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February 2019

Little Black Book

The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

  • 31 Below, Marylebone

    You can keep your Oxford, Bond and Kensington High Streets – it’s Marylebone High Street and its new watering hole, 31 Below, all the way for me!

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      Top 50 gastropubs 2019

      … and Bucks & Oxon's triple-cooked chips stacked up nicely with SIX foodie pubs shortlisted. Roomy pants on? Let's tuck in.

    • 12 places to eat yourself slim

      Still on a health drive? All power to you sister! And now, with my yum, fun and not-on-your-bum suggestions, you can eat out AND hit your fighting weight.

    • Dig in! The Mole Inn

      Just five miles outside Oxford, this attractive rural pub hits the mark for both foodies and families. Here's what we made of it...

    • Paris House, Woburn

      Elegance, class, sophistication...no, we're not talking about ourselves! The Michelin recommended Paris House in Woburn, Beds, aces fine dining.

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  • Fancy a family weekend of R&R?

    De-frazzling in bucolic surroundings while scoffing homemade brownies? Sounds like our perfect weekend. Muddy’s Jo buzzes off to Noke, South Oxfordshire, to investigate.

    • Muddy stays: The Fleece, Witney

      Cocktails in the Cotswolds? Well, if you insist. Muddy whizzes to the lovely market town of Witney to check out this sleek gastro-pub with rooms.

    • Hampshire hotel hotty

      Shall we count the ways we love you Chewton Glen? Nah, we'll be here for days.. Instead, here's what you need to know about this coastal classic spa and hotel destination.

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  • Hey sexy pants!

    With Valentine’s Day imminent, we hunted down the sexiest, slinkiest new lingerie around. Bridget Jones enormo-pants, be gone!

    • LED Lady

      Want to bust the wrinkles but stay away from the botox syringe? You'll be needing this Déesse Pro Edition mask from Cedar Therapy in Chipping Norton then!

    • Natural skincare + bio-active science = RESULTS

      Two sisters, one multi-award winning beauty brand and - oh hello - 10 Balance Me bundles worth a total of £1200 to give away!

  • 15 music festivals in Bucks, Oxon and beyond – book now!

    ‘Tis the season for drinking too much cider and getting sunburnt in a field under the guise of being a live music fan. Here’s our pick of the best summer fests, both local and further afield. See you down the front!

    • Enjoy your trip, Naomi?

      Check out this bizarre but visually brilliant short film by legend Nick Knight starring La Campbell. One hell of a way to promote a hotel! Whaddya think of it?

    • Feb’s best new books

      It was still the dog days of winter last time I checked so there's only one thing for it - let's hunker down with a compelling new book.

    • 5 ways to pamper your pet

      It’s National Love Your Pet Day, so here's a Muddy guide to doing just that. After all, they’re the only ones in your household who don’t answer back, right?

    • Feb gardening tips

      No idea whether to mulch, prune or - goddamit - both?! The Top 5 things to do in your garden this month to get it into tip top shape for Spring.

    • Run for the hills!

      Actually don't just yet - let me tell about these brilliantly inspiring running books first. Plus, fun local races to sign up for!

    • Are you sober curious?

      Whether you're doing Dry January or merely cutting down, we're all re-examining our relationship with alcohol right now. Could "sober curious" be for you?

  • 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.

  • Well, hello young man!

    It’s a Dirty (Dancing) job, but someone’s got to do it. Muddy meets Michael O’Reilly, sultry star of Dirty Dancing. Catch him at Wycombe Swan next week (but don’t throw watermelons at him, he doesn’t like it).

    • Muddy meets Tom Kerridge…

      ... and talks Marlow's Pub in the Park (Kaiser Chiefs, people), his favourite local eateries, and work life balance issues - yup, he has them too!

    • How He Does it

      *The* iconic modern male dancing role is the Swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - so what does it take to make it? Max Westwell reveals all.

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