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  • 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.

  • 23 brilliant pub gardens

    Summer is coming. I repeat, summer is coming! Here's where to soak up some rays with a chilled glass of rosé to hand in Bucks & Oxon. Cheers!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Review: The Pointer, Brill

    It's always interesting when a much-loved pub is taken over. Will this award-winning fancy-pants gastropub with rooms still be up to scratch? Muddy's Kerry Potter investigates.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Muddy stays: The Fleece, Witney

    Cocktails in the Cotswolds? Well, if you insist. Muddy whizzes to Witney to check out a sleek gastro-pub with rooms.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dig in! The Mole Inn

    This pretty village gastro pub south of Oxford serves up both pub classics and more inventive dishes. Muddy pops in for a Sunday lunch eat-a-thon. Here's the verdict.

  • The White Hart, Somerton

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

  • Corn Stores Reading Blues panelled bar green velvet bar stools

    Carnivores unite!

    All the fuss about clean eating and vegan this-and-that driving you insane? Get your chops around the unashamedly meat eats at The Corn Stores.

  • Heston Blumenthals's legendary Hind's Head scotch egg served in silver egg cup

    Heston’s egg-centric pub

    Elegantly eccentric from the decor to the menu – Heston Blumenthal's Michelin star Hind's Head is THE place to scoff and quaff in Berkshire.

  • Regally yours: The Crown at Woodstock

    Author Clover Stroud heads to this Scandi-meets-heritage reworking of a 18th century inn - and has a right royal time of it.

  • Royal Standard of England

    Want to impress the rellies? Take them to the oldest freehouse in England - at 900 years old with resident ghosts, The Royal Standard in Forty Green (near Beaconsfield) has character in spades.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kirtlington classic

    Take one 19th century pub, add a huge garden, great food and a policy of allowing only children 12 and older in the dining area, and whaddya get? A brand new gastropub to add to your must-try list!

  • The Miller of Mansfield

    Friendly pub meets fine dining at this Goring restaurant-with-rooms, a village retreat with serious aspirations. Muddy’s Anna Brech was in there like swimwear.

  • Grey walls and ring boats fixed to ceiling wooden floor and dark wood tables and chairs

    Swanning about by the river

    A pub immersed in literary history with stunning river views and a new chef adding pizazz to the menu. Is it a page turner? You bet it is.

  • 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...

  • The Mulberry Inn

    Big flavours and a big friendly welcome is the order of the day at this newly zhushed up Surrey country pub owned by Chris Evans.

  • The Castle at Edgehill

    Muddy goes all 'Rapunzel' and checks into an impressive 15th Century folly for the night with panoramic views over a famous Civil War battlefield.

  • 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 White Horse, Haselbury Plucknett

    Foodie alert: an unpretentious family-run pub serving truly outstanding food, with a personal touch.

  • Dorset Arms, Withyham

    Find Winnie-the-Pooh connections on the doorstep and great home-reared food on your plate at this Ashdown Forest pub

  • 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.

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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.

  • The Castle Inn, West Lulworth

    Rustic luxe pub with rooms, food by a Blumenthal protégé and just two minutes walk away from the stunning Jurassic coast. I'd say the dream combo for a weekend away...

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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!

  • The Blackbird Banger 19th century red brick country pub rural west berkshrie

    Caw blimey! The Blackbird

    Tom Aiken's former head chef has opened his own place in a Berkshire country pub. Expect the unexpected (and a fab 80s tune) at Dominic Robinson's Blackbird in Bagnor.

  • Superflashy newsflash

    Food and booze news! Check out the latest Sussex food and drink launches and more - including a big wineries weekender, new pubs, dining experiences and tipples.

  • 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!

  • The Best Pub in England!

    Into the winner's enclosure! A lovely village pub that's only gone and got itself the accolade of AA Best Pub in England

  • stone floor, dark walls and leather banquettes create the relaxed cosy country pub vibes at The Pheasant nr Hungerford

    Race you to The Pheasant

    This stylish inn nr Lambourn is an odds on favourite for scoffing and quaffing before staggering to bed.

