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  • Muddy eats: The Kingham Plough, Kingham

    This renowned Cotswold inn has just been relaunched by its new owners - but is it still up to Kingham's relentlessly high foodie standards? Pass the napkin, we're going in.

  • How Helen Glover does it

    Champion rower, mother, partner to Steve Backshall and all round marvel - Muddy meets Helen Glover to talk fitness, family and breaking her Olympic gold medal (oops).

  • Bruern Abbey School, Bicester

    The only prep school in the country whose main goal is helping boys with learning difficulties (primarily dyslexia) to get into mainstream independent senior schools. It works!

  • Back-to-school with The Boy in the Dress’ Forbes Masson

    Versatile Scots actor Forbes has gone from reading David Walliams' books to his kids to playing scary headmaster Mr Hawtrey in the RSC’s new musical adaptation.

  • Your #Joulesautumnwalks photos

    Did yours make the cut?

  • Muddy eats: The Maytime Inn, Asthall

    Wine tasting and a slap-up three-course dinner, you say? Muddy's Anna Brech is in there like swimwear at this gorgeous Cotswolds village gastropub. Like what you see? We've got a gorgeous Reader Treat overnight stay for two up for grabs.

  • Is this Warwickshire’s quirkiest bar + kitchen?

    At Leamington-based Hart + Co, meals are served school lunch style, then there's the bottomless cocktail brunch from 5pm-9pm! And why is there a bathtub in the middle of the room? We sent Muddy's Rhiannon Pursall to investigate...

  • Gotta Have It

    Counting the days until Christmas? We can help with that. Voila, five of the best luxe beauty advent calendars available to buy right now.

  • The magic of Christmas

    Fancy a visit to Santa's workshop, without the long trip to the North Pole? Well, you're in luck because he's coming to Surrey - lean in close and I'll tell you all about it.

  • Nurturing Your Teen’s Career Aspirations

    Many Year 11's are now deliberating over where to study for A levels and what subjects to choose. How can a school best support your teen to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving workplace?

  • The Olive Branch, Clipsham

    For a village pub, this one punches well above its weight. We head into the Rutland countryside for a memorable meal as it celebrates its 20th birthday.

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    Gotta Have It

    I officially declare it cashmere jumper season so time for a toasty treat? Just don't put it in the washing machine like a certain idiot I know who never learns (ahem).

  • How to buy antiques like a pro

    Is watching Antiques Roadshow the extent of your expertise? Us too. But local dealer Ed Foster has some great tips on nabbing unique interiors buys.

  • The 10 dreamiest coffee table books of the year

    Clear space on your coffee table! Muddy's books editor Kerry Potter has 10 sexy, shiny visual feasts for your delectation.

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    It's Movember, the month when blokes grow moustaches to raise money for charity. Turns out the Muddy crew have VERY mixed views on men's facial hair. Where do you stand?

  • The 37 coolest party palaces

    Got a big birthday celebration looming? Or fancy a weekend away with your squad? We've sniffed out the 37 dreamiest party palaces across the land, available for exclusive hire. Grab your gang and let's go!

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

    17 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.

  • The Chequers, Churchill

    The Chequers in Churchill is one of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds' loveliest pubs - now with new owners, an interiors makeover and (but of course) a brand new Muddy review!

  • The poshest curry ever?

    Sindhu by Atul Kochhar is a curry restaurant but not as we know it. Muddy reviewer Jessica Jonzen whizzed off to Marlow to eat her way through the menu.

  • Are you watching the best show on TV?

    Because no one else in the Muddy office is, except for Kerry Potter. So she'd like to talk to you about it instead. Ready to become totally obsessed?

  • 5 of the best… autumn nail polishes

    How to nail it with the dreamiest new season shades. Time for a home manicure?

  • Q&A with Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson

    The Sussex resident, starring in a show for half term, talks books, performing, fave local attractions and buying a post office

  • Ready to wrap up?

    Brrrrrrr! It's got a bit chilly hasn't it? Come warm yourself with these 10 stylish woolies and coats from the ever-brilliant hush, starting with this elegant ribbed, frill-necked beauty.

  • Gotta Have It

    You'd be barking mad to miss H&M's new knitwear line allowing you to outfit twin with your doggy. Woof!

  • 3 party cocktails – ready, steady, shake!

    Step away from the Chablis and try something different! We've got 5 copies of a cool new cocktail book to give away - and here are three autumn liveners from it to whet your whistle.

  • Autumn walks special!

    Grab your family, besties and dogs, and choose one of these gorgeous walks (with pubs nearby obvs) across 22 Muddy counties. And, hey, win £1500 worth of Joules goodies while you're at it!

  • Flexible working – a personal view

    It's a contentious issue, that's for sure! As a full-time working mum and business owner, I can see both sides of that fence. Wanna know what I think?

  • FIRST LOOK: The Boy in the Dress

    Back of the net! Footie, fashion and clever choreography come together in the RSC's new adaptation of David Walliams' children's novel. Take a peek ahead of next month's opening night.

  • Superflashy

    Nosey parker, moi? I’ve been truffling around for the lowdown on what’s happening locally this week. If it happens in Bucks or Oxon, I’m on it!

