The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Stylish new candle brand SevenSeventeen gets its name from that heavenly time when the kids are bundled into bed, the wine is poured, you light up and relax. Perfection… and so are the fragrances

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Whoop! We’re in the UK Blog Award Finals

24 Feb 2017

It’s been such a crazy year so far that I somehow forgot to tell you some really amazing news from *cough* last month. Oops!

So it’s a massive and heartfelt thank you for those of you who suggested Muddy Stilettos as the UK’s Best Arts & Culture Blog before Christmas, because guess what? We’ve only gone and made the Finals, one of only eight companies in the whole of the UK.

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NEW! Muddy Book Club: Februarys Best Reads

23 Feb 2017

Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?

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Muddy Review: First Hippo To The Moon

23 Feb 2017

With David Walliams’s beautifully bonkers First Hippo To The Moon bursting into three Berkshire theatres over the next couple of months, I thought you might like to get the Muddy lowdown from Sussex editor Debbie, who was lucky enough to have the fancy pants Eastbourne premiere on her patch.

Like a good poo joke? Bet you know a child who does.

I went along to the opening performance and there were poo jokes – not to mention gross sound effects – aplenty.

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14 beautiful beach cottages to rent this summer

23 Feb 2017

One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah me too. So allow me to lay before you a sandy smorgasbord from the Muddy regional editors – 14 beautiful beach properties for the bucket and spade brigade.

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The 16 Best Riverside Holidays Cottages

23 Feb 2017

Beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle at the back of your head – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen go to be landlocked (*sob**) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you throughout spring and summer. Tempted?

STAY IN… BERKSHIRE

River Arts Club, Maidenhead

Who needs the coast when you can have the mighty Thames?

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Muddy Eats: The Astor Grill, Cliveden

21 Feb 2017

While I was testing my waistband to the limit during my fine dining experience at the André Garrett restaurant, Cliveden House & Spa, my Muddy mucker Hero Brown was rolling around the old stables sampling the food and *ahem* fizz at the Astor Grill.

I’ve been a naughty blogger. I went on a lovely family walk around Cliveden a month or so ago that is really worth you knowing about, but *sob* haven’t yet posted it.

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Eat here: Berkshire’s best gastropubs revealed

18 Feb 2017

The Top 50 Gastropub Awards recently took place – celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of the great British pub that serves awesome grub. Organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser and voted for by industry insiders this is the shortlist that really matters in the gastropub world. Berkshire has four fantastic pubs in the Top 50 – The Beehive, White Waltham;  The Crown, Burchetts Green, The Royal Oak Paley Street; and The Pot Kiln, Frilsham. 

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9 cool things to do this week – 15-22 Feb

15 Feb 2017

Yippee! We’re over the hump of half term, so treat yourself to some time out – Muddy style. We’ve got theatrical trampolining and opera to a world-class exhibition in a greasy spoon and Michelin BBQ. Whatever floats your boat, the fun starts here.

Fisheye by Daniel Jamieson, South Street Arts Reading, Tues 21 Feb

Neighbourhood Watch stalwart Pam becomes a one-woman MI6 after someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, so she ramps up her operation from curtain twitching to hiding cameras in hand-knitted novelties and discovers that everyone around her is a thief, pervert or a terrorist.

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Win family theatre tickets to see Babe

13 Feb 2017

Squeals of excitement in the Muddy household with the news that Babe The Sheep Pig is coming to the Corn Exchange Newbury – and I have two family tickets worth a tidy £142 up for grabs.

Who can forget the Oscar-winning 1995 film, based on Dick King-Smith’s best-selling book? Now the story of a little pig who dreams big is brought to life by a cast of West End performers in a show full of laughter, stunning puppetry and live music.

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