The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Gastropubs

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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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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The Bull on Bell Street, Henley

31 Jan 2017

Is there anything more fun than an image overhaul? The Bull on Bell Street in Henley, above, has just had quite the facelift, and so who better than the wrinkle-free and fragrant Sarah Prior, ex Berkshire Muddy editor, Henley resident and all round oinking foodie to report on its shiny new look?

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Book now: Duende pop up restaurant

25 Jan 2017

The trend for pop-up restaurants and supper clubs has been going strong for years in London but it’s taking some time to fully filter out here to the sticks. There are a handful of fantastic ones that, well, pop up locally and tickets are like gold-dust. Luckily for you, we are on it here at Muddy! Consider this advance warning of Duende at Orchard View Farm, Little Meadle on 3 & 4 March and Temperance Hall in Chesham on 31 March and 1 April (the Feb dates in Chesham are already booked up).

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Whoopeeeeee to 2017!

31 Dec 2016

Whoo-hoo! (*ouch, my head*)

So we’re into 2017, and a huge muddy hug for you to celelebrate. I absolutely love New Year. For me it’s an incredibly positive, optimistic moment, when I haven’t yet cocked anything up, and opportunities can be anything that I imagine – namely a commission to interview Rufus Sewell on a yacht in the Bahamas.

Anyway, I’m not going to blather on about resolutions this year, because you either do them or you don’t, and if you’re like me they’re pretty much the same every year, so, you know, best of luck to you either way.

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The Maytime Inn

11 Dec 2016

This review is a bit of a departure for me because it includes some  of my (*cough*) highly professional vlogging. Tis true I’m no Scorcese, though I’ve improved slightly since my early car reviews when I managed to film upside down. No seriously, remember this?! Anyway, hopefully you’ll agree that my new vlog offers something immediate and helpful , so do take a look as it will give you a good flavour for The Maytime Inn, a stylish, quirky-round-the-edges Cotswold inn set in some glorious countryside in Asthall in the Windrush Valley, only six miles from Witney but somehow feeling very timeless and rural.

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Muddy eats: The Russell Arms, Butler’s Cross

5 Dec 2016

I’ve wanted to re-review The Russell Arms in Butler’s Cross ever since it moved last year into the very safe hands of James Pennington. James also runs The Bell in Stoke Mandeville and knows how to hit the sweet spot between relaxed local and quality gastro.

The pub is in a very sweet position for a weekend walk/Sunday lunch as incredibly close to Ellesborough golf course, Coombe Hill and the Chequers estate, but it’s also ideal for meals with mates or even a more romantic outing with the other half.

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Perfect family pizza pub in Cuxham

5 Dec 2016

Say hello to the Half Moon at Cuxham, a pizza specialising pub that’s so family friendly I’m tempted to ask the landlady to babysit. Vaska, originally from Macedonia, took over this rundown joint last year, and has clearly had a vision to create a welcoming, unpretentious, family-centric experience, and I have to say that she has totally nailed it.

It helps that there’s a steady stream of trampers going by her front door, thanks to Cuxham’s pretty brick and colour-washed timber-framed cottages and proximity to easy walks.

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Muddy eats: The Angel at Burford

30 Nov 2016

Burford is one of those gorgeous Cotswold towns where you can spend hours gawping at the beauty of every shop and house you pass. Historically and aesthetically it’s stunning, but the flipside is that, certainly on the high street, many of the eating options cater to the tourist trade. So let’s take you off that thoroughfare by a few minutes, pop you in the huge free carpark next to Burford’s beautiful church – an absolute corker as you can see….

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