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  • Painting Childhood & Childhood Now

    A new exhibition at Compton Verney offers a fresh perspective on childhood over the last 500 years that's intimate and moving.

  • C’est magnifique!

    My french may be lousy, but The Swan restaurant in Tetsworth is brimming with gallic flair. Read my review and book in - it really is that good.

  • 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.

  • Meet the party tent queen!

    Award-winning wedding and party expert Katherine Hudson talks to Muddy about her unique, Indian-made marquees, celebrity clients and sending people back to their childhoods

  • 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

  • What’s up doc?

    Can't get an appointment at your local GP surgery? Go see one on tour instead! Dr Michael Mosley is rocking up in Wycombe and is on hand to answer all your impertinent questions. Muddy meets him.

  • Calling all creatives!

    Networking used to be naff but new collective The Creative Duck is anything but. Plus they sell stylish gifts handmade locally by their talented members.

  • Giggling Squid, Henley

    Giggling Squid is that unusual thing - a restaurant chain that's going like the clappers. We had a poke around the newly refurbished Henley branch. Prawn crackers ahoy!

  • Say my name

    Fashion gets personal with the trend for emblazoning your name across your T shirt, handbag or phone case. Think school uniform name tags but cooler!

  • 5 killer tips for better work/life balance

    The juggle is real - and not going anywhere - so how the hell can we to get it right?! Let's ask the work/life balance experts for some help.

  • Sticks’n’Sushi, Oxford

    Chopsticks at the ready! Author Clover Stroud and her brood of five tries the much hyped Sticks'n'Sushi - but does this sleek Oxford restaurant work for kids?

  • Stratford Lit Fest, Apr 27 – May 5

    Girl Power! Feminist geographer Joni Seagar, psychotherapist Philippa Perry, The Midults, Bake-Off judge Pru Leith, Darcey Bussell and Newsnight's Emily Maitlis are all appearing in a female dominated 2019 line-up.

  • 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.

  • New season fashion – a bluffer’s guide

    Spring is coming but what to wear? Here are the key six trends that'll give your wardrobe an easy-peasy update.

  • They’re coming!

  • Need a new book?

    You're in the right place - Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter has picked this month's seven sexiest reads. And you can win the lot!

  • 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

  • Natural fit

    Organic, vegan, super-pure beauty products used to be worthy but not that effective. Well, not any more! Meet your new favourite no-nasties brands.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Natural skincare + bio-active science = RESULTS

    Multi-award-winning skincare brand Balance Me has built its reputation on totally natural products backed by serious scientific credibility. I caught up with inspirational founders, sisters Clare and Rebecca, to find out more.

  • 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

  • New 2019 BMW X5 SUV driving ini woods

    Feeeeeeel the luxury

    Comfortable, luxurious and practically drives itself. Buckle up, baby, Muddy takes the sexy new X5 for a spin.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 - we tapped up the experts at Blue Eye Travel in Surrey for their top four getaways.

  • 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.

  • How to be happy in 2019

    New Year, new chance to give yourself a great big shot of positive energy with one of these 28 inspirational ideas.

  • Ready to take charge of your life?

    Got any dreams packed away that you’ve given up on? Well, get ready to unpack them with this magical life-coaching experience which quite literally can change your life!

  • Gotta have it

    Woohoo! It's time to partaaaaay. Down tools and dive head first into the bubbles from now until New Year – and we've only found one that tastes like Veuve without the price tag. You're welcome.

  • 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.

  • wine

    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

  • 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)

  • Gift Guide for Tweens

    Those pesky tweens and teens are a nightmare to buy for, but relax, we have it, like, totally covered with added hashtags and emojis :)

  • Booking your family hols?

    Don't do anything till you've seen Flight Centre's first Family Adventures brochure - and put yourself in the running for a £20k dream trip!

  • On the Waterfront

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

  • The art of the party

    How to throw a great one. Somerset party organisers extraordinaire, Wonky Dog Productions, share how it's done – and offer two free tickets to one of their own.

  • 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!

  • Sherry baby! It’s back

    If you think sherry is just that unfashionable fortified wine drunk by grannies at Christmas, think again. It's making a major comeback. And here's why.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • What’s On in Sussex in October

    30+ things to do in Sussex in October including bargain feasting, touring musicals, performance poetry, comedy, a David Walliams story on stage, Halloween highlights & more

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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?

  • Cheltenham, here we come!

    Ready for the races, peeps? Here's our guide to all that's in store at The November Meeting - it's gonna be a buzzing weekend!

  • 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.

  • Dirty Dancing on stage, Dirty Dancing on tour, Dirty Dancing review, Dirty Dancing theatre review

    Dirty Dancing on stage

    A true-to-screen production of the well-loved film hits the stage in Sussex at the start of its tour. Grab a watermelon and go

  • 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.

  • hot tub sea view

    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…

  • lemons pink lemon

    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.

  • double bed blue cushions cream throw

    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

  • Jane Devonshire’s Faves

    From The Cabinet Rooms to her mum's kitchen table, Hampshire's very own Masterchef winner gives us her hotspots.

  • Theatre for everyone

    From babes-in-arms to kids on the autism spectrum — The Mayflower, Southampton's relaxed performance brings the magic of live theatre to all.

  • 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.

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    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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    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.

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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?

  • Muddy Xmas Gift Guide #2: Young Kids

    The sweetest, most gorgeous young children's pressies this side of Lapland, with brands you won't find everywhere else.

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    The Muddy Xmas Gift Guide #1: For Her

    Aunts, mums, grandmas, sisters and your girl posse all covered for Crimbo, plus some spot-on suggestions for gifts to self. Ho ho ho.

  • 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!

  • Have pooch, will travel

    Woof! 38 perfect dog-friendly stays in the UK, from hotels, pubs and inns and cottages, to cater to the furry baby in your life.

  • 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!

  • Spratton Hall, Northants

    Muddy says: Spratton Hall is a co-educational day prep school for children aged 4-13, based in 50 acres of Northamptonshire’s, beautiful countryside.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Where do you fancy going this weekend?

    Feel like exploring somewhere new? Muddy tenticles cover the South of England and who better to know the cool stuff that’s hard to unearth than our brilliant regional Muddy editors (all national journalists in their own right) who are constantly scouring their counties for the best arts and cultural highlights? Whether you’re day tripping or […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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