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The latest, greatest gossip, new openings and general murmurings you'll want to know about this week.

If it’s on, we’re on it. Here’s what’s happening in our ‘hood this week.

Whatley Manor, Malmesbury

Muddy fave Whatley has just had a massive facelift (like I need too, before you say it) and has emerged fresh faced and waaaaaay younger looking with its brasserie restaurant, Grey’s, reopening this very minute. With a firm wave ‘bye bye to the Swiss brasserie-vibe and a cool hello to chic European sophistication, enjoy dishes packed with local ingredients and slurp down interesting new wines. Think Water Crust Pork Pies (from a trolley service, no less), Baked Camembert to share, and stuff-up Sunday roasts. Kids are welcome here, although I shall be leaving mine firmly at home, thank you. Alongside this is the launch of the The Green Room, a new space that will be overseen by talented young chef, Laetizia Madsen. A bit of a chef’s table, The Green Room is a vibrant hub for events such as Taco Night, Sashimi Night and Champagne and Oyster Nights. I am so there, Whatley!

 

The Riverbarn, Fonthill Bishop

Winner of Best Restaurant in the Muddy Awards has only gone and done it again! The Riverbarn has snaffled the coveted title of the number 1 place in the county for a special occasion as voted for by OpenTable Diners. Follow their Facebook page for daily tips of how to cook Christmas dinner (yep, I’m gonna need that) and to keep an eye on some pretty cool events coming up.

 

Bowood Hotel, Calne

The Shelburne Restaurant at Bowood heads into the festive season by opening all day, all week, all year round from now on. No more Sunday lunch only, here – it’s now worth a pop in at any time for quick bites, classic dishes and sharing platters. Don’t miss out on their weekday offers to the end of Feb and save some squids to pay off the credit card bill that, if you’re like me, is racking up pretty blooming quickly.

 

Curzon Cinema, Westgate

Finally, it opens on Friday 1 Dec! A few weeks delay has made me even more desperate to sit in one of the 5 screens (or maybe just make my way around them all)  – first up is Mountain, a collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom with Willem Dafoe narrating. It’s a juxtaposition of image and music, exploring the powerful force that mountains hold over the imagination. There’s also a Q&A with the film’s co-writer Robert Macfarlane.

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