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  • 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? No, quite right. Here are some brilliant bakeries instead.

  • Sunday lunch at The Pilgrim Pub

    Autumn roasts with the most

    Can't be bothered to baste potatoes with goose fat? I hear you. Instead grab your gang and head to one of these local gastropubs and let the experts do the hard work

  • Eat around the world in Bucks and Oxon

    So Summer's over and maybe you never made it past Dover, but that doesn't mean you're resigned to fish and chips for the foreseeable! Travel via your tastebuds with these global restaurants on our doorstep.

  • 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?

  • Review:The Greyhound, Beaconsfield

    The Greyhound in Beaconsfield launched mere moments before Covid struck. Thankfully it's now open again, and my review of this superior pub can run. Read and book in, you'll love it.

  • Lunch with a view: 16 top riverside eats

    Ahh, is there anything better than a stroll along the riverside? Actually, yes - a riverside that includes a long lazy lunch an some stonking views across Bucks or Oxon! Come on landlubbers, let's tuck in.

  • Rum – it’s the new gin, m’hearties

    In honour of National Rum Day, we’re benching our usual G&T for something a little spicier. Here’s what to buy and how to drink it (spoiler: no coke allowed!).

  • The best local afternoon teas

    More scones, madam? Nibble your way through petit fours and finger sandwiches with our round up of the best afternoon teas in the area - Champagne with ours, please.

  • Eat out to help out in Bucks and Oxon

    Sick of cooking? Good news - from 3 Aug, you can get a 50% discount on your dinner and drinks when you eat in. Here are the pubs and restaurants to make your reservation at.

  • Terrific takeaways: A native feast

    Not quite ready to head back to pubs and restaurants - or maybe just feel like a super-posh takeaway? Muddy tries out Native Home, the delivery arm of Native Feasts. Let's tuck in.

  • 5 reasons to head to Westgate

    Right now we're embracing any chance to feel semi-normal again - which in our books means eating, drinking, and shopping. Here's why you should join us at Westgate Oxford (in matching face masks, naturally).

  • 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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