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  • 16 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.

  • outside of stone pub with grass and sign

    Wootton wonder

    Muddy Stilettos' honest review of The Killingworth Castle, a stylishly rustic inn in mid Oxfordshire.

  • The Chequers pub, Marlow

    Cant get a seat at The Ivy Marlow Garden? Meh, who cares? Head across the road to The Chequers instead, newly reinvented as a modern steak specialist.

  • the bar, the red lion britwell salome

    The Red Lion roars

    The new owners at this 18th century brick and flint pub in the Chilterns are less than two months into their tenure, but are already offer foodie heaven in spades. Yum, yum, and YUM.

  • All hail The Crown

    The newly refurbished The Crown high in the Chilterns hamlet of Radnage has created a stir locally with its keenly priced gastro offering. Want to see why?

  • Cotswolds Classic

    Looking for a romantic escape or a dog-friendly stride out and Sunday lunch? The pretty Maytime Inn in Asthall has your back.

  • Muddy eats: The Russell Arms, Butler’s Cross

    I’ve wanted to re-review The Russell Arms in Butler’s Cross ever since it moved last year into the very safe hands of James Pennington. James also runs The Bell in Stoke Mandeville and knows how to hit the sweet spot between relaxed local and quality gastro. The pub is in a very sweet position for […]

  • Perfect family pizza pub in Cuxham

    Say hello to the Half Moon at Cuxham, a pizza specialising pub that’s so family friendly I’m tempted to ask the landlady to babysit. Vaska, originally from Macedonia, took over this rundown joint last year, and has clearly had a vision to create a welcoming, unpretentious, family-centric experience, and I have to say that she […]

  • Muddy eats: The Angel at Burford

    Burford is one of those gorgeous Cotswold towns where you can spend hours gawping at the beauty of every shop and house you pass. Historically and aesthetically it’s stunning, but the flipside is that, certainly on the high street, many of the eating options cater to the tourist trade. So let’s take you off that […]

  • 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 […]

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