recovery

• Website & App Design • Buy, Sell & Rental of Devices • Technology Tuition

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HAMPERS FOOD & WINE One of the main things I love about Hampers is that when passing, it always looks like a pleasant place to eat; so when I walked in I couldn’t help but browse over what the... Reviewed by Martyn Brittain, Breckon & Breckon

One of the main things I love about Hampers is that when passing, it always looks like a pleasant place to eat; so when I walked in I couldn’t help but browse over what the extensive and varied delicatessen counter had to offer. I was welcomed with a friendly smile by Elizabeth, who was more than happy to help. Although spoilt for choice after looking through the extensive menu, I turned to the specials boards for further inspiration. After much deliberation I opted for the healthier Caesar salad option, accompanied by an Americano coffee. My salad arrived quickly, delivered by a very helpful and friendly waitress called Karen. I normally steer away from salads but this definitely caught my attention: safe to say I was very happy with my choice, even the anchovies - which I can be fussy about - I loved. Then the choice of delicious looking desserts was just too much to decline. I went for a firm favourite; the Chocolate Brownie. The crumbly top and warm gooey middle hit the spot for that naughty treat I needed to get me through the rest of the day. Hampers is a wonderful place that compliments all that Woodstock has to offer and is ideal for that special something from the deli, a quick baguette or to have a relaxing lunch with family and friends. 31-33 Oxford Street, Woodstock, OX20 1TH 01993 811535 www.hampersfoodandwine.co.uk

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Woodstock is the perfect retreat with the convenience of being a stones throw away from the centre of Oxford.

Daba  36 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TT  01993 815824  www.dabawoodstock.co.uk Daba is an Indian restaurant, located in Woodstock, that serves a selection of stunning Indian dishes. Our chefs use the finest ingredients and more than 17 years of experience to make sure that every meal is of the highest quality. What’s more, we take great pride in maintaining competitive prices, with every dish offering excellent value for money.

The Crown  31 High Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TE  01993 813339  www.thecrownwoodstock.com The Crown Inn is a grade 2 listed 18th century boutique hotel b&b and restaurant set in the heart of historic Woodstock, Oxfordshire. We have 5 ensuite bedrooms with free wifi, bose sound docks, and luxury toiletries. Blenheim Palace is 5 minutes’ walk away and you’re just 15km from Oxford for easy day trips on the bus.

AN award winning tailor, that takes traditional British cloths & tailors them with a contemporary twist. 21B Oxford St, Woodstock, OX20 1TH - 01993 358284 - suitstailored.com Bespoke Tailoring, Luxury Formal Hire & Clothing & Accessories

Antiques at Heritage is the home of 12 established and experienced antique dealers located in a 15 thc building in the heart of Woodstock just seven miles north of Oxford.

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WOODSTOCK OPTICIANS Woodstock Opticians has a lovely welcoming feel, the décor is a combination of tradition and contemporary and made me feel at ease immediately. Reviewed by Sandra Dibling

On entering the Practice, I was warmly welcomed by Kate and introduced to Optometrist and Company Director Karen Davies. Karen and her team have decades of experience between them and have recently open a second Practice Stow Opticians in Stow on the Wold. Karen showed me into the consulting room and discussed my general health and wellbeing together with my work and leisure activities before starting my eye examination. The first part of my eye examination was the refraction test where Karen checked distance vision for driving and TV and my near vision for reading and computer work. Karen then tested my oculomotor balance and pupil reflexes which checked that my eye muscles work together and that the correct amount of light was reaching the retina at the back of my eye. The intraocular pressure test came next which tests the pressure inside your eyes. I was delighted that this didn’t involve a ‘puff of air’ into my eyes. Woodstock Opticians have invested in state of the art technology to ensure their customers have more enhanced examinations and pleasant experience. Karen moved on to test my all-round vision which may detect glaucoma and other neurological visual field defects. A light was then shone into through my pupils into my eyes which enabled Karen to see my lens, retina and optic nerve clearly. She took a digital image of the central retina as well as an ultra-wide digital image using the new Optomap technology. When my eye examination was over Karen discussed her findings, which revealed that my prescription had changed slightly. As I wear a combination of glasses and contact lenses Karen made me fully aware of my options including multifocal contact lenses and glasses versus standard contact lenses and glasses. My experience at Woodstock Opticians was fantastic, the care and level of service was second to none. I’m looking forward to returning next week to see Helen Buick one of the Dispensing Opticians at the Practice who will assist me in choosing my frames and to ensure the correct lenses for me.

