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NEW OPENINGS

hubboxGoodness me, there’s quite a few new openings happening around Hampshire at the moment. Starting off with the newest foodie spot on the Gunwharf block, Hubbox opened this week with a great roster of burgers, grills, fish and sharers. The chain originally launched down in Cornwall and is bringing some major surf-vibes and amusingly named dishes to visitors to its new spot.

Also opening is “the smallest department store in Portsmouth”. The Beehive is a teeny tiny cave of wonderful locally made pieces from crafters based in Portsmouth and beyond. Located on the super trendy Albert Road you’ll be able to buy one-of-a-kind jewellery, Instagram-worthy plants, quirky clothes and more. It’ll be officially open as of Saturday 21st September.

Cosy Club Picture wall

Cosy Club Portsmouth

At the beginning of October the restaurant chain that I’d quite like to decorate my house, Cosy Club, opens its brand spanking new venue in Basingstoke’s Festival Place. The official opening date is Tuesday 8th October and we can’t wait! If you’ve not seen my review of the Portsmouth branch, check it out here.

Over in Southampton I’ve uncovered that Oliver Bonas is opening its first Hampshire store just before Christmas. Bring me ALL the tortoiseshell jewellery, please! Watch this space for the opening date.

UPGRADES

Buckler's Hard Yacht HarbourThree major upgrades happening around Hampshire. First is a huge £2million investment into Buckler’s Hard yacht harbour. The plans are to improve the mooring and allow easier access for visitors, while still keeping the particular character this area prides itself on.

Hat Fair 2019 - CREDIT Adrienne Photography

Photo: Adrienne Photography

The charity behind the Theatre Royal in Winchester and Hat Fair has had a change of name and is now known as Play To The Crowd. The change is to encompass the dedication the trust has to bringing the arts to everybody.

Queen Hotel

The Queen’s Hotel – Steve Daniels

And lastly grand old hotel The Queens Hotel in Southsea is getting a major uplift, both in look and in facilities. Plans have been given the go-ahead to install a shopfront on the Osborne Road side of the building and a spa is to be built in the basement area of the hotel. We cannot wait to see how this looks!

BOOK LAUNCH

We love a book here at Muddy and when it’s one produced by super-luxe spot The Pig you know it’s going to be good.

Exterior of ivy clad stately home.

The Pig, Brockenhurst Photo: Lauren Aston

The Pig: Tales and Recipes from the Kitchen Garden and Beyond, is part cookery book, part entertainment guide and packed to the spine with amazing anecdotes and tales from the team at this brilliant spot. I’ve had a look and it’s amazing (I got a bit over excited at a strawberry blancmange recipe). Think comfort food of the highest quality and how to get your house looking like a 5* hotel.

 

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