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  • Dream job? What it’s really like to run a chocolate shop

    We know Willy Wonka's take, but how does a real choc factory work? Hiding engagement rings, chocolate corpses, and — yes! — nibbling chocolate are all part and parcel for the Rumsey's staff.

  • Local bakeries we love, in honour of GBBO 

    Bake Off is back on TV so time to drag out the food mixer. Can't be bothered? Fair enough! Put down that spatula and support these 11 drool-worthy bakeries instead.

  • Summer daze: rustic lunches in gorgeous locations

    Stretch out the late summer days with a simple lunch in a beautiful spot. We've share the pubs, farm shops and cafes in Bucks and Oxon where the food is simple and the views are wow!

  • 12 best al fresco afternoon teas

    Why not take your scones and tea in the sunshine darlings? We've scoured the counties for the best outdoors teas, from rustic farm tables to pinkies-out palaces. Chink chink

  • Best beaches in the South & South West

    Heading south for the summer? Then you'll be needing our guide to the 18 best beaches including the inside line on the best activities, foodie joints and sundowner spots.

  • Muddy Reviews: Black Goo, Thame

    There’s only so much home-brewed coffee and eggs on toast one can get excited about. Sometimes the day calls for the real thing. Precisely why Muddy’s Rachel Mcloughlin toddled on down to Black Goo in Thame.

  • Behind the scenes at the museum cafe

    We talk weird requests, celeb clients and the cream/jam debate with Operations Manager of the cafés at the V&A, Ashmolean and British Museum, Gianmaria Baldassarre.

  • Raise a toast: 10 local brunch spots for every occasion

    A bona fide excuse to drink before midday, plus, it's way easier to get a table booking for a morning slot. What are you waiting for? Bag brunch at one of these Bucks and Oxon gems

  • Superflashy newsflash: foodie special

    Heard on the grapevine! From a revamped Cotswolds gastropub to the coolest new local openings (I spy a micro-winery), here's my foodie superflashy special.

  • Flippin’ perfect local pancake takeaways

    Homemade pancakes a flipping disaster? Don't panic. We've saved your lockdown Shrove Tuesday with these local spots open for delivery or collection

  • 48 Mother’s Day afternoon teas that deliver

    Can't give mum a hug? This is a close second: tiny sandwiches, a lot of clotted cream, and an optional bottle of fizz. Here are the 48 best afternoon teas for delivery and takeaway around the country.

  • 40 of the best indie coffee roasters

    Can't function without your morning brew? Try one of these delicious artisan blends, from indie coffee roasters across the Muddy counties, to kickstart your day with a caffeine boost. 

  • Where to eat outdoors in Bucks & Oxon – even in winter

    From fairy-lit terraces to festive fire pit nights, ‘tis the season to eat ‘out out’. Grab your thermals and five of your best pals for outdoor cocktails galore.

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