A new Asian-style burger restaurant opens its doors in Evesham

A new burger restaurant with a Far East flavour has opened in Evesham’s bustling Market Square.

Charlie’s, which is located next to Orto Lounge and Papa John’s Pizza, is a family-orientated burger eatery with an Asian twist. Its menu features a pan-Asian selection of burgers and fries including favourites such as the ‘Nutty Bird’, which consists of a crispy chicken fillet coated in peanut satay sauce and Asian Slaw. You can also tuck into ‘Duck Duck Beef’, a beef patty topped with shredded aromatic duck, hoisin sauce, lettuce, cucumber and spring onion. All are handmade with meat sourced from a local butcher in nearby Tewkesbury.

The restaurant also serves up classics such as cheeseburger, ‘Cheese Me’ and a BBQ pulled pork burger. For those looking for a challenge, Charlie’s offers ‘The Meg’ which consists of four juicy patties, American cheese, bacon, onion rings, gherkins and burger sauce. Mac n Cheese bowls and southern fried chicken tenders can also be purchased.

To accompany your meal, you can choose from a range of sumptuous sauces including blue cheese, sticky honey chili, Piri Piri, curry ketchup and loads more.

Owner Vicky Lawson has been working in hospitality since she was 16 and has owned several pubs in the area including The Star Inn at Ashton Under Hill which she has been running for the last 15 years. Having scaled back her commitments about 10 years ago to have her children, Vicky decided now was the right time to jump into a new project and Market Place was the perfect location for Charlie’s, which is named after her son.

“We wanted to create something fast-paced in the town and try something new ourselves. Asian/American food is ever growing in popularity and it’s something that we couldn’t find in Evesham,” she said.

As well as great food, Charlie’s serves up 10 delicious, frosted cocktails so while your kids are enjoying a slush you can unwind with an alcoholic slushy. You can choose from Caribbean Sunrise, margarita, jack and coke and a watermelon cooler to name but a few.

Be sure to order these on Thursdays as you can get 50% off cocktails. The usual selection of wines, lagers and ciders are also available.

“We’re all about serving great quality, top end food here but also having fun – we don’t take ourselves too seriously. That’s where our idea for the slush cocktails came from, we thought it was something different that would add a little joy to our dining experience,” Vicky added.

“At the moment, we’re still testing out what’s hot and what’s not and we introduce new dishes every few months. Our focus in on quality and being the best that we can be here. We want our customers to truly enjoy what we have to offer.”

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Internationally renowned artist opens gallery in Pershore

“Running a gallery has always been a lifelong ambition of mine.”

Now an internationally renowned artist, Jilly Oxlade-Arnott’s latest venture is The Gallery. A bold, new art gallery in Pershore showcasing her extensive collections and works from guest artists.

When Jilly was a little girl she was keen to draw anything and everything, always asking her parents “what can I paint next?”. In her youth, she enjoyed drawing birds of prey and flowers, and was pestered by her friends to do their art homework for them. Birds and flowers turned into life drawing when she discovered her love for watercolour in her teens and decided to study technical drawing at college.

After college Jilly naturally moved into marketing where she had a successful and creative career working in graphic and web design and photography. In her spare time, she pursued her passion for art. Her first commission was her mother in law’s house which kickstarted her career as a professional artist and led her to she set up Architectural Impressions.

“My love of architecture came from my father who was an architect, and studying technical drawing helped give me perspective and attention to detail when I started painting buildings. The angles come naturally to me and I never use a ruler in my compositions.

“My favourite thing to paint is people’s houses because it’s so intimate, but I’ve been asked to paint a range of things over the years. Public houses, animals – I’ve done the lot! I often get asked to create property development boards to demonstrate what a property will look like and how it will blend into its surroundings. People will send me 2D plans, bricks and other snippets of materials and I put it all together like a jigsaw. Those projects are always fun and challenging!

