Hosted by The Village – Chocolate Cafe
Only a couple of weeks ago the housekeeper for George Michael, a regular customer at The Village – Chocolate Cafe in Goring, asked us specifically to be the ones to run the bar and BBQ for that day. So, for the past week I have been planning on feeding and watering approx 1200 people, who are expected to descend upon Goring.
Christian, our in-house chef has been busy making 800 homemade burgers. And I could never have done it without the expertise of Kali Connery, who at the age of 17 ran the outside terrace of The Angel on the Bridge during regatta. So, we will be serving Pimm’s with fresh mint Lime and Strawberries, Prosecco, Peroni and Cider.
The Chocolate Cafe couldn’t do it alone, we have had to order in vast quantities of stock and with the cafe being bijou we have had to ask permission to use the village hall, Nigel our fab village butcher has been asked to store our ice, special thanks to Bidfood our suppliers for helping assist with the quantities. And Mark at the Angel on the Bridge in Henley for lending us his regatta BBQ.
45 cases Prosecco and 24 cases of Peroni amongst other items arrive on Friday and the organisation begins.
You will find a crew of us in The Rectory Gardens from midday on 24th June running the BBQ and bar whilst the Village Cafe at the arcade plays George Michael’s most popular songs whilst serving breakfast from 9am, lunch, afternoon tea and cakes.
Also, on Facebook; George Michael Birthday Celebrations
Hope to see you there for a fab day out in Goring, celebrating the life and music of George Michael.
Father’s Day has been celebrated around Catholic Europe since the Middle ages so not as new as we may think. In these parts it is always celebrated on 19 March as this is St Joseph’s Day
In the UK we celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society on the third Sunday of June this year falling on June 17.
The Chocolate Cafes have many bookings for breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas. You don’t need to book however just turn up. At Henley we have over 90 chairs, Goring over 50 and Wokingham 150 chairs including its outside courtyard with 50 seats alone. So accommodating large groups of families celebrating dads, grandads and great grandads Day is never a problem.
Fathers Day this year, the weather looks amazing, so why not combine your visit to The Chocolate Café Henley with a trip on the river with our good friends Hobbs of Henley ….
Goring is located at one of the most picturesque parts of the River Thames as well as being on the Chilterns Walkway and so is perfect for walking, cycling and boating. We are the only café open on Sundays and Mondays and so very popular for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Many people pop in and do takeaway sandwiches and pannini before returning later in the day for afternoon teas/ coffee and cake.
The Wokingham café is a very popular destination not only is the food so different from the other to but the delightful courtyard makes it a fab venue for familes and friends to meet and hang out in the sunshine enjoying food, a glass of wine or too and coffee, cake and ice cream.
The Gap Festival returns to the villages of Goring & Streatley from 14 – 17 June 2018 with four fabulous days, filled with music, words, comedy, literature, visual and performing arts, workshops and much more. Come and listen to amazing speakers, singers and bands, dance the night away, laugh, go to a workshop, follow the Art Trail and meet the artists, enter the world of Wind in the Willows. Most of all, come and have fun and enjoy the Gap Festival 2018.
At Chocolate Cafe Goring we have some of the beautiful art on display on our first floor. Denny Webb has a number of pictures which you may buy if you wish or simply enjoy in relaxed surroundings. Other artists are also featured.
Denny’s website says “Denny is an intuitive, experimental artist who works in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, she is well known for her luminous watercolour paintings using many contemporary techniques which she also loves to share with her students to help inspire them to step out of their comfort zones and re-connect with their creative selves.
Denny has worked and studied in the U.S.A. where she has established a large client base and won numerous awards in national shows, in addition she has paintings in private collections in America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the U.K.,she is also a member of the prestigious Oxford Art Society.”
We asked Denny whether she could add a little more about her philosophy and this is what she said. “I am inspired by nature…the changing seasons, the light on the land, an owl in silent flight, the majesty of trees and I try to capture the emotional response on paper or canvas.
It is my belief that there is an artist in everyone and it’s my job as a teacher to help students to step out of their comfort zones and reconnect with their creative selves, to dig deep and enjoy walking the path of the artist.”
To which we say…Wow! Perhaps it’s time to dig out my inner artist?
Local artists and craftspeople open their own studios or display their work in central community spaces.
Walk the trail on foot or cycle around and take in some interesting facts from heritage sites along the way.
The art map is available at The Village Cafe/Chocolate Cafe Goring and from many locations in the villages. Or you can just pop into any of the studios where they will be freely available or visit the main GAP Festival Website.
Please do feel free to visit us, why not enjoy a snack or one of our Connoisseur Hot Chocolate drinks made lovingly created using the finest ingredients!