New look and menu for popular pub

New look and menu for popular pub

THERE are exciting changes afoot at The Hatton Arms in Warwick, which is set to re-open its doors following a refurbishment this month.

With sweeping views of the idyllic Hatton Locks, the country pub has established a reputation among locals for authentic dining and classic British cuisine made with the finest ingredients, often sourced direct from the Hatton Estate.

Hatton Arms, Warwick
Manager Stephanie Ward

Reopening on February 24th the exterior of the pub will adopt a fresh modern look inside and out, including a new porch to enhance the entrance area and create an even more welcoming feel as well as new rear bi-fold doors to open up the terrace area during the summer months.

A new lighter and brighter and contemporary interior also will greet visitors while still staying true to the traditional pub vibe the locals have come to love.

The Hatton Arm’s new lunch and dinner menu will also reflect the pub’s provenance with an emphasis on locally sourced fresh seasonal ingredients. Plus a daily Specials menu and new bar snacks menu are being introduced.

It’s all prepared under the expert eye of head chef Jakub Fijak, who returns to the Hatton Arms after five years.

Hatton Arms, Warwick, Hatton Locks
The rear of the pub affords views of the scenic Hatton Locks

Jakub, from Poland, said: “This is classic British cuisine with a little bit of a modern twist, cooked with fresh seasonal ingredients to order. No nonsense, just great food.”

The Hatton Arms on Birmingham Road is celebrating its re-opening at an exclusive Launch Night party on February 29th, including a selection of food and drinks from the new spring menu. BBC CWR presenter Kirsty Leahy will be laying on the evening’s tunes with her DJ set of funk, soul, disco, house classics and party music.

Look out for your chance to win tickets for the launch Night Party in next week’s Warwick Observer.

Comedy keeps fundraising close to home

Comedy keeps fundraising close to home

NEW Year spirits – and charity coffers – will be raised thanks to a comedy event coming to Hatton Park in Warwick.

Comedy at Work are bringing their latest gig to the estate’s community centre on Saturday, February 8th, in aid of a charity close to the community’s heart – Molly Olly’s Wishes.

Comedy at Work, Molly Olly's Wishes, Anne Docherty, Mark Hinds, Hatton Park
Elliot Powell and Rachel Ollerenshaw. Photo by David Fawbert Photography.

Anne Docherty from Stratford-upon-Avon and Mark Hinds from Warwick are the creative minds behind Comedy at Work, an innovative new business that brings stand-up to venues across the country in support of local charities.

Helping to lay on the laughs this time around will be comedians Adam Beardsmore from Stratford, Matt Trimble from Worcester and Lovell Smith from Birmingham. While keeping the comedy flowing – as well as keeping it local – will be compere and Hatton Park resident, Elliot Powell.

It’s been a journey of self-discovery for the history graduate and long-time frustrated funnyman who previously worked as a Coconut Water salesman – and musician!

Elliot, 28, said: “One day I had the sudden realisation that I didn’t want to be the King of Coconuts and, much to my parents’ dismay, gave up my sales job in London and moved back home at Hatton.

“I realised pretty quickly that record labels would not be queuing up to sign us so, as I’d done a few gigs and a comedy course in London, I decided it was time to pick that back up again.

He added: I love the creative freedom of comedy. I really enjoy the process of taking the idea and working on it until it is in a form that will make people laugh – the same way a carpenter would take a piece of wood and turn it into a chair!

“The only downside of comedy is those nights when you test new material and it doesn’t work. The drive home is awful.”

Comedy at Work, Molly Olly's Wishes, Anne Docherty, Mark Hinds, Hatton Park
Comedian Adam Beardsmore

Volunteers from Molly Olly’s Wishes will run the bar and take home a percentage of the evening’s proceeds.

The charity, which is run from the Hatton Park home of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw, was established in 2011 following the death of their eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer and supports children with terminal or life-limiting illness and their families.

Mascot of the charity is a therapeutic toy lion called Olly The Brave who has his own Hickman line and a detachable mane which helps to explain and normalise the effects of chemotherapy. These form part of an Olly The Brave pack that has now been handed out to more than 40 hospitals, along with a book from the charity’s exclusive Olly The Brave series.