Your Local Independent Opticians EYE SERVICES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY 17 High Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TE 01993 811870 www.woodstockopticians.co.uk

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THE CROWN Woodstock. The name conjures up various images depending upon your age, nationality, and musical tastes. Reviewed by Matt Noble Wright, Director, Nobleword Ltd – ‘Intelligent copy, simply written’

Woodstock. The name conjures up various images depending upon your age, nationality, and musical tastes. However, for this particular honeystoned corner of Oxfordshire, think of an eclectic mix of traditional British meaty fare with a Spanish seafood twist. Oh, and the cocktails...don’t forget the cocktails! In the Summer, the courtyard terrace is packed with aficionados of the shaken drink, but as it was distinctly Autumnal we stayed within the calming pea-blue painted restaurant and sampled The Crown’s most popular cocktail - a Raging Bison (vodka & vanilla schnapps). We kicked off with Spanish seafood - crispy squid and wood-roasted gambas, which were both delicious. My dinner companion, Big Dave, who pronounces himself a fan of the ‘hot stuff’, then plumped for the fiery pizza special for his main course. The Crown boasts a traditional Italian clay pizza oven, wood-fired as demanded by the purists (harder to cook on than gas but more flexible in skilled hands). One carafe of water later, Big Dave pronounced himself well satisfied.

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5 THINGS I LOVED  Traditional Italian clay pizza oven  Courtyard terrace  The mix of British food with a Spanish twist  The Spanish themed desserts  Oh, and the cocktails...don’t forget the cocktails!

The Spanish theme continued through dessert - Mallorcan almond cake and crema catelana both followed, the latter being the stand-out dish - a cinnamon-infused more delicate version of a crème brûlée. Should you wish to truly indulge in the Mediterranean delights of The Crown, there is a Spanish-themed evening every Thursday, with live music, tapas, and (I’m informed) a huge paella cooked in the conservatory. Hasta la vista....I’ll be back! The Crown isn’t just a wonderful restaurant however, they can also boast being a grade 2 listed 18th century boutique hotel B&B with 5 en-suite bedrooms with free wi-fi, bose sound docks, and luxury toiletries. If you’re visiting Woodstock, don’t miss a trip to or a stay at The Crown!

31 High Street, Woodstock Oxfordshire, OX20 1TE 01993 813339 www.thecrownwoodstock.com

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24 HOURS IN WOODSTOCK Woodstock is the perfect retreat with the convenience of being a stones throw away from the centre of Oxford.

Oxfordshire Digital  1 Market Place, Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1SY  01993 815888  www.oxfordshiredigital.com Oxfordshire Digital provides a wide range of technology services for homes and businesses. We pride ourselves on our helpful, honest and expert advice. We provide help with all types of computers - whether it is a Mac or PC, Desktop or Laptop - we offer lessons and assistance to improve your use of technology. We are able to repair a wide range of technology from broken mobile phone screens to batteries and device sockets.

Soldiers of Oxford  1 Market Place, Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1SY  01993 815888  www.oxfordshiredigital.com There’s so much at SOFO for everyone! Walk through a recreated Great War trench, sit inside a section of a D-Day Horsa Glider or try your hand at some war-time code breaking! More than just a regimental history museum, SOFO focuses on the connection between conflict and county, letting you explore military history through the stories of the people of Oxfordshire involved in conflict throughout time. Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-18 (Part II) Tuesday 21st November 2017 - Saturday 2nd December 2018: Visit us from November 21st 2017 to December 2nd 2018 for Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-18 (Part II), a WW1 Centenary Exhibition which focuses on the latter half of the Great War. See www.sofo.org.uk for ticket prices and opening times.

THE OXFORDSHIRE MUSEUM Oxfordshire’s story from dinosaurs and Anglo-Saxons to Victorians and innovative industries. Special exhibitons, Tranquil walled gardens, Cafe & Gift Shop. FREE ADMISSION Open: Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm Nov - Feb: Tue - Sat 10am - 4.30pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN T: 01993 814106 W: oxfordshire.gov.uk/museums

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CONTEMPORARY • MODERN • ART GALLERY

VOTED BEST GALLERY IN OXFORDSHIRE & BUCKS 2017 Dantzig is an award winning gallery located in the historic market town of Woodstock on the edge of the Cotswolds. We specialise in 20th Century Modern Art with a focus on works on paper including original prints from the 20th Century. Our collection of International Art includes the Modern Masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and many other highly acclaimed artists. We have regular events and exhibitions, celebrating some of the greatest names in Modern Art. “Home to Blenheim Palace, handsome little Woodstock is well worth a visit. Dantzig gallery on Market Street is a small trove of 20th-century works.” - Telegraph

