The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Pubs & Inns

Muddy eats: The Crown, Granborough

3 Apr 2017

Where would we be without our pubs? Great for a can’t-be-bothered-to-cook Sunday lunch, girly get-together, romantic night out, a relaxed gastro experience, or just a muddy-booter-at-the-end-of-a-dog walk. Here’s a new review of your delectation, a fantastic gastro pub that seems to tick almost every goddam box you may have…

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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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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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