Further information about Molly Olly’s Wishes or how to donate can be found at: www.mollyolly.co.uk

For details of Comedy At Work’s next gigs, including Hartwell, Shilton, Bishampton, Kineton and Norton Lindsey, visit: www.comedyatwork.com

Support Aussie Sausage Sizzle to aid bushfires mission

Support Aussie Sausage Sizzle to aid bushfires mission

TWO Expat Aussies are hoping to raise bucks with bangers to support the ongoing Australian bushfires disaster recovery mission.

Katherine Attreed of Warwick and Tina Smith of Kenilworth are hosting a Sausage Sizzle at Warwick Market on Saturday (Jan 25th), the day before Australia Day.

They will be selling meat and vegetarian sausages and hotdogs for £2 with all money raised going to their chosen charities: The Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery and WIRES Wildlife Rescue. The ladies are hoping to raise in excess of £1,000 as well as inspiring other local Aussies to follow their lead.

The devastating bushfires still raging across the country, have already destroyed more than 10 million hectares of land (the equivalent to 40% of the UK) and 2,600 homes, and killing 28 people and one billion animals including 30% of the entire koala population.

Sausage Sizzle, Australia, Warwick
Katherine Attreed, right, and Tina Smith. Photo by David Fawbert Photography.

Katherine, who moved from Melbourne to the UK nine years ago, said: “Bushfires in summer are part of living in Australia, but the scale of these fires is just crazy. The loss of land, homes, wildlife and people has been horrific. We both had family and friends affected but thankfully they are all okay. We just wanted to do our bit to help.”

She added: “Sausage Sizzles are a very common way of raising money for good causes in Australia. In fact, a sausage sizzle is a bit of an Australian institution. You’ll usually find them on most weekends outside “Bunnings” stores (the equivalent of Homebase or B&Q) all across the country.

“We really wanted to find a way to raise money to help back home and this just seemed fitting.”

The fundraiser has also won the support of many local businesses including CJ’s events, who run Warwick Market, Ben’s Biltong – which is supplying the hotplate – and local butchers including Rowleys and Mel Broome & Son as well as donations from bakers and local supermarkets.

Katherine added: “We would love as much support as possible to raise lots of money, so pop along to our Sausage Sizzle between 9am-4pm to pick up a delicious sausage or you can just donate in one of the collection tins.”

You can also donate directly via: Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery:

https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate

WIRES Wildlife Rescue

https://www.wires.org.au/donate/emergency-fund

Charity music nights set to strike the right chord

Charity music nights set to strike the right chord

A SERIES of new live music events will raise the right notes for local charities at a venue in Warwick.

Flamenco Spanish restaurant at Tudor House in West Street is hosting the Friday night music quizzes as part of its new regular weekend live music offering.

And on Sundays youngsters are being encouraged to showcase their talent in the Flamenco Factor, where prizes are also up for grabs.

Alex Clayton and The Miacats with Rachel Ollerenshaw from Molly Olly’s Wishes. Photo by David Fawbert Photography.

The music is provided by, among others, The Miacats, made up of musicians Mia Rose from Stratford and Leamington’s Stephen Boyer and Rob Cooper who play a variety of instruments including guitar, bass and cajon (drum box.)

Mia said: “We’re trying to offer something that’s unique in the sense that we want people to take part and have fun. Music is largely about building communities through song so that’s our aspiration really. It’s to encourage people to express themselves, not to be brilliant but about going away with a sense of having enjoyed it and felt like they were a part of something.

“We bring loads of percussion, such as bongos, tambourines, shakers, bells and put it all out on the table and invite people to explore it. If you do it like that you build a really nice rapport with the audience. It’s about getting the audience on board, not just about doing a quiz.”

Flamenco, Tudor Inn, Warwick

The quiz will take the format of Name That Tune with prizes and free drinks on offer, followed by a further hour of fifties, sixties and Motown music.

Rob and guests also perform A Bagful of Soul set at Flamenco on Saturday evenings and, on Sunday afternoons, Stephen and guests perform jazz and sixties tunes.

Proceeds from weekly raffles throughout the month will be donated to a number of local charities, the first to benefit being Molly Olly’s Wishes.

The Warwick-based charity was established in 2011 following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer.

It works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families and help with their emotional wellbeing as well as grant wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.

Molly Olly's Wishes, Molly Ollerenshaw
Molly Ollerenshaw just a few weeks before she passed away, aged eight.

