The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: EAT OUT

Muddy eats: Cuttlefish, Oxford

28 Mar 2017

There are so many places to eat in Oxford, but seafood is not a speciality well-catered for in our city of spires. Let me therefore present you with a fabulous fishy on a dishy in the form of Cuttlefish, a restaurant just over the Magdalen Bridge up St Clement’s St. ‘Over the Magdalen Bridge?!’ I hear you cry, horrified hands to face á la Edvard-Munsch. Yeah, like, totes, because there you’ll find all sorts of delights including my fave indie cinema Ultimate Picture Palace, the Jaqueline du Pre theatre for musical concerts, loads of cool bars like Kazbar and Cafe Coco on Cowley Road, the groovy young-persony Pegasus Theatre just off Iffley, and – tada!

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Under the canvas at Nicholsons

27 Mar 2017

The clocks have gone forward, the sun has finally shown its face and I’m now officially in sandals until October (podiatrists of Bucks & Oxon, form an orderly queue).

So this means there will be lots of summery stuff starting to pop up on the blog, and I can start by telling you about the new yurt at Nicholsons nursery in North Oxfordshire, which soft-opened a few weeks ago.

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Fine dining nirvana: Humphry’s at Stoke Park

20 Mar 2017

Looking for somewhere really special to go for lunch or a spot of dins? Stoke Park country club, hotel and spa – and home of Humphry’s Fine Dining Restaurant – certainly makes a jaw-dropping first impression. Think turning up on a blind date and finding Ryan Gosling waiting at the bar. Well, hello! The exquisite late 18th century mansion house, in Stoke Poges near Beaconsfield, has been at the top of the Muddy hottie hotel list for a while, with its lofty ceilings (I’m guessing 25 feet high), marble pillars, opulent chandeliers and walls lined with actual Warhols and Van Dykes.

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NEW SERIES! Muddy’s speedy suppers for frazzled cooks

20 Mar 2017

Having one of those days when ‘make dinner’ is just one of 8 million things on your to-do list? Totally run out of ideas? Yup, us too. So with frazzled, time-poor cooks in mind, here’s the first recipe in our new series of speedy weekday suppers.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be asking our favourite cooks to inspire us with an nifty new dish. Because there’s only so much pasta and pesto a girl can eat.

First up wearing the Muddy (not literally, don’t worry) apron? Emma Collen from the brilliant The Jericho Kitchen Cookery School in Oxford…

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Review: The Catherine Wheel, Goring

17 Mar 2017

We sure get around at Muddy – in the nicest way of course! From the recent review of fantastic vegtastic restaurant GAF in Oxford, we now put the pedal to the metal on the A4074 to Goring (George Michael – RIP)  to sample the delights of The Catherine Wheel with Kerry Potter, my gluttonous editorial sidekick.

I obviously didn’t concentrate hard enough in history lessons so it wasn’t until we sat down at The Catherine Wheel in Goring, South Oxfordshire, and googled said wheels – they’re a feature of the decor – that I discovered they were a medieval torture device.

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REVIEW: GÄF – is this the grooviest restaurant in Oxford?

12 Mar 2017

Yup, that looks like the pre-planning stage of a Muddy Stilettos review…

So here I am in GÄF, a very cool cafe/restaurant up the Iffley Road in Oxford that describes itself enticingly as ‘veg-centric’ – veggie enough to please superfood loving clean eaters, but not so hairshirt that flaming dirty carnivores like me won’t give it a try.

It opened in June last year on the site of the former Oxfork, and is a funky addition to nice-guy-and-ninja-entrepreneur Drew Brammer’s growing portfolio of Oxford establishments in Oxford that includes The Chester pub, The Bear and the Bean cafe on  the brilliant cafe Brew on North Parade.

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Early birds! Get your Mothering Sunday sorted

8 Mar 2017

Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the week before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organized, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there).

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Muddy eats: André Garrett at Cliveden

7 Mar 2017

What’s a girl to do when she’s too goddam fat to review another restaurant without fear of a hernia? Call Rachel, fellow elasticated trouser wearer and brilliant Muddy Berks editor, that’s what! Rachel was deputy editor of a national newspaper before she joined us over at the frothy side, so she really knows her stuff. Here’s her review of the André Garrett restaurant at Cliveden near Taplow and if it tempts you, it’s worth knowing that if you live within a 50-mile radius you can sign up to Cliveden’s new Dining Card and enjoy a 10% discount off food and drink; special events plus celebration vouchers for Champagne, a boat trip and room upgrade.

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