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  • Worral Thompson winner

    Excellent food and service from this quirky Worrall Thompson gastro pub in South Oxfordshire, renowned for its Wagyu beef. Shall we?

  • the perch pub nature outdoor

    11 lovely pub gardens

    Here comes the sun! Get thee to a gorgeous pub garden pronto, I say. Pint of lager for me and a small white wine spritzer for the husband, thanks!

  • clara amfo bbc1 presenter

    Muddy meets Clara Amfo

    Winning TV quiz Pointless, playing basketball with Justin Bieber, crying over Oprah Winfrey - it's all in a day's work for Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo. Muddy is enamoured with its new BFF.

  • beauty pie capsules

    Gotta Have It

    Cult beauty brand alert! We've got our Muddy fingers in a LOT of Beauty Pie's luxe products this week, and we're going back in for seconds.

  • school in cotswold stone with green fields surrounding it

    Kingham Hill School, North Oxon

    Muddy says: An idyllically placed co-ed, non-selective secondary school with a strong Christian ethos, set in 100 acres of Cotswolds countryside.

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    New to Henley Festival 2018

    It’s about a posh as a festival gets – first class music, food, fizz and black tie. Plus Reading’s top notch London Street Brasserie is popping up for the first time ever.

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    Caw 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.

  • Review: Fleabag

    The very rude BAFTA award-winning BBC comedy arrives at Warwick Arts Centre with Maddie Rice taking centre stage at the start of a UK tour.

  • Tudor Hall, Banbury, North Oxon

    Muddy says: An small, friendly girl’s secondary boarding/ day school in North Oxon in a beautiful location, there's a welcome emphasis on 'joining in' and good manners.

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    Need a new book?

    Well, you're in the right place. Muddy's pro bookworm Kerry Potter has a bumper selection of May's rave reads for you. And you can win the lot!

  • Owzat! The Bat and Ball

    Sunday lunch deluxe for families, locals, walkers and casual dropper-inners at this friendly pub near the M40 in mid-Oxfordshire.

  • 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.

  • Glamp rock

    The West does it best when it comes to camping and glamping! The definitive Muddy guide to the pick of the campsites and glampsites in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset

  • 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!

  • Gotta Have It

    New jewellery for the new season? This pretty topaz bracelet will make your wrist look summery even if it's hammering it down outside.

  • Meet the RSC’s new Juliet

    Grime culture, streetwear and knife crime; Verona takes on a London vibe in Erica Whyman's bang up-to-date new version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

  • Great Ballard School, Eartham, nr Chichester

    Muddy says: This outdoorsy school near Chichester with a gorgeous South Downs setting is good for those seeking a bucolic, nurturing environment for children from two and a half years up to 13.

  • Cambridge International School

    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.

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    Property flirt

    Through the keyhole of a magnificent Somerset farmhouse with acres of land and ringside views of a wildlife phenomenon

  • 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.

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    Childfriendly chic in the New Forest

    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.

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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.

  • Hurst (Hurstpierpoint College)

    Muddy says: One of the best-known schools in Sussex, set on a large site and with a ‘have a go’ ethos that seeks to enthuse pupils to excel beyond their books.

  • Grey’s Brasserie

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

  • A Georgian stately home.

    West Hill Park School

    Muddy says: A happy, romping countryside prep, where children develop in a kind, secure, environment & gain regular scholarships to top public schools.

  • 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.

  • Q&A with Joan Iyiola

    The talented actress talks student days at Cambridge Uni, #MeToo and the influence of Black Panther on her Duchess of Malfi at the RSC.

  • The Kite Runner play review

    The Kite Runner on stage

    The play of best-selling novel The Kite Runner is on tour, featuring brilliant on stage percussion

  • Awful Auntie – Live on Stage

    David Walliams’ number one children’s best-seller has its first stage outing – but will it meet fans’ expectations?

  • 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.

  • M&S SS18 lilac shirt, checked trench coat and black smart leggings

    Bored of your wardrobe?

    Lost your fashion mojo? A styling sesh could save time and buyer's remorse. Muddy tries the new M&S Fit & Style Studio, Westfield.

  • 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.

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    Lusophile Portuguese homewares

    Snap up these cheerful rugs and other accessories to give your home a touch of Portugal, via Battle, Sussex

  • Ground control to Major Wood

    He trudged the length of the Nile, dodged Honduran gangsters and was almost arrested for vagrancy *erm* on a motorway in Champagne, but the burning question is... will explorer & TV presenter, Levison Wood, brave Basingstoke?

