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  • Autumn Supper Clubs

    Forks perfectly poised? Dig in to a brand new round of supper clubs popping up over the coming months with brilliant one-offs, Sri Lankan, Asian and vegan options.

    • Globe newbury bar tiled bar

      The Globe, Newbury

      One of Newbury's oldest pubs has become a dog-friendly hip hangout that boasts a cool culinary collaboration with a Muddy Award winner. Who's up for yappy hour?

    • glasses of wine red white rose corkscrew flatlay

      5 wines to try before you die

      Love a Chablis or three? Whether you're a wino or oenophile, we asked experts for their bucket list wines. Not to be drunk by the bucket load. Just saying!

    • white panted exterior Old Boot Stanford Dingley pub with tiers on horseback pulling up n front for refreshments

      The perfect country pub?

      The Old Boot in Stanford Dingley, West Berks, has comfort food and countryside views to die for. Pull up a chair.

    • Roux at Skindles Maidenhead Berkshire outside terrace by river with large parasols

      10 waterside hangouts

      Water, water everywhere and there's more than a drop to drink (thank god!). Watch the world float by at Muddy's fave waterside spots to eat and drink.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Fun Finder

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

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  • Fancy a £1000 Luxury Family Hotel stay?

    Er, YEAH! Read our review of stunning Fowey Hall (the inspiration for Toad Hall in Kenneth Graham’s ‘Wind in the Willows’) PLUS take your chance to win a long weekender at an Luxury Family Hotel in Cornwall, Suffolk, Hants, Wilts or Dorset. Poop poop!

    • London Wesminster bridge parliament Big Ben clock

      London calling!

      Love the idea of going into London but find it all just a leetle bit daunting? Make life easy on yourself with our Top 10 tips on how to have a cracking time in the city this Summer.

    • Isle Of Wight blue sky green fiields white historic building

      Muddy’s Insider Guide to the Isle of Wight

      This sunny little Island may be small in stature but it's packed to the brim with amazing things to check out. We've got the top tips on how to discover the real Isle of Wight.

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  • Whistles AW19 rustleather skirt and polo

    Lost your style mojo?

    Deep diving into a new season but no clue where to start? Vanessa Bestwick, super-stylist and fashion fairy godmother at Camp Hopson Newbury, to the rescue. The aim? Shop less, wear more and feel fabulous. It’s a big ask.

    • J’adore/ j’abhor

      This week's Muddy heated debate: whether or not to embrace a full head of grey hair. Eeeek! or chic? We duke it out.

    • Five of the best travel sets

      Heading off on your holidays? Check in these ready to fly travel sets- just chuck 'em in your suitcase and go!

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    • Speedy mackerel kedgeree

      No flipping idea what to cook for dinner tonight? Chef Anna Hedworth suggests this super-quick smoked mackerel and spinach kedgeree with cardamom rice. Yum!

    • Breedon Place Pangbourne The Allington red brick detached house double garage

      Can you guess the price?

      This fresh-out-of-the-box beauty is in Pangbourne, Berks – a village that's catnip for commuters and parents seeking good schools. Can you guess the price?

    • Woman jumping for joy by concrete wall

      The magic of ‘me time’

      Frazzled mothers rejoice! Come and hide out with us and let someone look after you for a change. Fitness, fashion, food, wine and unwind. Ahhhh, that's better.

    • Can’t get no sleep?

      You’re not the only one. If Faithless’s 'Insomnia' could’ve been written for you, read on, sleepy head.

  • Making work work for you

    Back at your desk after summer fun and not really feeling it? We hear you. Here’s some food for thought from the autumn’s hottest self-help book by ex Elle journalist turned author Lotte Jeffs.

    • St Edward’s Prep, Reading

      Impressive 11+ prep and a high success rate to grammar schools, this small, family-feel Reading boys' school is a hidden gem.

    • St George's School Windsor Windsor Casstle lawn pillared building trees and flag

      St George’s School, Windsor Castle

      Muddy says: More than just a chi-chi address, St George's is a chorister school, with royal links, excellent academics and music oozing from every corner.

  • Dermot: 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

      Food fit for a queen

      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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