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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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  • The Newbury Pub gastropub turqoise plate ham terrine picalillil and prune sauce

    Gastropub heaven at The Newbury

    New chef, new menu and a cool new gin distillery. We’re back at Muddy Award winner The Newbury and it’s just the tonic. (Sorry, I’ll get my coat.)

    • Muddy eats: Monkey Island Brasserie, Bray

      A new hotel brasserie in foodie Bray with an ex-Simpson’s on the Strand head chef in the kitchen. We felt it our duty to nail three courses *ahem* actually make that five and report back. Seriously, the things I do for you.

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

      Sun’s out! 18 fab pub gardens in 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!

    • Woman arm tattoos floral dress glass of champagne viineyard

      Bored of Pinot?

      Love a cheeky vino but feel you're stuck in a rut? I hear you, sister. Jump off the Pinot-Sauv BlanC bandwagon and uplevel wine o'clock.

    • 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*.

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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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  • Book on woodden table with pink daisies resting in between pages

    Need a brilliant new read?

    A stunning debut novel, a futuristic thriller and an exquisite memoir are among books editor Kerry Potter’s marvellous May picks. And you can win the lot!

    • Napoli, Brooklyn - Georgia May Foote, Hannah Bristow, Mona Goodwin (c) Marc Brenner

      Drama queens reign in Windsor

      Take four strong women, add one violent man and you've got more drama than Meghan's birth plan. Napoli, Brooklyn makes its UK premiere in Windsor and it's all kicking off.

    • Summer-Screens-Film-under-the-stars

      32 perfect pop up film nights

      Pass the popcorn, top up the Pimms and watch a movie under the stars. Follow the usher this way, it's outdoor cinema season, so wrap up and don't forget your waterproofs.

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    • Bright and beautiful

      Field and Hawken's vibrant outdoor furniture is all about the fun and sun. Let's celebrate Spring with their stunning seating.

    • Posh and Saucy

      Feeling saucy? Put your best knickers away, we're talking condiments – Posh Sauces, to be precise. The humble Tommy K has been given an epic celebrity chef makeover – and you're gonna love it.

    • 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.

  • women dressmaking tape measure fabric studio

    Calling all creatives!

    Networking used to be naff but new collective The Creative Duck is anything but. Plus they sell stylish gifts handmade locally by their talented members.

    • Grand brick Victorian villa Upton House School Windsor Berkshire

      Upton House School, Windsor

      Muddy say: Upton House is a nurturing school for girls and boys aged 2-11. It's got a family feel, is rated 'excellent' with a princessy past.

    • The Marist Ascot Red brick Victorian mansioon house with large lawn

      The Marist School,

      A pastorally strong day school for girls aged 3-18, The Marist School in Sunninghill carefully balances intellectual firepower with kindness and community.

  • 80s pop star Nik Kerhsaw on stage wearing sunglasses and holding a mic

    Muddy meets Nik Kershaw

    Nik Kershaw is laconic, laid-back, and *very very* funny – read on for his views on Live Aid, embarrassing his kids, the Let’s Rock the Moor pecking order and (OMG) being a grandfather!

    • Keanu Reeves Fall YSL campaign

      Well, hello you!

      How has Keanu Reeves not aged in 30 years?! The laconic Hollywood star is back in a fashion campaign that's got social media a-swooning. Shall we examine the evidence?

    • 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!

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