31 Jan 2010

Two locals:new restaurant and film-maker

This blog occasionally covers news of local folk from Whiteshill, Ruscombe or Randwick...here in this post are two that have already had a mention in the local press.

Neil Leighton-Boyce

Stroud has lost the Greyhound and Market Tavern pubs so it is great to see trained chef Neil Boyce, 22, who is from Whiteshill, opening 'Utopia' - Stroud’s newest restaurant. The eatery will largely serve organic dishes made with locally sourced produce wherever possible - like Day's Cottage juices and Stroud Brewery beers.

The fully licensed bistro has beautiful ash flooring from Westonbirt Arboretum, a range of Fairtrade teas and coffees and free in-house WiFi Internet access for customers. It also has its entire power supply sourced from 100 per cent renewable energy firm Good Energy. Good on them indeed.

I'm planning a visit as soon as I can find an excuse and an evening - Utopia's Facebook site already has 385 fans - Visit Utopia at 50 High Street, Stroud, GL5 1AN or call 01453 756 043 to book a table.

Guy Davies

Meanwhile congrats to Guy Davies, 18, from Randwick who has just been awarded a scholarship to study at the famous New York Film Academy (NYFA). Educated at Wycliffe College Guy was accepted for the one-year course which started at the beginning of the month - the Brett Rattner scholarship offers up to $15,000 - some folk might have seen him act in the Jenny Wren productions locally - he played Laurie Lee in their 'Cider with Rosie'. I'm sure will be hearing more of him soon.

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