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FRI 26 – MON 29 MAY 2017

MON 22 – SUN 29 MAY 2017

MAY 2017

  • Everyone’s talking about The Red Lion

    The new owners at this 18th century brick and flint pub in the Chilterns are less than two months into their tenure, but are already offer foodie heaven in spades. Yum, yum, and YUM.

    • The Keep, Wallingford

      Albums on the wall, groovy downlighters, and bikes in fairy lights - we're loving this stylish wine and ale bar in Wallingford.

    • The Queens Head, Marlow

      The Queen's Head describes itself as 'Marlow's Little Secret', a fitting description for this 17th century pub hidden in a leafy lane.

    • The Red Lion, Blewbury

      With new owners & a recent refurb, The Red Lion in lovely Blewbury has quite the local rep - but what's the Muddy verdict?

    • All hail The Crown

      The newly refurbished The Crown in Chilterns hamlet of Radnage has created a stir with its keenly priced gastro offering.

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  • Romantic getaway

    Looking to rekindle the fires? Stoke the iron of hot-rod passion? Er, get away from the kids and sleep for 14 hours solid? Then this is the feature for you. The most romantic stays across 16 counties, and all in the name of love.

    • Muddy’s ultimate travel guide: New Zealand

      Two islands, four million people, one incredible destination. I used to live in New Zealand and Mr Muddy is a Kiwi, so this is a proper Insider's Guide!


      This refurbed hotel in the middle of the pretty Georgian town of Woburn offers fine dining and a family-friendly vibe to keep you happy after you've had your fill the Safari Park.

Most Read

  • Media


    A compassionate beer ad? Really?! You’ll be truly moved by Heineken’s brilliant new ‘Worlds Apart’ campaign.

  • Media

    Blow out

    Any video that can produce a pop-off in a major seventh arpeggio in B flat major deserves some serious respect.

  • Coastal Travel

    Caribbean insider

    For those dreaming of escaping to the sun (me, me!), here’s an expert guide to the best islands to visit, with the how, where and why.

  • Heads up

    Tis the season of weddings, regattas and races and you know what that means – hats, hats, hats! Follow our 5 tips to help you top off your outfit in style.

    • Super sweaters

      We have a spot as soft as the finest Italian merino wool for hotshot new label, Hades. Already counting Alexa Chung as a fan, watch it go stratospheric in 2017.

    • The joy of jumpsuits

      Jumpsuits are still on the fashion radar, so what is it about them that quickens the pulse - and why the hell should you invest in one?

    • Holy fat-blasters!

      Muddy tries Sculpsure, a fat-busting treatment that promises 24% less fat in 25 minutes. Yup, seriously.


      Thought M&S was just for undies? These chic, Chanel-inspired nail polishes are worth a detour to the beauty hall.

    • Speedy Suppers: Lindsey Bareham’s Miso Cod

      Too busy to slave over the cooker for hours? Try this delicious, fast cod and miso recipe from The Times columnist Lindsey Bareham

    • Layered Lounge

      Our pick of the best pieces at new online home decor store Layered Lounge, bringing colour and joy to your home

  • Wellbeing
    • You got Sole

      Get your toes out, there's a new reflexologist in town! Muddy wiggles the tootsies for Sole Wellbeing in Haddenham, Bucks

    • Whatley Manor Spa

      Another day, another awesome Cotswold spa - but this one comes with added oxygen tent. Breathe it in!

  • How to be a workplace warrior

    With a third of our lives taken up by work, it’s never been more important to figure out how to make office life not only bearable but enjoyable, so we’ve tapped up top business psychologist Tony Crabbe for some advice. It might just change your life!

  • Kids
    • This Little Piggy

      Animal petting, go-carting, and a massive outdoor trampoline - what's not to like about Green Dragon Eco Farm?!

    • Beachborough School

      Hard to find fault with this lovely co-ed prep school on the Bucks/Northants borders - lovely vibe and great results. Click through for my full verdict.

  • My Favourite Places

    William Stonor’s family have owned stately home, Stonor Park, for a whopping 850 years, so it’s fair to say they have a fair bit of local knowledge! Here are the places he loves most


      Where does the Long Crendon-based crime writer Sharon Bolton love to spend her time? From London...


      The Chinnor-based mum of one and owner of vintage-inspired Laura's Travelling Teapot on her favourite hotspots in Bucks & Oxon



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