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I'm Hero, editor of Muddy Bucks & Oxon, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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FRI 15 - SUN 17 DEC 2017

MON 11 - SUN 17 DEC 2017

DECEMBER 2017

  • Muddy eats: The Anchor in Jericho, Oxford

    A stylish locals pub in one of Oxfords trendiest neighbourhoods, and a stone’s throw from Port Meadow for walking. What’s not to like?

    • How to ace Xmas lunch

      Worried about your turkey timings? Pondering over your potatoes? 11 Michelin-starred tips to help nail it on the day.

    • Cool local cafés

      Looking for a decent flat white off the beaten track? From rural barns to funky industrial spaces, follow me...

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      The Kitchen, Farnborough

      A gorgeous gastro-offering six miles north of Banbury, this quirkily stylish pub is worth the trip over into Warwickshire.

    • Horse & Groom, revisited

      All change at the picturesque Cotswolds pub with rooms. Muddy investigates - well, bowls up and eats everything in sight.

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  • Christmas shopping, nailed!

    Here’s what us Muddy HQ lot are buying for our loved ones. 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!

    • Festive fash attack!

      Grab the glitter, it's time to go OUT out! Here's the Muddy edit of the best partywear on the high street.

    • 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).

    • Cook *this* at the weekend!

      Here's a scrumptious Donna Hay weekend lunch recipe for you - and a chat with the super-chef herself. If we ask nicely, will she cook it too?

  • Wellbeing
    • Review: Cliveden Spa

      Energy levels hit rock bottom? Get ye to Cliveden Spa, the new multimillion revamp that delivers on substance as well as style.

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      Yay for National Spa Week!

      We don't need to be asked twice to strip off, don a fluffy bathrobe and lounge in luxury. Here are our fave local spas.

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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
    • The top 10 children’s books

      The very best stories of 2017 to inspire young, imaginative minds, as chosen by Banbury indie experts (and Muddy faves) Book & Ink.

    • The Top 10 books for Teens

      From Philip Pullman's latest to a You Tube sensation who really does have something to say, these young adult releases are perfect, lo-fi stocking fillers

  • Bruce Munro: My Favourite Places

    Artist Bruce Munro has exhibited at the V&A, the Guggenheim and locally at Waddesdon Manor, his current work, the 2266-light installation ‘Moonblooms’, can be seen on the approach to Bicester Village. He talks family, food and living the simple life with Muddy.

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      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.

    • We’ll take your advice, Natalie!

      Owner of Cliveden estate and the brains behind its first ever Literary Festival, Natalie Livingstone knows a thing or two about the local area. Here's where she likes to hang out.

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