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  • Hey, parents, leave those kids alone!

    A new parenting manual urges us to back off and let our kids take the lead. Veteran teacher (and mother of three) Esther Wojcicki on why being a ‘panda mum’ is the way forward.

  • First time fashion

    Ready for an adventure? Us too! At Muddy we’ve committed to new experiences this summer (both cultural and clothes related, natch). Read on for inspo - and win a sizzling £400 hush wardrobe while you’re at it!

  • Gotta Have It

    This brilliant (and local) new sunscreen is among our top picks to refresh your summer beauty routine. Summer, we're gunning for you.

  • BMW Z4 2019 silver on road past stop sign

    Vrooom! A car with zig-a-zig-ah

    Spice up your life with something sleek and sporty – sadly Posh has her mitts on David Beckham, so we'll have to settle for the brand new BMW Z4.

  • Gotta have it

    We're circling jewellery with circle motifs this week, including this unusual ring from Biagio The Jeweller. The pleasing design symmetry helps us feel balanced. Er, apparently. So it's self-care in shopping form!

  • Is an independent school right for you?

    Choosing a school for your child can be one of the most important decisions of your parenting life, but have you considered going private?

  • Muddy eats: The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis

    Best-selling author Clover Stroud dons the Muddy elastic-waistband reviewing trousers before getting fully acquainted with the menu at this friendly Ridgeway pub. The cheddar soufflé is the one, apparently.

  • Need a brilliant new read?

    A stunning debut novel, a futuristic thriller and an exquisite memoir are among books editor Kerry Potter's marvellous May picks. And you can win the lot!

  • St Edward’s School

    Muddy says: One of the very few city-based boarding schools in the UK, with a reputation for friendliness and inclusivity. A major school for IB in the UK.

  • Need a spa day? Check out the best ‘Superspas’ across Glos, Somerset and Wilts

    I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want... a massage, mani and Jacuzzi please, and make it snappy. Whether you’re going with your romantic other, bezzie mates or gloriously solo, here’s our pick of the very best spas near you.

  • Celebrating celebrants

    Just what does a celebrant do? Muddy spoke to a Sussex ceremony star all about the special occasions she's helped create

  • Do Henley Regatta in style

    The annual rowing fandango is fast approaching (3-7 July), and this year there's a flash VIP experience that's got Muddy's name written all over it. Shall we?

  • Cute babywear

    Is there a new little prince or princess in your family too? Click this way for the cutest newborn clothes around. Awwww!

  • Muddy meets Nik Kershaw

    Nik Kershaw is laconic, laid-back, and *very very* funny - read on for his views on Live Aid, embarrassing his kids, the Let's Rock the Moor pecking order and (OMG) being a grandfather!

  • How to flex your life

    Is life an exhausting loop of sleep, work, chores, repeat? Yep. Need to make a change but now sure what or how? Er, yes. Read our interview with hot new self-help author Annie Auerbach. She has the answers!

  • Tudor Hall, Banbury, North Oxon

    Muddy says: An small, friendly girl’s secondary boarding/ day school in North Oxon in a beautiful location, there's a welcome emphasis on 'joining in' and good manners.

  • Muddy eats: Monkey Island, Bray

    A new hotel brasserie in foodie Bray with an ex-Simpson’s on the Strand head chef in the kitchen. We felt it our duty to nail three courses *ahem* actually make that five.

  • Shadowlands at Chichester

    Hugh Bonneville and Liz White star in the latest performance of the bittersweet romance between Narnia author C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham.

  • Well, hello you!

    How has Keanu Reeves not aged in 30 years?! The laconic Hollywood star is back in a fashion campaign that's got social media a-swooning. Shall we examine the evidence?

  • Dorian Gray on stage

    Strong acting and a contemporary staging update Oscar Wilde's warning supernatural story

  • The Guilty Feminist

    Love the podcast? Good news- we grabbed Deborah Francis-White for chinwag.

  • Rye St Antony School, Nr Headington, Oxford

    Muddy says: A non-selective day/boarding school for girls 3-18 and boys 3-11 years a mile from central Oxford with a reputation for friendliness and a non-hothousy environment.

  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

    Melly Still and Rona Munro’s adaptation of Louis de Bernières classic novel is a triumph of theatre - turning a glorious mixture of drama, dance, movement and music into a satisfying whole.

