The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Restaurants

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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Glazebrook House: A Rabbit Hole You’ll Want To Tumble Down

20 Jan 2017

New Year New Muddies! You can now, delightfully, receive your Muddy Stilettos fix in 13 counties – the fragrant Muddy Cambridgshire and Muddy Devon have just launched and my, they’re looking pretty.

I’ve been writing a bit about potential holidays on the south coast over the last few weeks and so thought I should let you know you about Glazebrook Hotel, an amazing place in South Brent that Devon Muddy ed Sharon has already squirrelled out and reviewed below.

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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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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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