The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: Gastropubs

Muddy eats: Oxford Blue, Old Windsor

10 Mar 2017

I literally couldn’t contain my excitement when I finally made it to the Oxford Blue, Old Windsor. Why all the girlie hysteria? Having semi-stalked the pub on social media, after a two-year renovation, chef proprietor Steven Ellis finally flung open the doors to his fine dining pub-restaurant on the last day of 2016. Is that not enough?

You’re right. Let me make the introductions. Muddy readers meet Steven Ellis. He’s a top chef caked in stardust having worked at three-michelin-star Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and Ian Pern’s Michelin starred Star Inn in North Yorkshire.

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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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Muddy eats: The Golden Ball Pinkneys Green

30 Jan 2017

Tis true that here on Muddy we go a little weak at the knees for a good gastropub in a pretty village surrounded by cracking walks. So when I stumbled across The Golden Ball in Pinkneys Green, an old 16th Century inn, I did it a little dance.

The village itself is a hidden gem. Situated near Maidenhead and Cookham, it is said to have been the old stomping ground of Dick Turpin and his band of dandy highwayman who would hide in the the wooded Maidenhead thicket preying on wealthy travellers.

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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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Muddy eats: The Crown at Bray

11 Sep 2016

Determined to eventually eat in every restaurant in Bray, Hero from Muddy Bucks & Oxon ticked The Crown off her list recently. As it’s in our neck of the woods, it seemed only right to share the love. Shame she didn’t share her pudding *humph*. Check out her review…

Another day, another brilliant place to eat in Bray. Only two to go after The Crown (*dabs mouth with napkin*) – Heston’s The Fat Duck and the Roux brothers’ triple Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn, for when I discover a spare £400 in my purse.

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Review: The White Oak, Cookham

7 Feb 2016

So, you know the feeling. You’ve had your hair done, you’ve been waxed within an inch of your life, you’ve got a new outfit, your skin is dewy, your eyes are sparkly, you’ve got your swagger going on and People. Are. Checking. You. OUT. We all get a feel good day now and again. But believe me, The White Oak in Cookham has got it going on 24/7 right now. Because this already popular little local in Cookham has had the facelift of its life, and is looking red-carpet-ready.

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