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  • The Red Lion, Blewbury

    With a refurb and new owners, The Red Lion in the pretty village of Blewbury is gaining quite the local rep - but what's the Muddy verdict?

  • THE CROWN, GRANBOROUGH

    We're whoppingly blessed with pubs around here and here's another corker - we're hard-pushed to fault this place at all!

  • The Bull on Bell Street, Henley

    Is there anything more fun than an image overhaul? The Bull on Bell Street in Henley, above, has just had quite the facelift, and so who better than the wrinkle-free and fragrant Sarah Prior, ex Berkshire Muddy editor, Henley resident and all round oinking foodie to report on its shiny new look?

  • Roald Dahl’s lickswishy local

    On a blowy, overcast day last month I found a little ray of sunshine in the handsome red brick walls of the 15th century The Nag’s Head in Great Missenden.  Very much a local’s pub – Roald Dahl being the most famous local of all and such a fan that The Nag’s Head featured in […]

  • Happy days at Portabello

    I’ve been spending a bit of time around Summertown recently as I’ve started contributing to an extra radio show, and the BBC Oxford studios happen to be on the corner of South Parade – happy days!  This is the street that holds a clutch of treasures, including Vanilla fashion boutique, The Oxford Wine Cafe, Sarah […]

  • Happy birthday Mamma Mia!

    When a restaurant has been around for 35 years, it has to be doing something right. Mamma Mia in Summertown is on one of my favourite little Oxford streets, South Parade, that also takes in the brilliant Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Vanilla fashion boutique and the Oxford Wine Cafe, not to mention one of my favourite […]

  • A lovely rural local: Home Sweet Home

    If you read Muddy regularly you’ll know that I spend a lot of time reviewing pubs and have the waistband to prove it (just watch that baby strrrrrrretch). There are some places that immediately blow my mind, and I know that people will travel for miles and miles to get there – maybe the pub […]

  • Family stay: Stoke Park Hotel & Country Club

      It’s been a while since I’ve written a feature for a glossy – I’m full-time Muddying these days – so it was a throw-back thrill to write a more magaziney piece for Stoke Park magazine. Here’s the feature if you fancy reading it – a family stay at the hotel. Not something you’re going […]

  • 9 pubs with fab gardens

    Gawd bless the British beer garden! Whether you want your green space near a river, meadow, or city, we've scoured Bucks & Oxon for the best in show.

  • The Baskerville, Shiplake

    It’s been quite the season for pub reviews. It’s fairly slim pickings in my neck of the woods for truly great pubs, but my God they have it good down Henley way. Particularly, it must be said, in the tiny village of Shiplake, that boasts not one but two excellent pubs – The Plowden Arms […]

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