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MON 10 – SUN 16 DEC

DECEMBER 2018

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  • A pub that’s ready to party

    A party atmosphere, food so good you’ll want to share, killer cocktails and the friendliest staff – Bel and the Dragon in Reading has got it all going on.

    • Grey walls and ring boats fixed to ceiling wooden floor and dark wood tables and chairs

      Swanning about by the river

      A pub immersed in literary history with stunning river views and a new chef adding pizazz to the menu. Is it a page turner? You bet it is.

    • Bottle of Kraken rum bobbing in the sea

      Rum – the new gin!

      Yes, it's hard to believe but we've benched the G&Ts for a super-cool exciting new tipple. Wanna know what it is? 'Course you do.

    • 12 lovely Autumn pub walks

      Clocks are going back. Yippee! Enjoy a lie i, then head out for a seasonal stroll before collapsing...

    • Giggling Squid Windsor exposed wooden beams green banquette pale wood tables and wooden chairs and floor with faux flower wall divider

      Giggling Squid Windsor

      Fancy something totally different to traditional pub fayre, spice up your life and tuck into Thai tapas at the Giggling Squid. Fast, fabulous and fragrant.

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  • Fancy a weekend away in Kent?

    Course you do! We’ve teamed up with Southeastern to give you the lowdown on the Garden of England’s hidden gems. PLUS we’re giving away a luxe weekend stay there worth £500! Aren’t we nice?

    • Girls’ weekend getaways

      Try these 30 awesome spas, inns, bars and retreats across the Muddy counties and reconnect with your bezzies in style.

    • Shepherd's Hut Glgmpng site somerset at sunset

      Happy campers

      As the Pet Shop Boys said: Go West – especially when it comes to camping and glamping! Here's your Muddy guide to the perfect places to pitch in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

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  • Our festive fashion top 10

    Invitations piling up and nothing to wear? Well, Cinders, you shall go to the ball (or, er, pub). Muddy’s partywear edit incoming!

    • Coochy cool

      Our fashion favourite Cos is launching babywear this week - and we've gone gaga for it. Behold the cuteness!

    • Diamond bubble ring white gold Strange the Jeweller Wokingham Berkshire to win

      Blingin’ lovely

      We’ve gone bonkers for this diamond bubble ring at Muddy. But you don’t have to shell out £4k – Strange The Jewellers are giving it away. Bling it on.

    • Six hangover hiders

      In the interests of not being mistaken for a dug-up corpse this festive season, behold our five favourite morning after skincare saviours.

    • Teen tween earth friendly skincare brand Spots & Stripes

      Cool teen skincare brand

      There's a new kid on the on the skincare block targeting teens. Spots & Stripes is the brainchild of a former Vogue beauty ed, and it's seriously good.

  • Aladdin Hexagon Reading Justin Fletcher dame dressed as egyptian pharaoh and so she with mummies

    Panto review: Aladdin

    It’s all back to Justin’s House for a panto party. Aladdin at The Hexagon in Reading will be cleaning up this year with a show that’s fun, festive and very silly.

    • Cast of Dick whittington and his cat South Hill Park Bracknell Berkshire 3D set designs of London

      Muddy reviews: Bracknell’s Dick Whittington

      Rat infestation? Call in Rentokil, Dick! Oh too late. Here's my hot-off-the-panto press verdict on Bracknell's Dick Whittington and His Cat.

    • Revealed! Our books of 2018

      Attention bookworms! Put this little lot on your Christmas list and you can thank us later. Muddy's books editor Kerry Potter choose her top 10 tomes of 2018. Has your favourite made the cut?

    • Review: Dick Whittington at Windsor

      Boom boom! Traditional filthy family fun at the Theatre Royal Windsor as Basil brush and his panto crew prove post Brexit Windsor's streets are paved with comedy gold.

    • Fir the love of Christmas

      Christmas stripped back to basics thanks to The Moomins – a family of pantless marshmallow trolls who are utterly clueless, just like the rest of us.

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    • metal birds on a branch robin art Banksy of birds

      Watch the birdie!

      Watch the birdie! We adore these brand new garden artworks from Metalbird. Read on for a Muddy exclusive.

    • Cladesi Ricciarelli biscuits white wavy plates black worktop and two cups of coffee

      Recipe: Italian almond biscuits

      Nom nom nom. I'm loving this recipe for Crimbo. Get your kids to help you if you have the patience, or try it yourself with a glass of Italian red.

    • Ask a top lawyer?

      There aren't enough hours in the day, are there? We asked a top legal firm to answer your queries about family law, self-employment, wills and all that stuff you never get round to.

    • Trio of windsurfers on Bray Lake Berkshire

      There she blows

      Can't be bothered to go out for yet another run? Why not try something that's fun, sociable and great exercise – windsurfing.

  • 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.

    • Get yer skates on!

      Ice ice baby! Nothing like a whizz around a rink to make you feel festive (followed by a mulled wine obvs). We've rounded up the best ones for your skating pleasure.

    • Dark skies over The Oratory school redbrick mansion and cricket green

      The Oratory School, Woodcote

      In the top 3% of schools for value added at A Level and excellent pastoral care amongst 120 acres of verdant acreage puts The Oratory onto the Muddy radar. Read my review here.

  • Cbeebie star Justin Fletcher and dame Paul Morse in yellow and red waterproof outfits on set of Peter Pan Reading Hexagon Theatre Berkshire 2017

    Ain’t nothing like a dame

    Slap on the grease paint, hoick up your skirt and channel Princess Margaret. Muddy meets Reading’s irrepressible panto dame, Paul Morse.

    • Muddy meets Craig Revel Horwood

      Want the hot goss from the BBC ballroom? Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood reveals all the celebrity drama from this year's show.

    • Muddy makes the glossies

      I'm too thrilled to play it cool - check out Muddy Stilettos over SIX pages in the brilliant Psychologies magazine!

    • R&B Garage singer Craig David great house beard leaning against railing

      The weird world of Craig David

      What do Kestrel Kes, Louboutins and Willy Wonka have in common? Here are 10 things you didn't know about comeback king, Craig.

    • Lizzy Yarnold OBE Team GB double Olympic gold medallist in skeleton

      Muddy meets: Lizzy Yarnold

      Hurtling headfirst down a track at 90mph is a breeze in comparison to the grilling she got from St Andrew's School kids.

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