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  • Astor Grill Cliveden House old stables now booths with original green hexagonal tiles, blue leather banquettes and brass light fittings

    Eat like a horse at the Astor Grill

    Did you know Cliveden has a casual alternative to its fine dining restaurant. Muddy heads to the former Astor stable block for a posh nosebag.

    • Hind's Head Bray Roast beef yokshire pudding and triple cooked roast potatoes

      17 Sunday roasts with the most

      Release the Yorkies! No need to slave over a roast, out you go. Here Muddy's Berkshire hot spots for a weekend nosh up.

    • Twinkle twinkle Michelin stars

      It’s the gong all chefs want, so whose wish upon a Michelin star in Berkshire came true this year? Big pants on, let's meet our culinary giants.

    • Cliveden DINING ROOM VIIEW FROM THE TABLE

      The UK’s sexiest restaurant?

      If it’s good enough for Meghan (we’re on first name terms), it’s good enough for Muddy. The Cliveden Dining Room is Deco fabulous has the swagger of Harry Styles on heat.

    • Autumn Supper Clubs

      Forks 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.

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  • The 37 coolest party palaces

    Got a big birthday celebration looming? Or fancy a weekend away with your squad? We’ve sniffed out the 37 dreamiest party palaces across the land, available for exclusive hire. Grab your gang and let’s go!

    • Family with surf boards walknig across beach with sea in background Saunton Sands Devon

      Go West! Half-term getaways

      Need to make a fast getaway? Don’t move a muscle till you’ve checked out my pick of 8 last-minute family breaks in the West Country.

    • Matera-panorama- itlaina buildings on hill blue sky

      24 hours in Matera

      Have you seen the new James Bond car chase scenes around southern Italy? Happens that Muddy was there this summer, checking out the cool places to go. Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while I tell you my insider tips.

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  • Millie Pink silk headband wiith rhinestone crystal embellishments in navy green and pink

    Rock the band

    No longer the twee accessory of the twinset brigade. Headbands have major style cred – and they’re the perfect quick fix for parties, winter weddings and hassle-free hair days.

    • Ready to wrap up?

      Brrrrrrr! It's got a bit chilly hasn't it? Come warm yourself with these 10 stylish woolies and coats from the ever-brilliant hush.

    • HM Dog coat beagle wearing a duffel coat in camel

      Doggy style

      You'd be barking mad to miss H&M's new knitwear line allowing you to outfit twin with your doggy. Woof!

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    • Christmas wreath

      18 cracking Xmas wreath workshops

      Deck your door with boughs of holly! These local festive craft classes are hugely popular so, quick, book now!

    • Blaggers guide to buying art

      If buying art leaves you with a blank expression to match your blank walls, then read on, laydee. Before you make an expensive mistake, we called in the experts for some top tips.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • Highfield prep school girls in summer blue check dresses running across the netball court with street art climbing wall Maidhead Berkshire

      Highfield Prep, Maidenhead

      A celebration of girl power, this 'family' oriented school is producing fearless females who are given lot of opportunities in a non hot-housey environment.

    • Coworth-Flexlands-chain-swing girls in blue tartan skirt and navy blazers on swing

      Coworth Flexlands, Chobham

      A caring, inclusive and incredibly family-focussed girls prep school and co-ed pre-prep set in an idyllic countryside location in the Surrey/Berks borders.

  • Beth Noy, founder of plastic-free online retailer Plastic Freedom

    Meet the woman who’s declared war on plastic

    We met Beth Noy, the founder of Plastic Freedom, an online shop collating the best plastic-free brands around. She’s got some brilliant advice for us all.

    • 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.

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