If it's new, exciting and happening in the Berkshire 'hood, it's right here. Cue the trumpeter, all hail the Muddy newsflash with some delicious royal gossip..
Spotted! Was there a royal in your local?
When you live in a county with royal in its name, the largest inhabited castle and a gaggle of HRHs, you’re occasionally going to find them in a pub. They are almost like the rest of us, after all. But that doesn’t stop you from chocking on your Picpoul de Penet when you see Hazza, Meghan and baby Archie rock up for a Sunday roast. Despite their love of private jets and privacy, they popped in for a Sunday roast at the Rose and Crown in Winkfield – just five miles down the road from Frogmore Cottage. Apparently, the couple’s two-hour visit went virtually unnoticed. How? They are one of the most recognisable couples in the world and go everywhere with royal protection officers.
Of course the Rose & Crown’s not the only Berkshire pub to be visited by royalty, when Harry and William were at Eton College, Princess Diana used to treat them to lunch at The Hind’s Head in Bray, also the venue for the Duke of Edinburgh’s stag do. Oh, and Kate and William have been spotted on several occassions at the Old Boot in Stanford Dingley and the Pot Kiln, Frilsham (currently closed while it has an almighty makeover). Any more royal hot spots, let me know.
Countryfile Live coming to Berkshire
Muddy Stilettos loves a hay bale and check shirt as much as the next girl (particularly if the checked shirt is proffering a glass of cold bubbly stuff her way). After four years at Blenheim Palace, Countryfile Live is leaving home. Sad new for the good peeps of Oxon, but fantastic news for Berkshire babes. In 2020, John Craven and his BBC tribe will pitch up at Windsor Great Park (20-23 Aug), bringing with them the Farmyard, the Wildlife Zone, the Countryfile Kitchen, The Craven Arms pub, the Village Green, the Dog Lover’s Arena and more.
Members club expands
We’re big fans of The Corn Stores in Reading – more of a stylish sanctuary than your typical boozer, with a delicious private members’ lounge on the top floor. Good news for existing and future card carriers, the Berkshire membership benefits are expanding to the Rarebreed Group’s other sites. On Thursday 12 September from 6.30pm, RARE membership will launch at The Plough Inn in Cobham, Surrey. They’ll be offering complimentary drinks, canapés, an oyster bar, BBQ and live music, at this poppetity pop-up. All members get exclusive access to The Corn Stores lounge, which has its own exclusive changing cocktail menu and barrel aged products, and will now be able to use their benefits at The Plough Inn Cobham and The Shurlock Inn in Shurlock Row.
Arty antics in Marlow
A pop-up arts space, The Chixwane Collective, has just opened up in Marlow with the aim of introducing new forms of art to the community. The studio hosts workshops on ceramics, photography, pottery painting, sewing, jewellery-making, glass art and also has a selection of locally made handmade items, gifts and bisqueware available to buy and paint in the studio. As well as regular workshops, the space will also host children’s pottery parties (sounds good) and Wine & Design adult painting evenings (sounds even better). dancingteapot.co.uk