The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hampshire Edition

Category: Wine

Easy-Breezy Brunch in the Countryside

28 Feb 2017

Stop Press: our friends at The Little Kitchen Company are offering a free coffee to all Muddy Readers when you order brunch or lunch. Just show this page when you visit!

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.

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Chic Sleeps at Rathfinny Wine Estate

22 Feb 2017

It’s been a long winter so let’s be honest, a short-break would not go amiss.  The brilliant Debbie, aka. Ms Muddy Sussex, found this stunning winery across the Hants/Sussex borders in the sprawling South Downs. Have you popped over to Muddy Sussex yet? Oh, but you must! Over to you Debbie…


Ever keeled over on a settee hugging a bottle of Pinot Noir? No, me neither <cough>.

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Wine with Guts: Caviste showcases Australia’s finest wines

14 Feb 2017

OK, time to dump the jammy Jacob’s Creek associations, turns out that Oz produces some mighty fine wine. Forgive the negativity — I’m married to a Kiwi so a touch of Antipodean rivalry goes with the territory, but my, my it seems that Caviste is about to turn my prejudices WAY down-under; sorry, but that was too easy.

If you haven’t come across this Overton-based wine merchant, then pop down (the Co op, a.k.a.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Hampshire Edition