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  • Muddy Herts eats: The Bell, Stoke Mandeville

    It’s been ages since I reviewed The Bell in Stoke Mandeville but it’s been on my mind recently as I drive past it on the way to my daughter’s swimming lessons twice a week and it twinkles at me with its candlight and cosy fires, whispering ‘Come in! Who cares about dolphin kicks anyway?’ Pippa […]

  • Top 12 cosy pubs for chilly days

    Snow's coming, you say? Are you kidding me?! We've had a brilliant run of mild weather, but winter's definitely getting ready to hit where it hurts. Nothing for it, then, but to dig out the ski socks, slip a sneaky hipflask into your pocket, and choose one of these supercosy pubs (with great food of course) to take refuge in. My Top 12 cosy pubs is selected partly on area, to make sure that those of you who live up near Banbury and Buckingham are catered for as much as those in Wallingford and Gerrard's Cross, and it's a starter list really because I could have gone on and on! See how these ones fit for size and if you feel that I've made a horrific error in omitting your totally awesome local pop a comment on the bottom and I'll go and review it pronto for you.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside - Bucks & Oxon