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  • The 20 best beachside eats

    Make the most of the British summer at one of our Muddy-recommended coastal eateries. Napkin at the ready? Let’s do this!

    • 137 Gin Lumber's Bartholomew Berkshire Dry, London dry, Country Garden and Navy Strength

      A Berkshire gin crawl

      Have paracetamol on standby and sample local gins within staggering distance – we may even sway over the borders *hic*. Ready for your first double?

    • 46 stunning pubs for summer

      Everyone knows that one of summer's great pleasures is sipping a cold one in a pretty al fresco pub setting. So here's the best of the bunch across all the Muddy counties. Cheers!

    • L'Ortolan Michelin Star restaurant Reading Berkshire mango and coconut cheesecake

      Ooh la la L’Ortolan

      A French fancy in Reading? You betcha! L'Ortolan has held onto its Michelin twinkler for 17 years, and Chef Tom Clarke's pud almost made Mr M cry…

    • Eclectic country interiors at the Winning Post Windsor pub with rooms checked settle, wooden tables and bowler hat wall light

      First past The Winning Post

      Bounding around Berkshire in search of pubby perfection? I saddled up for a 3-course nosebag and a comfy sleepover at The Winning Post, Winkfield.

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

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  • 40 Quirky Stays for Summer

    Fancy an escape that’s a leetle bit different? From yurts to lodges, shepherd’s huts to helicopters (not even joking!), the Muddy editors have pulled together the most charming, unusual escapes across 21 counties. Book in once you’ve taken your jaw off the floor.

    • St ives beach Cornwall giant metal ball on sand

      St Ives – the dreamiest staycation in the UK

      As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives. OK, not really. What I did meet with though was a whole lot of FUN! Here's six reasons why you should take a trip to the Cornish coast this summer.

    • The Langley is …. OPEN!

      Superluxe The Langley in South Buckinghamshire opens its doors for the first time today! Here are 6 reasons why you should put it to the top of your hotel wish list.

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  • In all your Finery

    Need a summer party frock? This under-the-radar label majors in cool dresses and jumpsuits. We’ve got £500 worth of Finery goodies up for grabs for 10 lucky Muddy readers – that’s £5k worth of foxy fashion!

    • velcro climbing sandALs with neon orange straps

      J’adore/ J’abhor

      So, what's the hot topic currently creating emotional fracking by the office water cooler? This week - velcro sandals!

    • Female model brunette long hair khaki jaccket and urban outfitters bucket hat

      J’adore /J’abhor

      In our new Muddy regular, we look at both sides of a hot topic that’s currently dividing office opinion. This week: the return of bucket hats.

  • Collage of books Best reads for summer

    The top 10 books of the summer

    Don’t pack your suitcase or load up your Kindle until you’ve read this! Muddy’s books editor Kerry has picked the 10 best books to get stuck into on holiday.

    • The Anastasia File Theatre Royal Windsor Jenny Seagrove actress kneels praying, actor in white coat stands and Romonov crest llumintaed on the wall

      Pass me a vodka, it’s tense.

      This ain't no sugar-coated Disney adaptation, The Anastasia File at the Theatre Royal Windsor, is so tense you could hear a pin drop (or a mobile phone in this case).

    • books and sunglasses on a table beach sandy beach blue sea raffia sun parasol

      Summer’s MUST reads

      June's best new books are a corking bunch, including Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert's breathtaking new novel. Check out Kerry Potter's reviews - and then win the whole lot!

    • Matisse: Drawing With Scissors

      In need of culture fix? No need to schlep into the big smoke. Newbury's cool, new art gallery The Base has brought a piece of the London art scene to Berks.

    • The Importance of Being Earnest Cast Watermill Newbury

      Who the chuff is Earnest?

      Who needs Love Island when you can have Oscar Wilde's 24-hr (Victorian) party people – a group with loose morals, bad manners and a low opinion of marriage.

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    • Art meets interiors

      I've got my eye on this gorgeous graphic cushion, part of Habitat's new collaboration with supercool artist Quentin Jones. Wanna see more?

    • White corrugated wall and pot with flowers

      Fast fixes for lazy gardeners

      The Muddy jardin is a sorry state right now after about, ooh, three years of neglect. Sound familiar? But all is not lost! Here's how to create an fab garden in a flash.

    • 6 of the best wellbeing festivals

      Turns out festivals aren't just for mainlining pear cider - who knew?! Here are six wellbeing weekends to boost your health this summer. Namaste!

    • Thames Lido Reading Berkshire infinity pool swimmer in red cap

      Strip off and lido

      Hot or not, the Thames Lido is quirky, cool and like no other spa you've been to. Eat, swim, spa… repeat. It's got Muddy's name all over it.

  • woman weariing glasses and suit at desk with laptop juggling a baby

    Flexi-time – are you working it out?

    Flexible working is a buzzy phrase, but seriously – how many of us actually live the dream? Read on to find out how it could work for you.

    • Dive in… the water’s lovely

      Feeling hot hot hot? No need to become a sweaty mess, here's our pick of the best pools, river spots and watery fun to cool down this summer. Just add sun lotion.

    • Duckie kids cabaret man in gold and pink make up

      May half term sorted!

      But Easter was only yesterday I hear you cry! Don't worry, Muddy has you covered with the best family-friendly things to do over May half term in Berks and beyond.

  • Dermot O’Leary: It’s personal

    Love ogling O’Leary? He’s DJing at Ascot Races and Muddy’s got all the goss on his *coughs* tooooit trousers, love of cats and mojitos with Madonna. 

    • L'ortolan Michelin star chef Tom Clarke Reading Berkshire blackc white image in kitchen

      Muddy meets L’Ortolan’s chef Tom Clarke

      Sacre bleu! L'Ortolan's creative Head Chef Tom Clarke spills the beans on cooking for the Royal family, his love of French cuisine, famous diners and his food trend regrets.

    • Female flat racing jockey Hollie Doyle in riding hat and purple silk

      The toughest woman in sport

      She's lost teeth and blacked out, but nothing will stop jockey Hollie Doyle getting back in the saddle. Muddy talks to racing's pocket rocket in the run up Ladies Night at Windsor Racecourse.

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