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Cocktails and posh popcorn

Everyman Wokingham

Film nights are about to get fabulous. The boutique Everyman Cinema opens in Wokingham on 13 Dec and we’ll be first in the queue for posh popcorn and a Porn Star martini. What can you expect? Plush seating with side tables and foot stools, cocktails and gourmet snacks. This is not a soulless multiplex, but a film night experience that feels more like you’re in your a private screening room. It will show the latest releases alongside classics and special screenings and you can even hire it out for parties. Ooh! Anyone fancy getting red carpet ready for a Muddy Awards season screen-a-thon. Another Everyman Cinema is planned for Reading.


Now open: The Five Bells, Wickham 

The Five Bells Wickham thatched red brick inn with porch and sign with five copper bells

Wickham is not just the home to the Great British Bake Off tent – Welford Park for those of you who didn’t know Berkshire’s baking claim to fame. There is now another foodie attraction and it’s got nothing to go with Paul Hollywood getting his buns out. The Five Bells, has been overhauled by Duncan Jones, former group head chef at boutique pub chain The Bel & The Dragon, and a man who has cooked for the Queen, Prince Phillip and the Queen of Sweden. How fancy is that? Don’t expect gastropub fine dining, the menu here is a crowd-pleasing list of British comfort classics, using local ingredients. The craft beers will rotate, with plans to brew their own ale and there are five rooms if you want to make a night of it and stagger to bed.


Big beauty news 

AfterBeauty London store pink floral wall and pink bucket chairs in nail salon

A brand new beauty playhouse, AfterBeauty (below) has just opened its doors in Piccadilly, London. The four storey townhouse stocks 4,000+ products from 140 global brands, features manicure stations, a meditation room and is an Insta-dream with flower walls, pink velvet furniture, vanity mirror and neon signage galore. Basically, it’s Hamley’s but for beauty buffs. If you don’t fancy travelling into London (or climbing all those stairs) then you’re in luck as their online shop is launching any moment now.


Daniel Galmiche has left the building

Sad news has reached Muddy Berks HQ, Michelin starred chef Daniel Galmiche will no longer be working with the Pot Kiln. Following an extensive renovation project, the excitement levels were maxing out at the thought of having a chef of Daniel’s calibre on the Muddy doorstep, but it was not to be. The kitchen is now under the stewardship of Head Chef Wolf, with the legendary Raymond Blanc announced as chair of the Pot Kiln Dining Club – offering members unique foodie experiences.


Specs appeal

WOOW eyewear blonde woman wearing dark rimmed glasses

As a dedicated wearer of specs, it’s hard to find stylish frames. Despite a sea of glasses in high street opticians, there’s little to get excited about… until now. Valarie Jerome – a super-skilled optician – has opened a new boutique in Newbury. Aside from the essential but boring bit of eye exams, Valerie showcases smaller eyewear brands that I’ve not see outside of London – WOOW, Wolf, Anglo American, Booth and Bruce, Aspinal of London and more. Book in, and leave with specs appeal.


House of Fun

HOuse of Fraser Bowling alley Reading

Are we about to say bye bye to House of Fraser in Reading? The troubled department store has been on shaky ground for a while, and plans are afoot to change the use of the space to add a cool new bowling alley, mini golf and food hall. The Oracle Shopping Centre has submitted plans which, if permitted, could see the massive store divided into smaller units. The Oracle are already in talks with a bowling alley operator and we’re also praying for a cool Junkyard Golf. Watch this space,but House of Fraser is set to become the house of fun.


And finally…

Wanna play spot Heston’s pub? We’ve heard on the gastro grapevine that the super chef’s Michelin Star pub The Hind’s Head will feature in the The King’s Man, next year’s hotly-anticipated prequel to The Kingsman, starring man of the moment Taron Egerton. A new cast will slip into the Savile Row suit, with Harris Dickenson, Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton starring. What’s this got to do with The Hind’s Head? This month the crew rocked up in Bray and transformed the historic pub into the King’s Arms. Michelin star meeets Hollywood stars, it’s a constellation we’re loving.

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