EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Tim Henman serves an ace to save local pub 

What to do if you’re worried that your favourite pub is closing down? Well, if you’re former British tennis No.1 Tim Henman, who earned more than £7 million in prize money before retiring in 2007, the answer is buy it.

Struggling from the effects of the pandemic, Henman’s local watering hole The Chequers, was about to shut its doors for good.

I can reveal that the 48-year-old has bought the boozer in the Oxfordshire village of Aston Tirrold, located in a beautiful Grade II-listed building which dates back to the 15th century.

Grateful for Henman’s help, the venue, which had been closed since last year, is back up and running as a gastropub, with just a slight tweak to the name. It’s now called Olivier at The Chequers, with the pub’s long-standing and renowned French chef Olivier Bouet continuing to run the kitchen.

I can reveal that the 48-year-old has bought the boozer in the Oxfordshire village of Aston Tirrold, located in a beautiful Grade II-listed building which dates back to the 15th century

I can reveal that the 48-year-old has bought the boozer in the Oxfordshire village of Aston Tirrold, located in a beautiful Grade II-listed building which dates back to the 15th century

Bouet’s wife Stephanie confirmed Henman and his wife Lucy’s involvement with the establishment: ‘A small group of investors including the Henmans purchased the freehold of the pub. Olivier and myself are running the operations.’

Henman’s career highlight was being the first male Brit since Roger Taylor in the 1970s to make the Wimbledon semi-finals. He was also the British No.1 from 1999-2005 and World No.4 between 2002-2004.

Nowadays, Henman enjoys a successful career as a pundit, as well as running his charitable foundation.

But it seems the former sportsman is a bit more of a wildcard off the court and celebrated a recent birthday with a 12-hour drinking session, saying: ‘I hosted a big group of friends in a private dining room on Saturday night. We started drinking champagne in the garden at 5pm — and kept going until 5am.’

Grateful for Henman's help, the venue, which had been closed since last year, is back up and running as a gastropub, with just a slight tweak to the name. It's now called Olivier at The Chequers, with the pub's long-standing and renowned French chef Olivier Bouet continuing to run the kitchen

Grateful for Henman’s help, the venue, which had been closed since last year, is back up and running as a gastropub, with just a slight tweak to the name. It’s now called Olivier at The Chequers, with the pub’s long-standing and renowned French chef Olivier Bouet continuing to run the kitchen

King Charles tells me he’s planning to give up the throne.

‘I want to take the best advice, but I’m now considering abdication,’ says indie-folk musician Charles Costa, who has built a fanbase performing under the name King Charles.

‘The death of the Queen was a great shock.’

He controls the official King Charles Instagram and Facebook domains. ‘I was actually introduced to him as King Charles at a reception at St James’s Palace,’ he adds. ‘He thought it was funny and didn’t ask me to change my name.’

No one would dispute the authenticity of Ruth Jones’s South Walian accent. Yet the Bridgend-born star — Nessa Jenkins in Gavin & Stacey — knows she’d struggle to pass herself off as a New Zealander. 

So recording the audio version of her third novel, Love Untold, in which a Kiwi accent was required, she knew exactly who to turn to — Warren Gatland, the New Zealander who coached Wales to three Grand Slams, and his wife, fellow Kiwi Trudi. ‘I ask[ed]: ‘Want to do a WhatsApp message and record these lines for me?’ ‘ said Ruth. Trudi agreed, of course. 

Bumping along with Downton’s Jessica…

Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay is preparing for her biggest role to date — as a real-life mother.

The heavily pregnant actress known for playing Lady Sybil Crawley in ITV’s hit period drama, was spotted heading to a cafe in East London with her husband, fellow Harlots actor Ziggy Heath.

The couple, who married in a private ceremony in September 2020 were co-ordinated too, wearing matching open-toe sandals.

Jessica kept her pregnancy under wraps until she unveiled her bump at the Venice Film Festival. Earlier this year on International Women’s Day, she revealed she was undergoing IVF treatment.

‘IVF has made me even more aware of just how much women are capable of and what we can achieve while going through pain and heartbreak,’ she said.

The heavily pregnant actress known for playing Lady Sybil Crawley in ITV's hit period drama, was spotted heading to a cafe in East London with her husband, fellow Harlots actor Ziggy Heath

The heavily pregnant actress known for playing Lady Sybil Crawley in ITV’s hit period drama, was spotted heading to a cafe in East London with her husband, fellow Harlots actor Ziggy Heath

Delevingne: it’s a tongue twister…! 

Little sister Cara might normally be the centre of attention, but here’s Poppy Delevingne showing she’s more than capable of partaking in a rather raucous evening herself.

The 36-year-old actress puckered up for a kiss with Australian male model pal Jordan Barrett, 25, on a night out in the capital.

Poppy’s husband of eight years James Cook need not worry: Jordan was last year married, to fellow male model Fernando Casablancas, although the pair are now thought to have split.

Paul O’Grady never says no to an autograph, but even his patience has a limit. ‘I was in panto costume as the Wicked Queen and put some tracksuit bottoms on to get something to eat,’ he says. ‘But the elastic went and they fell down. So I’m stood in the middle of the road with my trousers round my ankles when this bloke shouts: ‘Hey Paul, can I have your autograph?’

‘I gave it to him, but he had to wait for me to get my sausage roll first!’

Georgia May profit (in future)

I suspect, though, that model Georgia May Jagger — the second of Sir Mick's four children with Jerry Hall — is a little less carefree about Catfish Soup

I suspect, though, that model Georgia May Jagger — the second of Sir Mick’s four children with Jerry Hall — is a little less carefree about Catfish Soup

She once memorably remarked that she ‘refused to think about the future’, explaining that she loves ‘living in the moment’.

I suspect, though, that model Georgia May Jagger — the second of Sir Mick’s four children with Jerry Hall — is a little less carefree about Catfish Soup.

That is the name she chose for the business she established five years ago to develop a skincare range. Accounts just filed show that it’s accumulated total debts of £355,956 — up £100,000 on the previous year.

A note states that Georgia, 30, the sole director, ‘is satisfied that she can continue to support the company until … [it] starts to make sufficient profits from product sales’.

All right for some.

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