  • What’s On in February in Sussex

    Feb 2018

  • South Downs stargazing festival

    Catch astronomy events throughout Sussex during the South Downs Dark Skies Festival this February

  • 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

  • WIN: A cosy getaway

    Fancy a sneaky night away at the cosy and stylish Stag on the River near Godalming? Hell yeah! Here's how...

  • 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.

  • Winter fun for big kids

    We've snooped around for the perfect way to have a family ski holiday with pre-teens, teens and other big kids!

  • 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.

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    Hot French crime drama – Spiral

    If you haven't yet discovered this gritty Paris crime drama with a strong female lead get bingeing now!

  • 10 unlikely benefits of yoga

    The benefits of yoga are well-known - but here are the health perks you may not know about.

  • 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.

  • Moving to Warks?

    Meet Jayne Horton - the Warwickshire & Midlands own answer to Kirsty and Phil.

  • Heston’s posh pub

    Elegantly eccentric – Heston's Michelin star Hind's Head is THE place to hang.

  • 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.

  • Georgian building

    Twyford Prep

    Facilities? Tick. Pastoral care? Tick.

  • Cornwall’s Healthy Eating Haunts

    12 Cornish cafes and health food shops that will help you eat better and feel positively saintly, as recommended by the experts.

  • Rye B&B, East Sussex B&B, Knelle Dower Studio, Sussex B&B

    Knelle Dower Studio, Rye B&B

    Starry, starry night... Get solitude, starry skies and breakfast in a heritage cottage when you check into spacious Knelle Dower Studio at Nothiam near Rye.

  • Muddy Xmas Gift Guide #4: Tweens to Teens

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

  • aerial view of Horris Hill Prep School – a collection of large red brick houses set in 85 acres of wooded heathland

    Horris Hill Prep, Newbury

    Muddy says: A small, high-achieving rural prep with a family-oriented vibe and an emphasis on 'joining in'.

  • How to Talk ‘Careers’ with your Teen

    Need some help? Here are some handy tips from professional teen career coach Eva Harrison.

  • Muddy Xmas Gift Guide #3: For Him

    What to buy the man in your life? Hey, easy peasy! Here's our curated 'Best for Blokes', as chosen by the 18 Muddy Stilettos editors around the counties.

  • Caribbean island match

    Budget-conscious or luxe? Romantic or family-friendly? Get the lowdown on the right islands and resorts for you with our handy guide.

  • 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!

  • Picking the perfect Xmas tree

    It's Christmaaaaaas! Bringing a fir into the house feels totally casual. NOT! Here's 6 top tips from the pros at Yattendon Estates so you'll be rocking around the Xmas tree, not in a corner.

  • 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.

  • Fun for all Human Beans

    Muddy Review: The first 2017 Xmas show reviewed – The Borrowers at The Watermill Theatre is utterly captivating whether you're big or small.

  • 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.

  • Broadway Barn

    Superbly styled, this 200-year-old barn in Ripley is perfect for a romantic or relaxing break.

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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!

  • Somerset’s property hotspots

    Pretty countryside, quirky towns, good schools, fab properties – just some of the reasons Somerset's become a great place to live

  • 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.

  • Mullins Coffee Shop

    I've hit on a great place for lunch in Dorking. Wanna know more? Yes? Huddle in, I've got lots to tell.

  • Rising Star: Dinita Gohil

    Muddy meets the Birmingham actor playing Viola in RSC's new production of Twelfth Night with Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon.

  • Stay at the Stag

    A relaxed country inn with seven charming rooms for an appealing 30 second stagger to bed after dinner. Shall we?

  • 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.

  • The secret gardens

    Head to the stunning gardens at Ramster Hall near Chiddingfold this half term - kids are free and there's a lovely teahouse.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • Sunningdale School, Ascot

    Muddy says: Small and perfectly formed, Sunningdale is a superb family-run prep that is proudly non-selective.

  • 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.

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    Room with a view

    Lavishly decorated, a spectacular view and a whopping great big brass bath at The Swan Hotel in Wells – why wouldn't you?

  • Are your kids safe?

    IT expert Barnaby Relf of IT As A Service helps to keep you in the loop and your kids safe online.

  • country house for sale somerset

    Play property flirt

    It's mahoosive, magnifcent and a stunning mix of old and new but aha my little snoops: can you guess the price?