  • party setting with dance floor and purple lighting

    How to host a spectacular winter party

    If you're planning to host a party this winter, make sure your guests are still talking about it for months to come.

  • Tom Gates on stage

    Part play, part living cartoon, part gig, Tom Gates live - in Brighton Wed 2 - Sat 5 Oct - stays pleasingly close to Liz Pichon's best-selling books.

  • Chichester’s bold new Macbeth

    A glass stage, running witches and a fresh take on the lead roles - the exciting new CFT production of Macbeth has plenty of innovations

  • Is this the best family villa in the world?

    Thinking of next year's hols already? Got Mudlets in tow? How about a family villa in, well, absolute paradise?

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    Twyford Prep School, Hants

    Muddy says: This Hampshire prep is a cosy school with a strong sporting pedigree and an impressive curriculum that encourages creative thinking.

  • The Globe, Newbury

    One of Newbury's oldest pubs has become a dog-friendly hip hangout that boasts a cool culinary collaboration with a Muddy Award winner. Who's up for yappy hour?

  • Kimbolton School (Prep School), Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

    Muddy says: A highly-regarded co-ed prep school on the Cambridgeshire border in a beautiful rural setting, known for its amazing facilities, extra-curricular activities and family-orientated atmosphere.

  • Kimbolton School (Senior), Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

    Muddy says: You'll find 120 acres of glorious grounds and a stunning castle setting at this high-achieving co-ed senior school for day pupils and boarders age 11 - 18, with a strong all-rounder reputation and great results. Fancy a closer look?

  • Coppa Club, Brighton

    Large and loungey, Coppa Club has landed in Brighton. Make a dinner date or linger in an armchair over a coffee, cocktail or light bites

  • Berkhamsted School Senior Boys, Girls and Sixth

    These two single sex Senior schools and Co-ed Sixth Form offer a melting pot of traditional and modern facilities and values which combine to bring a vibrant and dynamic education to their students.

  • What’s on your bucket list?

    Have you got a travel bucket list? Are these fantastic places on it? They should be!

  • 5 Cool things to do in Wales

    Fancy an activity holiday with the kids or an adreneline fuelled weekend with friends? Snowdonia is my new favourite staycation!

  • Woman lemon eyes

    Struggling with a moody teen?

    Lie's in, lemons and focussing on the glass half full will tap into the teen brain and help them feel happier, according to Queen Anne's head Julia Harrington.

  • Kimbolton School (Prep School), Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

    Muddy says: A highly-regarded co-ed prep school on the Cambridgeshire border in a beautiful rural setting, known for its amazing facilities, extra-curricular activities and its family-orientated atmosphere.

  • Kimbolton School (Snr), Huntingdon

    You'll find 120 acres of glorious grounds and a stunning castle setting at this high-achieving co-ed day/boarding senior school (11-18), with a strong all-rounder rep.

  • GBBO contestant, Priya O’Shea

    We're chuffed that she's repping Leicester on this year's series of The Great British Bake Off. Here's everything you need to know about the amateur baker.

  • white panted exterior Old Boot Stanford Dingley pub with tiers on horseback pulling up n front for refreshments

    The perfect country pub?

    The Old Boot in Stanford Dingley, West Berks, has comfort food and countryside views to die for. Pull up a chair.

  • Art’s rising rock stars

    Blank walls but your budget doesn't stretch to an Emin or Hirst? Here are 12 cool, collectable artists who won't require you to sell a loved one. Plus FREE Fresh:Art Fair tickets for Muddy readers.

  • St Hilda’s Prep School, Bushey

    Muddy says: This petite girls' Prep school puts empathy and education for the future at the forefront of the curriculum, producing academically robust and emotionally resilient young women.

  • The Frogmill

    Big flavours, a big grill and a big, friendly welcome is the order of the day at this newly zhuzhed up country pub near Cheltenham.

  • St Joseph’s in the Park, Hertingfordbury

    Muddy says: Meadow views, mindfulness and a Mongolian yurt await at this bucolic Hertfordshire prep school, but they don't belie a rich and rewarding academic and co-curricular culture.

  • Stepping up: Year 2 to 3 transition tips

    If you have a child moving from Year 2 to Year 3 take a look at our expert tips on how to smooth their step up and help them navigate their new school term.

  • Berkhamsted Prep

    Muddy says: Pupils at this town centre co-ed Prep have access to senior-standard facilities, specialist teachers who go the extra mile and the opportunity to be part of the wider Berkhamsted School family.

  • Berkhamsted Day Nursery and Pre-Prep

    Muddy says: This idyllic nursery and co-ed pre-prep encourages the future generation to break the mould on an academic, social and emotional level - and its outdoor facilities are what dreams are made of!

  • Fit for a queen?

    Muddy's Georgina Forsythe escapes to the Warwickshire countryside in the school hols for some overnight R&R.

  • Hallo Halulu!

    Say aloha to a new surfer-style bar on Teignmouth's sea-front complete with cool graffiti art and amazing sea views.

