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  • The Pint Shop, Oxford

    To Oxford city centre, for posh burgers and craft ale at stylish mini-chain The Pint Shop. Sounds blokey; is actually surprisingly family friendly.

  • Queen of The Keep

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


    If you always stay on the spire side of Oxford, it's time to venture across the Magdalen Bridge to the best pubs, bars and shops

  • The latest hot pub you’ll want to know about

    Very excited to tell you about The Dog & Badger pub in Medmenham, between Marlow and Henley. As you know if you read Muddy regularly, I’m forever on the trail of funky places that do things a little bit differently, and this pub has its cool credentails up in lights. It opened at the end […]

  • Muddy goes out! A buzzy night in Oxford

    Last week I was asked by a reader where I’d suggest she went out for a buzzy night in Oxford with girlfriends. That was a no brainer for me as I’ve only just gone and done the same thing myself –  cocktails at TVC roof terrace on Oxford High Street (Carfax end) followed by dinner […]

  • Rooftop relish

    Just a quickie because Jeremy Kyle is about to come on telly (I’m not kidding). I did about twenty things in one day in Oxford a few weeks back and totally forgot to put this on the blog, which is a bit stupid as it was actually the highlight of the day! I’d tweeted a […]

  • Yes please to TVC dinner and cocktails!

    Part 2 of my post about Mr Muddy’s thoughtfulness. But don’t worry, no need to feel queasy – I’m not going to tell you about the spark plugs and marabou mankini just now. No, no, I’m actually going to tell you some cool places to go… As you may already know from my previous post, […]

  • One wine bar, many moules frites!

    Why have one Christmas work lunch when you can have two?! I admit I’d only popped into The Quince Tree in Stonor  last week for drinkies because I’d had designs on its new wine bar (above) but then I was led astray by some amazing moules frites. Eating at the wine bar – which only […]

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