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  • The Old Boot, Stanford Dingley

    Muddy says: A cosy 18th century pub in West Berkshire that has a new lease of life after a stylish refurb. Good pub food, fab garden and a friendly vibe.

  • The Dolphin Pub Newbury Berkshire Teal leather banquette, dark blu walls chalk board and vintage stocking props

    The Dolphin, Newbury

    Muddy says: Shoreditch House meets Miami Beach in Newbury town centre, this pub with stylish mid-century rooms is grown-up, glamorous and fun.

  • The Blackbird Banger 19th century red brick country pub rural west berkshrie

    The Blackbird, Bagnor

    Muddy says: A 17th century inn and foodie destination in the stunning riverside hamlet of Bagnor, run by Tom Aiken's former head chef.

  • Taproom & Kitchen, Yattendon

    Muddy says: You don't have to love beer to visit The Taproom, this is in fact a family-friendly casual restaurant on a farm in West Berkshire.

  • The Jolly Woodman Burnham Slough 19th century rd brick country pub with floral baskets and beds

    The Jolly Woodman, Burnham

    Muddy says: Chop chop to this 19th century family friendly pitstop serving cracking pub food with plenty of space for kids (and dogs).

  • B The Lifestyle Shop Newbury Berkshire independent fashion and homeware scandi style boutique founder and owner Emma sat on a bench outside the shop window

    B The Lifestyle Shop

    Muddy says: Simple, stylish, Scandi-inspired boutique stocking cool women's, men's, home and gift products in Newbury. Wrap it up, we'll take the lot.

  • Grape smith wine shop Barrs Yard Hungerford Berkshire logo on background of grapes

    GrapeSmith Hungerford

    Muddy says: Drinks o'clock? This independent wine merchant in Hungerford offers an exceptional range of wines to quaff, savour or cellar as well as local craft beers, ciders and boutique spirits.

  • Colline Bakes Berkshire cake maker logo

    Colline Bakes

    Muddy says: Freshly baked, perfectly iced, cleverly creative, these sweet treats are a cut-above your usual Victoria sponge. For birthdays, christenings, weddings – or just because.

  • Jade Jones Berkshire aesthetics and lashes gold logo

    Jade Jones Berkshire

    Muddy says: Looking for semi-permeant perfection? (Yup, me too.) Your wish is their command at this bijou, friendly Maidenhead salon specialising in lash extensions and aesthetics.

  • Flaming Cow burger restaurant graffiti

    The Flaming Cow, Eton

    Fun and funky, Flaming Cow is a cool urban diner in traditional Eton, serving banging burgers, craft beers and thick oozy milkshakes.

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