DURING Afternoon Tea Week from August 14 to 18, guests can enjoy an Italian kick at Malmaison. It features an impressive selection of savouries including Louisiana sliders, smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese bagels, and egg mayonnaise sub rolls, bakewell tarts, seasonal fruit shakes, salted chocolate brownies and, of course, a Campari gin & tonic, for two for £39.95. Malmaison has also just launched its new summer menu. Expect summer salad with blue cheese, chorizo and avocado, seared soy glazed salmon and Ahi tuna tartare, a chocolate truffle torte with fresh raspberries and poached English strawberries with champagne and mint jelly. Visit malmaison.com

New Turkish restaurant Antep Kitchen has just opened at 228-230 Cowley Road to great reviews. Mine to follow soon. Call 01865 247555.

The City Arms in Cowley Road is launching a new vegan-friendly menu on Tuesday and there’s something for everyone. New dishes include a vegan burger, jackfruit bao buns, a macaroni grilled cheese sandwich, black bean and butternut squash quinoa chilli with spicy rice finished with vegan cheese and vegan mayonnaise, a falafel salad, mac & cheese, nachos, chilli fries, avocado fries and halloumi fries.

If you’re a meat eater, check out the chicken curry burger, maple bacon burger and double decker burger as well as ‘burger of the month’. Other meaty treats include buttermilk ribs, chicken and waffles and chicken waffle goujons. Desserts feature gooey chocolate fritters (crispy fried Mars bar or a Snickers bar coated in doughnut batter served with vanilla ice cream), cookie dough, tempting Smores biscuit (digestive biscuits filled with hazlenut chocolate spread and toasted mini marshmallows, drizzled with chocolate flavoured sauce) or a Smores doughnut. Not for anyone on a diet then. Visit social-squirrel.com/thecityarmsoxford

A new Nepalese and Indian restaurant has opened on the site of the former Chequers pub in Horspath Village, now renamed Gurkha Kitchen. Doubling as a traditional British pub with lots of British beer, wine and cider, experience traditional Nepalese and Indian food from award winning chef Raj Sharma whose specialities include momos, as well as some mouth watering curries to enjoy. There is a big car park and garden to enjoy complete with a kids play area, just five to ten minutes outside Oxford. Call 01865 604646.

Katherine MacAlister