Pit Kitchen is back

Oxfordshire’s hospitality industry is making a cracking start to 2023. Here’s everything that’s going on. Get booking!

The Duke, Woodstock‘s Sofa Sessions continue on February 17 with a night of live music from a local three piece band playing covers from the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s! And while you’re there book in for dinner. Head chef Alan Dann has created a great menu with exec chef Johnny Parke from sister pub The Back Lane Tavern. Plus it has rooms for anyone who fancies a night away? See you there! https://www.dukeofmarlborough.co.uk/menu/

The Duke

Italian cookery teacher Mariella Bliss and Forge Bakery in Upper Heyford are hosting a pop up pizza takeaway night to rise money for the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal from 5.30pm-7.30pm on Saturday February 18. Choose from four pizzas and two desserts. Book at https://forgehousebakery.com/collections/pizza-takeaway-saturday-18th

Mariella Bliss and Sue Brown of Forge Bakery

Kingham PloughAvi Shashidhara, Head Chef of London’s celebrated Indian restaurant, Pahli Hill, is hosting an exclusive supper club in the pub on Thursday February 23. Avi has designed a menu showcasing Pahli Hill such as a Mangalore bun & scottish crab sukkha with fennel seeds, crushed chilli & ginger or a homestyle fish curry with halibut, mussels, tamarind and curry leaves. Avi launched Pahli Hill in 2020 where he focuses on seasonal, produce-led dishes which blend ultra-traditional family recipes with high quality British ingredients. Click here to see the menu which is £65 per person. To book click here 

Avi Shashidhara

The wonderful Table 13 is popping up at The Jericho Coffee Traders at Oxford Castle for one night only, on Wednesday March 8. Expect a five course set food menu at their beautiful new cafe in Oxford’s Castle complex for £65 a head. read our review of Table 13’s supper club here but hurry because tickets are already selling out fast. Book here

The Oxford Junior Chef of The Year competition has been announced by the City of Oxford Guild Of Chefs. The winners will feature at the City Of Oxford Guild of Chefs Dinner on April 15 at Keble College and then be awarded the grand prize on the evening itself. Entry deadline is Friday March 10. To enter and for more information go to https://www.foodbuy.co.uk/oxford-junior-chef-competition-2023/

Chef Ben Gibbons is one of the judges

Tap Social is bringing wrestling to Oxford with United Wrestling UK at Tap Social Taproom on 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝟏𝟐 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲, 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟏 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞, 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟎 𝐀𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐬𝐭 and 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟗 𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫. From “The Sparkly Sensation” Aluna Blue who leaves glitter wherever she goes, miscreants Adonis Payne and Artemis known as The Meme Team, to the hugely popular, pint size underdog and current United Champion “The Gorgeous” Josh Nomax, the beer drinking, bat swinging nonconformist, Kira Chimera. https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/throwdown-sundays-wrestling-arrives-at-oxfords-tap-social-taproom-in-botley-on-super-bowl-sunday-what-ya-gonna-do/

Pit Kitchen Cotswolds in Chipping Norton is back with more fantastic street food and a new indoor location in The Shoot Room on the Cornwell Estate with the first dates being held on February 22 & 23 and lots more to follow. Food will be served feast style on long communal tables and the food cooked on the grills to give you that trademark wood fired flavour. Think nachos, tacos and the Al Pesto main! £50 per person with two drinks. Book at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/pitkitchensltd/841487

The Pit Kitchen summer menu

The Black Horse in Standlake is hosting a charity ball for Oracle Cancer Trust on April 22. Tickets to the black tie event cost £75 a head and include a three course dinner with a bottle of red and white wine on each table and entertainment by Lucille and the Lightening Soul Train on the night. https://www.theblackhorsestandlake.com

The Black Horse in Standlake

Whistlers in Chipping Norton is hosting a new comedy night on the Wednesday of every month. The stand up night is being run by Comedy Loft so expect some great names and a night of big laughs!

Whistlers. Pic by Ed Nix