DAVID FREUD ‘RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION’ 29TH SEPTEMBER - 29TH OCTOBER 2017 The beauty and freedom of art that is that the limitations of life don’t apply. This is personified in the art of Sigmund’s great grandson and award winning artist of the psychologist who categorised this behaviour, David Freud. Davids ability to approach, capture and portrait honest and significant subjects, representing them with his uniquely honest and eye catching approach is no accident considering he is the son of one of Englands most famous figurative artists Lucian Freud. Dantzig is delighted and proud to announce that this thought provoking and exceptional artist will be joining use to share his retrospective exhibition from the 29th September - 17th October. Private viewing 28th September, 7pm. 1 MARKET STREET, WOODSTOCK, OXON, OX20 1SU 01993 812000 • gallery@dantzig.co.uk • www.dantzig.co.uk www.inoxford.com

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DABA Whenever I’m asked to do a review for the magazine I always ask myself ‘why’ I’d visit. What makes this place special? Well I was about to find out as I walked into Daba... Reviewed by Rob Stotcher

Well I was about to find out as I walked into Daba to meet the owner, Raj. Raj is an incredibly welcoming and warm person, something his team clearly mirrors. The menu is well rounded, definitely something for everyone with a number of dishes only found at Daba and a few of the expected staples of an indian restaurant. The restaurant was warm, very comfortable with a number of diners already enjoying the meal. It wasn’t long for my starters, Paneer Tikka, to be delivered to my table. An excellent way to start a meal, firm and delicious indian cheese, something I’d highly recommend. Next up were my mains, DaBa Daal, DaBa Special Chicken Sizzler, Amritsari Machli, Pilau rice and a Plain Naan. Every dish was incredible, not a disappointing bite to be found. The Amritsari Machli was packed full of flavour, addictively so. I usually have a Tarka Dhal to go along with my typical indian meal. But this is Daba, a true upgrade to what I’ve had before the Daba Daal. Again, packed full of flavour and amazing alongside the my Chicken Sizzler. I came to learn the reason I’d return is for Daba’s commitment to deliver true, authentic flavours and dishes. This is something I’ve yet to find in Oxfordshire. Don’t get me wrong, Indian restaurants in Oxford are fantastic. But Daba is the only restaurant I’ve visited that has introduced me to something new, refreshing and definitely worthy of many repeated visits. 36 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TT 01993 815824 www.dabawoodstock.co.uk

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Looking for a break in the shire, or visiting Oxford city? Oxfordshire has a wide selection of wonderful accommodation available to you, from short and cheap to luxurious.

Righton  14 Oakthorpe Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BE  01865 318594  www.rightonproperty.co.uk 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.

The Feathers Hotel  Market Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SX  01993 812291  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.

Malmaison Oxford  3 New Road, Oxford, OX1 1AY  0330 016 0380  www.malmaison.com/oxford It’s never a hard day’s night at our 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!

The Manor Country House Hotel  Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QL  01869 350621  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.

Royal Oxford Hotel  Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HR  01865 248432  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.

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Holiday Inn Oxford  Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 8JD  0871 942 9086  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.

Macdonald Randolph Hotel  Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN  01865 256400  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.

DISCOVER YOUR HAVEN OF LUXURY AT THE MANOR

The Manor, Northampton Road, Weston on the Green, OX25 3QL 01869 350621 www.themanorweston.com

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Looking for a break in the shire, or visiting Oxford city? Oxfordshire has a wide selection of wonderful accommodation available to you, from short and cheap to luxurious.

The Beetle and Wedge ď Ferry Lane, Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 9JF ď‚• 01491 651381  www.beetleandwedge.co.uk We have three beautiful rooms overlooking the River Thames, with king-size beds and lovely roll-top baths, one of our ground floor rooms offers a spacious en suite shower room. Breakfast is served in the Boathouse and on fine weather mornings we can also serve outside on the jetty. Set on the banks of the River Thames the Boathouse Restaurant emphasis is on quality of food, wines and service. Join us and enjoy the tranquillity and peace of a beautiful riverside setting for relaxed dining.

Bear & Ragged Staff ď 28 Appleton Road, Cumnor, Oxfordshire, OX2 9QH ď‚• 01865 862329  www.bearandraggedstaff.com 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 a mere 12 minute drive away. Guests have full access to the bars, decking, log fires and the main restaurant. Perfect for that special romantic weekend or for the busy travelling businessperson. Although the Inn closes for business at around midnight to 1am our staff are available 24 hours a day. For detailed descriptions of rooms and prices visit our website.

River Hotel ď Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0AA ď‚• 01865 243475  www.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’

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A ROOM WITH A RIVERSIDE VIEW Does Oxford finish at the Railway Station? Go west a short distance and you will find The River Hotel...

