The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: Pop-ups

Muddy eats: Henry And Joe’s, Newbury

16 Apr 2017

We love a pop-up at Muddy. It usually signals something a bit different (not experimental) but the opportunity to try something new and exciting. Pop-up restaurants have been around for some years in London and other major cities, but they struggle to gain much traction in the rural towns. It’s a shame because they shake things up, and get you out of your culinary comfort zone.

Before we all start drowning our sorrows (although, a cheeky prosecco would be nice), Henry & Joe’s is a Friday night pop up in Newbury.

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Book ’em up: Stein’s Sunset Cinema

3 Apr 2017

Lose the remote, quit the Netflix bingeathon, because you do not want to miss out on this super special summer night out. Set your alarm, pop it in your diary, this is BIG!

Let’s set the scene. It’s high-summer, the sun is setting. You and your gang are sipping fizz in the gardens of a stately pile, before settling in comfy chairs to watch a cinematic classic on an enormous outdoor screen in the magic-light gloaming.

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Holy crêpe! It’s pancake wars

23 Feb 2017

Pancake Day’s fast approaching and there’s a battle royal brewing as big as Trump V the rest of the world. The French crêpe is getting some serious competition from the American stack. I’m no cook. I know, shocker. But I do try and flip a pancake from time to time (usually ending in me flipping out by 5.37pm). The result? A burnt, crumpled uncooked mess. The kids walk off hungry and bored by the time offer up a vaguely edible example onto their plate. 

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9 fab things to do this week

26 Jan 2017

Crikey is this the longest month ever?! January’s massively overstayed its welcome – and I haven’t given up booze. At least there are plenty of distractions to keep us from crawling back into hibernation.

ROH Live: Il Trovatore, Corn Exchange Newbury, Tues 31 Jan

Polish your tiara and call Richard Gere, you’re  being whisked off for a night at the opera… in Newbury. Thanks to the popular ROH Live series, enjoy world class singing and staging via the big screen.

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13 new things to do or book this week 19-25 Jan

19 Jan 2017

We’re over the hump, Donald gets the keys to the White House and you get a weekend pass – buy the ticket and enjoy the ride: from ballet, to musicals, live music, wrestling and wine tasting (there’s always wine). Happy weekend y’all.


Bolshoi Live: The Sleeping Beauty, Corn Exchange Newbury, Sun 22 Jan

Is there anything more lovely than watching the ballet? Apart from a date night with Ryan Gosling, I’m gonna say no.

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Eat here: Alpine apres ski in Bray

16 Jan 2017

Whoopee! It’s ski season. Like the Bisto kids I’m a sucker for hot wine and melted cheese. But forget the alps (well for now at least) head to the snow covered slopes of *ahem* Bray. Ok, you may need to use your imagination on the scenery, but you definitely won’t on the food.

Spend an evening of Alpine aprés ski dining at Caldesi in Campagna’s pop-up event on Thurs 19 Jan.

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Try this: New dates for fab Henley pop-up restaurant!

10 Jun 2016

I know hundreds of you totter over the border into Oxon every summer in your gorgeous floaty dresses to get an eyeful of all those strapping rowers (got your binoculars this year? Yep, me too!). But if you fancy doing Henley Regatta in serious style, then you are going to WANT to cast your eyeballs over this hot of the press news from Hero at Muddy HQ! Over to you H…

Warp Warp Newsflash!!

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The Muddy guide: Thurs 18 – Weds 24 Feb

18 Feb 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, 11 Feb – 22 May

Wow. I’m probably not what you’d call a dedicated follower of fashion (my friends are doubled-up at this point) but I am fizzing with excitement about this exhibition. I heard about it on the radio driving home the other day and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. Having been at the forefront of fashion, beauty and portrait photography since its launch in 1916, British Vogue has an enviable and unrivalled archive of outstanding imagery.

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On Thurs 11 – Weds 17 feb

7 Feb 2016

Follow your heart trail, Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, now until 27 Feb

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains’. You may spot Basildon Park in cinemas this half term as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies gets released on 11 Feb by Lionsgate UK. The house and parkland features in the film, as do many terrifying zombies… Look out for the house at the beginning of the official trailer (careful, it’s not for the faint hearted).

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