  • FAQs

    How do I vote for a business? The Muddy Awards operate in two stages: Stage 1: Nominations (Weds 24 – Weds 8 May) across 24 lifestyle categories. THE NOMINATIONS ROUND IS NOW CLOSED. Stage 2: Finals (Weds 15 to Weds 22 May). A maximum of 5 finalists per category will be announced Tues 14 May, […]

  • Wonderful Weddings

    Planning a wedding? Don't do anything until you've consulted our comprehensive wedding guide for all 21 Muddy counties. The dreamiest venues, florists, photographers and more - you're welcome!

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  • Who Are We?

    So you know about the Muddy Stilettos Awards…but have you checked out our award-winning lifestyle site? [link to local site] We’re the UK’s only website that talks directly to cosmopolitan, fun-loving, urbane women living OUTSIDE London.  Described as a ‘Digital Pioneer’ by the national press in 2018 and featured in the broadsheet newspapers and glossy magazines, […]

  • The Green Man, Thriplow

    This community-owned village pub has it all – its own micro farm, a dizzying array of craft ales and - oh joy! -a free taxi service at the end of the night.

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    Little Barwick House, Barwick

    Michelin-listed country house fine dining restaurant – with gorgeous rooms and gardens – in south Somerset

  • Behind-the-Scenes

    Rufus Hound and Les Dennis join Caroline Quentin, Alexandra Gilbreath and Jonathan Slinger in the RSC's upcoming revival of John Vanbrugh's Restoration comedy at the Swan, Stratford, from Thur May 2.

  • No, Tom, Noooooo!

    Is this the most excruciatingly cringey celebrity advert ever? Quite possibly Mr Hiddleston, quite possibly!

  • Three star thriller

    The Roux's Waterside Inn in Bray boasts 3 Michelin twinklers, river views, classic cookery and you don't have to sell a vital organ to eat here. *Dabs napkin*.

  • Stratford Lit Fest 2019: What’s on for children?

    Looking for a cultural family-friendly jaunt this spring? There's a brilliant line-up of best-selling and much-loved children's authors and illustrators at the 12th annual festival. Before you book, check out our top picks..

  • Chiltern Railways and Carluccio’s Terms and Conditions

    By entering our Chilterns Railways and Carluccio’s competition to win a London Family Travel Pass for 4 people, PLUS a 3 course food voucher for 4 at Carluccio’s Italian restaurant in any of its 20 locations in London, entrants confirm that they have read and agreed to these terms and conditions and by the decisions of Muddy Stilettos […]

  • Assets

  • The Royal Oak

    Awarded an AA Rosette four years on the trot, Muddy books a table at this Long Whatton pub with rooms to see what all the fuss is about.

  • Walhampton Slide Menu

    Walhampton School

    Muddy says: This pre- and prep has a strong academic record, lots of wonderfully quirky features for non-conventional kids and even its very own sailing lake.

  • Review: The Bodyguard

    Alexandra Burke certainly is Queen of the Night in The Bodyguard, now on at the Bristol Hippodrome

  • Diary of a Showgirl

    Muddy meets Melissa James, who stars as sultry showgirl Dora Chance, in Emma Rice's racy, "life-enhancing" adaptation of Angela Carter's Wise Children, ending its debut UK tour in Coventry.

  • Roux at Skindles riverside brasserie yellowy brick 3 stories Maidenhead Berkshire

    That’ll Roux nicely

    It may have the name Roux over the door (and on the floor) but Roux at Skindles is not hunting for Michelin stars. This is gallic, comfort food at its best.

  • Mud Monsters Run tips

    Tackling this super muddy obstacle course this June or thinking about it? Here's how to prep and what to expect on the day.

  • It’s a Woman’s World

    Muddy has a sneaky behind-the-scenes look at some of the stunning costumes made in Stratford-upon-Avon for the RSC's new gender-switched revival, The Taming-of-The Shrew.

  • Property flirt

    Eyes down and look in: a supersized Victorian vicarage with spec-tac-ular kitchen, 7 beds, gym, hot tub and separate coach house in a Somerset village south of Bath

  • Sophie test

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  • MUDDY MEETS SHAPPI

    Comedian Shappi Khorsandi's new tour, her tips on how NOT to be funny and why you should do things that scare you (hell yeah!)

