If, as they say, brevity is the soul of wit then this High Street Update is for you. It’s certainly brief, so let’s just hope you bloody love it. But first a question, if sarcasm is the lowest form of wit (and whoever said that must be really, really pleased with their absolutely massive contribution to the world) then what’s the highest form? What is the highest form of wit? We’ll tell you. It’s repetition. No doubt about it. It’s repetition. No doubt about it.

Church Street has gone all flag-tastic in the run up to Valentine’s Day. There are offers going on in the shops and money being raised for charity. Don’t let the cold weather put you off, after all, you know that desperately rushing around to find a gift on the afternoon of February 13th is the mark of true love. Try not to leave it so late this year, get yourself down there at the week end.

Jojoloo, Twickenham
So then, let’s get to the rest of it. Lots of things are almost ready to heighten your High Street experience. Jojoloo Coffee Shop and ‘mini super’ is almost open on Heath Road. There’s activity going on inside but then again there’s been activity going on behind those whited out windows for a wee while. (Yes, you get the alliteration free here). Round the corner, in case you’re running low on coffee or tea between say, Caffe Nero or Bellissimo and, say, Cafe Taste or Puccino’s at the station then Lulu’z tea room, cafe and patisserie could be for you. It’s set to occupy what was once the Twickenham Chinese Restaurant on London Road. You’re probably familiar with the location from being in the police station. Good luck to them. And there are still signs of work going on next door to Lulu’z in the ex-Forever hairdresser which, one avid reader told us, may well be set to become…. a hairdresser. Hooray. Or should that be “hair-ray”? (Update: It’s called Hair Institute)

The Cabbage Patch
The Cabbage Patch will re-open on 10th February after its refurb and paint job. It was probably overdue for a spot of tarting up given that quite a number of the competition have had recent makeovers (The Fox, The Three Kings, The Sussex and, a little longer ago, The Royal Oak). The completion of the work fits in nicely with the upcoming rugby internationals as, perhaps unsurprisingly, the new look has a rugby theme to it.

And that’s about it. Both Casa Mia, which only opened a few months ago, and Chanterelle on Whitton Road are still looking pretty much shut (unless someone has evidence to the contrary) but Da Vinci on Heath Road continues make a go of it. Reviews for Da Vinci have generally been favourable even if pizza purists are horrified by the concept of pineapple on a pizza. Eh? You mean the Hawaiian pizza idea is not authentically Italian? Come on! You’ll be saying chicken tikka massala isn’t even Indian next.

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