“In 2018, I was selected to paint a giraffe for Worcester Stands Tall. Last year marked 125 years of the National Trust so I made them a new collection comprising of 24 of their properties, and I currently have an exhibition in Croome where 60 of my original pieces are displayed in its library.

“Back then I was working on our dining room table. Since moving to Pershore I’ve set up a dedicated studio in our home, where I’ll soon be running beginners and intermediate watercolour classes,” she said.

Fast forward to two months ago and Jilly and her husband Chris were ready to open The Gallery, Pershore’s new, bold and expressive art gallery.

“Running a gallery has always been a lifelong ambition of mine so when we found this space, we jumped at it. We met with the landlord in June and opened in July! Chris has been busy fitting it out – he’s great at getting in my head and making my designs a reality – while I’ve been sourcing and creating art to stock.”

At The Gallery, visitors can view Jilly’s extensive collections and take in work by 25 guest artists which rotate regularly providing something new to discover with every visit. Pastels, watercolour, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, and photography from Wyre-Piddle-based photographer Nigel Wood are just some of the things that can be found inside The Gallery.

“We aim to showcase work from three Pershore-based artists every rotation, but we also display art from wider Worcestershire and further afield. We currently have porcelain from Lisbon on display. Some pieces are from very well-established artists (both locally and nationally) and some are from new emerging talents. It’s wonderful because I can sit here painting and be inspired by the colourful artwork that surrounds me.”

Jilly and Chris plan to hold ‘meet the artist’ evenings where visitors can socialise with a cup of coffee (or glass of wine!), explore what’s in store and ask questions about their creative processes.

“We’re big on entertaining people and want them to enjoy their experience at The Gallery. So far, everybody has left us feeling happier and that’s partly down to The Gallery’s bright interior. We have so many different artists’ works here and what ties them all together is colour. We’re a joyful, colourful space celebrating art and we hope to build a community and platform for local artists.”

Jilly and Chris have access to a community of artists and because of this they can order things in if somebody asks for something that isn’t on display.

“We don’t work on high commissions, our philosophy is about getting a good price for the customer and the artist. Pieces range from £20 to £600 so should accommodate every budget. We’re open from Wednesday to Sunday.”

If you pop in, keep an eye out for ‘The Gallery Man’, Jilly and Chris’ pink mascot.

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Full steam ahead for Droitwich’s new model railway shop

Model railways have been a massive part of Mike Belham’s life. He first started the popular hobby when he was 10-years-old and has been fascinated with it ever since.

And when lockdown struck costing Mike his job as a sound engineer, he decided to take a leap of faith and turn his passion into a business.

He opened MPB Model Supplies in Droitwich Spa, a small, characterful town located north of Worcester in Worcestershire’s Vale & Spa, earlier this year.

Selling everything from trees to track and people to engines, the shop has everything a model railway enthusiast could want. And if it’s not in stock, Mike is happy to order it in.

“During the lockdowns many people rediscovered their hobbies, so I thought ‘now’s the time do this’,” he said.

Unlike most model railway shops you won’t just find it stacked wall to wall with products. Mike is continuing his love of the hobby by working on a new layout which is on display in the shop.

It’s inspired by his own real-life experience working on steam railways from the age of 16, which saw him go on to become a qualified fireman and signalman.

“What sets us apart from shopping online is the knowledge and advice I can offer. I’ve worked with trains all my life so I can talk about how it’s done in real life and help people replicate this in their models. Even if you’re not ready to buy something, pop in and check us out because I’m always happy to chat,” he said.

“Interests in trains span generations. We have young dads coming in with young children and people in their 80s and 90s. They’re always excited to see a demo of the set-up we have in store. I love meeting new people who walk through the door and being able to share my passion for model railways.”

If you’re a model railway enthusiast or interested in getting into the hobby then pay MPB Model Supplies a visit in St Andrew Street, next to St Andrew’s Shopping Centre.

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We tried Evesham’s delicious new milkshake shop

Earlier this month we checked out Mumma Moo’s – Evesham’s delicious new milkshake shop and, wow, weren’t we in for a treat!

