The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: SHOPPING

Heston’s smoking hot!

24 Apr 2017

When Heston’s people call your people to invite you round for a barbecue in the funky new garden at his pub The Crown At Bray, you’re not going to say no. Yes it was a bit nippy, all right he was flogging his swanky new barbecues, but as you can imagine, this was no ordinary grill up… This was the pimped up daddy of all barbies.

When I arrive half the garden is swathed in a super-stylish marquee (blasted British weather), there’s a funky outdoor bar and a big open kitchen which is smokin’ as the chefs fire up Heston’s new toys to road test The Crown’s new menu. 

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The Muddy Guide top 10

19 Apr 2017

Sun’s out and there’s loads of funky stuff on. So grab your lightweight coat (it can feel a bit chilly) and let’s go have some fun.

Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Rivermead Leisure Centre, Sat 22 – Sun 23 April

You don’t need to be an art expert to be an art lover, so a fair’s a great place to look at loads different works and buy something original without getting the heebie-jeebies.

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7 stunning candles

23 Mar 2017

Being a highly fragrant bunch here at Muddy HQ, we’re obsessed with scented candles – and we think they make a brilliant Mother’s Day gift for this Sunday (you had remembered, right?) Here’s our edit of the Muddy favourites.

(Top, left) Loving by Bella Freud (£40) This tuberose, amber and sandalwood number has serious mantelpiece appeal thanks to its trademark Bella Freud slogan red glass jar. And Loving is very mum-appropriate, isn’t it?

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Property Flirt: Great Scot! It’s a celeb crib

25 Feb 2017

Right then property pervs it’s time to look through the keyhole of another mega des res in Berkshire, have a poke around and guess how much it’s worth. The winner gets a romantic break with Tom Hiddleton in the Bahamas (*ahem*). Er, maybe not.

Let’ get ready to rumble, here we go.

Forest Lodge is a handsome Victorian country house, opposite Windsor Forest, in the village of Winfield. It’s in a great location, has got that grand country house thing going on, a beautiful garden, surrounded by great schools and has showbiz connections.

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Would you give away your wedding dress?

12 Feb 2017

Your wedding dress is the most important item of clothing you’ll wear. It’s probably the most expensive too, but it’ll fit like a glove, make you feel a million bucks. It’s the sort of feeling you want to bottle. So it’s a shame you only get to wear once (although I confess I occasionally pop on my veil for fun – come on, we all do it).

Choosing your gown is exhausting, but generally fuelled with giddy excitement and bubbles before midday. 

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Berkshire Edition