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Superflashy newsflash! New eats and celebs in town

From Michelin starred chefs to big names in town, when it comes to hot gossip, our salt-rimmed glass runneth over. Here are the latest need-to-knows in our patch...

Michelin-star celeb chef launching new Warwickshire restaurant

Stop the rumour mill… it’s official. Celebrity Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell has confirmed his latest venture will be in the Warwickshire town of Henley-in-Arden. He already owns the hugely popular Purnell’s in Birmingham but is now taking over The Butcher’s pub on the High Street. It’ll be named The Mount after the town’s landmark hill (which is worth a walk if you’re in the area). The town’s already home to Cheal’s of Henley by Great British Menu star Matt Cheal.

Stars in Stratford for Literary Festival

Michael McIntyre, Jack Dee, Ed Balls and Greg James are among those in town for the Stratford Literary Festival which runs until 14 Nov. There’s loads of different talks from the world of football to how to raise confident daughters (yeah, we said the subjects were varied).

New dessert diner and artisan food market

Like sweet treats? This one’s for you. Coombe Abbey is launching a 50’s American inspired dessert diner selling shakes, crepes, waffles – basically, puds galore. The Sundae Club Dessert Diner will launch later this month to coincide with the country park’s winter light trail (cue great excitement!). 

When you’ve finished your treats there’s also a new artisan market in the former visitor centre to mooch around. Expect craft beers, handcrafted chocolate, bakery items and handmade pies and preserves from across the region. It’ll also sell meat and hampers from Muddy favourites Aubrey Allen

Need a break? How about a Warwickshire staycation?

Mentally prepared for the pre-Christmas rush? Us neither. For a little bit of luxury and a chill out close to home we’ll be booking into Muddy award-winning Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington and The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. You can mix relaxing next to cosy fires with exploring the town (and getting some Christmas shopping done if you’re brave enough), plus delish food. Deals are per room at £209 for The Arden including breakfast, dinner, mulled wine and cake, and £245 at Mallory Court including breakfast and a festive afternoon tea with fizz. Get booking!

Elephant cocktail anyone?

Cocktails, food and the theatre – name me anything better. The RSC has concocted two new elephant-themed cocktails to celebrate the run of its family musical The Magician’s Elephant. There’s Trunk and Disorderly – vodka with lime juice, ginger beer and Butterfly pea flower (a kind of blue coloured herbal tea), and a mocktail version, ironically called Punch Drunk. Obvs you know which one we’re going for. They’ll be served in the award-winning Rooftop Restaurant, which has also launched a new seasonal menu – think Pumpkin and ricotta cheese-filled Tortelloni or Pan-fried Chicken Supreme. We’ll take one of each. 

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