We can personally recommend the milk chocolate Kinder Bueno which was divine but if that’s not your cup of tea, then fear not because Mumma Moo’s boasts over 80 flavours. We spoke with the owners Scott and Tracy who told us:

“Our best sellers are Kinder Bueno, Oreo, Skittles, Malteser and Aero Mint but we can blend any chocolate bar, sweet or biscuit, just ask us!”

Customers are at the forefront of this family-run business, which is situated next to Delicious Cafe on Vine Street, as Scott told us:

“One of our regulars asked if we had butterscotch. We didn’t, so I ordered some in and now we do butterscotch. We’re very accommodating here.”

The family is fairly new to the area having moved to Evesham just 3 and a half years ago and “is there a milkshake shop here?” was the first question Scott’s kids asked him when they arrived. It got him thinking ‘what if we opened one?’

“The kids love it – they help out in the shop and are always keen to do some taste testing. As you can imagine, they’re very popular at school as well! Opening a shop has been a dream of ours for the past four years so when it finally started to become a reality, we were thrilled! We’ve done most of the work ourselves except for the gas and electrics, of course; in fact, my wife, Tracy, designed the shop. It has been hard work, working in the evenings after the day job.”

While Mumma Moo’s stocks big name brands like Cadbury and Nestlé, Scott and Tracy try to support and shop local when they can, believing independents to provide a better service. They actually display work from Evesham-based photographers around their shop.

As well as selling a load of tasty milkshakes, Mumma Moo’s also sells hot and soft drinks, smoothies and an assortment of unique snacks including Jelly Belly candy, lemon meringue bars and cookie dough. It caters for vegans and most allergies too.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received so far and we’re eager to keep our customers interested. We’re planning to launch gift cards soon and perhaps explore offering desserts… watch this space!”

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Our trip to the Broadway Car Show

Holty Photography

Although August has not brought us the summer we were hoping for, nothing will stop the Brits going ahead with their fetes and festivals. Broadway played host to one such truly British spectacle earlier this month – the Broadway Car Show. Comprising two distinctly different days of delight for petrol heads and wishful thinkers alike, money raised by the event was donated to Midland Air Ambulance.

Supercar & Modern Sports Cars Saturday

James In The Cotswolds

Only 60 places were available to cars wanting to exhibit at the show and the organisers were inundated with requests. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Morgans and Aston Martins filled the High Street and The Green with one of the many stars of the show being a McLaren F1. With a jazz band providing the soundtrack, Broadway took on a Carnival atmosphere with crowds enjoying street food stalls and hunting for memorabilia punctuated by the rich sounds of engines roaring into action.

Cafes, restaurants, and shops welcomed the influx of visitors whilst exhibitors were given their own VIP refreshment area and a goodie bag courtesy of Saviles. Show sponsors, Morgan Cars, were also very much in evidence with their own branded double-decker bus and people were able to sign up to take a drive in one of their iconic sports cars. The Lygon Arms was the venue for a lunchtime fashion show courtesy of Slate Clothing and boy did it impress! Another highlight was a midday fly-past by the last Hurricane plane ever made.

Classic Vintage & Veterans Sunday

On Sunday, Broadway became a scene straight out of Downton Abbey with cars dating from 1899 to 1970. Car owners were encouraged to meet in advance and enjoy a leisurely drive through the Cotswolds’ before making a grand entrance into Broadway with Jaguars, Bentleys and Bugattis in convoy.

Morgan Cars brought their latest model with them – the Morgan Plus Four CX-T which aims to redefine the capabilities of a Morgan sports car. The company worked alongside the Dakar Rally specialists to create an overland Morgan opening up destinations the cars have never been able to reach previously including rough terrain in remote conditions.

What is probably the most incredible thing about this prestigious event is that it is all done by volunteers including the orange-clad marshals that could be seen busily directing people and keeping things moving over the two days. It was a wonderful experience and if you were not lucky enough to catch it this year, make sure you get yourself to Broadway for the car show next year – it’s free, it’s fascinating and it’s all for charity.

