Everyone has been asking about Glastonbury.
In fact, Hay Festival was arguably more exciting (if you’re into books, that is). I personally spent a lot of time hanging out in the bookshop seeking out the celebs – Stephen Fry, Jarvis Cocker and many others – and watching stocks of our own book diminish quickly by the day (we sold lots of copies and did many impromptu signings). Was the highlight peddling momos to Joe Wicks or the random chat with Michael Rosen at the back of the stall? A tough call.
But everyone wants to know about Glastonbury. Most of you seem to have forgiven our us our long absence from Magdalen Road for this festival alone. And it was epic, of course. On our final day we had our biggest trading day ever, but we also found time to go see the big bands, laze in hammocks, shop for fairy wings (not Chef!) and sip beer backstage with Oxford friends. Tilda Swinton came for curry two days in a row (chicken, with two veg momos a time). Last-minute fridge failures and operating on 5 hours sleep a night aside… We are of course living the dream.
Here are a few things we learned from our month on the road:
🥟 Our team is awesome! Really, they are the best. We are losing some key members of staff come the end of the summer, but we have a great template for what we are looking for going forwards (warm, friendly, hard-working – is this you? Please get in touch if you’d like to join us).
🥟 Oxford people are amazing. There were 499 other food stalls at Glastonbury, but our loyal regulars still trekked from one side of the festival to the other to get their momos. Thank you.
🥟 Move over momos! Himalayan curry makes for a great breakfast option, especially when you’ve not been to bed yet.
🥟 Our kids are finally old enough to help out! Customer service could do with a little work (“What do you want?”), but Master and Little Miss were ace at getting rice in boxes and soy on momos. We’ve dreamed of this moment since year dot, and those of you have known them since the bum-shuffling days will share our amazement that this can finally be happening.
🥟 We still love the nomadic life, so we’re not going to hang up our wellies just yet. Festivals are hard work but they give us so much energy. Please bear with us while we head to Cambridge, Wales and the Cotswolds for our last run of events for 2022 – watch this space for details in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, we have of course missed serving the fine people of East Oxford and we are thrilled to say that we are open for business again on Magdalen Road, the following hours:
Wednesdays: 5-9.30pm (dinner only)
Thursdays – Saturdays: 12-3 (lunch) / 5-9.30pm (dinner)
Come for takeaway (hot food or freezer food – we have a great range of individual and family-sized meals for reheating at home) or to dine in/outside. A heads up that Foodstuff is not currently operating in Oxford, so if you have been enjoying TT home delivery you will now need to pop by the restaurant instead. Do phone ahead with your order if you’d like – otherwise just turn up.
Finally, if you’d like to join us for a food demo and tasting box, we’ll be at Also Festival at Compton Verney in Warwickshire this weekend! We were part of Also‘s food line-up in 2019. Compton Verney is an idyllic setting for a wonderful weekend of ideas, food, comedy, experiences and nature. Click here if you fancy coming along.
One way or another – we look forward to feeding you soon!
Team Taste Tibet x
Opening hours this week:
Thurs – Sat: 12-3pm 🥢 5-9.30pm
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