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Veuve Cliquot pops up at Cliveden
If the Champagne corks are popping, Muddy comes running. Who wouldn’t want to head to Cliveden House’s fabulous terrace, with its views of the manicured South Parterre, when there’s oodles of bubbles on ice? Whether you’re staying overnight, dining, in a post-spa-day trance or in a meeting, the Veuve Cliquot Terrace Bar is now open from 6pm every day throughout August. You’ll find Team Muddy slumped like Eddie and Patsy with a bottle (make that two). Hic!
Fleabag comes to Berks
See above for the look on my face when I didn’t bag West End Fleabag tickets earlier this year. No surprise there though as the tickets were hotter than Andrew Scott’s priest and sold out in minutes. So we’re thrilled to report there’s still chance to see Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brilliant theatre production as the show is being beamed live from Soho Theatre on 12 Sep, into our local cinemas, courtesy of National Theatre Live. Hurray! Find your local screening (there are over 25 venues) here and be quick! When we nabbed tickets for Vue Reading, they were selling like hot cakes. And indeed hot priests.
137 Gin gong
If you’re partial to a G&T or three, then you need 137 Gin in your life. The brand launched a year ago, is distilled at The Newbury Pub – a Muddy Award winner, no less – and the Lumber’s Bartholomew Country Garden and Berkshire Dry have just snagged a bronze award in the Contemporary Style and London Dry categories at this year’s prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition. The IWSC use a ‘double blind’ judging method (not blind drunk), meaning samples are tasted in pre-poured numbered glasses so that judges never see a bottle. It’s an impressive accolade for this new kid on the block. Congrats.
The Globe x Kitchen
Big news of a brilliant collaboration has reached this Muddy news hound. Muddy Award winner, Colline’s Kitchen, and cool new pub The Globe will be teaming up to bring you food to die for. The Globe (formerly known as The Snooty Fox) opened in May under new owners Colin and Kate. It’s a laid-back, dog-friendly hangout and the final piece of the puzzle is now in place with top nosh and nibbles being offered, courtesy of gastro queen Colline Watts. She’s popping up all over Newbury – Living Saucha, The Real Macaron Company and now The Globe. Tuck in, you won’t regret it.
Harrods is coming to Henley…
…Not the whole sherbang, complete with Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed shrines, but a Harrods H Cafe selling food and a smattering of luxury accessories and homeware. Ooh, fancy! It will be London department store’s first stand alone café outside of its famous Knightsbridge location and it’s opening in Market Place, Henley, in October.
A new place to eat… drink… sleep
It’s an new one on us… a food hall and hotel under one roof. The Market House in Reading has just opened in the Grade II listed former Lloyds Bank building offering street food and the old vault has been transformed into a secret garden cocktail bar, with retractable glass roof. Oh, and there’s 24 boutique rooms to rest your booze-addled head at the end of the night. Knowing that millennials and Her Majesty don’t carry cash, it is cards and techy payment systems only.
Flock to The Crown Inn, Playhatch
You’ve gotta love a stylish pub garden… a place to soak up the sun, sink endless amounts of rosé, in a lovely locale. So news of a revamped garden with a shepherd hut outdoor kitchen, has the Muddy team flocking for some al fresco social action. The Crown in Playhatch has transformed the outside space at this historic 16th century inn with a lounge area, olive trees, bee hotels and a kitchen, serving up anti-pasti to share, pizzas, and salads. Eat, drink, relax… repeat.
Muddy Book Club Live returns
Guess who’s back? The Muddy team are returning to Henley Literary Festival on Sat 5 Oct with lashings of wine, plenty of pizzazz and a panel of brilliant female authors. Find out who exactly here.
Tickets have just gone on sale and last year was a sell-out so do get in there asap. There’s loads of other fantastic events at the festival – it’s so exciting to have such a wealth of literary talent and interesting speakers on our doorstep.