It's time for the hottest gossip in the 'hood, including (*drum roll please) your fave Muddy ed's TV debut. Roll out the red carpet and pass me a Martini.
I’ve been collecting superflashes of news, and now I’m ready to spill those goddam beans! Here’s what’s happening in Berkshire right now.
Your fave Muddy Ed is on the telly
Roll out the red carpet, coming through. Your devoted Muddy editor has managed to barge her way onto the telly box. Who needs I’m A Celebrity… when you can go behind the scenes at the five star and utterly fabulous Cliveden House Hotel. Channel 4 spent eight months filming behind the scenes and this Sunday (25 Nov) at 9pm all will be revealed in the four-part docu-series, A Very British Country House. I had to keep that little gem under my hat for months (even a night on the Porn Star Martinis did not get me to spill), but the secret is out. I mean, I even pop up on the trailer (see below). Tune in, let me know what you think and be gentle… I’ll be hiding behind the sofa. EEEK.
Reading Festival tickets on sale
Glastonbury 2019 tickets sold out in 36 minutes, so if you didn’t snaffle any, turn your attention to Reading Festival. The main headline acts have just been announced and they don’t disappoint. So who’s going to be rocking Richfield Avenue over August Bank Holiday weekend? Winners of NME’s Best Live Band 2017, The 1975; US singer-songwriter Post Malone and Grammy award winners Twenty One Pilots. But make some noise for the legendary Foo Fighters who will make a triumphant return to the Main Stage for a marathon 3-hour set. There are notably no female headliners playing the bill despite the festival receiving criticism over the past couple of years. Tickets go on sale TODAY at 9am.
The Corn Stores is ready for launch
Grab your diary and make a note that December 3 is the official opening of The Corn Stores in Reading. A pub that has previously suffered an identity crisis, the new Corn Stores on Forbury Road, central Reading, now looks like Don Drapers bedroom – all martini glasses and chic mid century furnishings. It’s got Muddy’s name written all over it. Members’ lounge on the top floor, restaurant on the second and cocktail bar on the ground, it’s the perfect place to eat, drink and hang out. So lick your lips in anticipation for wagyu beef washed down with English sparkling wines, local craft beers. Obviously I’l be first though the door to bring you the Muddy verdict.
The Governess has gone awol
When Anne Hegerty shouted I’m A Celebrity get Me Out Of Here… we didn’t realise she meant out of Windsor. Going to the other side of the world, also feels a bit extreme, particularly as The Chase star was due to appear in Dick Whittington as Queen Rat at the Theatre Royal which opens on Friday 23 November, alongside DJ Mike Reid, Basil Brush and Marti Webb. But worry not, panto peeps, Anita Harris will be taking to the stage in her place, and Anne will take return on 18 December. But first let’s crown her Queen of the Jungle.
Santa’s upgraded his sleigh
News just in. Santa’s reindeer have officially retired and are planning on spending the Christmas break in Barbados propping up the bar with Simon Cowell and Rhianna. Panic not, thanks to a generous part exchange on the sleigh, the big man’s upgraded to a helicopter. On Saturday 1 December, he’ll be doing a trial run in his new chopper to Stubbings Nursery in Maidenhead – and you can be there to assess his flying skills. He’ll be joined by his favourite gal pals Elsa and Belle for a day of festive fun. Book up, it’s a guaranteed sell out.
Minibreak in… Bicester
Bicester’s not exactly known for a surfeit of luxury accommodation but that looks set to change with the arrival of a 252 room hotel (plus 92 apartment-style bedrooms) on the site of Bicester Heritage. The historic former RAF base is now a thriving classic car and plane hub that’s looking to attract overnight visitors. The five-storey building is slated to open late summer next year, complete with a four-storey-high atrium that’ll house a classic car exhibition. Mecca for petrolheads, basically.