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FRI 20 - SUN 22 OCT 2017

MON 16 - SUN 22 OCT 2017

OCT 2017

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    Wootton wonder

    A stylishly rustic inn with a reputation for great food – Muddy Stilettos loosens the waistband to visit The Killingworth Castle in mid Oxfordshire.

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      Odds on favourite

      Into the winner's enclosure! A lovely rural pub with a great local rep, near Banbury and the Northants border.

    • 2018’s Michelin winners

      The judge's scores are in, they've held up their Michelin paddleboards and here are our local winners.

    • Regally yours

      One year since new owners revamped The Crown, Sydenham, it's back on the gastropub menu.

    • Lunch at Lucca

      This homely restaurant offers family-frienldy Italian fare and a cocktail list well worth plundering.

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    It’s a match made in heaven – J.W. Anderson’s wondrously cool designs at Uniqlo prices. Let’s go shopping.

  • Beauty
    • Cedar Therapy

      The Muddy jowls gone?! This luxury beauty salon in Deddington does the business on my double chin with a deluxe CACI facial.

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      Non-invasive botox? I’ll do it!

      A Guinot salon down a Bletchingdon country lane, dispensing an anti-ageing treatment with 'botoxy' results? Visage Beauty, I'm on my way.

    • Gardening for Dummies

      Sow, mow, rake! Easy tips to keep your garden in shape throughout October - no experience required...

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      Perfect landscape

      At Muddy we're renowned gardening divs but even we've learned how to landscape a garden (*thud*).

  • Wellbeing
    • Rubbed up the right way

      The new stylish Eastern-inspired Tonic Mind Body massage and therapy in Henley has Muddy all blissed out.

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      Stoke Park Spa Reviewed

      Ain't nothing like a five star spa in the county to make life feel worthwhile, especially when there's a corking deal on.

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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
    • Here comes half term!

      The midgets need entertaining, so read on for the best family-friendly things to do over the next week in Oxon, Bucks and beyond.

    • Summer Fields School, Oxford

      A top prep day and boarding school in Oxford with small pupil numbers and whopper facilities, hidden away in 70 stunning acres leading to the Cherwell River.

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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.

    • Shazia Mirza’s Favourite Places

      Rarely have I laughed out loud so much while interviewing a celeb. That Shazia is well funny - who else would pick the M40 services as a favourite place?!



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