The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Oxfordshire

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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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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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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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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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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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 Miller of Mansfield

5 Jul 2016

Even if you’ve never eaten at The Miller of Mansfield in the pretty riverside village of Goring, you may well have heard of it by now – this elegant 18th century country inn won Best Destination Pub in the Muddy Awards 2016, to add to the Waitrose Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year award it collected earlier this year.

I first reviewed the restaurant back in early 2015 when husband and wife team Mary and Nick Galer had recently taken over, having previously run the Fleur de Lys pub in Dorchester.

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All hail The Crown inn, Woodstock

25 Jun 2016

Cool place to stay alert! Muddy Stilettos recently had the rather preeny pleasure of being the first journo to try out bedrooms in the 18th century former coaching inn of  The Crown in Woodstock (I know, where’s my trophy?). The Crown has given the other pubs and inns in the town a bit of a shake up since it launched in 2015, but the rooms have seen months of delay and were only completed in March.

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