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  • 13 cosy pubs for chilly days

    Order something stodgy, pour a large glass of red and relax in front of the fire - it's time to hunker down in the best pubs in Oxon, Bucks and the Cotswolds.

  • 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.

  • The latest pub and restaurant openings in Bucks & Oxon

    Oxford's glam new bar and restaurant, plus flame cooked food in Henley, the return of brunch, and bakery and juice heaven

  • Review: The Long Dog, Waddesdon

    The Long Dog pub in Waddesdon, mid Bucks, has had a quirkily stylish revamp and a smart rethink of its positioning - be gone posh restaurant and hello friendly gastropub! Muddy dons her lucky napkin and tries it out

  • What’s on in Bucks & Oxon this October? We know!

    It's all treat and no trick in Bucks and Oxon this month, thanks to a bumper autumn harvest of things to do. From boundary-pushing exhibits to rib-tickling theatre, Muddy knows what's good.

  • 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.

  • Review: Pluma tapas, Old Amersham

    Is this the best tapas restaurant in Buckinghamshire? There's only one way to find out! Read on for the Muddy lowdown on Muddy Awards 2021 finalist Pluma in elegant Old Amersham

  • Cool new happenings in Bucks and Oxon

    Extra, extra! We've got the gossip on where to see celebs (hello Hot Priest!) in Bucks and Oxon this week, new bars opening in Wallingford, and a dreamy afternoon tea that's about to drop.

  • 30 pub gardens for late summer lounging

    Summer ain't over yet! Here's to alfresco basking and plenty of booze. These are the best pub gardens in Bucks and Oxon from snazzy pods to our favourite local beer gardens. Cheers!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Try this light but warming spring supper

    Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's healthy take on this Scottish fish soup makes for a quick and hearty but healthy supper that's perfect for cool spring evenings.

  • Comforting classics from The Pie Room

    Ooh, is there anything more satisfying than good flaky pastry? These two tasty recipes from Calum Franklin's new cookbook The Pie Room are just the ticket.

  • Flipping good: four new pancakes recipes to try

    Had enough of lemon and sugar? Spice things up a bit this Pancake Day with an Iranian cardamom pancake, shredded duck pancake, or vegan version with blueberry compote.

  • Asian-inspired healthy dinners for reboot February

    January didn't quite live up to your healthy living expectations? Cosy food doesn't have to come at the cost of health. Try these tasty plant-based recipes made with warming ginger and miso.

  • 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.

  • Fast and filling recipes for Feb

    No time/energy to cook (let alone make it healthy)? Don't worry, we've got you. Here are two low-effort, speedy suppers under 500 calories to feel good about.

  • Eat Better Forever, Hugh? Oh, OK then.

    Spent December scoffing mince pies? Whip up a veg-packed soup or hot pot from Hugh's new cookbook and feel the smug glow of a healthy New Year.

  • Cookbooks 2020

    The best cookbooks to buy now

    Sick of making the same seven dinners, week in, week out? Or just a sucker for tempting pictures of food? If any of the above apply, we’ve got you covered.

  • 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. 

  • Christmas wine

    Best wines to buy for Christmas 2020

    From the perfect red to pair with mince pies to the best bubbles for your NYE celebrations, these are the bottles to pick up for the festive season (with an exclusive Muddy discount thrown into the mix).

  • Launch review: The Pig, Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

    On its opening day, Muddy's ed-in-chief Hero Brown was the first to eat lunch at the brand new Pig hotel in Harlyn Bay (what a trooper!). So what was the verdict - and is it worth a trip to North Cornwall?

  • Smokin’! The perfect summer burger recipe

    The weather's pulling a blinder this week, so fire up the BBQ and rustle up this bad boy with homemade ketchup (fancy!) from Muddy favourite The Pig group.

  • Quarantini time! Heston’s Gold Rush

    Looking to up your cocktail creds during lockdown? We've rifled through Heston Blumenthal’s cocktail bible, so perk yourself up with a Gold Rush.

  • Provençal fougasse with green and black olives

    Lockdown is the perfect time to get to grips with our favourite chewy loaf: sourdough. Ready, set, bake with this savoury share-and-tear number (you can skip the sharing bit if you like).

  • Speedy supper, anyone? Make THIS tonight

    Looking for healthy dinner ideas - take inspiration from Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock for a meal that's quick, tasty and packed with protein.

  • Recipe: gourmet spaghetti bolognese

    There's Spaghetti Bolognese and then there's Tristan Welch, from The University Arms's Spaghetti Bolognese. We share the recipe to take this classic dish up a notch...

  • Ready, set, cook! 8 new cookbooks for spring

    Looking to up your cooking creds whilst in quarantine? Then you'll be needing our curated guide to the most useful and inspiring cookbooks for spring. Yes, chef!

  • Cook THIS for dinner tonight

    Running out of ideas for midweek meals? Yup, us too. Take inspiration from the hottest new cookbook on the block by pop star Jessie Ware. Yum!

  • Restaurants with rooms

    Dreaming of a foodie getaway? We've scoured the Muddy counties for hotel stays with serious culinary credentials for when lock-down lifts. Tuck in.

  • Ain’t no party like a Muddy party!

    For our office 'do' this year, we shimmied over to Stoke Park in Bucks for dinner, dancing and drinking. Here's how we got on. Anyone got any paracetamol, please?

  • The best brunch in town

    The most lipsmackingly indulgent meal of the day and we have 47 of the best ones to tempt you with, from vegan to full English, flat white to green detox. Just add friends and a hangover.

  • The 20 best beachside eats

    Make the most of the British summer while it lasts at one of our Muddy-recommended coastal eateries. Ready, steady, deep dive into the menu!

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