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  • The Curlew, Bodiam reviewed

    Beautiful food in an unstuffy atmosphere - Muddy visits one of Sussex's best restaurants, perfect for a special occasion or romantic treat

  • 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...

  • Seven Michelin starred chefs who worked at the Vineyard Hotel Stockcross Berkshire return for 20th anniversary Back To the Vine

    Dine with 7 mighty Michelin stars

    Crack open the bubbly, it's The Vineyard's 20th birthday and the Top Gun of chefs will be cooking again for 1 night only. And you're invited…

  • 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.

  • We love The Bottle & Glass

    This recently refurbished rural inn near Henley looks like your classic country pub - but the food is anything but ordinary. Table for two, please, and make it snappy!

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    Sheep on Sheep Street

    This Stow-on-the-Wold hotel, restaurant and bar looks like a period drama on the outside – and on inside the scene is set for stylish, urbanite fun.

  • Grey’s Brasserie

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

  • 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.

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    Kitchen confidential

    Oxford's Cinnamon Kitchen is causing much excitement with its cuisine and chic setting. See what the fuss is about...

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    Fine dining at Humphry’s

    With its 3 AA rosettes, Palladian interiors and celeb exec chef, Humphry's fine dining restaurant at the five star Stoke Park has it going ON! Cue Muddy Stilettos review...

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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.

  • 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

  • 2018’s Michelin winners

    The judge's scores are in, they've held up their Michelin paddleboards and here are the winners in Bucks, Oxon and beyond.

  • All that jazz

    The restaurant/bar at architectural salvage troopers LASSCO in mid-Oxfordshire now has regular live music nights and a fab new food offering. Tune in here.

  • A French fancy in Reading?

    You know it! L'Ortolan restaurant in Shinfield has held its Michelin star for 15 consecutive years. Under Head Chef Tom Clarke this French fancy is a food experience worth trying.

  • Head to Coppa Club

    Where to take 17 exacting Muddy Stilettos editors for lunch in London? Oh hello Coppa Club and your riverside views!

  • Ready to fine dine?

    You betcha! Nelson St restaurant has buffed its interiors, refined its menu big-style and is now offering food 'flights'. Fasten your seatbelt (and loosen your trousers, you know you want to) we're about to take off.

  • The Pint Shop, Oxford

    To Oxford city centre, for posh burgers and craft ale at stylish mini-chain The Pint Shop. Sounds blokey; is actually surprisingly family friendly.

  • The Garage, Buckingham

    Cool aesthetics? Tick. Good food? Tick. Cocktails on tap? Ticketty tick! Fill up to the top at Buckingham's stylish new addition.

  • Sheep on Sheep Street

    Nothing woolly about the offering at this stylishly renovated hotel, restaurant and baaaar (oh come on, that's brilliant). Read the Muddy verdict on the Cotswold's new stylish addition

  • Perfect eats in town for Mudlets

    Heading to the big smoke this month? Check out our top places to feed the Mudlets

  • The Fat Duck, Bray

    The waiting list just got longer. Heston Blumenthal's Berkshire restaurant adds another gastronomic gong to the trophy cabinet.

  • 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!

  • New spa & afternoon tea

    A cosy new spa in an old seafront cellar and a show-stopping afternoon tea at the stylish Brighton Harbour Hotel

  • Chic sleeps and Sunday roasts at Rathfinny Wine Estate

    Ever keeled over on a settee hugging a bottle of Pinot Noir? No, me neither <cough>. Anyway, here’s a much more sophisticated way to sleep with wine. Rathfinny vineyard perched in the South Downs has some gorgeous cosy-yet-stylish accommodation in the Flint Barns on site. It’s perfect for either a house party or a rejuvinating […]

  • Bistrot Pierre, Weston-super-Mare

    Over the half term, the Muddies and I made a deal. We would all go to Weston-super-Mare and I would endure an hour of hell amongst the amusements on the pier if we all went for a bracing walk on the flat, flat sands. I didn’t know of any good places to eat round in […]

  • Let’s Ensemble in Wells

    I chanced upon Ensemble in Wells last Saturday, when I was Googling something completely different (possibly killer clowns). The restaurant's only been open since June and as I always love trying out somewhere new, I quickly nabbed a friend and we popped ourselves over there to catch the tail end of lunch. Come and see what we found...

  • Muddy Eats: Skyfall, Hove

    NOTE: SKYFALL HAS NOW SADLY CLOSED AS OF SUMMER 2017 Nope, not a chance of seeing Daniel Craig here – at least not until he reads my review and finds out how good it is. Nothing at all to do with 007 except a little homage in the phone number but it does give you […]

  • 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 Stays: The Barn at Roundhurst

    Remember that dramatic wedding scene at the end of The Graduate when Dustin Hoffman bangs on the glass at the top of the church? I had to fight the urge not to recreate it when I stayed over at The Barn at Roundhurst recently. Just look at this epic lounge/restaurant space with a glass-fronted snug […]

  • 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...

  • Salt & Malt, Chew Valley Lake

    A former tearoom enjoys the golden (crisp, lightly battered) touch of Somerset’s Super Chef Josh Eggleton to become the Salt & Malt fish cafe, restaurant and tearoom. It’s in a fab location overlooking the Chew Valley Lake  – actually the largest artificial reservoir in the west country – in north Somerset. Josh Eggleton (of Michelin-starred […]

  • 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 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 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 […]

  • The most spectacular afternoon tea in Somerset?

    Cross Lane House is a beautifully preserved Medieval house turned boutique hotel  and restaurant on Exmoor, where you can enjoy a luxurious, tranquil weekend away, dinner – and what must be the most spectacular afternoon tea in Somerset.   The hotel, recently listed in The Telegraph‘s Top 10 Hotels for 2015 as well as winning […]

  • 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?

  • LEVANT, CASTLE CARY

    It's got the feel of a private supper club with a menu inspired by the flavours and scents of the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

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