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Gotta Have It

Raffia and leather beach bag, designer shades, serious kudos beach towel and luxe sun lotion could all be yours in this fabulous summer bundle

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Muddy Awards 2022

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MEET THE MUDDY STILETTOS AWARDS 2022 WINNERS!

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Eat

  • Review: Goat On The Roof, Newbury

    Review: Goat On The Roof, Newbury

    Small plates are where it’s at in the restaurant world, so we trip trapped over to Bridge Street in Newbury to eat at Goat On The Roof – a new British tapas restaurant and wine bar, showcasing the very best UK produce.

    • Review: The Georgian Coppa Club, Haslemere

      Review: The Georgian Coppa Club, Haslemere

      The Georgian House Hotel in Haslemere has reincarnated as The Georgian Coppa Club – a large and loungey all-day venue that’s perfect for long lingerings over coffee, cocktails or long lunches. And, there are rooms too!

    • 13 lovely local vineyards to visit

      13 lovely local vineyards to visit

      Sunshine, glorious countryside and home-grown tipples – now that’s what we call a Muddy outing! Taste and explore at these brilliant vineyards around Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

    • Review: Stag on the River, near Godalming

      Review: Stag on the River, near Godalming

      With a fairy tale riverside setting and a reassuringly rustic vibe, the Stag on the River near Godalming is becoming a popular feast-and-stay destination in Surrey. We packed our bags for the night.

    • Review:The Greyhound, Beaconsfield

      Review:The Greyhound, Beaconsfield

      Can they really pull it off? Seriously good food but fun decor and passionate staff. Read on for my verdict on this rising star of the Bucks gastro scene

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Travel

  • 27 of the best beaches in East Anglia

    27 of the best beaches in East Anglia

    Summer’s here so we’ve got the inside scoop on the best East Anglian beaches for all tastes. Buckets at the ready, sandwiches packed, bring on the sun!

    • Best beaches in the South & South West

      Best beaches in the South & South West

      Heading south for the summer? Then you’ll be needing our guide to the 18 best beaches, including the inside line on the best activities, foodie joints and sundowner spots.

    • 13 lovely local vineyards to visit

      13 lovely local vineyards to visit

      Sunshine, glorious countryside and home-grown tipples – now that’s what we call a Muddy outing! Taste and explore this English Wine Week (18 – 26 June) at these brilliant vineyards around Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Berkshire.

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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

    • 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.

    • Best new kid’s reads, from picture books to YA

      Best new kid’s reads, from picture books to YA

      From Olaf Falafel’s Blob Fish to the pre-teen adventure novel snapped up by Netflix and Julia Walton’s latest YA romance, we’ve got your family summer reads covered.

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  • Choosing a family holiday is never easy – you want culture and great food, your other half wants to sunbathe, the kids demand a waterslide, and your teens want to ignore you! The good news is that @disneycruiseline will tick all of those boxes, and then some. Even better, it’s introducing brand new European travel routes for 2023 and Muddy has the inside track. Link in bio.
  • ☀️ Scorchio! ☀️ What is it about picnics and the British? As soon as the sun breaks through, there’s something almost primal about our desire to loll around on a blanket, nibble unpronounceable deli bites and knock back chilled rosé all afternoon. Enter awesome online grocer @ocadouk with £500 of vouchers to spend online on tomato salads, creamy desserts, platters of fruit, BBQ bits - whatever you like! - just check out the spread at the Muddy picnic if you need foodie inspiration… Head to the link in bio to enter.
  • Happy birthday Sherm - no-one will ever rock a safari suit better 💓💓💓
  • Hey Barbie, wanna go for a ride?! Check out Ryan Gosling as Ken in Greta Girwig’s upcoming Barbie film… The bleach! The abs! The double denim! The underwear! 😱 We think it’s ace casting alongside Margot Robbie - let us know what you think in the comments 💖

Fashion

  • 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.

    • Win a designer beach bundle worth £400!

      Win a designer beach bundle worth £400!

      Raffia and leather beach bag, designer shades, serious kudos beach towel and luxe sun lotion could all be yours in this fabulous summer bundle

    • 5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

      5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

      Threadbare boxers begone! The style gods have spoken (aka Gucci and Harry Styles) and pyjamas for men are in – here are five sets that hit the spot.

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People

  • 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.

    • The Guilty Feminist on tour!

      The Guilty Feminist on tour!

      Love the podcast? Good news – its creator is coming to Oxford this month. We grabbed the super-talented Deborah Francis-White for a Muddy chinwag.

School Reviews

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Weekend Escapes

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