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October 2019

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The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

  • Is this the UK’s sexiest restaurant?

    Super glam Cliveden House is just across the border into Berks, but we couldn’t resist the opportunity of a seven-course tasting menu at Meghan Markle’s favourite hangout. Muddy’s Rachel got heroically stuck in.

    • Muddy reviews: Fego, Marlow

      Attention brunchers! It's perfect poached eggs aplenty at Fego, a laid-back, family-friendly café in the middle of Marlow.

    • The Swan, Ascott-under-Wychwood

      Did someone say quintessential Cotswold pub with a twist? Let us in, right now. Off we go to have a gander (sorry) at the brand spanking new Swan in pretty Ascott-under-Wychwood.

    • crown inn enstone

      Regally yours: The Crown Inn, Church Enstone

      Fine art and luxe design: this Cotswolds pub is upping its game thanks to a fresh new fleet of B&B rooms. Muddy checks in and checks it out.

    • The Boxing Hare

      A strong Muddy fave, The Boxing Hare in Swerford comes out fighting with a Michelin chef, experienced owners, a newly renovated orangerie and celeb clientele. Book us in!

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Fun Finder

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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  • Fancy a break this half term?

    Need to make a fast getaway? Don’t move a muscle till you’ve checked out my pick of 8 last-minute family breaks in the West Country.

    • Jewel in the Crown

      Broadway in Worcestershire is arguably the most lovely of the Cotswolds villages - and we know exactly where you should be staying.

    • 24 hours in Matera

      Have you seen the new James Bond car chase scenes around southern Italy? Happens that Muddy was there this summer, checking out the cool places to go. Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while I tell you my insider tips.

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  • Forty years of fashion

    This season’s trends nibble from the Seventies, Eighties, Nineties and Noughties. Here’s how to channel the decades but keep your look modern.

    • Pyjama time!

      It's suddenly dark, cold and wet outside - let's hunker down and cheer ourselves up with some chic new pyjamas (yes, such things do actually exist).

    • Something for the weekend?

      Westgate's first ever lifestyle festival takes place this weekend and there are freebies galore. Spot of retail therapy, anyone?

  • Need a juicy new read?

    Muddy’s bookworm Kerry Potter has glorious celeb gossip, literary big-hitters and a must-read on relationships this month. Read all about her October picks – and then win the lot!

    • Fight, fight!

      Fancy getting stuck into some Shakespeare this autumn? Just across the border from us, the RSC in Stratford is staging an anarchic version of King John. One of its stars, Richard Pryal, filled us in.

    • The best local culture picks this autumn

      My god I love Autumn. The kids are back at school, it's game on for clothes shopping, and best of all, it's a culture-vulture paradise, with loads of cool stuff to see across Bucks & Oxon. Ready with your red marker? Then let's get planning.

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  • Meet the woman who’s declared war on plastic

    We like her style (in every sense). Beth Noy, the founder of Plastic Freedom, runs an online shop collating the coolest plastic-free brands around. She’s got some brilliant- and achievable – advice for us all.

    • Muddy meets… The Oxfordshire Gardener

      What would you ask an award-winning garden designer? What hand cream he uses, if his own garden ever looks rubbish and who's his favourite green-fingered celeb, obviously!

    • Yup, stage school works!

      Another year and another surge of nascent stars of the stage and screen graduate from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Want to meet them?

    • Food fit for a queen

      Sacre bleu! L'Ortolan's creative Head Chef Tom Clarke spills the beans on cooking for the Royal family, his love of French cuisine, famous diners and his food-trend regrets (he's had a few).

    • A day in the life of… a theatre director

      Losing star actors, playing Dobble, chucking mashed potato around - it's all in a (surreal) day's work for Chipping Norton Theatre's artistic director.

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