Broadway Car Show

For more things to do in the village, take a look at Broadway Cotswolds What’s On Diary.

Top 10 things to see and do in Evesham

Searching for somewhere to visit that’s not too far from home? If history piques your interest, you love walks or you want to take the kids somewhere fun, look no further than Evesham! In this blog we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things to see and do in the town.

1. Battle of Evesham

One of the district’s largest growing events will be making a welcome return as the Battle of Evesham Medieval Festival transports us back through the ages once more to celebrate one of the town’s – and the country’s – most significant historical moments.

Taking place over an action-packed weekend of 7 to 8 August, the festival includes hundreds of re-enactors fighting ‘to the death’. There will also be a grand parade with mounted knights in full armor, as well as music from medieval musicians, dancing, craftsmen demonstrations and more.

If your children are into history, they might enjoy a visit to the Almonry Museum with twelve rooms to explore that include Anglo-Saxon treasures and clothing from the 1700s.

2. Kaz & Annie’s arty workshop

Tucked away on Vine Street in Evesham is Kaz & Annie’s Ceramics & More, a small, family-friendly arts and crafts studio where you and the kids can get creative and decorate precast pottery pieces. They have an extensive range of the pottery you can paint from animals and objects to characters and trinkets. If you’re looking for something a little different, channel your inner crafter and give decoupage or a Powertex workshop a go.

To get a feel for a family-fun day out in the town, read our blog, Evesham – The Perfect Day Out For All The Family.

3. All Things Wild

Ok, so it’s not technically in Evesham, but it’s close by and amazing! All Things Wild is the ultimate family day out as it provides both entertainment and education. Let the children go wild at the outdoor beach, have fun on the pedal go karts and see animals such as kangaroos, lemurs, zebras and flocks of exotic birds.

Then step through time with the attraction’s famous dinosaur experience and venture to the Dino Barn to learn about when dinosaurs existed.

FACT: One of All Things Wild most notable attractions is its giant T-Rex which towers above adults and children.

See what else All Things Wild has to offer.

4. Cafes galore

Evesham is home to many delightful cafes and here are just a few for you to explore!

Babyccino Coffee – this is a great place to take the little ones as it has an indoor play area for toddlers to enjoy while you relax catch up with other parents and enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of their beautiful homemade cake.

Delicious – the name says it all really! This café’s chef worked in fine dining restaurants in London, Birmingham and the Cotswolds before bringing together his years of experience to create Delicious with his wife Daniela and, wow, doesn’t it show! Their Mediterranean-inspired dishes are amazing and so are their sandwiches, paninis, and soup.

JellyPickleJam – this cosy café sells traditional afternoon tea consisting of a choice of tasty sandwiches, crumpets, mini cakes and scones. We recommend trying a box of its lush Belgian chocolates. Flavours include Baileys, coffee cupcake, gin and tonic, and many more.

Buongiorno Cafe – this ever-popular café brings the taste of Italy to Evesham with its Bolognese gnocchi, homemade lasagna and spaghetti carbonara. It’s highly rated on Trip Advisor and in 2019 it won a ‘Gold Seal’ as part of the Good Food Award.

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If you’re planning a visit to one of these cafes, be sure to do a spot of shopping in the town’s independent shops first! Discover glamourous, Italian-inspired fashion for plus-sized ladies at Carva Clothing and trendy brands for young men, such as Luke, Adidas and Ellesse, at Pride Clothing. You can also browse beautiful jewellery at Evesham Jewellers.

Read more about Carva Clothing in our interview with Kristie, the store’s fabulous owner.

5. Abbey Park and its fantastic play area

Alongside the river you’ll find Abbey Park, one of our many award-winning parks and and the perfect place to start your day. Begin by taking a stroll through the park gardens that boast beautiful lawns, lots of lovely old trees and a lily pond that adds to the sense of tranquillity. Listen out for the carillon marking the hour as it emanates from the old Bell Tower situated at the edge of the park.

