EXCLUSIVE: In a move that’s likely to shock the twickerati (that’s you, btw) to their very core, we can exclusively reveal that we’re not actually aware of any cafes opening since our last high street update. Of course that doesn’t necessarily mean that no cafes have opened, it just means we’re not aware of any. Get in! Not to be put off we’ve decided to do a high street update anyway. Why? Because we love ’em, you love ’em and, perhaps, they love ’em even though, if we’re honest, we’re not actually sure who ‘they’ are. Richmond Council, perhaps? Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, maybe? No one knows. And more importantly, no one cares. But what we can reveal is the following: Habibe a womenswear, tailoring and alterations shop has opened on Heath Road just up from Rubens Bakehouse.
And talking of Rubens Bakehouse, proprietor Igor has expanded into the adjoining unit and is now offering a simple but very tasty pizza menu in his new Ruben’s Refettorio. Word to the wise… it’s BYO on the booze front which has to be good news ‘in these difficult times’. We don’t do reviews here at twickerati – that’s your job – but suffice it to say that if you love the bread, you’ll love the pizzas too. And we speak from experience, dear reader.
Work is underway, albeit slowly, to refit Angelo’s. A new business, Sapori TW1, is currently applying for an alcohol licence. So, no cafe there just yet but it looks to be happening. Twickenham Cycling Club must be getting excited.
Also on Heath Road, Morrisons M Local is now open for business in the former Blockbuster store. Perfect if you can’t face making the dash between M&S Simply Food and Tesco Express without needing a quick shop. Next up, Aldi?? It could happen.
On Cross Deep, the new funeral directors, Lodge Brothers, is currently being fitted out for all your funeral related requirements. That will make three such establishments in central Twickenham. Feel free to make your own funeral related jokes.
The Twickenham Tavern is now open and, after an anonymous start, now has its sign up too. It’s doing a fair bit to promote itself on Twitter and we certainly hope it does better than the previous incarnations in that location.
Head down Church Street and you’ll find a new toy shop, Angels & Heroes. Twickenham has been without a dedicated toy shop for a while although Happicraft does cover some of that territory. Given the sheer volume of families with young children in the area it could do well, but you’ll need to ‘shop local’ to help it along of course! It seems a long time since Church Street’s previous toy shop, in what is now part of Osteria Pulcinella, was used for the classic ‘pirate memory game’ sketch in Little Britain. Margaret!!
And in Water Lane, furniture store Emily’s in now doubling up as Twickenham Stamps and Postcards. It’s a venture from Alan Winter, the man who’s been championing the idea of an indoor community market for Twickenham.
Elsewhere, Hair Institute on London Road, the gents barber that never even got round to having a permanent sign has moved on to hair-related pastures new whilst Thomas Cook has also abandoned Twickenham. And on York Street, we could at last be about to see the emergence of Foxtons in the former Shanghai Village restaurant. It certainly looks as if things might be happening there.
So that’s all for now. No new coffee houses to report but we’re sure you can cope with that. We’ll leave you with some pictures of some of the new arrivals. Gawd bless ’em each and every one!
Morrisons M Local
Angels & Heroes
The Twickenham Tavern
Twickenham Stamps & Postcards