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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

Upgrade your outdoor entertaining game with one of these cool outdoor bars, from funky tiki set-ups to patio pubs. Garden party round yours!

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Muddy Awards 2022

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MEET THE MUDDY STILETTOS AWARDS 2022 WINNERS!

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Eat

  • 60 amazing afternoon teas to book now

    60 amazing afternoon teas to book now

    It’s Afternoon Tea Week (8-14 Aug) and we’ve found the 60 best places across the Muddy counties to get your fix. But you’d better book ’em fast — here today, scone tomorrow.

    • Keep it cool! £500 to spend on the best iced drinks

      Keep it cool! £500 to spend on the best iced drinks

      It’s hotting up again, but we know how to help with the commute or family day out – an iced chocolate, mocha or chai latte from one of GAIL’s cafés in London and the South East.

    • Muddy review: Table 13 supper club, Wheatley

      Muddy review: Table 13 supper club, Wheatley

      If you’re plant-based, vegan-curious, or just plain in love with food, then this innovative fine dining experience will be right up your street. Run, don’t walk, to Table 13, you’re gonna love it.

    • Review: Brunch at The Drumming Snipe

      Review: Brunch at The Drumming Snipe

      The most lip-smackingly indulgent meal of the day – best enjoyed long and luxuriously with cocktails or fizz. Throw in some oysters and you’ve nailed my best brunch fantasy right there. Shall we?

    • Review: Eat. Drink. Distil, Newbury

      Review: Eat. Drink. Distil, Newbury

      Welcome to a foodie fun palace. Eat Drink Distil in Newbury is a new British small plate restaurant, bar and distillery, that is absolutely buzzing.

Arts & Culture

Travel

  • 7 stunning waterfall walks in Derbyshire

    7 stunning waterfall walks in Derbyshire

    Just because we’re landlocked doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the water this summer. Grab your walking boots, pack some snacks, and head out to see these epic waterfalls across Derbyshire and Notts.

Home

    • How to fill your home with summer scents

      How to fill your home with summer scents

      You don’t need to step into a garden to enjoy summer’s heady fragrances – here are 15 ways to enjoy your favourite flower and herb aromas in your living spaces. Breathe it in!

    • 7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

      7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

      The faintest whiff of summer sun and you’ll find us out in the garden, sunnies on and chilled spritz in hand. And to sit at? One of these seven totally chic bistro sets, darling!

  • Wellbeing

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life

    • Kate & Wills: Welcome to Windsor

      Kate & Wills: Welcome to Windsor

      It’s official – Team Cambridge are moving to Windsor. To help Kate, William and the kids settle into their new home, here’s our in-the-know intel on life in the Berkshire ‘hood.

    • Meet your Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists!

      Meet your Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists!

      Your nominations have been totted up and the results are in! Click on your county to see your amazing Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists in your area and VOTE to crown your faves.

  • Kids

    • Game on! Muddy goes crazy at Clip n Climb

      Game on! Muddy goes crazy at Clip n Climb

      Kids climbing the walls? Save your home and your sanity, head to Reading’s brand new Clip N Climb centre – one the coolest, craziest things we’ve ever done

    • Stamford Endowed Schools, Stamford (Lincs)

      Stamford Endowed Schools, Stamford (Lincs)

      Wellbeing and creative thinking are at the heart of this progressive, mixed co-ed and single-sex boarding school, where children are taught to stretch their horizons while nurturing community spirit.

Instamuddy

  • Travel porn alert: make a splash on the 'gram in one of these sensational swimming pools from around the world, from infinity-edged stunners to private plunge pools with a view. Warning: reading may induce wanderlust!

(PLUS - want the inside line on the most incredible family hotels, chicest city breaks, stunning spa getaways, once-in-a-lifetime trips and more? Hit follow on @muddystilettostravels)
  • Yippee - it's #AfternoonTeaWeek! We've rounded up 60 best places across the Muddy counties to get your fix of crustless sarnies and dainty cakes - but you'd better book 'em fast — here today, scone tomorrow!
  • Potato printing? Amateur hour! East London is all about broccoli art, naturally. 🥦 Snapped at the @adrianboswell gallery on #BrickLane after an afternoon of hunting for vintage treasures 🛍 What did you get up to this weekend?
  • Can you smell the coffee? Or is the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon buns that’s tickling your tastebuds? Either way - you're going to want to enter Muddy's Reader Treat to win one of TWO £250 gift vouchers for slick café/bakery @gailsbakery. Spend the lot on the new Iced Drinks range to cool down this summer (the Chai Latte is seriously heavenly), or spread out the fun with a full palette of coffees, pastries, breakfast boxes, salads, breads - or click and collect to scoff at home.
  • A kissing gate - but make it cool! 💋 How awesome is this piece from the @wellsartcontemporary annual international art competition in Wells? The exhibition is showing at Wells Cathedral until 28 Aug if you fancy a Somerset staycation (be sure check out Muddy’s Weekend Escapes site for the best places to eat and stay while you’re there!).

Fashion

  • Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

    Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

    Muddy’s teamed up with luxury open-air shopping destination Bicester Village to explore Oxfordshire’s most gorgeous fashion, eating and shopping destinations. Let’s go!

    • 12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      Want your bikini with full eco credibility but also 100% watertight on style? Make a splash with these brilliant swimwear brands. Just add SPF and a cold drink.

    • The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

      The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

      Whether you’re heading to the beach, on a chic city break or sipping Pimm’s at a garden party – here’s how to do it in style with Muddy ed-in-chief Hero Brown’s picks, all new-in at Next.

  • Beauty

    • Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Fancy glowing skin, a sculpted jawline or a tighter bum? No need to go under the knife – we’ve scoured the Muddy counties for the best non-invasive treatments in top-rated salons.

    • Pretty pop-ups! New beauty to shop this summer

      Pretty pop-ups! New beauty to shop this summer

      Fancy a new lippie, liner or luxe shampoo? Ready your makeup bags (and your credit card) – we’ve scoured the country for the best new beauty shops and pop-ups this summer

People

  • Why Stephen Fry calls Norfolk home

    Why Stephen Fry calls Norfolk home

    Soon to be seen fronting ‘Dinosaurs – With Steven Fry’ for Paramount+, the legendary actor and author lets us in on the secret places he most loves in his home county.

    • Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

      Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

      It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a moustache, and Miles Teller’s Rooster in the new Top Gun has got our surprised seal of approval. Time for a game: TO ‘TACHE, OR NOT TO ‘TACHE? Let us know if you agree in the comments!

    • Muddy meets: Sir Matthew Bourne

      Muddy meets: Sir Matthew Bourne

      The newly reimagined production of Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! has its last hurrah in Woking from next Tues 19 April. Muddy caught up with the king of dance theatre himself.

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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