The highlight for the kids will be the park’s playground built into the natural contours of the landscape which has an organic, Hobbit-home feel to it. There is an embankment slide that is built underground and a cargo net to climb over the top. A series of steppingstones provide children with a further challenge as they navigate the playground to have a go on the trampoline, the numerous wood and rope climbing structures along with swings and sandpits. There are lots of areas for parents to sit and relax while some serious play is undertaken.

Afterwards, you can either find somewhere for a picnic or head to the new cafe in the park for a much-needed coffee or soft drink. If your children enjoy feeding the ducks, head back down to the river where you might be lucky enough to find a swan or two gliding past as well.

6. Angling Festival

Known in the angling industry as one of the most prestigious river festivals in the country, this long-standing event attracts many of the country’s top anglers as they compete over three days of intense angling in individual, pairs and team contests to establish who is the champion of Evesham. In between watching the stars compete, the cherished tented village is a must-visit with many bargains to be had as top retailers are brought together for a great selection of tackle.

When: Saturday 28 – Monday 31 August | Where: Crown Meadow

7. Market Place – buzzing atmosphere

Looking for a bite to eat? It doesn’t matter whether it’s day or night, Market Place, Evesham’s picturesque courtyard, is the place to be. Its buzzing and inviting atmosphere is a delight which comes with the courtyard’s many eateries. If you’ve got a big appetite, choose between two of its new burger joints, Charlie’s or Stirrups. Don’t end the night early as both sell a range of tasty cocktails and after filling up on burgers and booze, you’ll want to head on to The Valkyrie for some entertainment. The Valkyrie is the town’s go-to for live rock music and it regularly hosts DJs.

For something smaller, try the ever-popular café, Orto Lounge, cosy Herbies Coffee House or traditional café, The Gateway.

There’s plenty of outdoor seating so you can make the most of what’s left of the summer!

8. Town Centre events

To make the most of the summer holidays, we’ve arranged several FREE, family-friendly activities in Market Place including face painting, a Punch and Judy show and a climbing wall where your kids can let off some steam. Activities run from 10am-4pm.

Check out what’s on in our other towns by visiting our summer activities page – more will be added as time goes on!

9. Open-air cinema

You’ll need popcorn for this one! Following the success of our open-air cinema screening last year, we are delighted to confirm they will be back again this year. Last year, visitors brought deck chairs to Corporate Meadow to watch The Greatest Show Man. This year, we’ll be giving you the chance to have your say on what film is shown, so keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Why not make an evening of it and go for a meal in the town before the film starts? Evesham has plenty of pubs and restaurants to choose from including Italian eatery, Flavours, the delicious Thai Gallery and lovely Royal Oak – to name just a few.

FACT: Did you know Flavours won Worcestershire’s Vale & Spa’s Favourite Restaurant competition in 2019?

Don’t forget to drop in at Gummy Gumdrops for those all-important sweet treats too. Give yourself plenty of time to browse as this place puts even the likes of Willy Wonka to shame. Family-owned, choose from over 200 different types of jarred sweets, 60 pick’n’mix options, Charlie’s Chocolate which is handmade on the premises as well as a huge choice of fudge, licorice, slushies and milk shakes. It’s paradise with a shopfront.

The open-air cinema will come to Evesham on Saturday 4 September. To learn the dates and locations of our other open-air cinemas, see our cinema page.

10. Cycle through The Vale

Explore the natural beauty of the Vale of Evesham and take in views of its horticultural, agricultural and architectural heritage with The Evesham Vale Rail Trails, a new app covering six leisurely cycle rides. Whether you are a novice or a more experienced cyclist, the choice of routes will inspire you to get more active, discover the delights of two wheels and enjoy picturesque countryside. You can choose a route from 17 to 27 miles, some more challenging than others, all starting and finishing at Evesham Railway Station. More information.

There’s lots more we haven’t covered so let us know your favourite things to do in Evesham by tagging us in your Facebook posts.

 

Getting here

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