Does Oxford finish at the Railway Station? Go west a short distance and you will find The River Hotel overlooking the River Thames and Osney Island conservation area beside Osney Bridge, just a short stroll away from the City Centre. The hotel is ideally situatied along the Thames tow path where you can catch glimpses of the City towards Binsey and Wolvercote, or Osney Lock, Folly Bridge punts, College boats and beyond. The hotel building is owned by an Oxford University college, built in the 1870s and lived in by the Master-builder Mayor of Oxford, Thomas Kingerlee. The company and family still trade in Oxford to this day. It was formerly known as The Bridge House Hotel in the 1930s (when it boasted having “refrigeration”) and cost the equivalent of just £1.75 for a night’s B&B! The hotel was later known as Ehrsam Hotel, and finally The River Hotel. It is run traditionally and, to quote a recent guest from New York, is “quintessentially Oxford”. All bedrooms offer their own bath, shower and toilet, the usual in-room expectations of Freeview TV, clock / radio, hair-dryer, and a kettle for tea and coffee. There is also free wi-fi and ample car parking on site for residents.

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“THE HOTEL’S SLOGAN, ‘LARGE ENOUGH TO BE COMFORTABLE, SMALL ENOUGH TO BE FRIENDLY’, MATCHES THE HOTEL’S IMAGE PERFECTLY” - River Hotel, Oxford

“What time is breakfast?” is a frequent enquiry – This will be the title of owner Pat Jones’ book, as and when she gets down to writing it! The hotel rate includes table service breakfast overlooking the Thames, cooked to order with a generous buffet to start. The hotel welcomes guests from far and wide, whether visiting Oxford for business, academia, or family etc., mid-week and weekenders, Thames walkers and tourists of course. Everyone is welcome! The hotel’s slogan, “Large enough to be comfortable, small enough to be friendly”, matches the hotel’s image perfectly - Offering good value with friendly service. Since 2007 ‘Visit England’ has awarded the hotel “**Metro Grading”. With good facilities, great rates, and a perfect location for dining out in the City (the Thames path being right on the doorstep), it’s all about Location, Location, Location!

17 Botley road, Oxford, OX2 0AA 01865 243475 www.riverhotel.co.uk

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From the chic designer shopping outlets at Bicester Village, to the fresh and local produce available at Farmers’ Markets, to handmade souvenirs and clothing in Oxford’s Covered Market.

Wychwood Brewery  Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4DP  01993 890800  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  01865 247414  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  Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY  01865 722505  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 Drive, Bicester, OX26 6WD  01869 366266  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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ALEXANDRA ROMAN LAUNCHES IN OXFORD Ever since she was very young Alexandra Roman has loved dressing up.

Ever since she was very young Alexandra Roman has loved dressing up. Putting pieces together and creating her own special look. She has a rare instinctive eye for good style. Alexandra moved to Oxfordshire two years ago – attracted by the beautiful countryside, the amazing culture and the inspirational lifestyle. It also happened to be a very handy location for London Fashion Week and the big fashion shows at the NEC! Earlier this year her dream finally became a reality when she launched her own Alexandra Roman fashion label; and her online boutique www.alexandraroman.co.uk What makes Alexandra Roman different? Alexandra says: “These days there’s so much choice around. So many designer stores (mostly in London). And of course a million online fashion outlets! It can really get confusing! Making the right choices, especially for special events like parties, weddings and race days can be a real headache. I take all the stress away and help local women to find their own unique style. Working with a team of fashion experts and image consultants, I review all the latest trends & designs; and offer women a personalised approach to selecting their wardrobe.”

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“MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES, ESPECIALLY FOR SPECIAL EVENTS LIKE PARTIES, WEDDINGS AND RACE DAYS CAN BE A REAL HEADACHE.” - Alexandra Roman

This one to one service is available by appointment at her private boutique in Oxfordshire – or by phone, email or video call eg Skype. Her free personal styling service is already a real hit with local ladies! As are her regular local networking events and fashion parties! She’s also had pop up stores at polo matches in Windsor and Cheshire (as a guest of ‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’ TV show). Alexandra says: ‘We’re building a fantastic community of like minded women in Oxfordshire and beyond. Women who want affordable elegance, quality and style and who want to be unique. I make sure to listen to my clients and deliver the right fashion choices for each individual – to suit every situation. As well as my own Alexandra Roman collection, we also tap into some of the very best UK and international fashion designers’. Alexandra’s Autumn/Winter collection is now available at www.alexandraroman.co.uk

Alexandra Roman Fashion Bloxham Boutique 01295 721629 info@alexandraroman.co.uk www.alexandraroman.co.uk

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RESTAURANTS IN OXFORD

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From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

ASIAN Jee Saheb  15 North Parade Avenue, Oxford, OX2 6LX  01865 513773  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  01865 297575  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  01865 723029  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, Oxford, OX3 8JN  01865 763321  www.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  01865 247093  www.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!

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Cockadoo  Nuneham Courtenay, Oxford, OX44 9NX  01865 341030  www.cockadoo.co.uk The atmosphere at Cockadoo is relaxed, friendly and informal and our attention to detail and high level of service ensures your dining experience exceeds your expectations. Our skilled chefs use only the finest ingredients to create masterful oriental dishes.

