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Pubs & Inns

  • A fairy tale stay

    Muddy goes all 'Rapunzel' and checks into an impressive 15th Century folly for the night with panoramic views over a famous Civil War battlefield.

  • The Yew Tree, Frieth

    After 4 long years, this stylish gastropub high in the Chiltern Hills re-opened at the end of last year. Was it worth the wait? Muddy's Nicky Richardson trots along to find out.

  • The Lion, Wendlebury

    This recently extended vast pub-with-rooms near Bicester Village is a solid all-day dining option. Muddy's Nicky Richardson pops in and pigs out.

  • Carnivores unite!

    All the fuss about clean eating and vegan this-and-that driving you insane? Here, get your chops around the unashamedly meat eats at The Chequers in Marlow.

  • The Bull on Bell Street

    One of my favourite eating spots in Henley, The Bull on Bell St ticks the boxes for cocktail drinkers, girl's lunches, family roasts and pretty much everything in between. Cool interiors too, don't you think?

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    The Old Thatched Inn

    There's only so many pub Sunday lunches I can wolf down in one month, so I despatched Muddy's Nicky Richardson to carb load on my behalf at this classic rural pub-restaurant.

  • Jacob’s Plough, Bicester

    Best-selling crime writer Sharon Bolton turns her forensic eye to this stylish, family-friendly pub in Bicester. Finger print brush and evidence bags at the ready, she's going in...

  • The loveliest pubs with rooms

    Fancy a weekend away in the countryside? The Muddy editors across 19 counties know all the best spots for a relaxed overnighter.

  • Worrall Thompson winner

    Excellent food and service from this quirky Worrall Thompson gastro pub in South Oxfordshire, renowned for its Wagyu beef. Shall we?

  • 15 lovely pub gardens

    Here comes the sun! Get thee to a pub garden pronto, I say. Pint of lager for me and a small white wine spritzer for the husband, thanks!

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