If you’re looking for leftfield or craving creativity then zoom up the A34 to Oxford’s Cowley Road. Hero Brown, Muddy’s Editor-in-Chief and ex-Cowley resident, shows us round.Read more
Category: Eat Out
Naughty bishops, cold baths at Winchester College and lots and lots of pubs.Read more
Outdoor cinema in the magic-light gloaming, munching comfort food with zing from the Padre of Padstow himself, Mr Rick Stein. Oh go on then.Read more
Unless you’ve been downing turps-laced moonshine and burying your head in the empties, you’ll know that Mother’s Ruin is über-cool these days: less rack-em-up cheap, swill it down fast; more hipster flavours (watercress anyone?) and tasting rooms. Read on for Hampshire’s finest.Read more
Muddy-crush alert! Summerdown Mint bath products, mint choccies, tea; all heavenly, and all containing the brand’s single-estate peppermint oil which is grown and processed here in Hampshire.Read more
I can always tell it’s Mothers Day. The daffodils are out, there’s warmth in the sun and my summer-long yearning to chiii-ll by water begins.
I’ve no preference over what kind of water. Riverside is heaven: a mellow stream, weeping willows and the occasional swan, but hum-huu… the sea is dreamy too, salty air blowing away those winter cobwebs, seagulls, yachts and platters of local seafood. And lucky me, because Hants is heaving with waterside eateries — be it river, estuary or crashing wave.Read more
Flowers? Choccies? Pah been there done that. With Mother’s Day looming why not book yourself and your mum onto one of the frankly ginormous selection of creative, crafty courses in this fine county. Forget the here-and-now and lose yourselves in paints, clay, charcuterie or the pure joy of flying. Read on for Muddy Hant’s favourites.
Felt Design… Rum’s Eg, Romsey, Weds 29 Mar, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Revel in felt’s joyous colour and texture focusing on the design and colour-mixing of the fibres plus cutting and layering techniques.Read more
What’s a girl to do when she’s too goddam fat to review another restaurant without fear of a hernia? Call Rachel, fellow elasticated trouser wearer and brilliant Muddy Berks editor, that’s what! Rachel was deputy editor of a national newspaper before she joined us over at the frothy side, so she really knows her stuff. Here’s her review of the André Garrett restaurant at Cliveden near Taplow and if it tempts you, it’s worth knowing that if you live within a 50-mile radius (just into Hants then) you can sign up to Cliveden’s new Dining Card and enjoy a 10% discount off food and drink; special events plus celebration vouchers for Champagne, a boat trip and room upgrade.Read more
Are you keen on the bean? Would you fight for flat-white, give a beso for espresso? We’ve teamed up with our good friends at The Little Kitchen Company to offer a free coffee or hot drink with every brunch/lunch ordered for all Muddy Hants readers. On the outskirts of Winchester, this bistro has all the quirk and charm of a city-centre indy cafe but with easy out-of-town access and oodles of parking.Read more
To most of us — raised on Friends and Central Perk and Rachel-Ross’ will they won’t they-ing — brunch culture holds a special appeal: an easy amble to your neighbourhood cafe for flat-whites, poached eggs and papers.
All this disappears in a puff of petrol fumes, when you motor your life and worldly possessions from SW1 into deepest Hampshire.
It’s not that this fine county lacks cafe culture: Winchester, Alresford, Southsea… shrines to the bean one and all, but a short, easy amble?Read more