FRENCH Pierre Victoire  9 Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HP  01865 316616  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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THE OXFORD KITCHEN The Oxford Kitchen is striding out with its own modern take on fine dining and letting its food do the talking. Based on our experience it certainly has the wind in its sails. Reviewed by Dan Channer

Oxford has never been over-endowed with ‘fine dining‘ restaurants. The saying goes that people spend their money in Oxford on education and houses but less so on high-end eating and retail. However, tucked into the south end of Summertown, The Oxford Kitchen is striding out with its own modern take on fine dining and letting its food do the talking. Based on our experience it certainly has the wind in its sails. We were quickly relaxed by the kind of attention you imagine the Queen gets on foreign state visits - charming, punctual, friendly. We made the joke that we were getting ‘American service’ (the waiter was American, you can see how sharp we are) and by that we mean a superior level of restaurant service that you find in the US. The menu is progressive and complex with ingredients we had not heard of (yuzus anyone?). Each dish comes with a variety of flavours, for example the burrata (buffalo mozzarella) was delicious, topped with razor thin shavings of black truffle, small pieces of artichoke and a subtle lemon puree. The Cornish crab salad was so good that my wife ate it in under a minute. Dressed with a lemon verbena mayonnaise, the crab was the best thing we tasted all night. Bravo. For mains we had the lamb and the beef, which means a few small but perfectly formed cuts of meat surrounded by care, love and the intricate presentation of the supporting elements. The steak was indeed that ‘melt in the mouth’ experience you read (dream?) about. You can tell from the menu that flair and creativity lives here. It seems to work - The restaurant did 60 covers and the chef said wisely, ‘It’s been a busy old evening’. And a very good one too. 215 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7HQ 01865 511149 www.theoxfordkitchen.co.uk

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From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

CONTEMPORARY Acanthus  Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN  01865 256410  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  01865 552746  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  01865 862329  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  01993 812291  www.feathers.co.uk Eating and drinking is at the heart of The Feathers experience. The award-winning 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  01865 243003  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.

Rooftop Restaurant at Ashmolean  Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2PH  01865 553823  www.ashmoleanrooftop.com Rooftop Restaurant at Ashmolean is bright, airy and contemporary, where the best of European cuisine meets the best of British tradition. The ethos and ambience reflects the museum itself, fine art in a classical English setting.

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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

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The Oxford Kitchen  215 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7HQ  01865 511149  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.

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THE CHERWELL BOATHOUSE

Reviewed by Ruth Hawkins

I’ve not been to The Cherwell Boathouse for a couple of years, so was really looking forward to my visit this time.

The menu was still the ‘late summer menu’, and our visit on a cold, drab, rainy Sunday evening was still delightful. The welcome we had from Brice was very warm and welcoming, and he clearly knew his menu and wine list thoroughly. The restaurant was reasonably busy for a Sunday evening, and we had a lovely table by the window to the terrace, where we could watch some intrepid punters in the rain, as well as a family of swans swimming up and down the Cherwell. Idyllic! To start I had pan fried quail breast served with bubble and squeak and caramelised baby onions. It was delicious. My husband had ham terrine and our 10 year old seafood lover chose pan seared scallops served with puy lentils, smoked bacon and butternut squash puree, which went down an absolute treat! I tasted all 3 dishes, and can confirm they were all lovely. For main course, I realised in hindsight I chose something fairly similar to my starter, but nonetheless it was a good choice; roasted guinea fowl with dauphinoise potatoes. It was cooked beautifully. John fancied trying the nut roast, and the seafood loving 10 year old went for pan fried trout fillet with white bean and mussels chowder. Again both dishes were polished

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views and entertainment watching the punting welcome from Brice and his staff scallops and also the trout dish – both delicious! wine – I had a cheeky pinot noir, recommended to me cheese selection

off, and Isobel’s fish dish was voted the favourite by all three of us. In the French manner, Brice asked if we wanted cheese before desert. As the only cheese eater, I asked for a taster, and was presented with some beautifully kept Lincolnshire poacher and Cherwell goats cheese. The small person tried both but her love of seafood doesn’t extend to any cheese other than cheddar. But her loss was my gain. For dessert, I went for strawberry mille-feuille with champagne sorbet. It was very light and fresh and a lovely end to an autumnal meal. John, who has the sweetest tooth, went for peanut and pistachio salted caramel ice cream which he thoroughly enjoyed. Isobel chose Breton Shortbread, which was not at all what we were expecting, but was a delicious shortbread cake filled with raspberry sorbet. There was certainly no dessert left! We had a lovely evening and can heartily recommend the Cherwell Boathouse.

Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST 01865 552746 www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk

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From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

BARS Angels  Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. OX1 2HS  01865 544244  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.

