Now also a boutique hotel. Tour and tea.

This meeting was held on January 16, 2019

Paul Petrillo the owner of Brance in the party room upstairs

Looking eerily like the love-child of the late Lord George-Brown, one white eyebrow, one black, Paul Petrillo, manager / proprietor of Branca in Walton Street led the Jericho Community Association through the sumptuously refurbished hotel / restaurant.

The group of elderly murder suspects were trooped through the airy inner spaces and hidden gardens hewn from two long narrow Victorian properties. The very antithesis of what went before though incorporating its retrieved brick.

A live olive tree grows up to the ceiling, downstairs another dinner chamber, the sort of place Jesus would have used for the Last Supper if he had been middle class. Despite Westgate the kitchens are busy with Italian cuisine though Branca is also open to those who simply want to drink coffee free of piped music. There are a total of 35 employees. The ‘boutique’ hotel rooms will cost between £200 and £300 per night.

The whole place glitters like a film-set. Luckily, without requiring the attentions of Morse, Lewis or Marple, the group filed out into the night, appetites whetted.

Report by: Roger Howe

My Jericho is a weekly series of conversations organized by John Mair. Most are at the community centre but there are also visits to interesting places in and around Jericho. Entry £2.00 or, if at the Community Centre, you can bring a cake. Profits to the JCA.

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Some events include a tour. So we have an idea of numbers, please book via Eventbrite where indicated.

Forthcoming meetings

Date Venue
Wed 20 Feb
Mark Damazer

Former MD of Radio 4, Master of St Peters College

Community Centre
Tue 26 Feb
Peter Hitchens

Mail on Sunday columnist

Community Centre
Wed 6 Mar
Flamenco and Jericho history
Guitarist Marcos Young and Sue Pead
Community Centre
Wed 3 Apr
Father Christopher
St Barnabas Church
St Barnabas Church Cafe
Wed 10 Apr
Bill Emmot

Former editor of The Economist

Community Centre
Wed 17 Apr
Peter Bennett Jones
Hat Trick productions
Community Centre
Wed 1 May
Wine and cheese party
End of run party
Jericho Cheese Company, Little Clarendon Street

Previous events

At the community centre

13-02-19Jericho Community Boatyard
06-02-19Susanna Pressel
30-01-19Fiona Hawkins
04-12-18Former postman, Ali
21-11-18Baroness Jan Royall
14-11-18Alan Rusbridger
07-11-18Rough sleepers in Oxford
31-10-18David Mills
17-10-18Roma Tearne
09-10-18Evening for Bill Heine
03-10-18Sir Christopher Ball
12-09-18Richard Dick
15-08-18Susan Brown
29-03-18Maggie Black
21-03-18Sir Rick Trainor
15-03-18Will Wyatt
14-03-18Ian Stuart
07-03-18Steph Pirrie
21-02-18Fr Jonathan Beswick
14-02-18Mark Davies
06-02-18Pandora Maxwell
31-01-18Sir Richard Peto
24-01-18Teresa O’Hara
17-01-18Maggie Whitlum
10-01-18Michel Sadones


23-01-19Lady Margaret Hall
09-01-19Lord Mayor’s Parlour
18-04-18Worcester College