The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Restaurants

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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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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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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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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Holy crêpe! Bonjour to Pancake Day

28 Feb 2017

Bored of making stodgy old British pancakes, slathered in sugar, lemon or treacle (or if you’re my children, all three)? Try this cheeky little number for size then – an elegant crêpe with Juliette sauce, artfully created and demonstrated by the stupendously beautiful chef Camille of equally beautiful French restaurant The Swan at Tetsworth, Oxfordshire.

Not sure with all the booze that it’s really for children, but having tasted this recipe, frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.

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Muddy eats: The Astor Grill, Cliveden

20 Feb 2017

I’ve been a naughty blogger. I went on a lovely family walk around Cliveden a month or so ago that is really worth you knowing about, but *sob* haven’t yet posted it. Sorrrryyyy! However, now’s the time to remedy that, particularly as I’ve just had a fantastic meal at The Astor Grill in Cliveden so I’m thinking you can perhaps combine both exploits. And maybe a third now I think about it – Cliveden is due to open its awesome new spa in May.

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The Cape, Beaconsfield

5 Feb 2017

It’s tough in the food business these days, isn’t it? So much choice for punters like us, and squeeeeezed margins for the owners of pubs, restaurants and cafés. What I’m seeing more and more of, in all kinds of businesses, is diversification – so a café like The Cape in Beaconsfield is able to offer coffee and pastries to mums and prams in the morning; casual diners and business catch-ups over lunch, and then, with considerable success, a Friday and Saturday night dining experience.

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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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