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I'm Rachel, editor of Muddy Berkshire, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

It's the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... and of sensational scented candles! Check Muddy's pick of the best candles for autumn 2021, chock-a-block with smoke and wild woods (and a bit of fun).

Gotta have it

What’s on this month

Nina Conti

Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Eat

  • 13 lovely Autumn pub walks in Berks

    13 lovely Autumn pub walks in Berks

    Sunny, crisp days and 50 shades of autumn palette. It’s the best time for a seasonal stroll before collapsing in front of a cosy fire with wine. Here’s Muddy’s fave pub walks.

    • Autumn roasts with the most

      Autumn roasts with the most

      Can’t be bothered to baste potatoes with goose fat? I hear you. Instead grab your gang and head to one of these local gastropubs that do roasts with the most.

    • The Greyhound: a pub oozing with foodie cred

      The Greyhound: a pub oozing with foodie cred

      What do you get when you combine a gorgeous Berkshire location, top notch chef and amazing British produce? Answer: a pub worth going out of your way for.

Culture

Little Black Book

Want to support local? Our curated pick of the most creative, unique and brilliant businesses near you.

Travel

  • Long-haul holiday inspo for 2022

    Long-haul holiday inspo for 2022

    Where will 2022 take you? We’re all itching to travel overseas once more, so here is some early inspiration in preparation for January’s booking frenzy.

    • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

      Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

      Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • Muddy reviews: The Swan at Streatley

      Muddy reviews: The Swan at Streatley

      This boutique hotel in the village of Streatley, West Berkshire, with its slick styling and stunning riverside location is the ultimate weekend escape.

Home

  • Grown-up free zone! 12 buys for stylish kids rooms

    Grown-up free zone! 12 buys for stylish kids rooms

    We’ve found kids room accessories that are so cool they’ll be barricading themselves in so you can’t steal them. The bonus? There’s lots of local buys.

    • Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

      Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

      Wondering what to do with those mountains of leftover pumpkin flesh? Ta da! Whip up this wickedly warming recipe, served up with a hunk of sourdough, it’s just what autumn ordered.

    • How to paint furniture like a pro

      How to paint furniture like a pro

      Out with the old, in with the… upcycled. Paint your furniture to freshen up your interiors with something edgy and characterful. All you need is a little know-how.

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Life

  • Will the local love last? The word on the street

    Will the local love last? The word on the street

    What does designer Wayne Hemingway, artist David Hockney, a gin palace and a Woolly Mammoth have in common? They’re all luring us into one Berkshire town.

  • Kids

    • Half Term: Spooky Stonor Park for kids

      Half Term: Spooky Stonor Park for kids

      A spooky outdoor treasure trail, pumpkin carving and stone-baked Halloween pizzas? Mini Muddies will be screaming for all the right reasons thanks to Stonor Park’s half term offering

    • LVS Ascot

      LVS Ascot

      A passionately non-selective, co-ed day and boarding school for children aged 4-18, that’s unpretentious, thinks like a grammar school without the pressure.

    • Half Term: Spooky Stonor Park for kids
    • Half Term: Spooky Stonor Park for kids

Instamuddy

  • 💥🏡 BRAND NEW on #MuddyBestPlacestoLive2022 in #Berkshire (in association with @struttandparker ) this buzzing village in West Berkshire ticks all the boxes, ANOB vistas, three pubs, more shops than you can shake your credit card at and surrounded by superb schools. Hit the link in bio and take the tour.
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Would you live here? Let us know in the comments 👇

#hotproperty #bestplacestolive #westberkshire #yattendon @royaloakyattendon @wbbtaproom @thepotkiln @pantryyattendon @yattendonestates @yattendonvillagestores
  • 🍸COMPETITION TIME🍸Feeling supersonic? Give me gin and tonic. It would be rude not to on International Gin and Tonic Day and it’s by artisan producers @cricketersginberkshire . We have not one but two Christmas Gift Boxes up for grabs. Clickety click the link in bio to enter. 

Should top up your gin supplies nicely until New Year. Cheers!

#berkshire #gin #smallbatch #artisangin #cricketersgin #wingin #win #ginandtonic #internationalginandtonicday #competitionuk #giveaway #giveawayuk
  • Half term looms (aaaaaargh!) so what to do with the little monsters and terrible teens? Fear not, Muddy to the rescue with the lowdown on the very best things to do locally, from ghoulish to super-cute. That’s right, this beaut has things to do from toddlers to teens - and everyone in between. 

We’ve got a spooky drive-in cinema, after dark treetop adventures, ghost trains, fright night fireworks, theatre, PYO pumpkin patches and more, more, more. 

Bookmark this post and hit the link in the bio to read all our bumper Half Term / Halloween guide. 

#berkshire #berkshiremums #halftermfun #halloween #whatsonberkshire
  • #TGIF If anyone else is feeling like this has been the longest week ever, then the chance to #win a year's supply of award-winning @berkshirebotanical #gin will be right up your street. We're giving away its entire collection. 😱 That's five delicious flavour combos – Berkshire Dry, Orange Blossom and Honey, Rhubarb and Raspberry, Sloe, and Dandelion and Burdock. 🍸🍸

Hit the link in the bio to enter, the pour yourself a double. Cheers to the weekend.

#berkshire #gin #win #competition #berkshirebotanical #smallbatch #wingin #westberkshire #yattendon
  • The only thing that would make this view more perfect is a glass of rosé. Hungerford’s showing some serious leg in the autumnal sunshine - and I’m soaking it in. Possibly one of the prettiest high streets in Berkshire with not one but two rivers. Not being an avid sign reader I didn’t realise it’s the River Dun flowing under Bridge St and not the Kennet. 

But to be honest I’m usually distracted. Today it was an hour dedicated to my face at @bridgestreetskinclinic, followed by a mooch in @whitecoco_insta and an ogle @missbridalgowns bridal gorgeousness and @angelaknightlingerie sexy knickers. Final stop, tea and cake surrounded by the seriously old and over polished - and that was just my mum. 😂

#hungerford #berkshire #westberkshire #bridgestreet #riverdun #forge #riverside #victorian #victoriancottage #bluesky #fridayvibes

Fashion

  • 6 of the best… trench coats

    6 of the best… trench coats

    It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

    • Pyjama party! 8 chic sets to buy now

      Pyjama party! 8 chic sets to buy now

      With autumn being peak PJs-on-the-sofa season – hey, it’s raining again, let’s stay in!- it’s the ideal time to round up our favourites to buy now. Just add slippers.

    • There’s a lion in the linen department…

      There’s a lion in the linen department…

      … and other bonkers tales from the history books of Camp Hopson – a department store celebrating 100 years and have pretty much seen it all.

  • Beauty

    • Our pick of the best beauty advent calendars 2021

      Our pick of the best beauty advent calendars 2021

      This month the Liberty beauty advent calendar launches along with the John Lewis and M&S versions… you’ve gotta snap them up now before they sell out (yes, really!)

    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then… The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

People

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