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December 2018

Little Black Book

The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

  • The Oxford Arms, Kirtlington

    Take one 19th century pub, add a huge garden, great food and a policy of allowing only children 12 and older in the dining area, and whaddya get? A brand new gastropub to add to your must-try list!

    • Sweet dreams

      One scoop or two? OK, three it is! Dessert cafés are all the rage and your little people will love Creams in Xscape MK for its bubble waffles and Oreo-everything. Buckle in for the sugar rush.

    • The Miller of Mansfield, Goring

      Friendly pub meets fine dining at this Goring restaurant-with-rooms, a village retreat with serious aspirations.

    • Christmas drinkies!

      Usually face-down in a vat of Baileys throughout December? You can do better than that! Here's our guide to nailing your Christmas drink choices like a pro. Bottoms up!

    • The most fun restaurant in Oxford?

      A party atmosphere, sexy Sri Lankan street food and killer cocktails - The Coconut Tree in Oxford has got it all going on.

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  • Booking your family hols?

    Don’t do anything til you’ve seen Flight Centre’s first Family Adventures brochure – and put yourself in the running for a £20k dream trip!

    • Brighton’s Rock ‘n’ Roll hotel

      We like nothing more than a quirky and cool weekend bolthole, and there's plenty of both to...

    • A fairy tale stay

      Muddy goes all 'Rapunzel' and checks into an impressive 15th Century folly for the night with panoramic views over a famous Civil War battlefield.

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  • Our festive fashion Top 10

    Invitations piling up and nothing to wear? Well, Cinders, you shall go to the ball (or, er, pub). Muddy’s partywear edit incoming!

    • Hangover hiders

      There's nothing Muddy doesn't know about surviving a hangover. So in the interests of not being mistaken for a dug-up corpse this festive season, behold our five favourite morning after skincare saviours.

    • The Popham treatment

      Oxford hairdresser David Popham worked with Vidal Sassoon in Sixties London - so he has five decades of cutting experience. Yeah, I think I'll let him loose on my hair!

    • The best advent calendars

      Counting the days until Christmas? Here, we can help with that! Open the door to the best 20 advent calendars and no nicking the chocolates before your kids wake up.

    • 21 cracking Christmas wreath workshops

      Deck your door with boughs of holly! These local festive craft classes are hugely popular (wonder if the accompanying mulled wine has anything to do with that?) so, quick, book now.

    • Ask a lawyer!

      There aren't enough hours in the day, right? So we asked a top legal firm to answer your queries about all the stuff you never get round to sorting out.

    • Self-care quiz time!

      Here at Muddy we love wellbeing and we love a quiz, so a wellbeing quiz? We've all done it - but how will you get on? Tot up your scores and let us know.

  • Back to school?

    Feeling the need to feed your brain? There’s loads of ace new academic courses now booking in Oxford for 2019 – and you can be as part-time as you like.

    • Top 10 books for young adults

      Abingdon's magnificent indie bookshop Mostly Books has scoured the shelves, and selected its Top 10 books for the miracle of a tween/teen no-screen Christmas.

    • XMAS: Top 10 kids books

      The Top 10 books for kids this Christmas - lovingly chosen by The Book House in Thame, purveyors of one of the top kids sections in the county!

  • Muddy meets Mandy!

    Pizza with Brendan Cole, a double act with Christopher Biggins and the blingiest panto dressing room of them all. Mandy Muden, who plays the MIrror in Snow White at Wycombe Swan next month, tells all.

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