The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Berkshire

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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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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Local Bib Gourmands foodie winners 2017

6 Oct 2016

It’s a gourmet-fest on Muddy this week, with the local Michelin-starred eateries listed the other day and now, for those of us who are *yawn* a bit tired of eating four times a week at Le Manoir, the 2017 Bib Gourmand winners in Bucks, Oxon and beyond.

Oxfordshire trounced Bucks in the Michelin constellations this year, but it’s a bit of role reversal with the Bib Gourmands, the Michelin classification that rewards excellent cuisine at more affordable prices.

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Eat here: The Michelin star winners in Oxon & Bucks

5 Oct 2016

Not too many surprises in this year’s Michelin food lists but in case you’ve missed them, here’s a quick round up of where the stars are falling in Oxon, Bucks and beyond for 2017. Those Berkshire chefs over the border are cooking up the biggest storm, with Oxfordshire brandishing the frying pan behind them. I’ve put links on the ones I’ve previously reviewed to give you a steer, and I’ll be making my way down the list over the months to come.

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Eat here: Caldesi in Campagna, Bray

15 Jun 2016

I’ve been waiting to write about Caldesi in Campagna restaurant for the last week, but the weather has been so horrific that I decided to hold back. Now I’m looking at (sort of) blue skies so I’m taking my chance.

You’ll probably know the Caldesi name already – their elegant Italian restaurant in Bray is really well-regarded, they’ve brought out several books, plus Katie and Giancarlo have their own cookery schools in Gerrard’s Cross and Marylebone.

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A brilliant special occasion meal: L’Ortolan, Reading

23 Feb 2016

Sometimes eating out is a confusing business. You book a Michelin restaurants that looks like a pub. You choose a cafe that’s actually a bar. The pub offers formal dining. But when you turn into the gravel driveway of L’Ortolan, Reading’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, there’s no mistaking the kind of experience you’re going to get – this place is ‘formal special occasion’ through and through.

The 19th century former vicarage building is handsome with its grand red brickwork and Gothic revival outline, and the interior has all the high ceilings and elegant proportions you’d expect.

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Muddy eats: Heston Blumenthal’s The Hinds Head, Bray

15 Feb 2016

Have you ever been to Bray? Just over the border into Berkshire – literally a stone’s throw from the Oxfordshire border – lies the most perfect triumvirate of restaurants in a pretty village waterside setting. The Alain-Roux owned The Waterside Inn with three Michelin stars); The Fat Duck, Heston Blumenthal’s flagship, with a matching three Michelin stars; and The Hinds Head, also Heston-owned, with one Michelin star.

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Riverside delights in Bourne End

19 Jan 2016

Riverlight in Bourne End is a restaurant I’ve been trying to make it into for quite some time. Partly because I’m a big fan of its owner James, the brains behinds the very cool Coopers café in the Marlow backstreets and a guy who is throwing his energies into something new and funky and getting great results.

Reason 2 is the location – right on Bourne End marina, with a balcony running the length of the  building, looking out on the lazy launchers and boaters who cruise past or pull up for a spot of lunch.

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Coppa Club: Fab new eaterie in Sonning

2 Oct 2015

I’ve only been to Sonning twice in my life and it’s *cough* a total coincidence that both have been since George Clooney moved to the area. No need for my binoculars and wire cutters last weekend though, as I’d already intercepted George’s mobile and found out he wasn’t home.

So we headed straight for Coppa Club, a restaurant and self-proclaimed ‘social hub’ in Sonning just around the corner from The Mill theatre (and George) that has just enjoyed one hell of a facelift.

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