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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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  • Show covered christmas tree outside the historic Royal Oak pub in Yattendon, Berkshire.

    Royal Oak Yattendon

    Muddy says: A stylish country pub with a rep for good food, loved by royalty and regulars. It’s cosier than a pair of Uggs. What’s not to like?

    • Practice your Bolero…

      Will you be lacing up your skates after stuffing your face at the Bel & the Dragon?

    • Roasted partridge with crispy roast potatoes, braised red cabbage and watercress served on a wooden board

      By royal appointment

      Gawd knows we love good pub grub, so it’s hello and make mine 3 courses at the Bel & The Dragon Windsor

    • Win! A Xmas scoff & skate

      While you're spanking cash on Xmas pressies, enter our fab scoff and skate comp for some family fun.

    • tan leather banquette and exposed brick wall in the new bar area at Caldesi in Campagna

      Italians do it better

      If Gucci did Italian food, it would look like this. Muddy eats at Caldesi in Campagna, Bray.

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  • Traditional wooden alpine chalet on the snowy mountains under blue skies and sunshine

    Ski luxe for less

    Looking for a swish ski holiday on a budget? Check out our top tips for luxe for less!

    • red haired spaniel relaxes on the baby blue velvet sofa on a dog friendly holiday

      Have pooch, will travel

      Woof! 38 perfect dog-friendly stays, from hotels, pubs and inns and cottages, to cater to the fur baby in your life.

    • Moving to Cornwall?

      Fancy upping sticks to live in your favourite holiday spot? Don’t hit the estate agents until you’ve read this

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  • Festive fashion, sorted!

    Party season is fast approaching, yippee! But, what to wear? Before you cover yourself in Superglue and jump in a giant vat of sequins, read our edit of the best partywear – featuring twinkly little gems from our faves at Parkway Newbury.

    • It’s a girl’s world

      Millie Pink's girly accessories are so cute, colourful and cool it make my ovaries ache.

    • checked double blazer and leather rousers in the Aw17 Kitri Studio collection

      Kiss ass Kitri

      Swishy jumpsuits, cool day dresses and shirts with an edge. We'll take everything at KITRI, thanks.

  • Cross dressing panto dame The Enchantress in Corn Exchnage Newbury's Christmas show Beauty and the Beast

    Gotta a spell on you

    The Enchantress (AKA PK Taylor) is putting the *ahem Beauty and the Beast into Newbury’s panto – and she’s a bigger diva than Mariah Carey.

    • Top 10 Books for Teens

      From Philip Pullman's latest to a YouTube sensation, these young adult releases are fab, lo-fi stocking fillers

    • Muddy’s best books of 2017

      Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter chooses her literary picks of the year. Is your favourite on the list?

    • Don’t miss this!!!!

      Clear your schedule for Friday night - the best TV show on the box is back and it is worth staying in for.

    • Barry Manilow's Copacabana in pink neon lights – panto dance routine at Corn Exchange Newbury

      Belle of the panto ball

      Beauty & The Beast at the Corn Exchange Newbury is a celeb-free zone and all the better for it.


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  • Crazy blonde Jan Ravens tearing it up on stage

    A Dead Ringer for difficult

    If you’re strong, successful and assertive… Watch out! Jan Ravens is about. The Dead Ringers star talks to Muddy ahead of her Difficult Woman UK tour

    • black and white image of author and owner of Cliveden House Hotel Natalie Livingstone

      Hanging with Natalie

      Author and brains behind the Cliveden Literary Festival, Natalie Livingstone reveals her fave hangouts

    • A bug’s life

      Trying to teach your kids good habits? Author Tina Stubbs can help with her books Life's Little Bugs



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