  • Queen Elizabeth I crown fur teimmed white coat pearls with eyes closed Christ Levine Artist

    Art’s rising rock stars

    Blank walls but your budget doesn't stretch to an Emin or Hirst? Here's 12 cool, collectable artists who won't require you to sell a loved one. Plus FREE tickets for Muddy readers.

  • GARDEN House Hurst Berkshire mature garden lawn main brick house

    Property flirt’s baaaack

    Is there anything more fun than nosing around other people's houses, imagining yourself in situ and guessing the price? Er, nope! Let the snooping commence.

  • Woman jumping for joy by concrete wall

    The magic of ‘me time’

    Frazzled mothers rejoice! Come and hide out with us and let someone look after you for a change. Fitness, fashion, food, wine and unwind. Ahhhh, that's better.

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  • Outdoor cinema in Sussex

    Outdoor cinema in Sussex & nearby 2019

    Find your nearest of 15 Sussex screens and another seven nearby showing outdoor movies this summer

  • West Buckland School, Barnstaple

    Muddy says: A nurturing, non-hothousey co-ed day and boarding school in bucolic North Devon with acres of healthy air coast and countryside on its doorstep.

  • SOLENT FORT - SLIDE MENU

    Is this the quirkiest, coolest hotel ever?

    You don't get many hotels more unusual than this. Muddy sets sail for one of the most unique stays we've ever undertaken at No Man's Fort.

  • Isle of Wight Insiders Guide Slide

    Muddy’s Insider Guide to the Isle of Wight

    This sunny little Island may be small in stature but it's packed to the brim with amazing things to check out. We've got the top tips on how to discover the real Isle of Wight.

  • Dermot: It’s personal

    Love ogling O'Leary? He's DJing at Ascot Races and Muddy's got all the goss on his *coughs* tooooit trousers, love of cats and mojitos with Madonna. 

  • Summer Survival Guide

    Summer holidays are coming, oh lord stock up on the gin! You’ll cruise it with the Muddy survival holiday guide from The Parenting Partnership

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  • Bede's senior school review

    Bede’s Senior School, Upper Dicker, Hailsham

    Muddy says: Fabulous boarding facilities and innovations from a ‘day boarder’ concept to a pupil-run mini zoo help set this senior school apart.

  • 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.

  • Thames Lido Reading Berkshire infinity pool swimmer in red cap

    Strip off and lido

    Hot or not, the Thames Lido is quirky, cool and like no other spa you've been to. Eat, swim, spa… repeat. It's got Muddy's name all over it.

  • Eclectic country interiors at the Winning Post Windsor pub with rooms checked settle, wooden tables and bowler hat wall light

    First past The Winning Post

    Bounding around Berkshire in search of pubby perfection? I saddled up for a 3-course nosebag and a comfy sleepover at The Winning Post, Winkfield.

  • John’s House Restaurant

    A few phone calls and a six month waiting list later, I finally made it to Leicestershire's only Michelin-starred restaurant...but was it worth the wait?

  • Bedford Modern School

    Muddy says: The superb facilities and friendly, unpretentious atmosphere at this selective co-ed make a refreshing change from traditional old-school independents.

  • St Columba’s College, St Albans

    Muddy says: This Catholic boys' school puts equal stock in moral guidance as it does in academia, making for well-rounded young men, eager to reach their full potential and give something back to the wider community.

  • The Old Crown Inn, Kelston

    Cracking pub classics in an atmospheric 400-year-old inn on the edge of Bath, with a large garden, outdoor bar, fire pit, lodge – and bee house

  • Through the keyhole

    A sprawling quirky property bursting with character ready to be transformed into the home of your dreams – with your own business too if you wish – in Somerset's most fashionable town

  • Beach day trips within two hours of Cambridge

    Pack a picnic and bucket and spade and head to the beach for the day. These are the best seaside stunners within two hours or less of Cambridge.

  • 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?

  • Celebrating celebrants

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

  • 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.

  • 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, […]

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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, […]

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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.

  • 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..

  • Bistro du Vin, Winchester

    Ooh la la! The Bistro du Vin, Winchester serves up très bon French fare in a relaxed Anglo-Gallic ambience.

  • 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 […]

  • 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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  • Muddy meets Terry

    Terry Hall a fan of cream teas and the West Country - who knew? The ska legend talks shopping, selfies and what's on his playlist.

  • 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.

  • Kingshott School, Hitchin

    Muddy says: This innovative prep school has outstanding facilities, offers a dynamic curriculum and certainly isn't afraid of change.

  • 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.

  • 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!)

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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    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?

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    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.

  • 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...

  • Grace Dieu Manor School

    Muddy says: A friendly but forward-thinking co-ed independent day school taking kids from 12 weeks - 13 yrs, set in 120 acres of lush Leicestershire greenery.

  • 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?

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Grey’s Brasserie

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

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Muddy meets: Devine Betty’s & Rockabilly Rose

    The greatest wonder of the them all is that the stars of your dinner party could ever align.  Why would the melee of choosing the right (and impressive) menu, co-ordinating cooking times, giving good front of house, floral arrangements AND keeping certain guests off the cooking sherry before 8pm cause any consternation – after all […]

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