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I'm Rachel, editor of Muddy Berkshire, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

There's loads of gorgeous new sportswear in the shops and online at the moment. Hop, skip and jump this way for the Muddy edit.

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What’s on this month

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Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Eat

  • Top 50 Gastropubs 2022 revealed

    Top 50 Gastropubs 2022 revealed

    The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs have been revealed – and Berkshire’s triple cooked chips stacked up very nicely with FOUR foodie pubs shortlisted.

    • 8 local hidden gems on industrial estates

      8 local hidden gems on industrial estates

      Thought industrial estates were only good for parking practice and MOTs? Think again! We’ve found a clutch of super-cool cafés, restaurants and taprooms you’re going to want to visit.

    • Asian-inspired healthy dinners

      Asian-inspired healthy dinners

      Running out of healthy eating inspo this January? Cosy food doesn’t have to come at the cost of health. Try these tasty plant-based recipes made with warming ginger and miso.

Culture

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Travel

  • Muddy stays: The Great House, Sonning

    Muddy stays: The Great House, Sonning

    Fancy spending the night with George Clooney? OK, so he won’t actually be in the same room, but he’s within flashing distance of The Great House in Sonning – a fun, funky, riverside hotel.

    • Hotting up! Best new hotels for 2022

      Hotting up! Best new hotels for 2022

      Introducing the hottest new hotel openings around the world. Warning: contains images of sexy bedrooms, turquoise seas and infinity pools.

    • The must-read Muddy skiing guide

      The must-read Muddy skiing guide

      Want to book a ski holiday this year but not sure where to go? Snow problem! Whether you’re a family with beginners, hitting the après ski with friends or want an extreme mountain peak adventure, read on.

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  • Property flirt: a room with a royal view

    Property flirt: a room with a royal view

    Take a tour of this period cottage with a crown-wearing neighbour, cosy living space, garden office and VIP access to the Long Walk. Can you guess the price?

    • Recipe: Pappardelle with tomatoes & burrata

      Recipe: Pappardelle with tomatoes & burrata

      Raise your pasta game with a simple, delicious pappardelle recipe from Muddy Award winners Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi. Psst… it’s delicious and healthy.

    • House swap – what will £850k get you?

      House swap – what will £850k get you?

      Considering a move or just need a bit of escapism from the same four walls? We’ve popped £850k in the fantasy property pot, but what does that buy you across the Muddy counties?

  • Wellbeing

    • Commit to fit! Cool local gyms and classes

      Commit to fit! Cool local gyms and classes

      Trying to find your fitness mojo? Wrestle into your Lycra and head to the best boutique gyms and the coolest classes in Berkshire. Whisper it, it might even be fun.

    • Fitness goals! 2022 events to train for now

      Fitness goals! 2022 events to train for now

      On your marks, get set, and go! Fancy challenging yourself in the new year? Then get booking onto these Berkshire races and triathlons. Lace up your trainers, take a breath, and dig deep.

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Life

Instamuddy

  • If you're a sucker for a triple-cooked chip, devour the 2022 @top50gastropubs (which is actually 100). #Berkshire's done rather well with five foodie pubs on list – including the highest new entry ever. 

Congratulations to Chef Dom Chapman @thebeehivetweet, @adamhandling and the team at @lochandtyne; @thehestonblumenthalteam and the gang @thehindsheadbray and two so close to the border it would be rude not to big them up – Steven and Ami @thebailiwickfreehouse and Nick and Mary @miller_of_mansfield 

Hit the link in the bio to discover were our local gastropub greats ranked and discover the full list.

#gastropubs #pubs #berkshire #foodie
  • Living my best life @plumcottages #Bray. If you need me this weekend, I’ll be perched on this gorgeous orange velvet sofa, pretending to read @penguinclassics but probably sneaking in another episode of @ozark on @netflix. Anyone else sofa surfing this weekend? Hit me up with your TV recommendations. 

#weekendvibes #snuglife #shelfie #colourlover #cottagestyle #homedecor 
#placestostay #weekendescape #muddystilettos #berkshire #maidenhead #windsor #interiordesign #interiorstyling
  • Floral dopamine @theoldforgeflorist_yattendon - banish the January blues one bunch of tulips at a time 💐

#floristsofinstagram #tulips #tulipseason #colourpop #colourlovers #flowerstagram #floraldopamine #berkshire #yattendon
  • ✏️ WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW! 🖌 Want to write the next Bridgerton? Then click the link in bio to enter our latest Reader Treat to 💞WIN💞 a romance writing course with top creative writing agency @curtisbrowncreative worth £510. Saucy bestselling book series and Netflix deal, here we come!

#write #writing #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #romancewriter #writingprompts #writingtips #writinginspiration #win #writingcommunityofinstagram #writingadvice #writingmotivation #author #authorsofinstagram #bridgerton #bridgertonnetflix #win #competition #learnsomethingnew #authorlife #learnsomethingneweveryday #Berkshire
  • Giving Veganuary or meat-free Mondays a go? From Insta-worthy plates and brilliant brunch to fine dining and foodie bites, these 10 local veggie and vegan-friendly eateries pack a plant-based punch. 

Hungry? Hit the ink in bio to get the foodie lowdown.

#vgang #vegan #veganfood #veganfoodshare #plantbasedmeals #plantbasedgoodness #plantpower #poweredbyplants #veganinspo #meatfreemeals #feelgoodfood #vegansofinstagram #Berkshire #veganuary #veganuary2022 #veganuaryeats #whatveganseat
  • Wow! The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing 40 well. To mark Kate’s big birthday, three new portraits of her wearing @alexandermcqueen were taken by photographer Paolo Reversi at Kew. 

Before the images are permanently hung in the @nationalportraitgallery they’ll form part of a roving ‘Coming Home’ exhibition in which portraits of famous people will be displayed in their home towns. 

Kate's photographs will be displayed in Berkshire, her home county, St Andrews, where she met Prince William at uni, and Anglesey, where the couple spent the first years of their married life. Currently no Berkshire venue announced, but watch this space. I’m on it. Happy birthday, Kate. 

#duchessofcambridge #katemiddleton #berkshire #kateat40 #royalfamily

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