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FRI 26 - SUN 28 JAN 2018

MON 22 - SUN 28 JAN 2018

JAN 2018

  • An indie gem in Beaconsfield’s Old Town

    Amongst the chain restaurants in this well-heeled town sits No5, an excellent indie gastro gem with stylish industrial/modern interiors. Shall we?

    • The Boxing Hare

      Is The Boxing Hare the best new pub in Oxon? It's come out fighting with a Michelin awarded chef, experienced London owners, a new name and total revamp.

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      Book chef, have awesome dinner party!

      You'll want to know about this one! Muddy tests out La Belle Assiette, an awesome concept offering 600+ private chefs based on location, price, cuisine and reviews.

    • Jacobs Brasserie interior dinning area cream padded headboard pink cushions black chalk boards on brick wall

      Brasserie beautiful

      Abstinence in January? Pah! Let's get you off to a flying start in 2018 with the bright, stylish Jacobs Brasserie in Headington, Oxford.

    • The Oxford Kitchen

      *The* place for relaxed fine dining in elegant Summertown - and if you need another reason to try it, a new Michelin chef starts in January!

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  • Let’s get physical!

    Don’t worry we haven’t recreated THAT Olivia Newton John video. But we have tested out the best sportswear around, just in time for your January fitness regime.

    • Christmas shopping, nailed!

      Here's what us Muddy HQ lot are buying for our loved ones this Christmas. Er, don't tell them, will you?

    • Let it snow

      Turner in Marlow has a huge range of cool hard-to-find labels to help you stand out on the slopes. Happy shopping!

    • New year, new garden

      Outside space looking a bit 'meh'? Yup, mine too. Time to hatch a plan to jazz up that jardin with these 5 tips!

    • Light up your life

      ... well, your living room at least. Here's our bumper edit of the best scented candles. Perfect for gifts (and, er, self-gifting).

  • Wellbeing
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    Find your ideal job (no degree required)

    There’s more to life than a college education, doncha know. (and who looks good in a mortar board anyway?) Muddy investigates some excellent alternatives to the trad undergrad degree.

  • Kids
    • Moulsford School, Moulsford

      Just back from a visit to Moulsford School - a boys' prep school in South Oxon with an idyllic riverside setting and a reputation for sporting excellence. Read my review here.

    • Ashfold School, Dorton

      Muddy says: This bucolic co-ed prep school for day pupils and boarders in the rolling hills of Buckinghamshire is family-oriented with a deserved reputation for its all-rounder offering.

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    Saira Khan’s favourite places

    The Loose Women livewire is a local lass (God, I love alliteration). Here’s where you’ll find her hanging out in our ‘hood.

    • Artist’s hangouts

      Muddy meets Bruce Munro, the installation artist whose work has shown at the V&A, the Guggenheim - and now, Bicester Village!

    • shaun leane carving metal top on model with silver hair and make up

      Say hello to Shaun Leane

      Meet the man who combines fashion with craftsmanship. Sean Leane talks to Muddy about bringing the bling to McQueen and his own jewellery collection to the Home Counties.



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