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  • Ooh la la L’Ortolan

    A French fancy in Reading? You betcha! L’Ortolan has managed to keep hold of 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.

    • Father's Day Afternoon Tea Wellington Farm Shop slate with scotch egg sausage rolls brownies and mini rolls with a beer

      The way to Dad’s heart…

      … is through his stomach. Duh! Of course it is. Here are Muddy's favourite hang outs for Father's Day (that you'll love too).

    • THAMES LIDO Reading outdoor pool glass windows to restaurant

      9 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.

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

      Gastropub heaven

      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.)

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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.

    • 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.

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  • Ichi gry skrt white button through midid skirt and bardot top

    Speedy summer style

    The holiday countdown starts now. Pack smart and not a minute will be wasted worrying about what to wear. Minimum effort for maximum fun. *Rack up the Negronis*

    • model iini brown satin dress wearing Claudia Bradby pearl necklaces

      All hail the Pearly Queen

      Claudia Bradby is the chic jewellery designer who's put the pizzazz back into pearls, with celeb fans including Helen Mirren and Kate Middleton. Muddy is impressed!

    • First time fashion

      Ready for an adventure? Us too! At Muddy we’ve committed to new experiences this summer (both cultural and clothes related, natch).

  • 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!

    • 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.

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    • 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.

    • Aubergine and vegan cheese schnitzel recipe on black plate

      Are you vegan curious?

      If you're toying with ditching meat and dairy, try out this vegan recipe for dinner this week – aubergine schnitzel with magic "cheese" by Chalfont St Peter-based Food From Four. Ooh, clever.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • Miley Cyrus on pink banana phone wearing pink crop top and telephone number in background

      Miley goes mental

      Hello, who's speaking please? This fruity promo for her new album be Miley Cyrus' naughtiest stunt yet. Creative juices flowing or cynical marketing ploy - you decide!

    • Muddy meets Shappi

      Comedian Shappi Khorsandi discusses new tour, her tips on how NOT to be funny and why you should do things that scare you (hell yeah!)

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