Mascot of the charity is a therapeutic toy lion called Olly The Brave who has his own Hickman line and a detachable mane which helps to explain and normalise the effects of chemotherapy. These form part of an Olly The Brave pack that has now been handed out to more than 40 hospitals, along with a book from the charity’s exclusive Olly The Brave series.

Rachel Ollerenshaw said: “Molly Olly’s Wishes are very grateful to the team at Flamenco for their support. Quiz nights are always good fun and great for different age groups. The local support is really important to the charity so thank you to everyone involved.”

Further information about Molly Olly’s Wishes or how to donate can be found at: www.mollyolly.co.uk

Alex Clayton, proprietor at Flamenco, said: “Music and the arts is a great way to raise awareness for local charities that have a message to send and we’re delighted to be supporting this wonderful cause.”

In another new feature for 2020, The Flamenco Factor, the restaurant hosts a series of talent heats leading to a grand final later in the year.

Alex said: “We are keen to make Flamenco a creative space for music and food. I think music is something children don’t have enough exposure to so the whole idea is that parents can come, have their Sunday lunch and then can showcase the talent of their children. It’s something no one else is doing around here.”

Flamenco, Tudor Inn, Warwick

Flamenco is the second project for Alex Clayton who recently won Best Spanish Restaurant Award for Tasca Dali which opened in High Street seven years ago.

Following a refurbishment and with more exciting plans for the year ahead, he now hopes to replicate this success at the new Spanish restaurant, marking the latest chapter in the rich history of The Tudor House Inn in West Street.

https://flamencowarwick.com

Spring into action and help trampoline park spread some Christmas cheer

Spring into action and help trampoline park spread some Christmas cheer

TRAMPOLINE park visitors in Warwick are being invited to spring into action and help spread extra Christmas cheer by supporting a new charity toys appeal.

Jump In Trampoline Park is collecting gifts for Molly Olly’s Wishes who will in turn distribute them to children in hospitals across the area.

Molly Olly's Wishes, Jump In, Christmas
Rachel Ollerenshaw and manager Sam Dunn

Between now and Christmas Eve the popular family attraction will accept new toys for children and young people aged up to 18 when handed in over the counter.

Plus there’s the chance to take part in the Name our Reindeer Competition. The winner, which will be announced on Boxing Day, will get to take home the ride-on toy.

Molly Olly’s Wishes was established in 2011 following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer.

It works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families and help with their emotional wellbeing as well as grant wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.

The charity’s mascot is a therapeutic toy lion called Olly The Brave who has his own Hickman line and a detachable mane which helps to explain and normalise the effects of chemotherapy. These form part of an Olly The Brave pack that has now been handed out to more than 40 hospitals, along with a book from the charity’s exclusive Olly The Brave series.

Part of more than £2m raised to date, has also been used to fund the first Molly Olly consultant in paediatric medicine at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Molly Olly's Wishes, Molly Ollerenshaw
Molly Ollerenshaw just a few weeks before she passed away, aged eight.

Rachel Ollerenshaw said: “We are extremely grateful to Jump In once again for their support. Donating toys is a great idea and will undoubtedly bring a smile to children and their families who are facing very challenging circumstances at what should be a fun, carefree time. These gestures whether big or small can help to make those dark days brighter. Thank you to everyone involved.”

Manager at Jump In Warwick Sam Dunn, said: “Christmas is a time for giving and here at Jump In we want to embrace that. As a family venue, we are delighted and proud to be partnering with this wonderful charity that works so tirelessly to help children and their families through such a difficult time.

“Please donate a small gift next time you visit us in the knowledge that it is bringing some joy to those most in need of it, especially at this time of year.”

There is plenty of fun to be had at Jump In’s new Christmas Parties, designed especially for groups of families and friends of all ages to enjoy.

Molly Olly’s Wishes also needs the support of companies and individuals to enable it to help more children. Please contact Rachel on 07747 854914. Further information or how to donate can be found at: www.mollyolly.co.uk

Available seven days a week, partygoers can choose from two unique packages Blitzen and Dasher, both of which have all the yuletide entertainment and refreshments laid on. To book call 01926 356290, contact hello@gojumpin.com or book online at www.gojumpin.com/locations/trampoline-park-warwick. Choose Christmas Party from the drop down menu.