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  • 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.

  • Rustic teepee wedding with wooden chair, trestle tables and hanging greenery – Birch Associates Events

    Birch Associates Events

    Muddy says: Planning a party? Raise a glass to the clever folk at Birch Associates Events. Their can-do attitude and bespoke service make for a fuss free, fun filled do.

  • Go Ape High rope and forest segway adventures logo

    Go Ape

    Muddy says: Aaaaarraaaagh! Tarzan incoming. Time to get high on life at Go Ape – a forest adventure for all the family that will test your balance, bravery and dignity. Wheeeee!

  • Flowers in buckets old pine dressers and cupboard at Willow and Blooms Newbury

    Willow & Blooms Newbury

    Muddy says: We love this creative Berkshire florist that uses the best seasonal blooms. If you're going to say it with flowers, make it these beauties.

  • Stunning riverside location of the Swan at Streatley boutique hotel Berkshire with historic steamer boat

    The Swan at Streatley

    Muddy says: A riverside boutique hotel in Streatley with a grown-up vibe, fab gym and cracking coffee – respect! Dog-friendly rooms available too.

  • Bray restaurant Caldesi in Campagna Stunning white rendered double fronted Victorian house in Bray Berkshire – home to Caldesi in Campagna

    Caldesi In Campagna, Bray

    Muddy says: If Gucci did restaurants, it would look like this. Caldesi in Campagna is a stylish Italian restaurant serving sunshine on a plate.

  • Uncommon Scents Janette Hammond perfume bottle

    Uncommon Scents

    Muddy says: Personalisation is taken to a new level with bespoke perfume. Sniff out Uncommon Scents workshops for a truly individual gift.

  • Claire McNestry Styling Leopard coat Bella fred jumper and bogs shahs

    Claire McNestry Personal Styling

    Muddy says: Find yourself in a fashion slump? Meet stylist Claire McNestry, a woman who can help you look younger, slimmer and help you shop smart.

  • The Vineyard Hotel Newbury Berkshire Wine Vault

    The Vineyard Hotel, Stockcross

    Muddy says: This exquisite 5-star hotel is the last word in luxury. Fine dining, a luxury overnighter or superlative spa? Please don't make us go home. Ever.

  • Lego figures become art at Tinkers Gifts

    Tinkers Gifts

    Muddy says: Crafting's never looked so cool. Who needs flowers when you can say it with Lego Tinkers Gifts. Unique art for all occasions. Smiley faces all round.

  • turquoise and tan handmade pottery at Handmade Craft Company Wokingham

    The Handmade Craft Company

    Muddy says: No need to tear your hair out looking for the perfect gift, The Handmade Craft Company at Holme Grange Craft Village, ticks the thoughtful, quirky and unique boxes.

  • Festival face with painted flowers framing the eyes

    Sunny Faces

    Muddy says: An explosion of glitter and greasepaint, Sunny Faces' stunning face and body art is fab for parties, festivals, weddings and corporate events.

  • Prosecco Colucci’s

    Muddy says: Prosecco Colucci is a premium Italian sparkling wine that's giving the best Champagnes a run for their money – trust me, once you pop you can't stop.

  • Strange The Jewellers

    Muddy says: If you're looking for jewellery that's cool, quirky and utterly fabulous – it's right here at Strange The Jewellers in Wokingham.

  • Redcrest Events

    Muddy says: Save your carpets and take your do outside. Redcrest Events provide beautiful marquees, handprinted linings and no-hassle organisation.

  • Ufton Court Weddings

    Muddy says: Rustic and relaxed, Ufton Court is a unique venue to say 'I do' as your big day helps support an amazing cause.

  • Saint Floral

    Muddy says: When fine art and floristry collide you get Saint Floral – romantic, blowsy blooms for fashion-conscious brides

  • The Real Macaron Company

    Muddy says: a quirky but elegant addition to any kind of event or party you have the exciting (or maybe arduous) task of planning.

  • Silchester House

    Muddy says: Silchester House on the Berkshire-Hampshire border is a bucolic bolthole that ticks all the 'I do' boxes – relaxed, romantic and ready to party. All the ingredients for a top notch wedding.

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