Pint Shop  25-27 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AU  01865 251194  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.

The Duke of Cambridge  5-6 Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HP  01865 558173  www.dukebar.com The Duke of Cambridge has been mixing great drinks in Oxford since 1981. Located in the bohemian district of Jericho, the bar is always bursting with atmosphere at the weekends with a more chilled vibe during the week. Fresh ingredients, cool interiors and friendly staff give The Duke genuine character and style.

The House  The House, Blue Boar St, Oxford, OX1 4EE  01865 724433  www.housebar.co.uk A buzzing young bar in central Oxford with its own games room, private terrace with Philippe Starck sofas and a seriously well thought out cocktail list. The House is an intimate yet lively venue. The bar has attracted plenty of attention since it opened in early 2009, gracing the pages of Vogue, as a fashion shoot location and featuring in Elle magazine’s Top 25 Bars 2010.

Turtle Bay  12 Friars Entry, Magdalen Street, Oxford, OX1 2BY  01865 242141  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!

SPANISH Al-Andalus Tapas Bar  Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. OX1 2HS  01865 516688  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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The Baskerville offers a memorable experience in a marvellous location with a perfect blend of traditional village pub, first class restaurant, where food really does matter and superb 01189 403332 accommodation.

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THE BASKERVILLE I love a Sunday lunch, and the Sunday lunch at The Baskerville, in Shiplake, between Henley and Reading, is no exception. Reviewed by Ruth Hawkins

We had a really warm welcome from all of the staff at this family run and family friendly restaurant / gastro pub. The Sunday lunch menu had something for all palates, from soup to scallops to start, and from traditional roasts and fish and chips to swordfish for main courses as well as delicious desserts (all made from scratch in house). I had scallops to start, which were served with pancetta, black pudding, pea shoots and pea puree. They were done beautifully. My husband chose the caprese salad, which he polished off in the blink of an eye. Isobel, our daughter, also plumped for scallops and loved every bite. I am a big fan of pink beef and my roast dinner was done to perfection! If you prefer your meat cooked more thoroughly, or even less so, the brilliant chefs at The Baskerville will get it spot on for you. The roast dinner in its entirety was fantastic, with juicy vegetables, magnificent Yorkshire puddings and rich gravy. John went for fish and chips, served with crushed minted peas and homemade tartare sauce, and the chips were triple-cooked making them light and crispy. Isobel went for the smoked loin of pork, an interesting play on the standard roast dinner and it worked marvellously. The mains were huge hits all around. For dessert I had a fine peach tart which was light and delicious and John had a basil and rosemary parfait. The parfait was subtle and unique, and thoroughly enjoyed. The small person went for a large portion of New York cheesecake and was far, far from disappointed. We really enjoyed our lunch time visit, and will come back soon to try the other great options on the menu! 7 Station Rd, Lower Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3NY 01189 403332 www.thebaskerville.com

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From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

CAFE Greens Café  50 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU  01865 316878  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 drinks, breakfasts, and lunches.

The Vaults & Garden Café  University Church, 1 Radcliffe, Square, Oxford, OX1 4AH  01865 279112  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!

Aston Pottery Country Café  The Stables, Kingsway Farm, Aston, Oxfordshire, OX18 2BT  01993 852031  www.astonpottery.co.uk Built in 2008 our Country Café provides a light and airy space in which people can meet friends and family whilst enjoying a wide selection of homemade fare from local suppliers. Each morning fresh batches of scones, cakes and biscuits are baked and placed on their own individual cake stands - a perfect complement for a hot tea or coffee.

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ANGELS COCKTAIL BAR Angels is a little gem, a perfect - and angelic - haven to while away the hours in style on a cold, wet evening. This cosy retreat has an ambience that makes you want to linger. Reviewed by Lucy Howard

This cosy retreat has flickering candles on the bar, black and white prints of Hollywood legends on the walls and smooth music playing, creating the kind of ambience that makes you want to linger. The extensive and innovative cocktail menu at Angels, which features stories behind each concoction as well as its ingredients, includes classics such as margaritas and mojitos as well as elegant vintage cocktails inspired by favourites of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as the Vesper, the original James Bond ‘shaken, not stirred’ martini, of which James himself said, ‘Once you’ve tasted it, it’s all you want to drink’. Also on offer unique cocktails created by the expert bartenders at Angels that are not available anywhere else – I recommend the Passionate Champagne (a signature Angels favourite), featuring fresh passion fruit and Chambord liqueur topped up with fizz. On the appropriately-named ‘Heavenly’ list is the Grasshopper, an indulgent cocktail with crème de menthe, crème de cacao and cream. If you’re not drinking alcohol, that’s no problem either – there are some fantastic mocktails too. What’s more, if there’s something else you’d like, or you’d like some inspiration for a bespoke cocktail, just ask the lovely Dominika, who can concoct anything you like – and it will always be spectacular.

