The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: Food

Speedy suppers: Thomasina Miers’ fish tacos

11 Apr 2017

Having one of those days when ‘make dinner’ is just one of 8 million things on your to-do list? Totally run out of ideas? Yup, us too. But help is at hand, as we tap up our favourite cooks to inspire us with an nifty new dish (because there’s only so much pasta and pesto a girl can eat)

This week we welcome Thomasina Miers to the Muddy (not literally, don’t worry) kitchen.

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Eat here: Michelin Star magic in Berks

30 Dec 2016

Woop woop! If ever there was a call for pants of Bridget Jones-esque dimensions – this is it. our county has done us proud with TWO Berkshire restaurants receiving new Michelin stars in the revered 2017 guide – strap me in and pass me my golden fork… it’s time to EAT!

Yes folks, The Michelin Guide got very funky this year as results were live tweeted from the ceremony in London, and our fab county nabbed a very respectable handful of them!

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Live near Wokingham? Order Supper!

6 Sep 2016

Have you heard of Supper? If you live in or around Wokingham you’re going to be praising me to the skies for this little nugget of info. It’s a brilliant healthy home-cooked food delivery service that delivers food to your kitchen table, woop! woop!

Perfect if you’re short on time but still want to eat nutritious, home-cooked food because unlike the traditional restaurant takeaway, Supper meals are all nutritionally balanced and cooked in the chefs’ very own kitchens.

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Are they off to university? 5 student survival cookery courses

10 Aug 2016

My nephew’s been staying with us for a few days, and as he’s off to university in September we were chatting about how he’s going to survive on the cooking front. It occurred to me that it’s probably a subject cropping up in households across the county as young adults fly the nest *sob*. What will you do when they leave, taking their big clompy feet and wet towels with them? Uhh, turn their bedroom into a gym, reclaim my laptop charger and rejoice in not being Mum-Le-Taxi for a change? 

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Make this: Peach & lentil salad with warm pork tenderloin

19 Jul 2016

I saw this recipe over on Hero’s site this morning and totally pinched it because it looks so summery and delicious, and dead easy to make. Plus, tinned lentils means super quick and super healthy. That’s supper sorted for tonight. Tuck in Mudsters!

You are going to love this cook book. I can say that with confidence as usually every time I buy one I look at the pictures, try one or two recipes, give up and default to Jamie Oliver and Nigel Slater.

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Muddy eats: The Bladebone Inn, Bucklebury

3 May 2016

Bored of the formulaic fakery of the average pub makeover? Rest assured, the newly refurbished Bladebone Inn has the stamp of individuality. Although some of the quirky touches might not be to everyone’s taste, it’s a nice relaxed space that’s certainly been done with a lot of love, and the new chef owner, Richie Sanderson and his wife Charlotte are sending a clear message that says ‘welcome to our home from home.’

And it really was a welcome sight on a cold and rainy evening as me and Mr P drove up to the warm glow of the pub, which is set on the main road in Chapel Row just outside Bucklebury (The Duchess of Cambridge’s family home *insert curtsey here*).

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Muddy eats: Brebis, Newbury

30 Apr 2016

Brebis sadly closed in July 2016. To find out about Chef Sam Mansfield and his brother James’ new venture check out: They would love your support.

A couple of months ago, shortly after yours truly had launched this very blog that you’re kindly perusing now – I saw this tweet pop up in my Twitter feed…

…and it slightly broke my heart.

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 28 April – Weds 4 May

28 Apr 2016

Henley Arts Trail, various venues around Berks & Oxon, 30 Apr – 2 May

I love this brilliant art trail, now in its 11th year! There are 25 free venues in Henley and surrounding villages (9 of which are in Berks) displaying over a thousand art works (such as this one above by Este MacLeod) in a wide range of media available to browse and buy in a lovely relaxed environment – either artists’ studios or intimate exhibitions.

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 21 April – Weds 27 April

20 Apr 2016

The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016, Berkshire, Weds 4 May, start your engines!

The Muddies are coming! Yes folks, your award-winning super-blog Muddy Stilettos is holding its very first Awards in Berkshire from Weds 4 May – I can feel the vibrations of a million pairs of feet around the county doing a little jig. The Awards – designed to support, encourage and celebrate the very best lifestyle businesses in the county – have been running in Bucks & Oxon since 2012 and in Hertfordshire since 2014, and now it’s our turn to join in the fun good people of Berkshire!

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Muddy eats: MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Windsor

16 Apr 2016

I was really interested to review this place, newly opened in the last few weeks, because I am always wary of chain brands but keep going back for more in the hope of being proved wrong. A bit like a foodie Weeble – I wobble but I won’t fall down. Getting consistency across a chain is probably the hardest thing for a restaurateur to get right, and if they get it wrong… well, it’s us who suffers dear reader.

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