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The 2019 Muddy Stilettos Awards

24th April - 22nd May 2019

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  • Rosebourne Aldermaston afternoon tea jam crisps sandwich triangles clotted cream cake and chocolate mousse served on slate

    Shall I be Mum?

    Pass the scones we're off to Rosebourne in Aldermaston – a garden centre with a rather nice restaurant – for a very local afternoon tea. Pass the elasticated pants, I'm going in.

  • 31 below Marylebone London bar cafe pink and grey awning outside tables and chairs

    31 Below, Marylebone

    You can keep Oxford, Bond and Kensington - it's Marylebone High Street and its new watering hole, 31 Below, all the way for me!

  • Eliane Smiles Sunningdale Copper counter feather lights white walls chalk board menus

    The best cheap eats

    If you caned the credit card, swanky dinners are probably off the menu. What you need is a Muddy-approved cheap but chic dining spots.

  • 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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