  • Pangbourne sign with viking boat on top

    Berkshire’s new property hotspot

    River location, great schools, indie shops a gogo and you can whizz into London in less than an hour. Pangbourne's ticking all the boxes.

  • Meet the winners!

  • Lee Mead Q&A

    The Joseph and Holby City star talks career, pinch yourself moments and wardrobe malfunctions to Muddy ahead of his My Story shows coming to Sussex

  • Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth

    A girls' day and boarding school with stellar results, that's perfectly placed for Herts and Bucks but also deliciously close to London.

  • Royal High School Bath, GDST

    Muddy says: Inclusive, girl-centered education, strong on science, maths and languages, with chic facilities – and the only school in Bath offering the International Baccalaureate

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  • The Bull Inn, Limpsfield

    Saved from an uncertain future by an enterprising group of local investors, this historic pub is now at the heart of Limpsfield village life. Food's darn good too.

  • REVIEW: As You Like It

    A glam punk Touchstone, audience participation, Post It notes and puppetry feature in Kimberley Sykes’ lively take on Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy at the RST, Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • Hind's Head Bray Roast beef yokshire pudding and triple cooked roast potatoes

    15 Sunday roasts with the most

    Release the Yorkies! No need to slave over a roast, out you go. Here Muddy's Berkshire hot spots for a weekend nosh up.

  • REVIEW: Billionaire Boy

    Will this madcap musical adaptation of David Walliams's best-selling children's book be flushed with success or just bog standard? Muddy rolls up at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre to check it out.

  • madagascar The Musical wooden crate on stage with giraffe lion hippo annd zebra inside

    REVIEW: Wild for Madagascar?

    I like to move it move it! Muddy heads to the first night of Madagascar The Musical to see if Matt 'The X Factor' Terry has roarsome animal attraction.

  • Contact

    We love to work with forward-thinking national brands and brilliant local businesses.  To discuss commercial opportunities on Muddy Stilettos Bucks & Oxon, please contact sarah@muddystilettos.co.uk. For national partnerships, please contact Founder/ Editor in Chief Hero Brown at hero@muddystilettos.co.uk.

  • Terms and Conditions

    The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2019 Terms and Conditions Any business operating in the Awards categories and based in Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire can be nominated by customers or the owners themselves. Inclusion in the Awards is strictly at the discretion of the Awards organisers. We reserve the right to exclude any business or individual we do […]

  • Why Enter

    Do you need to spread the word about your brilliant business? Muddy Stilettos is the biggest and most influential digital lifestyle site across Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire, talking to 35,000+ discerning, cosmopolitan, loyal local readers every month. Muddy Stilettos is known for its insistence on quality – only the very best make it onto the site. […]

  • Preparing for exams

    As exam season creeps gradually closer, we have this advice for students preparing for their GCSEs and A-levels - thanks to Ian Thorpe, the headmaster at Downsend School.

  • Malmaison Reading illuminated cinema sign edison bulb lamp and 2 red winged chairs

    Skip brekkie for a hipster brunch

    Fancy a lie in? Hit that snooze button, body swerve the granola and dive into avo and eggs at Reading's super-stylish Malmaison.

  • A cocktail, and make it snappy!

    We've collated the best bars across the Muddy counties in which to whet your whistle with your favourite tipple. Ibuprofen at the ready? Then we'll begin!

  • Run for the hills!

    Actually don't just yet - let me tell about these brilliantly inspiring running books first - all the inspo you need to pull on your trainers on these gloomy winter mornings.

  • The Cricketers, Cobham

    This gorgeous 17th-century inn just out of Cobham has a cosy bar and a bright and airy brasserie offering quality gastropub grub with a Gallic twist.

  • South Downs stargazing festival

    Find an event near you for a spot of guided stargazing or a family-friendly workshop over the 2019 Dark Skies Festival

  • Alfresco weddings

    If it's an outdoor wedding you want, there's a lot to plan. Here's a checklist from outdoor wedding specialists Fiesta Fields.

  • Lussmanns, Tring

    Tring’s modern brasserie is bringing sophisticated meat-free dining to the table. Muddy Herts’ resident veggie gives it her verdict…

  • Mud Monsters, Sussex obstacle course races

    Mud Monsters fun runs

    Get your muddy kicks on these fun Sussex obstacle course runs - we've a pair of tickets up for grabs!

