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MARCH 2018

  • Want to try something a bit different?

    Not many places locally where Sunday lunch and architectural salvage collide so deliciously. We review a quirkily stylish pub in Milton Common, mid Oxfordshire.

    • A pub with a view

      Looking for a charming family-friendly pub and a wondersome walk? Look no further, than The Abingdon Arms, Beckley.

    • cinnamon kitchen restaurant interior tables dining

      Kitchen confidential

      The Westgate's new Indian restaurant is causing much excitement with its high-end cuisine and chic setting. Here's why.

    • three oaks pub front red brick entrance

      Michelin marvel

      A Spring spruce-up for this handsome Bucks pub with food that's almost too pretty to eat. I said ALMOST.

    • supper club long dining table with glasses and cutlery and chairs

      Dinner with a twist

      Bored of your local gastropub? Try one of these supercool new supper clubs. There's loads popping up in the coming months.

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    The Porch House, Stow

    We came, we ate, and we loved the romantic nooks and roomy spaces of The Porch House, Stow-on-the-wold, just over the Glos border.

    • Stoke Place Drawing Room brown leather sofa fireplace mirror interior

      Want to take over Stoke Place?

      An attractive Queen Anne country hotel in South Bucks with Capability Brown grounds (ooooh!) and good value conference and wedding facilities.

    • Bangkok temple night sky blue colours holiday

      Your 2018 long-haul holiday planner

      We're all going on a summer holiday! Or is it actually a spring, autumn or winter one? Whatever your season, we have a destination for you.

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    Revamp your forgotten gems

    Outgrown your jewellery? Or maybe not keen on an outdated inherited piece? Yup, me too! Check out how I turned my grandma’s chunky old ring into two stunning necklaces.

  • Beauty
    • monera beauty clinic chair relax sign golden leaves wall

      Whizzy new facial anyone?

      We try out a new Guinot skin-brightening treatment. Will it turn Muddy's Kerry Potter into J.Lo? Ready, steady, glow!

    • Cool new aesthetic beauty brand alert!!

      Heard of Image Skincare? Oasis Health and Beauty Spa in Great Missenden is the only salon in Bucks & Oxon to deploy its charms. Look mum, no wrinkles!

  • march books bookshelf literature recommendation

    Seeking new book inspo?

    Do yourself a favour and make it one of Muddy pro-bookworm’s Kerry’s perfect picks for March. Clear space on your Kindle!

    • modern art Barbara Hepworth River and Rowing Museum statue round shape egg-like

      The best of Barbara

      Following Hockney and Matisse exhibitions at Henley's rocking River & Rowing Museum comes this tribute to British sculptor Barbara Hepworth.

    • Muddy Book Club

      Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter is all about real-life stories this month. Well, the truth is often stranger than fiction, after all.

    • orange bench rosara flower outside

      Bright and beautiful

      Rosara's vibrant outdoor furniture is all about the fun and sun. Let's celebrate Spring with their stunning new season seating.

    • Little Peach portraits shape profile of child's head white blue background chair

      Strike a pose

      Portraiture has become an empowering and surprisingly affordable art form. From sculpture to painting, start your local search here.

  • Wellbeing
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      Next patient please

      Too tired to go for a run? Never see sunshine? We've talked to a top GP about how to solve our niggling winter health worries.

    • Cowley manor spa indoor pool glass walls reflection in water tall pillars

      Need a spa day? Read this

      Winter getting you down? Here are the best spa deals in our 'hood. Grab a pal, a fluffy white robe and relaaaax.

  • Muddy Stilettos Work button illustration pink lamp laptop

    Want to work for Muddy Stilettos?

    Join our award-winning website! I’m recruiting a full-time editorial assistant/journo to join the HQ team on the Bucks/Oxon borders.

  • Kids
    • Akeley Wood School, Nr Buckingham

      Muddy says: A friendly, inclusive non-selective three-site nursery, junior and senior day school close to Milton Keynes, taking boys and girls from age 1-18 in an attractive rural setting.

    • The Manor School, Abingdon, Oxon

      Muddy says: A highly-regarded day school in Abingdon with fantastic IPI reports (excellent across the board) for boys 2-7 years, and girls 2-11 years old.

  • Real 2018 Resolutions

    Did your New Year Resolutions die in February? I’ve waited until Spring to start my Real Resolutions – wanna join me?

    • woman holding handbag wearing black hat coat outdoors

      Where Clover goes

      Oxfordshire-based Clover Stroud, author of bestselling memoir Wild Other, lets us in on her coolest local hangouts.

    • woman smiling at camera red lips googles head

      Inside the head of Samantha Baines

      The actress and pun-tastic comedian comes to Oxford this month with her sell-out Edinburgh show on women and science. We've nobbled her in her lab coat to tell all.



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