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5 THINGS I LOVED  Every cocktail was delicious, well balanced and flavourful  Short and diverse menu enough to surprise you  Service was really friendly, very knowledgeable and attentive  ‘Heavenly Hour’ is 4.30pm to 9pm every day of the week  Voted “Favourite for Nightlife” in the In Oxford Awards 2016

The cocktails look as good as they taste too: Instagram-worthy, they are garnished with fruit, cream, chocolate and even toasted marshmallows. They are also very reasonably priced – just £4.95 at ‘Heavenly Hour’ between 4.30pm and 9pm – and you can overindulge as must as you like, as Angels can even organise your taxi home. I’ll definitely be back. The Cocktails: Vesper - Gin, vodka & Kina Lillet. The original James Bond ‘shaken not stirred’ martini, taken straight from the pages of the first 007 novel Casino Royale. Passionate Champagne - Fresh passion fruit and passion fruit purée are shaken with Chambord liqueur and vanilla. Served long and topped up with fizz. Grasshopper - Minty Créme de Menthe,White Créme de Cacao and cream.

Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HS 01865 554224 www.angelsbar.co.uk

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From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

TRADITIONAL The Beetle and Wedge  Ferry Lane, Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 9JF  01491 651381  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 & provide highchairs where necessary. If you have any special requirements please contact us.

The Trout  Godstow Rd, Wolvercote, Oxford, OX2 8PN  01865 510930  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  01295 812440  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  01993 822068  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.

The Anchor  2 Hayfield Road, Oxford, OX2 6TT  01865 510282  www.theanchoroxford.com The Anchor is a pub and dining room in the heart of Oxford’s Jericho serving simple, honest food. We have daily changing seasonal specials, Wadworth beers and a great wine selection. We have two private dining rooms: The Green Room seats up to 16 people and The Blue Room seats up to 14. We offer a choice of four feasting/sharing menus.

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‘LA CUCINA A CASA TUA’ LA CUCINA ARE NOW OFFERING A FANTASTIC TAKEAWAY SERVICE! Book a table at La Cucina and embrace a real Italian experience.  01865 793811  lacucinaoxford.co.uk

The Baskerville  7 Station Rd, Lower Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3NY  01189 403332  www.thebaskerville.com 2016 Oxfordshire Restaurant of the Year, The Baskerville, offers a memorable experience in a marvellous location with a perfect blend of traditional village pub, first class restaurant, where food really does matter and superb accommodation.

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From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

ITALIAN Marco’s New York Italian Oxford  73 High St, Oxford, OX1 4BE  01865 256410  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 & Marco’s tasty BBQ ribs and lazy fries.

La Cucina  39-40 St. Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AB  01865 793811  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  01869 343216  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.

PATISSERIE Gatineau  209 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford. OX2 7HQ  01865 311779  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, taste combinations and attention to detail.

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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TURTLE BAY With mellow reggae music playing in the background and 2-for-1 happy hour cocktails distinctly to the foreground as the drinkers chattered happily... Reviewed by Matthew Wright

As the drinkers chattered happily around a central beach-style cabana bar, it was hard not to be instantly transported to a sunny Caribbean shore. Which was lucky as we were off on holiday to Ireland the next day, so our sunshine drinks could start early! Over a potent Long Island Iced Tea, the barmaid admitted that Turtle Bay wasn’t the easiest place to find, tucked down Friars Passage, a narrow little side street. But what a little gem once you do know where it is; bang in the centre of Oxford, a stone’s throw from the Ashmolean! You can grab a menu from the hooks around the bar and start perusing the extensive list early. With a bit of advice as to the staff favourites, we sorted ourselves out quickly; fishy starters - fiery garlic & chilli pit prawns and panko-coated whitebait - were followed by meaty mains - jerk rump of lamb and one pot curry - and delectable desserts - rum & raisin bread & butter pudding and caramelised pineapple. But let’s finish where we started, with the drinks, anytime you enter a restaurant which has its very own beer – ‘Turtle Bay Jamaican Pale ale, brewed for Island Life’ - you know you’re onto a winner. At last - Island Life comes to Oxford City Centre! 1 2 Friars Entry, Magdalen Street, Oxford, OX1 2BY 01865 242141 www.turtlebay.co.uk

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THE ANCHOR: SEAS THE DAY!

Reviewed by Lucy Parr

It was my first visit to the Anchor and was surprised to find this charming gastropub nestled within the leafy Jericho...