  • Why travel agents rock

    You get one life - don't waste it - eight reasons to use a boutique travel agent.

  • Party at the Castle!

    Get ready for a serious celebration at Sudeley Castle this summer, with amongst others, tenor Alfie Boe, Will Young, All Saints and Sara Cox’s full on party show - Just can’t Get Enough 80s

  • Beehive White Waltham pasta veloute

    Top 50 gastropubs 2019 revealed

    The Top 50 Gastropubs have been revealed – and Berkshire's triple cooked chips stacked up very nicely with more shortlisted pubs than any other county outside of London.

  • Hurley House Hotel grey and white bedroom with bath

    Get a room! Hurley House reviewed

    Escape to the country for a luxury overnighter at this relaxing Berkshire bolthole – top nosh and quality starfishing await.

  • 10 minutes with Brendan Cole

    Former 'Strictly' bad boy Brendan Cole brings his 'Show Man' tour to Guildford's G Live in March. We grabbed 10 minutes to fire some quick questions his way.

  • highfield slide

    Highfield and Brookham Schools, Liphook

    Muddy says: This pre-prep and prep school offer a whopping 175 acres of space for kids to run around in while they excel academically.

  • Five Super Cool Norfolk Staycations

    Grab a cuppa, snuggle up under a blanket on the sofa and start planning some Norfolk staycations for 2019.

  • The White Hart, Somerton

    Light lunch or blow out in this relaxed rustic chic pub on the edge of Somerton's ancient Market Square

  • Get fit at home

    Want to invest in home fitness equipment, but can't bear the unsightly look of a lump of grey metal in your living room? Introducing Surrey's ETM Fitness - for the most stylish gear around.

  • Kingswood School, Bath

    Muddy says: The only school founded by famous Methodist John Wesley (but it's not too 'religious'), offers a good-all round education with excellent results and pastoral care to match

  • Out-of-Season Scilly with Kids

    Cornwall meets the Caribbean on this unspoilt archipelago just 28 miles from Land's End. Here are my top tips for visiting with the family in 2019.

  • Kingswood Prep School and Nursery, Bath

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

  • The best house party in the mountains

    Ready for more partying after the Xmas season is over? How about heading for the Alps for the best party you can imagine?

  • Four of the best weekend ski resorts

    Looking for inspiration for a weekend away to the slopes? Here are for great getaways that are easy to get to from Surrey.

  • 17 pubs to get cosy in

    Fancy a crisp walk then a pint in a pub. Or maybe you'd rather just curl up with a book in a cosy corner? We've got it covered.

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    Join the Wine Rebellion

    The perfect gift for foodies - or to self - Muddy tries the Wine Rebellion version of the award-winning Brighton Food Tours

  • Meoncross slide

    Meoncross School, Stubbington

    Muddy says: This independent co-ed for ages 2.5 - 16, is situated just outside of Fareham and boasts a real family vibe and an epic Beach School.

  • The Queens Arms, Corton Denham

    Night out or weekend away at a cracking Somerset village pub with cosy rooms and great atmos, Michelin-listed nosh – or just a handmade pork pie from the bar.

  • The wonderful Wizard of Oz

    This isn't Kansas, it's Somerset, in a clever re-working of the iconic tale at The Brewhouse in Taunton

  • Property Flirt

    Mudsters, come and drool over a stunning Somerset house with oodles of land, a swimming pool – and its own vast Georgian tithe barn (every home should have one)

  • On the Waterfront

    The Encore overlooking the River Avon in historic Stratford-upon-Avon has just reopened after a swish complete makeover. Shall we?

  • Review: Sleeping Beauty

    Don't touch the spinning wheel, Princess Belle! Oops too late. Read my review of Coventry Belgrade Theatre's festive show starring writer and director Iain Lauchlan in his 24th panto.

  • Festive wine matching

    Team the right wine with your turkey, pudding, stilton and more with our expert tips - and enter our prize draw for a bottle of Sussex sparkling!

  • Molunan Beach The Roseland Peninsula Cornwall

    And Relax… we’re on the Roseland

    Four picture-perfect holiday cottages on the Roseland Peninsula offer a change of pace in one of Cornwall’s prettiest and sleepiest corners.

