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  • Vegivoes

    The best cheap eats

    If you caned the credit card, swanky dinners are probably off the menu. What you need is a Muddy-approved cheap, chic and, er, some healthy dining spots.

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      Hello 2020! Local NYE parties

      What you doing for New Year's Eve? One of these 25 awesome gatherings, that's what! From overnighters to pub parties, dinner destinations to bar crawlers, raise your glass to 2020.

    • The perfect Espresso Martini

      Every hour is cocktail hour from now until 2020 and The Hind's Head is calling the shots with an Espresso Martini – just the way Heston likes it.

    • Cliveden Festive Afternoon tea

      Cliveden’s Spa-kling tea

      Do not be defeated by the Xmas shenanigans, take a break from the to-do list and head straight to Cliveden. Muddy takes one for the team to review its new Festive Afternoon Tea Spa Day.

    • Gastro Heaven!

      30 of the best cookery courses across the Muddy counties to tantalise your tastebuds, and impress even the fussiest dinner guest.

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Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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

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    J’adore/ J’abhor

    Leopard-print has come a LONG way from Bet Lynch’s barmaid wardrobe. It’s flipping everywhere now. But is it still chic? Cue an almighty rumble in the jungle with two Muddy staffers with very different views.

    • Veja running traners in burgundy and pink

      Witness the fitness

      New year, new fitness routine? We're with you! Here's the Muddy edit of stylish sportswear that'll have you in tip-top form in no time.

    • Goldbergh Metallic red puffer jacket

      Let it snow

      Heading on a skiing holiday this winter? Here's our shopping checklist for looking stylish on the slopes.

    • Bridge street Clinic Lina treatment room facial

      Youth ahoy! The Medik8 facial reviewed

      How to lose a decade on the face in an hour? Lina at The Bridge Street Skin Clinic in Hungerford knows, and Muddy has been a very willing recipient!

    • Gilded Hair Wokingham eco friendly salon Berkshire reception area

      Green hair can be good

      If you're bored of your barnet, head to Gilded Hair, an eco-friendly, boutique salon in Wokingham pronto. See how they transformed my hair from straw to phwoar.

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    January’s best books

    What kind of insaniac leaves the house in January? Retire to the sofa pronto and get stuck into one of pro bookworm Kerry Potter’s enthralling new literary picks.

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      Book now! The 2020 cultural picks

      There's a ridiculous amount of amazing art, books, film, TV, music and theatre landing this year. Muddy's culture vulture Kerry Potter picks out the best of the bunch.

    • Muddy’s best books of 2019

      So many rip-roaring reads, so little time. But Muddy's books editor Kerry Potter has made it easy for you - here's her definitive list of the year's best books. Get stuck in!

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    • Speedy turkey teriyaki stir-fry

      The UK's most successful gymnast Max Whitlock has a recipe just for you. If you ask nicely he might just come round and cook it too.

    • It’s phwaor wheel drive fun

      The family car just got a double shot of fun. Muddy revs up the JCW Mini Countryman and discovers compact SUVs can be safe, spacious and sporty.

    • This Girl Can 2020 campaign woman kiicking football to score

      This Girl Can!

      Juggling motherhood, jiggly bits and the barriers to exercising, This Girl Can is back with its brand new campaign and we love it!

    • Poun fitness class women jumping in the air with drunksticks

      In a class of your own

      Bored of yet another run or gym session? Here are 14 of the best classes in Berkshire to help you find your fitness mojo. Pound anyone?!

  • Black and whhite image of worrying woman

    The bane of your working life?

    Imposter syndrome is a problem for women in offices up and down the land and it’s holding us back. Here’s Muddy chief Hero’s personal take.

    • Moulsford School

      Moulsford School is a boys' prep on the Berkshire-South Oxon border with an idyllic riverside setting and a reputation for sporting excellence. Read the review.

    • Waverley Prep School, Wokingham

      A modern day school in Wokingham for boys and girls, aged 0-11 years. This family focussed prep is ranked highly in the Sunday Times Top 100 for its superb academic record.

  • Comedian josie-long

    Muddy meets Josie Long

    We caught up with (we reckon) the most positive comedian in the business about motherhood, MasterChef, making people laugh and her new tour, Tender.

    • Olympic rower Helen Glover SteveBackshall and son walking on the beach in Cornwall

      How Helen Glover does it…

      Champion rower, mother, partner to Steve Backshall and all round marvel - Muddy meets Helen Glover to talk fitness, family and breaking her Olympic gold medal (oops)

    • Jo Gilder hairdresser gilded hair blonde hair hat and environment t shirt

      Hair today for a greener tomorrow

      If you're an anti-plastic ninja, eco warrior princess who wants super-sexy hair meet Jo of Gilded Hair, a woman who's big on style and sustainability.

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