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  • Eliane Smiles Sunningdale Copper counter feather lights white walls chalk board menus

    The best cheap but chic eats

    If you caned the credit card at Christmas swanky dinner dates are probably off the menu this month. What you need is a Muddy-approved cheap but chic dining spot.

    • Corn Stores Reading Blues panelled bar green velvet bar stools

      Cocktail-swigging carnivores unite!

      All the fuss about clean eating and vegan this-and-that driving you insane? Here, get your chops around the unashamedly meat eats at The Corn Stores Reading.

    • Bel and the dragon Windsor Dark blue dining room, blue tweed banquette and grey wooden chairs

      Windsor’s Bel of the ball

      Royal brides are like buses in Windsor but there's only one bel of the ball. So it’s hello and make mine 3 courses at the Bel & The Dragon.

    • Heston Blumenthals's legendary Hind's Head scotch egg served in silver egg cup

      Heston’s egg-centric pub

      Elegantly eccentric from the decor to the menu – Heston Blumenthal's Michelin star Hind's Head is THE place to scoff and quaff in Berkshire.

    • The Crown revisted

      Hallelujah! A pub menu full of classics done with a wow. Muddy gets stuck in at Heston's award-winning gastropub The Crown.

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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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    • Review: the super-luxe BMW X5

      Comfortable, luxurious and practically drives itself. Buckle up, baby, Muddy takes the sexy new X5 for a spin.

    • Prawn Laska slate table red cast iron dish

      Speedy supper: Prawn Laska

      Healthy, hearty and faster than Dina Asher Smith with jet propellers, welcome to 2019's first Speedy Supper. Prawn Laska, anyone?

    • A new spa for 2019

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

    • Actress Amy Schumer drinking a comedy sized giant glass of white wine

      Are you sober curious?

      Whether you're doing Dry January or merely cutting down, we're all re-examining our relationship with alcohol. Could "sober curious" be for you?

  • 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.

    • Review: d’Overbroeck’s, Oxford

      d'Overbroeck's School in Oxford has a first name policy, progressive curriculum, an incredible new Sixth Form campus and a whole clutch of brilliant results. Impressed.

    • green hill and wetlands in Cookham Berkshire

      Muddy’s best winter walks

      Climbing the walls after the turkey fest? It's time for walkies! Here's where I'll be running for the hills this Boxing Day and beyond.

  • 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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