  • 20 Sunday Roasts! But not all at once…

    Bring on the Yorkshire puds! Where are the best spots for a weekend nosh up? Here's our round up of our fave cosy pubs for you to try...

  • 2019’s Michelin Stars

    It's the accolade that all chefs want – so who's reached for the stars in Glos, Wilts and surrounding counties this year?

  • Brighton’s Rock ‘n’ Roll hotel

    From silly to sexy, there's plenty of fun to be had at Brighton's unique Hotel Pelirocco

  • Review: The Comedy of Errors

    Local children take to the stage in the RSC's new First Encounters with Shakespeare production for 7 - 13-year-olds combining the floss, yoga and some frenetic family fun.

  • Inside The Haunted Castle

    Muddy intrepidly goes in search of the scariest thrills for Halloween at Warwick Castle on a family day out.

  • A Georgian stately home.

    West Hill Park School, Fareham

    Muddy says: A happy, romping countryside prep, where children develop in a kind, secure environment & gain regular scholarships to top public schools.

  • Muddy’s fave new hangout, The Priory

    After a stylish gastro pub for lunch or dinner? We've found just the joint down Loughborough way.

  • Rathfinny’s new vineyard restaurant

    Enjoy fine seasonal food with a view, and perhaps the diverting antics of 'Kevin' the kestrel, at this new Sussex eatery

  • The Big Beautiful Beach House

    This impressive family home was the setting for Richard Curtis' film, About Time and now you can rent it out and make your own memories here. Shall we have a snoop around?

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    The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds

    One night at the Northgate Hotel was the perfect respite to recharge my batteries. Less than one hours drive from Norwich and it felt like a proper luxurious escape!

  • INSIDER GUIDE: FOLKESTONE

    This town has not only gained a reputation for its artistic heart - it's also making convincing marks on the foodie map. What more reason do you need to visit?

  • Guide to Truro Cornwall

    Insider’s Guide To Truro

    Foodie, arty and cultural - Truro is Cornwall's Great Little City and our in-the-know local guide will point you straight to the places to be.

  • The Old Coastguard, Mousehole

    A year-round star of the local food scene. Retreat to this west Cornwall bolthole for a leisurely lunch or cosy supper and a sleepover.

  • Muddy visits Ragdale Hall

    An open air Rooftop Infinity Pool, a Thermal Spa, 50 treatment rooms and more. Muddy checks in!

  • There’s a chef in my kitchen!

    Planning a special celebration in Cornwall? Hire this brilliant private chef and let the restaurant come to you.

  • The Longstore, Charlestown

    You had us at steaks and seafood! This Cornish harbour-side eatery was named ‘Best Restaurant’ in this year’s Muddy Awards. Here's why...

  • Muddy heads to Britain’s Forest Fest

    Midnight gigs, campfire storytelling, outdoor theatre, laughing yoga, fascinating forest talks and no wellies in sight! Timber Festival reviewed.

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    Stay Here: Cliff House

    One of our fave luxury self-catering stays in South Devon has just re-opened after a snazzy refurb. So what's new? Well, *that* hot tub for starters...

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    The Daneway

    This one-time rural boozer near Cirencester is full of rustic charm and too-good-to-miss gastro-pub inventions.

  • Make a dash for the seaside

    You don't have to hop on a plane to enjoy a little beach time this summer. Here are 8 stylish British staycations for inspiration

  • Cotswold House Hotel

    This boutique townhouse hotel in Chipping Campden gives its country house cousins a run for their money.

  • Insiders Guide To Falmouth

    A seaside town with bags of style, community spirit and an arty edge. Here's Muddy's favourite places to eat, stay, shop and play in Falmouth

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    Helen Browning’s Royal Oak

    Homespun charm, yummy, wholesome food and dreamy rooms to overnight in, there is NOTHING not to like here!

  • Spa bliss

    Need a cheeky spa break? Me too! And if there's a Diamond Life Infusion Facial thrown in, all the better – my face needs it!

  • How to grow happy kids

    How can you help your kids find the holy grail of happiness? We’ve found an expert who has previous in the matter…

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    Exam time? Grab the Juicer

    Forget the endless late-night bowls of cornflakes - help your teen juice their way through exam stress. Here's why.

