With the further easing of the lockdown this weekend I’ve drawn up a list of shops, restaurants and pubs that are open again in Didcot.
Please do check opening times (some are different from usual and may require pre-booking) and respect social distancing requirements.
Most shops are open in Didcot now so it probably would have been easier to list the very small number that aren’t. However I thought a name check of Didcot shops might be useful to remind everyone what’s actually in town. Here goes…
The following are open or will be open from 4 July: all supermarkets, chemists, estate agents and grocery shops, plus Broadway Butchers, Cancer Research charity shop, Card Factory, Cardzone, Claire’s, Clarks, Didcot Electrical Wholesalers, Didcot Pet Store, EE, Emma’s Vintage Style, Fat Face, Feather & Nest, Galaxy Tecno, H&M, Helen and Douglas House charity shop, Holland & Barrett, Interpart, M&Co, M-G Kitchens, Mountain Warehouse, Neater Dry Cleaners, Neon Sheep, Next, New Look, O2, Oxford Etsy, Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary charity shop (from 6 July), PC World, Phone Master, Poundland, Poundstretcher, Re Vamp, River Island, Robert Dyas, Sobell House charity shop, Space Store (Saturday and Sunday only), Sports Direct, Specsavers, Sobell House charity shop, Superdrug, The Body Shop, The Crafters Emporium, The Entertainer, The Framing Studio, The Works, TK Maxx, Toys UK, Triumph Vapes, Trutex Schoolwear, Waterstones, WH Smiths (including Post Office), Wilkos.
Hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons
Hairdressers are allowed to open from 4 July. Nail bars, tanning and beauty salons are not yet allowed to open.
The following are open: Ahead of hair (from 6 July), Beauty Within, Gareth Clark, Istanbul Barbers, Refresh Hair Designs, Reflections Hair and Beauty, Segais, The Barber Shop, The Cutting Bar Great Western & Orchard Centre (appointments now required), Vintage Turkish.
I’m sure there are many more hairdressers that I haven’t noticed on my walks around town so do leave a comment if there are others you are aware of.
Takeaways, cafes and restaurants
The following are open for takeaways: Broadway Spice, Camaras, Caprinos, China Garden, Chinese Cottage, Choi’s, Chor Muang Thai Express, Churchill’s Fish and Chips, Costa, Didcot Kebab, Dominos, Fort Woks, Golden Circle, Grandma’s Pantry, Greggs, Gurkha Sunkoshi, Indian Dream, Istanbul Kebab House, Kolkata, Little India, Lusso, Nando’s, New Beijing, Papa Johns, Pronto, Rachel’s Cafe, Sal’s Snack Bar, Smarts, Starbucks, Sunrise, The Chippy, The Ladygrove Fish Bar, The Sandwich Shop, Wrap n Shake, Ziganas.
The following are open for sit down dining: Boswells, Berro Lounge (from 8 July), Kaspa’s Desserts.
No news on Prezzo or Wildwood.
Pubs and clubs
The following are open from 4 July unless otherwise specified, but you may need to pre-book a table or pay by card only: Boundary Park bar, Broadways (appears to be running a quiz on 5 July but no actual confirmation of opening), Generous George on Ladygrove, Marlborough Club (members only), Prince of Wales (from 6 July), The Barn (members only), The Queens Arms, The Royal Oak (from 6 July), Wheatsheaf.
The Station Garden is ‘opening soon’. No news on The Mulberry.
Didcot Railway Centre opens 4 July; tickets must be booked in advance.
Cineworld is opening from 31 July.
All playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment in Didcot re-open on 4 July. Indoor gyms and leisure centres remain closed.
Didcot Library opens in the week commencing 13 July.
The situation is ever changing so, if you’re open and I’ve missed your business off of the list, please let me know.