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  • A happy cheese-free Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (eek) and it always conjures up a certain dread. Part of me doesn’t want to be told that Mr Muddy and I should be gazing into each others eyes on demand, the other part longs for him to want to lavish me with gifts and whisk me off my feet […]

  • Eat here: The Milk Shed, nr Bicester Village

    You probably don’t need another excuse to break for the border and head to Bicester (Bicester Village for a bit of early Christmas present shopping anyone?!) but I’m feeling generous so I’ll give you one anyway. I had a meeting at Bicester Village last week (by which I mean coffee with my friend Jude at Villandry) and […]

  • Best breakfast *ever* at The Old Post Office, Wargrave

    So it was yet another grim ‘n’ grey rainy weekend back in January, but refusing to be defeated by the British weather I chucked the Muddy family in their wellies, lobbed them in the car, and before any of them realised the X-Box controller was no longer in their sticky little mitts, we were heading to Wargrave on a […]

  • Best afternoon teas for Mother’s Day

    It’s not too late to get it right on Mother’s Day! (next Sunday 6 March – it should be tattooed on your forehead). Choose from the best afternoon teas in Berkshire with my curated guide (yes, seriously, I’ve drunk a lot of tea and eaten many many scones) and say ‘I love you mum’ through the medium of cake […]

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