  • Sarah Parish’s Favourite Places

    Ahead of June's Ginormous Teddy Bear picnic, the Broadchurch actress & co-founder of the Murray Parish Trust gives us her Hampshire hotspots.

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    Blanket love

    Want to make your home cosy, inviting and super stylish all year round? We’ve found just the person to show you how.

  • Cambridge International School, Cambridge

    Muddy says: Looking for a school that puts huge emphasis on pastoral care, nurturing and individualised education? The Cambridge International School is building a strong, vibrant and unique community in the centre of Cambridge.

  • The Kitchen

    So you know your julienne from your chiffonade? Thought not. Muddy sharpens its knife skills and dices like a Don at Chewton Glen's cookery school.

  • Stylish mid-century interior with cowhide rug.

    A Stylish Family Retreat

    Looking for a special, take-a-deep breath space—all Mad Men elegance, oodles of space for kids & a mahoosive dining table? Welcome to Slate Cottage.

  • Grey’s Brasserie

    Whatley Manor’s revamped eaterie is cutting quite a swathe with its chic European interiors and innovative menu.

  • The Shadow Factory

    Muddy reviews the very first production at Southampton's brand new NST City theatre, a cine-visual feast co-conceived by the video designers behind London 2012's Opening Ceremony.

  • Hampshire Collegiate School, Romsey

    Muddy says: A new Head, palpable energy, passionate teaching staff, stonking grounds and a fleet of boats moored just down the road. If you haven’t considered HCS yet, here’s why you should.

  • Ground control to Major Wood

    He trudged the length of the Nile, dodged Honduran gangsters and was almost arrested for vagrancy on a motorway in Champagne, but the burning question is... will explorer & TV presenter, Levison Wood, brave Basingstoke?

  • Planning a kids’ party? AAAAARRGHHHHHH!

    Stop right there, Mudsters. We've taken the pain out of your kids’ parties and found these super-fantastic bods who'll only go and do the whole lot for you. And I mean the WHOLE lot

  • Trailback: The Perfect Outdoor Boots

    Meet my new best friends! Comfortable, waterproof and stylish too. These are the boots I wear every day, from new Cornish footwear brand Trailback

  • Tour travel: could it be for you?

    Group touring has come a long way from guides waving umbrellas in the air! Increasing popular, there are now lots of small and perfectly formed far-flung travel options...

  • white background crunchy batch of rectangular bars that look like flapjacks oats and fruit on baking paper and marble work surface golden colour and textured

    Deliciously Ella’s Honey & Lemon Breakfast Bars

    With a crunch and a zing, it's off to work we go. Deliciously Ella's breakfast bars are also good to munch on mid afternoon when you're having idle KitKat thoughts.

  • 15 Collingwood is just ‘fabulous’

    Beautiful mid-century and modern movement design classics mixed with industrial and reproduction furniture, it's all high quality, but most notably (to Philistine Muddy at least), it's VERY affordably priced.

  • inside the ivy montpellier brasserie tables and bar and plants

    The Ivy Cheltenham

    Cheltenham’s new The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie delivers on food, drinks, service and glitz. Muddy was there to review it first.

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    Gordon House: artist and designer of The White Album

    Gordon House, the designer of the Beatles' White Album grew up in Letchworth. We talk to curator Laura Dennis, ahead of a new exhibition.

  • 185 Watling St…

    Revisited this gem in Towcester - a great spot for groups of friends looking for a good bar vibe in the evening and a classy dinner. Nom!

  • Soup for the soul

    A hearty soup recipe to warm you up this winter from Leicestershire born food writer, cook, stylist and presenter Jo Pratt.

  • Thai for beginners

    As the kids go back to school and the nights draw in, what's the best thing to do? Book a holiday, of course! Fancy something a bit further afield this time?

  • Ice ice baby!

    Pull on your tan tights and dust off your triple salchow - the pop-up rinks are back around Kent and beyond!

  • REturning to work from a career break

    A Guide to Returning to Work

    Going back to work after a break is never easy. Karen Daly-Gherabi from Springboard Consultancy shares her tips on making it a little less daunting.

  • Ski Luxury for Less

    Are you after a luxury ski holiday but want it on a smaller budget? Fear not, Muddy is here to help - check out our top tips for luxe for less!

  • Moving to the country?

    Leaving the big smoke and looking for that oh-so-perfect house in the country? We at Muddy are here to help!

