Brora Green Ikat Dress and Fairisle Cardigan

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Tis the Season for a Gorgeous Cardigan

Dear Reader, it is the season for fluttering, artisan summer dresses in organic cotton, silk, linen and gossamer merino and the joy of bare legs... But don't forget your favourite forever cardigan. A cardigan is a slow understated fashion suit of armour in case the sun suddenly disappears behind a cloud or on breezy summer days beside the sea.

Pretty in Pink and Green, Brora Gingham Smoked Summer Dresses

There's nothing worse than finding oneself underdressed at an open air cinema, al fresco restaurant or summer wedding and suffering as you quietly freeze to death. Of course, you could always steal you man's jumper. Better still, always carry a cardigan. Oversized, cropped or swingy, there is nothing the cardigan can't pull off with aplomb. Make a beeline for gauzy cashmere, merino wool and silk as they will provide warmth when the weather turns inclement. Brora, the slow Scottish knitwear marque is adept at pulling off the perfect cashmere cardigan in magnetic Fairisle, iconic waves or jewel paintbox colours. N Peal, Hayley Menzies and Barrie also have the best cardigans, handcrafted to last many happy summers, whatever the weather in eye catching block colours, intarsia designs or extraordinary, charismatic tigers, leopards and panthers.

Dine Beside the Seaside at Robert Thompson's Cafe Grill in Ryde

Chef Robert Thompson on the Beach Front of RT Cafe and Grill, Ryde with Two of His Chef Brigade

Take the train from London in the morning and arrive in time for a slothful, elegant gastronomic seaside lunch at chef Robert Thompson's MBE swish new RT Cafe and Grill, just minutes from the railway and ferry terminus in Ryde. Thompson was 23, when he became the youngest British chef to attain his first Michelin Star at Winteringham Fields in Northumberland.

The Return of the Cafe Grill and Classical Gastronomy

Ceviche of Yellowfin Tuna, Robert Thompson's Signature Dish

On high summer days, when the weather is set fair, dine al fresco and gaze out over dreamy, ciaroscuro views of the Solent. The classical menu pays homage to the great fin de siecle cafes in London, Vienna and Paris with an evocative menu that includes the house grass-fed beef burger, native lobster with shellfish mayonnaise, or thermidor; gnocchi primavera with asparagus, woodland mushrooms and grand Padano; Rockefeller or assiette of oysters and to finish a perfectly executed cafe mocha delice. Robert Thompson is a passionate champion of slow, artisan food and the best produce from the island's abundant larder on land and sea. Thompson's fine dining restaurant will return at the same venue in the autumn of 2024.

Robert Thompson's Warm Chocolate Ganache Tart

RT Cafe and Grill

Glitch - The Play to see Now. The True Story of the Post Office Horizon Scandal

Glitch - A Play About the Post Office Scandal, Staged The Rabble Theatre Company

Glitch - A Short Not to Be Missed Run at The Minghella Theatre, Reading University - 27th June to 6th July, ahead of a nationwide tour in 2025.

Rabble Theatre, Reading, presents Glitch, a play specially commissioned by Professor Robert Van de Noort and Professor James Devenney in the School of Law at Reading University. The play is written by Zannah Kearns with dramaturgy by Beth Flintoff.

The Story of Barkham Sub-Postmistress Pam Stubbs

Glitch tells the story of Pam Stubbs a much loved and respected sub-post-mistress in Barkham, Wokingham. After twenty years of successful and uneventful trading she finds herself caught up in the Post Office Horizon Scandal after unexplained discrepancies start to appear in her Post Office trading accounts after twenty years of trading. Glitch is the story of what happened next.

The Theatre Company to Watch in Reading

The Rebel Theatre Company is a company to watch. Rabble stages thrilling community focused theatre with brilliant storytelling by female playwrights. Rabble is the go to theatre company for original, bold and daring theatre productions from real life Game of Throne History lessons to profoundly human tragedies of the modern age.

Buy Tickets Here - Glitch

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