The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Kids Eating Out

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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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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Half Term courses – book em in, boot em out!

3 Feb 2017

For once we’re out of the starting blocks earlyish on Half Term, and rather than an exhaustive calendar of stuff to do, plus lots of scrolling through this and that, we’re scaling it back and really curating hard so that you can clearly see the very best in courses, day out locally, day trips away, adult stuff to do (nothing X-rated I’m afraid *sniff*) and suggestions for rainy days. All the top tips will be up on the blog in the next few days AND also accessible from the KIDS drop down menu at the top under the Half Term category.

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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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Roald Dahl’s lickswishy local

22 Aug 2016

On a blowy, overcast day last month I found a little ray of sunshine in the handsome red brick walls of the 15th century The Nag’s Head in Great Missenden.  Very much a local’s pub – Roald Dahl being the most famous local of all and such a fan that The Nag’s Head featured in Fantastic Mr Fox. But importantly this rural pub also punches well above its weight on the food front, with an AA rosette for culinary excellence and several regional awards.

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Happy days at Portabello

2 Jun 2016

I’ve been spending a bit of time around Summertown recently as I’ve started contributing to an extra radio show, and the BBC Oxford studios happen to be on the corner of South Parade – happy days!  This is the street that holds a clutch of treasures, including Vanilla fashion boutique, The Oxford Wine Cafe, Sarah Wiseman Gallery (see the current exhibition with Athol Whitmore, below, it’s amazing)….


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Happy birthday Mamma Mia!

23 May 2016

When a restaurant has been around for 35 years, it has to be doing something right. Mamma Mia in Summertown is on one of my favourite little Oxford streets, South Parade, that also takes in the brilliant Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Vanilla fashion boutique and the Oxford Wine Cafe, not to mention one of my favourite Oxford theatres, The North Wall.

It’s one of two restaurants, the other more recent addition in 2000 being in Jericho.

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A lovely rural local: Home Sweet Home

19 May 2016

If you read Muddy regularly you’ll know that I spend a lot of time reviewing pubs and have the waistband to prove it (just watch that baby strrrrrrretch). There are some places that immediately blow my mind, and I know that people will travel for miles and miles to get there – maybe the pub has  a whopper garden, in a stunning position, or the food is vastly superior.

But not every pub wants to be shimmying its tassels at customers, and there are plenty of pubs worth mentioning that have a more gentle allure.

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Family stay: Stoke Park Hotel & Country Club

9 May 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve written a feature for a glossy – I’m full-time Muddying these days – so it was a throw-back thrill to write a more magaziney piece for Stoke Park magazine.

Here’s the feature if you fancy reading it – a family stay at the hotel. Not something you’re going to be doing every weekend, it’s a five star gaff and is costed accordingly – but it’s a brilliant option for a special occasion.

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9 Oxon/Bucks pubs with brilliant gardens

5 May 2016

I’ve been to a gazillions of pubs in Oxon & Bucks on *cough* Muddy duty and have drawn together this scratch list, admittedly half cut late in the evening, but hopefully with a degree of knowledge and insight. Yeah yeah, I’ve probably left some goodies off, and if you think there has been a libellous omission, genuinely please let me know – I love to hear suggestions and much as I bomb around trying out new places, you are the guys who live and breathe your local areas. 

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