  • The Black Horse

    The newly refurbished Black Horse in Reigate is creating quite a stir locally, not least because of its Michelin starred ties.

  • Spread Eagle, Midhurst

    Fancy preparing for layer removal with a spa day, or holing up and fine dining in cosy surrounds? The Spread Eagle Hotel at Midhurst has you covered either way and it's so historic Elizabeth I stayed here!

  • The Gurnard’s Head

    My ultimate destination pub, in beautiful West Penwith! Go for the fish, go for the wine, go for the scenery. You won’t be disappointed.

  • 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.

  • Sundays At The Star & Garter

    An amazing slow-cooked Sunday roast and stunning waterside views await at this gastro pub on Falmouth's old high street.

  • Muddy Eats: Perfect pizzas at the Henry VI in Eton

    Sharing your name with England’s youngest ever king (who, by the way, also founded Eton College) puts a ton of royal expectation on a pub. One doesn’t want to let the side down – or ‘orf with their heads’.  The Henry VI is back after a full refurb, creating a warm, unpretentious, family-centric experience – and I […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sunday roast heaven at The Newbury

    At long last! I finally made it to The Newbury a few weeks ago – the winner of Best Casual Dining in this year’s Muddy Stilettos Berkshire Awards. Pete Lumber the landlord and I had been trying to get a date sorted so I could come with the whole Muddy clan to enjoy the full family lunch […]

  • My favourite places: Republica’s Saffron Sprackling

    Republica frontwoman Saffron Sprackling, most famous for nineties hits Ready to Go and Drop Dead Gorgeous is headlining ISFEST at Isfield in East Sussex this weekend – a fundraising event which features ten singers and bands with local connections. Saffron, who grew up in Sussex, spoke to Muddy Stilettos about her favourite places in the county. […]

  • 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...

  • Muddy Eats: The Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham

    The term ‘destination pub’ is made for the Crab and Lobster at Sidlesham and it’s no wonder it was one of our Muddy Awards finalists for that very category. It’s near Pagham Harbour and right beside the pub is wide open marshland with paths around… …yet it’s within easy reach of Petworth and Chichester and well […]

  • The Firehouse, Curry Rivel

    Just checked out the new kid on the rural block: the newly opened The Firehouse, a pub and restaurant in the village of Curry Rivel, just a few miles to the west of Langport. Located off the main drag, in what was previously the Old Forge Inn, the old village pub has had a complete […]

  • The Queen’s Arms, Corton Denham

    Popped in for lunch with some friends last week to the The Queen’s Arms in Corton Denham, a gastropub with eight en suite rooms, nestled in the hills on the Somerset/Dorset border, just three miles from Sherborne.  It’s won loads of awards for its food, drink and accommodation: 5 star AA inn, 2 AA rosettes, […]

  • The Wellington Arms, Baughurst

    If your understanding of ‘destination pub’ is – takes flippin’ ages to find down endless winding country lanes clogged with tractors – then The Wellington Arms on the Berks/Hants border can definitely be awarded the title. But by heck food lovers, it is so worth it. I took my sister along for the ride and promised her an amazing […]

  • Getting Hygge with it: Muddy Drinks

    Look guys, it doesn’t matter how you choose to phrase the word Hygge, do what it takes to beat a path to a cosy candlelit table at Northampton’s smart new Scandinavian bar. And when there, treat yourself to an ice cold glass of wine, or challenge yourself (as Mr. Muddy has) to working through a […]

  • Quirky, romantic bolthole – The Bell Inn, Ticehurst

      At the start of November I spent a week living in a shoebox of a hotel room with a plastic shower ‘pod’ in London’s Docklands while I, somewhat ironically, reported on a travel show. After days living out of a suitcase I decided it’d be great to do it all again… well, for one more […]

  • The Swan, Wedmore

    Georgian coaching house turned gorgeous gastropub with food by ex-River Cottage chef Tom Blake...need I say more?

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