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OCTOBER 2019

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The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

  • Cliveden-view

    Is this the UK’s sexiest restaurant?

    If it’s good enough for Meghan (we’re on first name terms), it’s good enough for Muddy. The Cliveden Dining Room is Deco fabulous has the swagger of Harry Styles on heat.

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      Is your favourite local restaurant on the list?

      The list of Michelin star winners, that is. The prestigious 2020 awards have just been announced - did your fave make the grade? Take a look at the full line-up for our region.

    • Secret Supper Club

      Autumn Supperclubs

      Forks at the ready? It's time to get eating with our round-up of Autumn supper clubs. Greek, vegan and covert text messages, there's something for every taste.

    • Kings Arms Slide

      Muddy Eats: The Kings Arms Hotel, Christchurch

      After practising her royal wave we sent Muddy's Robyn over to Dorset to check out The Kings Arms Hotel, Christchurch.

    • The best brunch in town

      The most lipsmackingly indulgent meal of the day and we have 47 of the best ones to tempt you with, from vegan to full English, flat white to green detox. Just add friends and a hangover.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Fun Finder

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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  • Fancy a break this half term?

    Need to make a fast getaway? Don’t move a muscle till you’ve checked out my pick of 8 last-minute family breaks in the West Country.

    • 24 hours in Matera

      Have you seen the new James Bond car chase scenes around southern Italy? Happens that Muddy was there this summer, checking out the cool places to go. Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while I tell you my insider tips.

    • Fancy a £1000 Luxury Family Hotel stay?

      Er YEAH! Read our review of stunning Fowey Hall, and snaffle a long weekender at one of the hotels in Cornwall, Suffolk, Hants, Wilts or Dorset.

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  • Win 7 perfect pieces to ease you into Autumn

    Muddy’s fashion fave hush has come up trumps yet again with its trans-seasonal collection – and we have five sets of our fashion edit to give away , worth over £3500. *This giveaway is now closed*

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      Word Up

      Too busy to say it yourself? Lacking the vocab to express your feelings after a long day battling spreadsheets or sprogs? Let a classic slogan T do it for you.

    • Hey-Chesto-2

      Chesto Magic

      Planning a romantic weekender with no time to unpack (naughty!)? HeyChesto travel chests combine a romantic vintage style with modern practicality. Seriously, no more rummaging for knickers!

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      J’adore / J’abhor

      This week's Muddy heated debate: whether or not to embrace a full head of grey hair. Eeeek! or chic? We duke it out.

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      Cheap, chic beauty buys

      Quick, raid a teenage girl’s make-up bag! Budget beauty is big news right now. Here are some corkers that’ll only set you back a few quid.

  • October-books

    Need a juicy new read?

    Muddy’s bookworm Kerry Potter has glorious celeb gossip, literary big-hitters and a must-read on relationships this month. Read all about her October picks – and then win the lot!

    • Awesome Autumn culture planner

      It's all going on! Behold, your cheat-sheet to the season's best art, theatre, TV, books and film in the UK, as curated by Muddy's extremely cultural Kerry Potter.

    • Read THESE this month…

      ... and win 'em all! Curl up into a comfy chair, pour a glass of wine, and dive into a new fab book with this month's hottest new reads.

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  • Work Happy

    Making work work for you

    Back at your desk after summer fun and not really feeling it? We hear you. Here’s some food for thought from the autumn’s hottest self-help book by ex Elle journalist turned author Lotte Jeffs.

    • Princes Mead School

      Prince’s Mead, Winchester

      Muddy says: British traditionalism meets Scandi modernity at this friendly, inclusive day school. Along with excellent academics, there's a big emphasis here on green living, outdoor learning and a total abundance of bucolic charm.

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      Farnborough Hill

      Muddy says: This all-girls day school located in Farnborough is packed with quirky heritage buildings, excellent academics and is all about building strong independent women for the future.

  • John Challis

    Muddy meets Boycie

    Muddy caught up with actor John Challis aka Boycie to talk alter egos, brandy vs. gin, wheeling, dealing and what it was like to hang out with Oliver Reed.

    • Muddy meets Nik Kershaw

      Nik Kershaw is laconic, laid-back, and *very very* funny - read on for his views on Live Aid, embarrassing his kids, the Let's Rock the Moor pecking order and (OMG) being a grandfather!

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      Muddy meets Terry

      Eighties skankers The Specials are back with a fab new album and a headline slot at Victorious Festival. We nabbed Terry Hall to talk shopping, selfies and his career as a barber.

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