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September 2019

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The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

  • The Old Thatched Inn, Adstock

    Really good pubs can get thin on the ground in countryside around North Bucks, but you can add this quaint, almost old-fashioned thatched offering, close to Stowe Landscape Gardens and Claydon House, to your list.

    • The Bull on Bell Street, Henley

      I'm a big fan of this stylish brewery/restaurant - it ticks the boxes for cocktail drinkers, girl's lunches, family roasts and pretty much everything in between. Read on for my brand new review.

    • Is this Oxford’s best kept secret?

      Quirky, under-the-radar and totally delicious - Fish 4 Lunch is the kind of business that Muddy exists for. Check out this hidden gem.

    • Autumn supper clubs

      Knives and forks poised? Attackkkkk! Yep, it's a brand new round of supper clubs over the coming months with Sri Lankan, S.A and veggie options.

    • Mmmm for Marlow

      The Chequers on Marlow's chichi high street is a carnivore's paradise. But, um, what happens when a vegetarian goes to review?

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  • Jewel in the Crown

    Broadway in Worcestershire is arguably the most lovely of the Cotswolds villages – and we know exactly where you should be staying.

    • 24 hours in Matera

      Have you seen the new James Bond car chase scenes around southern Italy? Happens that Muddy was there this summer, checking out the cool places to go. Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while I tell you my insider tips.

    • Fancy a £1000 Luxury Family Hotel stay?

      Er YEAH! Read our review of stunning Fowey Hall, and snaffle a long weekender at one of the hotels in Cornwall, Suffolk, Hants, Wilts or Dorset.

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  • Word up

    Too busy to say it yourself? Lacking the vocab to express your feelings after a long day battling spreadsheets or sprogs? Let a classic slogan T do it for you.

  • Read THESE this month…

    … and win ’em all! Curl up into a comfy chair, pour a glass of wine, and dive into a new fab book with this month’s hottest new reads.

    • Fight, fight!

      Fancy getting stuck into some Shakespeare this autumn? Just across the border from us, the RSC in Stratford is staging an anarchic version of King John. One of its stars, Richard Pryal, filled us in.

    • The best local culture picks this autumn

      My god I love Autumn. The kids are back at school, it's game on for clothes shopping, and best of all, it's a culture-vulture paradise, with loads of cool stuff to see across Bucks & Oxon. Ready with your red marker? Then let's get planning.

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    • Speedy Supper

      No flipping idea what to cook for dinner tonight? Chef Anna Hedworth suggests this super-quick smoked mackerel and spinach kedgeree with cardamom rice. Yum!

    • New season, new home!

      Summer has gone. Deal with it. Embrace Autumn with these 6 breezily cool interior trends of rich colours, retro shapes and pared-back natural materials.

    • Outdoor learning rules

      Today’s kids spend half the time playing outside than their parents did, so outdoor learning at school can make all the difference. Here are 5 ways to make it happen.

    • Feel the burn

      Feeling the need to unwind? Want to support a stylish local business? Strike a light and relax as hard as you can with these recycled, vegan candles from Oxon-based Hunters Moon

  • Making work work for you

    Back at your desk after summer fun and not really feeling it? We hear you. Here’s some food for thought from the autumn’s hottest self-help book.

    • Caldicott School, Farnham Royal

      Set next to Burnham Beeches nature reserve in leafy South Bucks, Caldicott offers a homely atmosphere whilst still nailing it as a top feeder school to both Eton and Harrow.

    • Thornton College, Milton Keynes

      A peaceful rural setting and nurturing ethos underpins this high-achieving all girls school 3-18 in North Buckinghamshire

  • Yup, stage school works!

    Another year and another surge of nascent stars of the stage and screen graduate from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

    • Food fit for a queen

      Sacre bleu! L'Ortolan's creative Head Chef Tom Clarke spills the beans on cooking for the Royal family, his love of French cuisine, famous diners and his food-trend regrets (he's had a few).

    • A day in the life of… a theatre director

      Losing star actors, playing Dobble, chucking mashed potato around - it's all in a (surreal) day's work for Chipping Norton Theatre's artistic director.

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