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January news: Read all about it

Nosey parker, moi? If it’s happening in the ‘hood, I’ve got the gossip.

SHOP: Eco Village and Don’t Settle Petal

Eco Village is a brand new community hub in the centre of Market Harborough which will bring together lots of fantastic local makers and producers. Opening early Feb, the idea is to reduce the impact on environment so will feature a bunch of traders who share a sustainable way of thinking so expect sustainably and organically sourced produce, plus children’s clothing, pet supplies and also a few vegan products. There’s also a community garden on site, coffee shop and they also plan to host a variety of workshops and events throughout the year. Check them out on IG here.

Fab Rutland creative and florist, Don’t Settle, Petal has opened her first flower shop on Mill Street, Oakham. Many of your Rutland lot will already know the talented Jody Knapp and are so lucky to have her slap bang in the heart of Oakham now  – just check out that shop window, framed with fresh foliage, flowers and dried bits just a taste of what her shop has in store as well as gorgeous vintage and antiques furniture and vases and beautiful floral artwork – I promise it’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before.

CAFE: Maisie Belle’s Tea Co

A quintessentially English, vintage styled tearoom is opening up in the heart of Melton Mowbray. Maisie Belle’s Tea Co is run by Charlotte – and named after her daughter – and will serve homemade cakes, scones, sandwiches and a large selection of speciality tea and coffee. Expect the decor to be fabulous, floral and feminine as she already runs a successful local wedding and styling company – think vintage treasures from ornate sideboards to pretty china sugar bowls, a mandatory floral wall as well as gilt mirrors and oil paintings all beautifully placed under fringed lamps and glistening chandeliers. We were hoping for an earlier opening date but looks like it maybe March now but it will definitely be worth the wait.
YOGA: Hot Pod, Barre Yoga and Oak Om  Studio

Move over Bikram and Ashtanga, 2020 is all about Barre (pronounced ‘bar’) yoga. It basically combines ballet-inspired moves with elements of pilates, dance, yoga and strength training. Most classes incorporate a ballet barre and use classic dance moves such as plies, alongside static stretches. New classes starting in Market Harbs this year. 

Can you believe I first wrote about, The Yoga House last summer and it looks like it’s finally opening – Jan 9 to be exact! Seems like the builders were taking their sweet time but it made the anticipation even more exciting. Stephanie will be running it as a members only studio so as to add to the community feel of the area. If you’re lucky enough to get membership (spaces are very, very limited) classes range from energy healing, vinyasa flow, restorative yin and mediation. Ommmmm!

Meanwhile, another branch of Hod Pod has opened in Loughborough. If you fancy warming up in this cold weather and getting your sweat on (we’re talking 37 degrees hot) then this yoga in a ‘pod’ is for you. With no bright lights and mirrors you’ll feel less self conscious and more dedicated to listening to what your body needs – theres 21 classes a week so we’re pretty sure you’ll find something suitable for you.

Oak Om Studio, Rutland is relaunching this month on 11 Jan. The fab local yoga studio has had a bit of a rebranding and rejig and is all set to reopen. Pick up a timetable and check out the new teachers and classes they’re offering including Yoga Nidra (yogis sleep classes) and Tai Chi too.

RESTAURANTS: NineB, Giggling Squid and Lilu

As revealed on Muddy in Dec, restaurant NineB, is opening on Leicester’s Great Central Square development and will be celebrating some of Leicestershire’s local producers by offering a fabulous and seasonal menu. The restaurant has been inspired by the restaurant’s Roman roots, specifically the ‘Stibbe’ mosaic that was excavated from a high-status Roman villa found directly underneath the development.

Food will be a major plus and will feature a range of local artisan seasonal fare plus, delic cocktails and craft beer. The full menu is under wraps until the official opening on 16 Jan 2020 and of course yours truly will be there and ready to review it.

I’m really looking forward to having a Thai restaurant in the city to call our own (yes, it’s a chain, but a really good one). Expect the decor at Giggling Squid in St Martin’s Square to be the exact opposite of what you  may have seen in other Thai restaurant – less of the golden buddhas and more of a soft, delicate look and feel –  think Thai-style food in chintzy surroundings. Meanwhile, the tapas-style menu will serve traditional and more modern, playful dishes like health kick tuna steak and sunny day sea bass. I for one cannot wait to get stuck in to the ruby noodle pad kimao. Due to open in Feb.

Meanwhile we’re delighted that fine dining indie restaurant Lilu is re-opening on 24 Jan after being shut for four months. The restaurant will serve the same menu but with a few seasonal differences and is offering a percentage of his restaurant’s profit to the Feed The Hungry charity based in Hinckley. The restaurant will be open Friday and Saturdays and owner Pratik says his aim is to “feed the tummies and feed the soul.” Cheers to that!


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