My Neighbourhood | Shakin’ Stevens on Little Marlow

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Home is…
Little Marlow. I’ve lived here for about 10 years with my partner, Sue. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such beautiful countryside and within walking distance of the river.

Work is…
I’m a singer and songwriter, and have just released my latest album, Echoes Of Our Times, which I’ll be touring throughout the UK in April and May. I haven’t been on tour for a while, so I’m really looking forward to it. Locally, I’m playing at the Watford Colosseum (20 April) and the Hexagon in Reading (28 April), which will be great. I also do some work for the Royal British Legion, Children in Need and I recently hosted a charity golf day for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity – it’s nice to give back as well.

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Favourite place to spend a relaxing Sunday…
It depends on the weather. I like to sit on our veranda, or I love to spend time in the garden – it’s a good place to switch off and I get a lot of therapy from that. I also love to walk along the river, or head out for Sunday lunch to Marlow or Cookham, or there’s the King’s Head and Queen’s Head here in Little Marlow, which have big roaring fires that are ideal in winter. We’re really spoilt for great restaurants within a short drive of here; you could go to a different place every night for weeks and weeks!

Building I’d most like to live in…
Cliveden House would be lovely and it has such a fascinating history. The grounds there are unbelievable; there’s the woodland, the maze – which is great fun, and the Chinese Water Garden; you can really lose yourself there. And of course you can spoil yourself and be pampered in the spa, and have afternoon tea – perfect.

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Favourite spot for some retail therapy…
We’ll probably go up to London for our Christmas shopping although, having said that, John Lewis in High Wycombe is very handy – in fact, I was in there only yesterday. There’s a vast selection of labels there and, if the shopping gets a bit much, you can have one of those naughty cakes from the café, although I do try to cut down on gluten and sugar when I’m behaving myself!

Favourite local discovery…
Sue and I were in Old Amersham one evening some time ago, it was raining and we were a bit peckish. We looked down the street and saw the light from a restaurant, so we thought we’d give it a go. It was Spice Society on Whielden Street, which is a very traditional Indian restaurant. The food was absolutely superb; there was no rubbish in it, such as artificial colours or anything like that. The service was great, they were nice people – in fact, everything about it was terrific. Being in a band on the road at an early age – back in the days of transport cafes – we’d often fill up at a curry house, as it was quite a cheap meal for us back then. As time went on, we went from having a mild korma to hotter dishes, although I think my limit was a madras.

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Favourite place for a night out with friends…
I like the Kenton Theatre on New Street in Henley-on-Thames, which is a nice, cosy theatre, and attracts both new and established artists. The Wycombe Swan is also very good and when we have family staying at Christmas, we’ll go to the panto there. This year, it’s Cinderella with Bobby Davro, Linda Robson and Louie Spence, who is going to crease me up when he walks on stage! I’ve been going to the panto for decades and a lot of people say it’s just for kids, but I think it’s for big kids, too!

Favourite place to soak up some culture…
We like going to the Everyman Cinema on Ethorpe Crescent in Gerrards Cross. You can order your food or drinks, take your seat on the big sofas with a little table next to you and they bring your refreshments over. You can scoff away while you’re watching the film and you don’t get annoyed by anyone crunching because you can crunch back! I also enjoy the Henley Festival, not just for the music acts, but because of the great atmosphere.

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