  • Lake Annecy Talloire

    Holiday in Lake Annecy

    With its clear blue waters and striking mountain backdrops Lake Annecy is simply breathtaking.

  • Elemental Herbology

    Award winner alert!

    We’ve been road-testing Elemental Herbology, the Beauty Shortlist Award winners. The verdict-we want the lot!

  • ‘Growth Mindset’: explained

    Are these the 2 most important words in education? Find out what this phrase actually means for your kids...

  • The Inn @ West End

    Take an award-winning pub in a pretty village, add stylish rooms and fab food. Add gin and book up.

  • Are you a floater?

    Back to the womb: a spell in a darkened floatation tank filled with warm water must be the ultimate relaxation therapy.

  • Shakespeare’s Gardens

    Been to visit the stunning contemporary new sculpture garden at Shakespeare's New Place in Stratford yet?

  • 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.

  • West End Kids

    Heading to the big smoke this summer? Need a few hours to snooze in the dark? Keep the Mudlets entertained with our pick of the best kids' theatre in town

  • The Black Horse

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

  • Surviving the summer

    If the thought of six long weeks with the nippers has you reaching for the gin at 10am, don't worry. Children's life coach Lisa Parkes is here to help.

  • Perfect eats in town for Mudlets

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

  • Salome, Stratford

    A sexually ambiguous version of Oscar Wilde’s Salome with Matthew Tennyson playing the female lead and music by Perfume Genius.

  • Spring Mischief: Part I

    An interview with Oppenheimer playwright Tom Morton-Smith about his hotly-anticipated new play, The Earthworks, at the RSC’s The Other Place, Stratford until Sat June 17.

  • Holiday glamping

    This bijou glamping site on the Surrey-Sussex border is the perfect place enjoy the natural charms of the English 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!

  • RED (CAMPER) VAN WOMAN

    This baby's got everything you need to be pretty much self-contained. It's fab to drive and when you park up you can be cooking up dinner, knocking back wine and/or be cosy in bed within minutes.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Funny girls

    Stand-up comedy may be a male-dominated field but watch out fellas, these funny women are coming to Wells

  • Muddy reviews: I Capture the castle

    Wonderful musical adaptation of Dodie Smith's first novel at Watford Palace Theatre.

  • The Potager Garden & Café

    This idyllic cafe near Falmouth serves up delicious, organic, veggie food, fresh juices and gluten-free cakes - you can't help but feel good here.

  • REVIEW: THE RED SHOES

    A ballerina sacrifices everything for her art with tragic consequences (but a great night out for the rest of us)

  • 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.

  • Two Outdoor Theatre Events You Won’t Want to Miss

    Pioneering Cornish companies Rogue Theatre and WildWorks deliver drama, myth and magic in the great outdoors. Find out about their upcoming productions and get yourself some tickets booked quick, because they won’t hang around.

  • A Cornish Cookery Course for Seafood Lovers

    There is nowhere better to master the finer points of fish cookery (and eat like a queen) than at Rick Stein's Padstow school.

  • Five Scenic Cornish 5K Runs

    Grab your trainers and hit the trails. These beginner-friendly routes take in some of Cornwall’s most impressive landscapes.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Do the century mash-up

    Alongside bright green, natural materials, bronze, marble, and quirky lighting, one of the biggest trends for 2017 is mixing together different periods, vintage and contemporary, a sort of 'century mash-up'.

  • 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 […]

  • Christmas Comes To Cotehele This Weekend

    Cotehele is my go to National Trust estate, because its right on my door step and there’s something for everyone, from the historic quay and river, miles of doggy walks, the water mill, vast well-kept grounds and the treasures of the house itself. For those of you who haven’t been to Cotehele before or haven’t visited for […]

  • New Beauty Salon In Bude To Make You Blush

    From the outside an industrial estate might not be the first place you’d expect to find a exclusive beauty salon (with its own training academy) is it muddies? But after successfully gaining a loyal client base operating out of her converted garage, demand for master lash technician Mel’s services required she get her own premises. Mel […]

  • Muddy Review: Pride & Prejudice

    Who doesn’t love the story of Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy? It’s a story that’s had a long life and numerous interpretations since Jane Austen’s novel was first published in 1813, both on screen and on stage. This Thursday, Regent’s Park Theatre bring their own production to Hall for Cornwall in Truro. Since I’m double […]

  • 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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