The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Buckinghamshire

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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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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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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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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Muddy eats: Canaletto, Kingswood

20 Nov 2016


When disaster hits and I can’t make a food review, my first call is always my fellow mucker Kerry Potter, journo extraordinaire for Elle, Grazia, The Pool and the broadsheets, who lives in Thame and happens to be nearly as gluttonous as me. She slipped into something a little more roomy – the venue was an Italian restaurant after all – and zipped off with her family to Canaletto in Kingswood, in Buckinghamshire.

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Muddy eats: The Mash Inn, nr Radnage

26 Oct 2016

Tis true that Muddy Stilettos has a terrible weakness for a cool new foodie venue. The team from The Mash Inn had barely stepped across the threshold of the former Three Horse Shoes in the rural hamlet Bennett’s End (just outside Radnage, mid Bucks) before I was peering through the window, and apart from a rogue Daily Telegraph hack who sneaked in to review it a few weeks ago *humph*, yours truly is the first national journo/blogger to taste its charms.

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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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The Three Oaks, Gerrard’s Cross

26 Sep 2016

There are pubs that you clock every day as you drive by, and then there are pubs that you’d never find in a million trillion years without a bit of assistance from the likes of your intrepid superscoffer.

The Three Oaks falls into the second category, a fabulous country dining pub in Chalfont St Peter, just outside Gerrard’s Cross in the winding countryside that I’d certainly never seen before, despite regular zipping around that area.

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