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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

Planning a garden Easter egg hunt? Better hide this one from the kids - it's the UK's first Cannabis Easter Egg. Ready, steady, munchy!

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

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  • A salad for sunny days

    A salad for sunny days

    This peach and lentil salad with warm pork tenderloin by renowned chefs Kate & Giancarlo Caldesi, is easy peasy to make, looks amazing and will impress even fussy young palates. Like what you see? When the lock-down is over (yes, one day it will be over, I promise!) book into their Gerrards Cross cookery school for more inspo.

    • FOUND! Berkshire’s most Instagrammable pub

      FOUND! Berkshire’s most Instagrammable pub

      If you love supercool London street food scene, then you're gonna love The Market House in Reading a laidback hangout to eat, drink and sleep on repeat.

    • 1 night, 2 chefs, 3 stars

      1 night, 2 chefs, 3 stars

      Fancy a supercharged foodie supper? Canter to Coworth Park for posh nosh, luxe starfishing and a laidback vibe we could get used to.

    • The Surrey Cook Book

      The Surrey Cook Book

      A new cookbook celebrating some of the best foodie venues in Surrey has just launched - and Muddy Stilettos has a sneak preview of some of the recipes. Read on chef!

    • Roasts with the most

      Roasts with the most

      Can't be bothered to baste potatoes with goose fat this weekend? I hear you. Instead grab your gang and head to one of these 10 local gastropubs that do roasts with the most.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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  • Restaurants with rooms

    Restaurants with rooms

    Dreaming of a foodie getaway? We’ve scoured the Muddy counties for hotel stays with serious culinary credentials for when lock-down lifts. Tuck in.

    • Insider’s guide to Reigate

      Insider’s guide to Reigate

      This medieval market town is bursting at the seam with independent shops, pubs and restaurants, beautiful green spaces and annual events you'll be desperate to attend. 

    • A boutique masterpiece

      A boutique masterpiece

      The Artist Residence in the hamlet of South Leigh, Oxfordshire with its slick styling and cleverly chosen art, is a welcome antidote to traditional Cotswolds inns. Muddy loves.

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  • 5 of the best… trench coats

    5 of the best… trench coats

    It’s a style classic for a reason – the trench is probably the most chic, useful piece you can buy (banish all thoughts of Inspector Clouseau). Here are our new season favourites.

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    • The secret to great skin? THESE 5 products

      The secret to great skin? THESE 5 products

      Bathroom cabinet groaning under the weight of endless serums, creams and acids? According to the pros the secret to younger-looking skin is these 5 products. Clickety click.

    • Make-up for men: ooh or eww?

      Make-up for men: ooh or eww?

      Turns out more and more blokes are getting handy with bronzer and concealer. So we tried out one leading male make-up brand on some lucky Muddy husbands - here's what happened.

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  • Culture in quarantine

    Culture in quarantine

    Brain melting from Netflix overload already? Culture vultures, rejoice – here’s the best of arts and theatre you can stream online.

    • Say hello to your new Netflix obsession

      Say hello to your new Netflix obsession

      We're not going to mention the C-word but if you're staying in more right now, isolate yourself with the Netflix remote and watch these corkers pronto.

    • REVIEW: A Monster Calls

      REVIEW: A Monster Calls

      A fantastical fairytale for the digital age - this inventive new UK touring production of Patrick Ness’s award-winning YA tear-jerker lands a raw emotional punch.

    • Read THESE this month

      Read THESE this month

      Reasons to be cheerful: spring has sprung and a brilliant new batch of March books has arrived. Gather around, and let Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter tell you a story.

    • Behind-the-scenes of… A Monster Calls

      Behind-the-scenes of… A Monster Calls

      After a critically-acclaimed run at London's Old Vic in 2018, Sally Cookson brings her Olivier Award-winning production to the Belgrade Theatre Coventry from March 3-7, as part of its first ever UK tour.

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    • A salad for sunny days

      A salad for sunny days

      This peach and lentil salad with warm pork tenderloin is easy peasy to make, looks amazing and will impress even fussy young palates.

    • Start your engines!

      Start your engines!

      Looking for a new runaround to get you from A to B? We've rounded up 6 of the best new cars to buy in 2020 - go on, treat yourself to new wheels.

  • Wellbeing
    • Hot yoga: 9 myths debunked

      Hot yoga: 9 myths debunked

      Fancy trying hot yoga but feel like it might just be for the super fit or the super flexible. Think again! We asked the Hot Yoga Club for the truth about this popular practice.

    • Can’t get no sleep?

      Can’t get no sleep?

      You’re not the only one. It's World Sleep Day this week so we asked four frazzled Muddy staffers about their shut-eye regimes. How does yours measure up?

    • How to work from home (without going stir-crazy)

      How to work from home (without going stir-crazy)

      Working from your home office (or, er, the sofa) for the foreseeable? Don't panic! These top tips will help you stay calm, collected and productive - or at the very least, sane.

    • How to be ambitious (and still be kind)

      How to be ambitious (and still be kind)

      It’s International Women’s Day on Sunday so we had a chat with one of our favourite women - author and comedian Viv Groskop - about redefining female ambition for 2020. Need a life reboot? Viv can help with that.

  • Kids
    • St Andrew’s, Pangbourne

      St Andrew’s, Pangbourne

      This bucolic co-ed prep school in the rolling hills of Berkshire is family-oriented, outdoorsy with great results – and the Duchess of Cambridge raves about it.

    • Kingswood Prep School and Nursery, Bath

      Kingswood Prep School and Nursery, Bath

      Muddy says: Children can be children at this co-ed prep and nursery with Scandi-style facilities and more, set in 100-acre of parklands overlooking the city

    • Rainy day out for kids

      Rainy day out for kids

      Want to keep your pre-schoolers amused but can't face another soggy day at the park? Go to Godstone Farm where there's plenty of indoor play. And animals too!

    • St Edward’s School

      St Edward’s School

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

    People

  • My favourite places

    My favourite places

    Renowned floral stylist, local gal and friend of Muddy, Willow Crossley, knows some stylish local spots that she thinks you’ll love. Ready to take notes?

    • Muddy Meets Kristina Rihanoff

      Muddy Meets Kristina Rihanoff

      We chatted to the former Strictly pro turned yogini and entrepreneur about her passion for helping others to prioritise their health and wellbeing.

    • Muddy meets… Melissa Hemsley

      Muddy meets… Melissa Hemsley

      It turns out the healthy cooking queen has culinary disasters too! Melissa spills the beans (then whips them up into a tasty frittata) on burnt pans, how to waste less food and keeping an endless supply of cookie dough in the freezer.

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