Introducing Charis Sharpe
Anna and I are very excited to announce that Charis Sharpe from Turl Street Kitchen & The Tower House is joining us as a guest blogger at Independent Oxford. Charis has been an active member of the Indie Oxford community for some time now and has supported us in organising business meet ups and our Christmas Markets at TSK. So, to introduce her to the fold, we thought we’d ask her a few questions about her life and loves, as well as her Indie Oxford favourites!
Tell me a bit about yourself and what makes you tick?
Hi, I’m Charis, I live in Oxford, work in the hospitality industry, adore flowers & am addicted to instagram!
I’m passionate about good food, local sourcing, living seasonally and creating a great
experience. I love being part of someone’s experience: whether it’s a customer enjoying a
meal at my restaurant, the Turl Street Kitchen, or someone who has enjoyed their stay with
us at our guest house, or whether I have simply brightened someone’s day with a floral
arrangement on instagram, I love knowing that I have played a small part in putting a smile
on someone’s face.
How does the indie Oxford community help you and your business?
It’s a fantastic community to be a part of, small businesses tend to help each other out. At
the Turl Street Kitchen and Tower House we will always source locally where possible, not
just our food but even down to the smallest touches such as beautiful organic body lotions from
an artisan maker in Witney to buying our reed diffusers from Oxford Aromatics in the
Being involved with the Independent Oxford Christmas market these past couple of years
has been great for us, bringing in new visitors to our building and forging new relationships
such as the Oxford Makers Group now holding their meet ups at our venue and us stocking
beautiful Jericho Studio Pottery bowls at our guest house.
The indie community here in Oxford is a thriving, growing community and we are proud to be
a part of it.
What are your personal goals for this year?
I promised myself that in 2017 I would be “brave”. That I would step outside of my comfort
zone and challenge myself and I think it’s fair to say that it is already paying off.
One of my goals is to write online, and whilst my own blog is still a little way off you’ll be
seeing more of me here as a guest writer!
Another goal is to push myself creatively, I really want to learn how to improve my
photography skills and push myself when creating a scene to photograph for flatlays or still
life. I have recently just spent the day working as a photo stylist which was quite a learning
Lastly, I want to help grow the Turl Street Kitchen business, we really want to become even
more involved with the local community, not just as a great place to eat and drink but in a
way that benefits the community.
What are your favourite indies in Oxford?
The Garden of Oxford has the loveliest staff and gorgeous flowers and is hands down the
indie that I visit the most! I love popping into A Rosie Life store for a dose of cheer and
Oxford Aromatics for my essential oils.
Two other indie favourites are the Handle Bar (their burgers are so good!) and the Pint Shop,
a lovely venue with an impressive guest beers list.
Watch out for Charis on the blog this year talking about her favourite Oxford foodie highlights from businesses that source local produce, to the best places to celebrate Mother’s Day and special interviews with indie entrepreneurs.
Love, Rosie & Anna