It was my first visit to the Anchor and was surprised to find this charming gastropub nestled within the leafy Jericho suburb away from hustle and bustle of Walton St. There was even parking - unheard of! A light-filled spacious interior with contemporary, clean design. Local village pub meets modern dining. Whether you fancy a pint and a snack after a walk along the Oxford canal or a hearty meal with family or friends, The Anchor is a lovely little spot to try. With a charming patio terrace for al fresco dining in Summer or an indoor open-fire for all the cosiness in Winter - there are even 2 private dining rooms if you’re looking for a more intimate gathering. After receiving complimentary bread and butter and placed an order for our drinks with the attentive staff, we took in the fabulously varied seasonal menu and specials board. They was a wide choice and I’ve no doubt Vegetarians will be pleased that they also have a good quantity of options. I opted for a bar snack starter of the warm haggis scotch egg (£6) which had a lovely crunchy coating and depth of flavour. My partner chose the lovely light crispy squid with a rich chilli jam (£6). For mains I opted for the

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5 THINGS I LOVED  The seasonal menu  The portion sizes  The location  Value for money & quality  The banana ice cream (can we order a tub to go please?!)

fish pie with tenderstem broccoli and chard (£11) from the specials board and my partner the lamb rump with couscous, broccoli, aubergine and mint yoghurt (£18). The fish pie was wholesome and hearty, with generous chunks of fish and perfectly seasoned veg. The lamb course was perfectly balanced with good, honest portion sizes all round. We shared some deliciously crispy sweet courgette fritters which complemented the tangy fennel yoghurt dip (£4).. The highlight for us were the desserts. My partner chose the delectably rich chocolate delice, which came with popcorn, salted caramel and simply the best homemade banana ice cream (£7). I was really happy with my choice of set lemon custard, raspberries and honeycomb (£6) a lovely balance of sweet & sour flavours and beautifully plated - an artwork of autumnal colours!

2 Hayfield Road, Oxford, OX2 6TT‎ 01865 510282 www.theanchoroxford.com

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Looking to keep fit, or after a day’s pampering at the spa? It’s easy to get caught up in the busy lifestyle of the city, so remember to let yourself unwind every now and then.

Leisure Club and Spa at Macdonald Randolph Hotel  Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN  01865 256400  www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/randolph 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.

Clinic 95  95 West Way, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9JY  01865 241662  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.

Spa at Jurys Inn Oxford  Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8AL  01865 489988  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  01865 888444  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.

Tara Tripp Hearing  Sandford Gate, Oxford OX4 6LB  01865 910202  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.

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Diamond House - Dental Practice  199 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7AR  01865 559521  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.

WITH HEARPLAN YOU HAVE PEACE OF MIND Normally when you buy hearing aids you are also paying for all your initial assessments, fitting fees and ongoing hearing tests and care, but we realise that paying for all this in one go

can sometimes be prohibitive and not all hearing aid users require the same level of aftercare and end up paying for something they do not use. So we have introduced HearPlan.

For a monthly subscription you will receive: ● All of the care and support you need to improve your hearing ● £200.00 off the cost of each hearing instrument ● Preferential pricing on new technology if you choose to upgrade your hearing aid ● Offers on accessories that you may need to help you hear in every e nvironment 01865 910 202 | enquires@tripphearing.co.uk | www.tripphearing.co.uk Clarendon Business Centre, Sandford Gate, East Point Business Park Sandy Lane West, Oxford, OX4 6LB

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Need a hand with something? Here you can find a wide range of services available in Oxfordshire, from property maintenance to accounting, car washing to clothes washing!

Excel Dry Cleaners  274 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7DY  01865 310300  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.

ADVICE Hedges Law  16 Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0AE  01865 594265  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.

Greens Funeral Services  21 High Street, Eynsham, Oxford, OX29 4HE  01865 880837  www.greensfunerals.co.uk 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.

Wellers  8 King Edward Street, Oxford, OX1 4HL  01865 723131  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.

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Studio 8  8 Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1AA  01865 842525  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.

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Need a hand with something? Here you can find a wide range of services available in Oxfordshire, from property maintenance to accounting, car washing to clothes washing!

TRAVEL Chiltern Railways  08456 005 165  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 fiveminute walk at Baker Street.

CARE HOMES Oxford Beaumont Care Community  Bayworth Lane, Boars Hill, Oxford, OX1 5DF  01865 730990  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.

CHARITIES Bloodwise  hello@bloodwise.org.uk  020 7504 2200  www.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  thinkingofoscar@gmail.com  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.

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H.I.M  66 St. Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AH  01865 249740  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.

REMOVALS Headington Carriers  The Straight Mile, Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1PW  01993 811276/01865 300111  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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Need a hand with something? Here you can find a wide range of services available in Oxfordshire, from property maintenance to accounting, car washing to clothes washing!

PROPERTY & BUILDING Savvy  253 London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9EH  01865 920020 / 01865 920040  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.

Finders Keepers  226 Banbury Road, Summertown, OX2 7BY  01865 311011  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  01865 310300  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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