Gossips, us?! Have we got some juicy local tidbits for you this month, from a new-look restaurant to small town stardom. Wanna know more? Step this way... you heard it here first!
Fed up of hearing about all these funky game-based restaurant concepts in London?: there’s ping pong bar, Bounce; London Shuffle, where you can play shuffleboard on a Shoreditch roof terrace while scoffing artisan pizza and cocktails; and Roof East at the Olympic Park with crazy golf and bowling lanes alongside street food stalls. Now Herts is set to join the ‘in’ crowd with the opening of Puttshack (founded by the people behind Bounce), next summer at Watford’s intu centre. It’s mini-golf but not as you know it – there’ll be all sorts of special computer game-style tech to make it a fully interactive social experience, which will help you work up an appetite for those American diner style burgers and Sundaes afterwards. Game on!
In need of a dose of alternative culture. Good news! A cool urban arts venue is re-opening in Luton in September. The Hat Factory Arts Centre has been closed for a revamp since April and will be putting on all sorts of free and funky events and performances during the ‘Factory Reset’ weekend on 6-7, like aerial acrobatics, theatre, steel band music and poetry. There’ll also be artists’ open studios, talks, venue tours and film. Check out its upcoming programme of music, theatre, comedy and workshops, too.
TRING ON TELLY
First it was Ivinghoe Beacon (anyone else spot it in S1 of Killing Eve?), now Tring town centre is about to have its moment in the small screen spotlight. Those who live in or nearby may well have noticed a bit of hubbub in the town a few months back thanks to the temporary residence of Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton, who were busy filming a new detective series for ITV. A Confession (due to air on Monday 2 Sept) is supposedly set in Wiltshire, but we’ll be keeping a beady eye on that screen to see if we can spot some local hangouts – we have it on good authority that Muddy award-winning Jewellers, Maggie J, will be making an appearance! As for the show itself, there’s a BAFTA award winning writer behind it so it should be a good’un.
Remember café and lunch spot, I Love Food, in Harpenden and Berkhamsted? The eagle eyed amongst you might have noticed that the Harpenden one has recently re-opened as Rosanna’s – chic looking Sicilian restaurant – with the Berko outpost to follow on 3 September. But don’t panic, it’s the same team and a similar menu (you’ll find some old favourites on there). We’re loving the new look (sneak peak above): tan leather booths, living walls, chandeliers and lots of moody hues. You can expect more top-notch dishes, created by joint founder and Head Chef, Rosanna (see the connection?), made fresh, from scratch every day and using authentic southern Italian recipes – even the bread is baked fresh daily. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails. See you there!