  • Elemental Herbology

    Award winner alert!

    We’ve been road-testing Elemental Herbology, the Beauty Shortlist Award winners. The verdict-we want the lot!

  • Reviews: The Addams Family

    If you're at a loose end this week and want to entertain you, the kids, the partner, your girlfriends, please see this!

  • Fashion stylist on our doorstep

    Heidi's in Wellingborough offers a refreshing change from high street chains. The girl has style and knows how to use it

  • The Stanwick Hotel

    This Muddy is a regular visitor to The Stanwick Hotel, (formerly The Courtyard Hotel), as I have a monthly networking group I go to that's hosted there (never networked? You haven't lived ; ) Also they're a Muddy Award winner, so I thought you guys could probably do with a peek inside too!

  • weight training women

    Benefits of weight lifting

    Forget bulging biceps and thunderous thighs, we're talking weight loss, lean muscle mass and healthy bones - er, yes please!

  • Muddy reviews: I Capture the castle

    Wonderful musical adaptation of Dodie Smith's first novel at Watford Palace Theatre.

  • It’s here; The Althorp food and drink festival 2017

    I said it last year, but is there a food festival in such scrumptious surroundings as one of the most beautiful, private stately homes in the UK, Althorp House? Right on our doorstep, laid out on rolling green hills, miles from the madding ‘Northamptonshire’ crowd, it’s going to be a foodie paradise. Following on from a […]

  • The George Townhouse

    Officially Warwickshire's Best Pub (and who knows what will happen at the National Pub & Bar Awards grand final), this Shipston-on-Stour inn is a winner.

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    Cold comfort

    It may be New Year's resolutions season, but there's no need for that hair shirt. Check out these tips from a yoga guru.

  • 5 Reasons to Visit The Men’s Room – Market Harborough 

    No, it’s not some public loo over the Leicestershire border, it’s a very cool barbers; modern, with a classic twist and a specialism in hot towels (great at this time of year I imagine). Now we have quite a few male readers on Muddy Stilettos Northants, and I don’t think it’s really authentic for me […]

  • Muddy eats: The Garibaldi – Northampton

      Driving into a chilly Northampton today I was reminded of our first ever Pub review… In the Garibaldi blurb it says where the pub stands (on the corner of Ash Street and Bailiff Street) was a renowned meeting point for women of the night, blaggards and general wrongdoers of all persuasions. It seemed appropriate […]

  • Quinton House School, Northampton

    Muddy says: A traditional, friendly, Northampton independent day school for boys and girls 2-18, in a beautiful 31 acre setting.

  • Muddy Eats: The Alford Arms rises from the ashes

    The fire that closed The Alford Arms in Frithsden earlier this year left good food and beer lovers across this end of the county howling and bereft. And understandably so. But it's back -- and it's just as lovely, as welcoming, as comfortable, and as popular as it ever was...

  • My Favourite Places: Tricia Stewart

    You might not necessarily recognise the name Tricia Stewart straight away -- but, sure as jam is jam, you'll know about the whole Calendar Girls phenomenon. The original calendar featuring artfully-concealed ladies from the Women's Institute, the hit movie with Helen Mirren, the West End show, and so on...

  • Take me to church

    I’ve driven past The Church loads of times. I see it, nod and say to Mr M, we really must try it there, it’s meant to be very good. Well it must be pretty special, because it won the Muddy Stilettos Awards for best restaurant, and of course, I had to go and see what […]

  • My Favourite Places: Freya North

    Today -- publication day for her 14th novel! -- Freya North is sharing her favourite places with us here at Muddy Herts. Most of them are in Herts, too, where she lives out in the countryside with her two children, two dogs, and a horse...

  • St Albans’ Odyssey: gorgeous, grown-up cinema

    The newly-renovated Odyssey Cinema in St Albans only opened at the end of last year, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to pop over there ever since. So when Mr C came up trumps with tickets for my birthday, I was extrememly impressed that he’d taken the hint...

  • My Favourite Places: Felix Camfield-Walker

    Felix Camfield-Walker was born and raised in Hitchin – and he’s got no intention of going anywhere else anytime soon.  Farley’s Hair Emporium is about as relaxed as getting your hair cut is going to get – serious vintage décor, a quirky mix of music, and some properly strong coffee or the offer of a glass […]

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