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I'm Hero, founder of Muddy Stilettos, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable across the counties.

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Gotta Have It

It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

Gotta have it

The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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Eat

  • 13 cosy pubs for chilly days

    13 cosy pubs for chilly days

    Order something stodgy, pour a large glass of red and relax in front of the fire – it’s time to hunker down in the best pubs in Oxon, Bucks and the Cotswolds.

    • Best cosy Wiltshire pubs to snuggle up in this autumn

      Best cosy Wiltshire pubs to snuggle up in this autumn

      There’s nothing quite like a Sunday afternoon spent in front of a roaring fire, sunk deep into the sofa with a drink in hand. Here’s where we’ll be holed up for the next few months (mulled wine optional)

    • Autumn roasts with the most

      Autumn roasts with the most

      Can’t be bothered to baste potatoes with goose fat? I hear you. Instead grab your gang and head to one of these local gastropubs that do roasts with the most.

    • Review: The Long Dog, Waddesdon

      Review: The Long Dog, Waddesdon

      The Long Dog pub in Waddesdon, mid Bucks, has had a quirkily stylish revamp and a smart rethink of its positioning – be gone posh restaurant and hello friendly gastropub! Muddy dons her lucky napkin and tries it out

    • Review: Pluma tapas, Old Amersham

      Review: Pluma tapas, Old Amersham

      Is this the best tapas restaurant in Buckinghamshire? There’s only one way to find out! Read on for the Muddy lowdown on Muddy Awards 2021 finalist Pluma in elegant Old Amersham

Arts & Culture

Travel

  • Long-haul holiday inspo for 2022

    Long-haul holiday inspo for 2022

    Where will 2022 take you? We’re all itching to travel overseas once more, so here is some early inspiration in preparation for January’s booking frenzy.

    • Autumn breaks – from 1 to 4 hours away

      Autumn breaks – from 1 to 4 hours away

      Planning a last-minute half term getaway? Here are 6 destinations perfect for the season, plus the chance to win one of FIVE Saltee Skin bundles to take with you, worth £500.

    • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

      Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

      Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

Home

    • Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

      Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

      Wondering what to do with those mountains of leftover pumpkin flesh? Ta da! Whip up this wickedly warming recipe, served up with a hunk of sourdough, it’s just what autumn ordered.

    • Late bloomers! Plants for autumn colour

      Late bloomers! Plants for autumn colour

      Your autumn garden does not have to be 50 shades of brown. Here are six plants that look blooming lovely at this time of the year. Prepare to be dazzled.

  • Wellbeing

    • The best luxury retreat in Oxfordshire?

      The best luxury retreat in Oxfordshire?

      A stunning 18th century manor house and a tailored schedule of fitness and wellbeing activities to boot – but did in:spa retreat leave Muddy feeling refreshed? Read the verdict.

    • 10 super spa days in Berkshire

      10 super spa days in Berkshire

      A little pampering goes a long way especially as we head into the colder darker months. Here’s the best spa days in Berkshire. And relaaax.

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life

    • Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

      Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

      Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

    • Back in the office? We’re here to help!

      Back in the office? We’re here to help!

      Feeling unprepared to head back to the office after a year WFH? Muddy to the rescue with eight essential Do’s and Don’ts (and yes, you will have to change out of sweatpants).

  • Kids

    • Adcote School for Girls, Shropshire

      Adcote School for Girls, Shropshire

      This small, non-selective school manages to be a triple threat in academics, sports, and pastoral care all at once. The last five years have seen it turn from middle-of-the-road to national contender.

    • St Edward’s School

      St Edward’s School

      Looking for a city school? St Edward’s School in Summertown, Oxford is a corker, with half of the cohort taking the IB rather than A-levels. Read on for the Muddy verdict.

Instamuddy

  • Loving this cheeky sign for the (delete as appropriate) bathroom/ sauna/ er, Fifty Shades style dungeon? spotted by @muddy_devon in Exeter. Naughty! 😈😂
  • 💋WIN £1000 of luxury skincare💋@gwynethpaltrow and @serenawilliams are big fans of this high performance British skincare brand - and you will be too! Launched in 2016 in @harrods (where else?!) @mzskinofficial had forged a reputation for results and no wonder - founder @drmaryamzamani is an eye surgeon with a specialist interest in aesthetics. 
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The capsule collection contains, well, pretty much everything you need - all encapsulating the likes of retinol, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides and AHA acids dermatologically tested and nasties-free. Want to try? Of course you do! Hit the link in the bio to win £1000 to spend online 💋
  • This buzzy, artisan town BRAND NEW on our Best Places to Live 2022 in Gloucestershire is packed with indie eateries, a cool bakery, boutiques, galleries and has fierce community spirit. Want to know where it is? Swipe for clues and hit the link in bio to see if you’re right (and read why it’s so good). In association with @struttandparker 🏡 

📸 @zoe.fj
  • This is not a drill, grab the Kleenex as @adele is BACK (and seriously, how amazing does she look in this @britishvogue shoot?!) with her first single in five years Easy on Me 🎶 The song dropped at midnight and has already racked up over 21 MILLION views on YouTube - but is it worth the hype? Watch the video at the link in bio and let us know what you think in the comments👇 Now we wait for the album on 19 Nov…
  • 💥🏡 BRAND NEW on  #MuddyBestPlacestoLive2022 in @muddybucksoxon (in association with @struttandparker), this buzzing town on the Oxon/Glos border by the River Windrush ticks all the boxes for the Cotswolds idyll: handsome stone architecture, ANOB vistas and a thriving shopping and hospitality scene (hello Muddy Award-winning The Lamb Inn @cotswoldinns!). Take the tour at the link in bio.
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Would you live here? Let us know in the comments 👇
  • Who needed to go abroad for sunshine this week? The British weather went bonkers and balmy, just in time for my trip to Newton Ferris in Devon. You beauty! #newtonferris #devon #autumn #weekendaway #urbanguidetothecountryside #england #longweekend

Fashion

  • 6 of the best… trench coats

    6 of the best… trench coats

    It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

  • Beauty

    • Our pick of the best beauty advent calendars 2021

      Our pick of the best beauty advent calendars 2021

      This month the Liberty beauty advent calendar launches along with the John Lewis and M&S versions… you’ve gotta snap them up now before they sell out (yes, really!)

    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then… The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

People

  • My Favourite Places – Gyles Brandreth

    My Favourite Places – Gyles Brandreth

    The author and TV personality takes us on a literary tour of his favourite Hampshire places and reminisces about childhood holidays on the Isle of Wight

    • Grace Regan: My Favourite Places

      Grace Regan: My Favourite Places

      Introducing the awesomely cool, gorgeous and talented chef Grace Regan – owner of critically acclaimed London curry house, Spicebox, who lives in Margate. To celebrate her delicious vegan cookbook we got Grace to tell us her fave places to hang out locally.

    • Muddy meets Dom Holland (aka daddy Spiderman)

      Muddy meets Dom Holland (aka daddy Spiderman)

      Writer, funny man, and father of big star Tom Holland. Muddy sat down with Dominic Holland to chat life in the shadow of your eldest, stand up faux-pas, and his upcoming set at The Potters Arms.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Weekend Escapes

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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Best Places to Live 2020

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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