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The 2019 Muddy Stilettos Awards

24th April - 22nd May 2019

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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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Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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What's On

Looking for as weekend of fun? Head to London for the Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A, or enjoy Edinburgh comedy award winner Adam Riches a Norden Farm and bluebell walks galore.

What’s on this week? Broadway smash hit Avenue Q arrives in Reading, the brilliant Sadgrove Supper Club, see bluebells at their very best this week and it’s London Marathon weekend.

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  • The Crown at Bray Berkshire Heston pub garden with sofas cushions decorative tree and

    Sun’s out! 18 fab pub gardens in balmy Berks

    It’s going to be scorchio this Easter bank holiday weekend, so here’s where to soak up some rays with a chilled glass of rosé to hand. Cheers!

    • Three star thriller

      The Roux's Waterside Inn in Bray boasts 3 Michelin twinklers, river views, classic cookery and you don't have to sell a vital organ to eat here. *Dabs napkin*.

    • Corn Stores Reading Blues panelled bar green velvet bar stools

      Clink! 8 of the best bars

      Because sometimes we want something with a bit more pizzazz than a country pub, right? Make mine an Porn Star martini, cheers.

    • Roux at Skindles riverside brasserie yellowy brick 3 stories Maidenhead Berkshire

      That’ll Roux nicely

      It may have the name Roux over the door (and on the floor) but Roux at Skindles is not hunting for Michelin stars. This is gallic, comfort food at its best.

    • Coworth Park Ascot Berkshire afternoon tea served on silver cake stand in Drawing Room

      Top 10 afternoon teas

      We don’t need any encouragement to scoff cake, but we like to go the extra mile for afternoon tea. Do we know anywhere nice? Of course we do!

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  • South beach Studland bay golden sand beach huts trees

    This way to the beach

    Scorchio! The sun has got his hat on (at long last) so we’re thinking impromptu daytrip to the coast. Who’s in?

    • THE PIG CANTERBURY KENT period house hidden behind trees

      The dreamiest new hotels

      In need of an indulgent weekend away? Er, ALWAYS. Here's our pick of the best new - and downright desirable - hotels to book pronto.

    • Family-friendly rentals

      Easter's approaching, you need to reconnect with your fam, and we have just the thing to help - 30 gorgeous self-catering cottages across the Muddy counties!

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  • woman wearing Veja

    Cool kicks

    Kick off spring in style with a pair of super-cool new season trainers. Here are our 9 faves – plus how to wear them when you’re not heading to the gym.

  • Artist Rob Ritchie oil painting of lemon on a wooden box

    Bag your own masterpiece

    Looking for a bargain to brighten up a blank wall, or a masterpiece to make a statement? Here’s Muddy’s pick of the affordable art at Newbury’s Contemporary Art Fair.

    • High School musical stage musical South Hill Park Bracknell Jocks playing basketball go wildcats

      Review: High School Musical

      High School Musical is relentlessly cheerful, squeaky-clean fun with all the energy of an enthusiastic puppy. You can't help but get sucked in.

    • five new book releases shot on wooden floor in circle

      April’s best new books

      Quick, spring-clean your bedside table or Kindle to make room for Muddy books editor's Kerry Potter's awesome April picks. And Brucey bonus - one lucky bookworm will win the lot!


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    • Canapes served in bamboo steamers with limes

      How to be a canapé queen

      Does your usual party snack planning involve opening a bag of Kettle Chips? Here's how to raise your game with three easy recipes.

    • White geometric bowl full of green salad chicken and croutons

      Salad days are here again

      I declare salad season officially open! This hearty chicken one is easy-peasy to make but packed with flavour.

    • Self help books work life balance

      Nail your work/life balance

      The juggle is real - and not going anywhere - so how the hell can we to get it right?! Let's ask the work/life balance experts for some help.

    • A new spa for 2019

      New year, new spa and Warbrook House balances relaxation and recharging with bubbles and gin. We likey.

  • Muddy makes the Daily Mail

    What have we got here then? The 50 most inspirational women in the UK – including Keeley Hawes, Dina Asher-Smith, Jaqueline Wilson, Thomasina Miers, and *splutter* Muddy’s high priestess Hero Brown.

    • Queen Anne's School Caversham ivy covered frontage red brick queen anne's style mansion house in reading Berkshire

      Queen Anne’s, Caversham

      Muddy says: A top girls' school set in 34 acres with cracking facilities, including a super-cool 6th form, a can-do ethos and great results.

    • St George's School Ascot Berkshire Victorian built school with beige and red brick and tiles

      St George’s Ascot

      Muddy says: A small, friendly girl’s secondary boarding/ day school in Berkshire, where kindness, confidence and ambition are celebrated.

  • Tom hiddleston britisj actor in whtite shirt apron Centrum ad

    No, Tom, Noooooo!

    Is this the most excruciatingly cringey celebrity advert ever? Quite possibly Mr Hiddleston, quite possibly!

    • weight loss measuring tape around tummy

      What’s up doc?

      Can't get an appointment at your local GP surgery? Go see one on tour instead! Dr Michael Mosley is rocking up in Wycombe and is on hand to answer all your impertinent questions. Muddy meets him.

    • Jo Gilder hairdresser gilded hair blonde hair hat and environment t shirt

      Hair today for a greener tomorrow

      If you're an anti-plastic ninja, eco warrior princess who wants super-sexy hair meet Jo of Gilded Hair, a woman who's big on style and sustainability.

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