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  • 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 stupendous 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 Ivy Marlow Garden

    I ate, I drank, I started writing. The first review evaaaahhh of brand spanking new The Ivy Garden Marlow - only on Muddy Stilettos.

  • 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!

  • THE CROWN, GRANBOROUGH

    We're whoppingly blessed with pubs around here and here's another corker - we're hard-pushed to fault this place at all!

  • A FISHY ON A DISHY

    There are so many places to eat in Oxford, but seafood is not a speciality well-catered for in our city of spires. Let me therefore present you with a fabulous fishy on a dishy in the form of Cuttlefish, a restaurant just over the Magdalen Bridge up St Clement's St. 'Over the Magdalen Bridge?!' I hear you cry, horrified hands to face á la Edvard-Munsch. Yeah, like, *totes*...

  • New spa & afternoon tea

    Brighton’s lovely seafront Harbour Hotel and its Jetty Restaurant have been open a few months now but a couple of new additions have just made it a top place to hang out and enjoy a bit of pampering, even if you’re not staying – namely a spa in a grotto and a colourful afternoon tea. Unusually, the hotel […]

  • 12 cosy Northants Pubs

    I wrote this post just before Christmas 2016 but we have at least another month of freakin’ cold weather, so this is a reminder of some lovely welcoming pubs to try out. We asked you for your recommendations for the finest pubs to snuggle up in and you didnt let us down. I’m more of a chestnuts […]

  • 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 […]

  • Gorgeous grown-up gastro pub

    I popped into Hitchin's Radcliffe pub earlier in the year, but didn't manage to eat last time I was there. This time, I made sure that I was just in time for dinner -- oh, is that the time already? -- and I'm jolly happy that I did.

  • 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 […]

  • 185 Watling St…

    There’s been quite the brouhaha about 185 Watling St. Pub & Kitchen since it opened, and until Muddy Northants launched, I have to say, I only ever saw signs to Towcester, rather than Towcester itself (which is a shame really, as this little historic market town has a lot to offer). The pub is in the heart […]

  • 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 a […]

  • Muddy Eats: Mu Mu More

    The gourmet burger trend shows no sign of abating, especially at Mu Mu Restaurants in Kettering and Northampton. We were very lucky to get in on the Saturday evening in question; and watched the lovely manager, Chantelle, turn away tens of people. And you couldn’t blame them for trying on a very dark and rainy […]

  • 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.

  • Cocktails, coffee and casual dining

    Hearing that the Beech House had just won Best New Pub/Bar at the national Publican Awards was excuse enough for me, so I asked my friend Lucy to join me (she needed so much persuading...) and we booked in for lunch...

  • Get away: The perfect hotel for R&R

      Howard’s House is a very sweet hotel in a tiny Wiltshire village called Teffont Evias (and no, I don’t know how to pronounce it either), not far from Salisbury. The village is mostly a church, a stream, lots of cows, and the hotel, but that’s sort of the point. It’s the kind of place […]

  • Sushi? In Berkhamsted? Yes please!

    Every so often, I just need a big city fix. Usually that involves 40 minutes on the train into London, just enough culture to say we’ve been there done that, and then far too many cocktails with my much-more-glam-than-me friend Kate. And if there’s food involved, then it’s probably sushi because it’s just about my […]

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