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The Retreat

Muddy says: Quick! Pack your bags and escape from life's hectic pace for just a bit. The Retreat, located in the beautiful New Forest will recharge your batteries and you soul all in one go.

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The Stirrup Cup Bar

Muddy says: Giddy up for some gin-soaked fun with the gorgeous converted horsebox - The Stirrup Cup Bar.

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The Haven Bar and Bistro Lymington

The Haven Bar & Restaurant

Muddy says: It's hard to decide which is better at The Haven in Lymington, the fab food and drink or the gorgeous views over the Solent. Best check it out and decide for yourself.

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Careys Manor Hotel, Brockenhurst

Muddy says: Can't decide between a seaside break and a forest retreat? Well at Careys Manor you don't have to. This luxury hotel is tucked in-between the two for the ultimate countryside getaway.

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The Grosvenor, Stockbridge

Muddy says: Following a change of ownership and big plans to follow this gorgeous Georgian hotel is tipped to be THE next hot spot in Hampshire.

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Live The Seaweed Lifestyle

Muddy says: Wellbeing, ethical living AND involves shopping? Hello! You NEED to check out the amazing range of products at Seaweed Ltd.

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Wellington Farm Shop

Muddy says: Wellington Farm Shop & Cafe is a food lover’s haven. Expect high quality produce, with low food miles, and a cafe that’ll bust the waistband. The homemade dishes are to die for.

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Kings Arms, Christchurch

Muddy says: This beautiful Georgian manor makes the perfect pied-à-terre to discover the delights of Christchurch and even has its very own award-winning restaurant.

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Mad Hatter’s Gin Rummy

Muddy says: Introducing the most brilliantly bonkers spirit we've ever had the chance to quaff, we LOVE Mad Hatter's Gin Rummy.

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Gin Tin Bar

Muddy says: This isn't just any old tin van... this is an old tin van with added GIN! Woohoo!

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Solent Forts

Muddy says: Ahoy there! Set sail out to sea for possibly the most unusual hotels in the UK... if not the world!

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Gorilla Spirits

Muddy says: Like gin? Like ethical products? Then check out the fantastic range of spirits from small-batch producer Gorilla Spirits. Here you can pick up a bottle of award-winning tipple AND save the world at the same time. Hoorah!

Distillery and Vineyard Tours

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Southampton Harbour Hotel

Muddy says: Can't decide between a seaside break and a city escape? Well you don't have to with a stay at the fabulous Southampton Harbour Hotel.

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ChalkStream™ Trout

Muddy says: Sustainably produced and from the purest of Hampshire waters, ChalkStream™ Trout is a fillet above the rest.

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Thorpe Confectionery

Muddy says: Put down that boring old bar of choc and eat some of the fabulous hand-crafted chocolate and confectionery from Alton based Thorpe Confectionery. And, no, you don't have to share.

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Little Kitchen Company

Muddy says: Big party or intimate picnic, Muddy award winner The Little Kitchen Company will create delicious food for ANY occasion.

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Hotel Du Vin, Winchester

Muddy says: With its gorgeous Bistro and opulent rooms, the original Hotel Du Vin in Winchester, ticks all the boxes for understated luxe.

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Cottonworth Wines

Muddy says: A truly special producer that produces excellent Hampshire-pedigree sparkling wine.

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Phoenix Inn, Hartley Witney

Muddy says: This 18th-century village gastropub is synonymous with locally sourced food, top roasts and awesome classic cars in the car park.

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Roccbox by Gozney

Muddy says: Roccbox by Gozney is a portable wood and gas pizza oven that looks plucked straight from the pages of a design magazine. Slice anybody?

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soho, Christchurch

Muddy says: Taking you from day to night, one of the hippest spots in Christchurch serves up a gorgeous breakfast, gourmet pizzas and will keep you dancing till the small hours.

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Rosebourne Garden Centre, Weyhill

Muddy says: This garden centre packs in a lot more than flowers and ferns. With an extensive food hall and restaurant, it's an unexpected day out.

Florists

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Sea Arch Non-Alcoholic Gin

Muddy says: All the fun of gin but with none of that pesky headache inducing alcohol. Sea Arch is the perfect alternative with excellent flavours.

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The Hut, Colwell Bay

Muddy says: There are hidden gems and then there are HIDDEN GEMS. You'll need to jump on a boat for lunch or dinner at this exclusive beachside eatery.

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The Watership Down Inn, Freefolk

Muddy says: This destination pub with rooms is the ideal place to get away from it all, in the quiet and calm of the Test Valley.

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The Cliff House, Barton on Sea

Muddy says: A fantastic restaurant and bar boasting 7-bedroom bijou rooms overlooking the Solent, packed with homemade touches and nautical vibes.

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Gee Cartwright Cookery

Muddy says: Hampshire's kitchen-demo-dynamo runs sell-out sessions in Stockbridge and Wandsworth teaching everything from cooking with spices to filling the freezer.

Cookery Schools

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The Myers Touch

Muddy says: Is it a kitchen designer? A supperclub? A super cool event space? Yes, yes, yes - The Myers Touch is so much more than a kitchen designer.

Cookery Schools

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Ray’s Italian Kitchen, Milford-on-Sea

Muddy says: This little taste of Italy on the south coast is a welcome addition to the New Forest's foodie scene, specialising in small plates that are big on flavour.

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The Exchequer, Fleet

Muddy says: This unassuming gastropub is a little hint of countryside dining that's not too far from the beaten track.

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Warbrook House Hotel, Eversley

Muddy says: This Georgian mansion is located on the Hampshire/Berkshire border and offers relaxing rooms and a brand new spa on its 121 acres.

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The Wellington Arms, Stratfield Turgis

Muddy says: Get all the best of a traditional British inn while getting all the mod-cons at the newly refurbed, Wellington Arms.

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Knackered Mother’s Wine Club

Muddy says: Life's too short for bad wine and author, journalist and wine expert Helen McGinn of the Knackered Mother's Wine Club is here to make sure you drink well.

Courses & workshops

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Thyme

Muddy says: Rhona Everard is the saviour for many a weekend dinner party and mid-week freezer. Think uber-scrumptious home cooked meals with zero hassle — and yes, that does mean no washing-up.

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Bel and the Dragon, Kingsclere

Muddy says: This country inn comes with bags of character, a fantastic gastro offering and oodles of countryside and pursuits to partake in nearby.

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Flora’s Kitchen

Muddy says: Step into the kitchen and cook up a storm as Flora imparts her gourmet know-how in her specialist cooking school, taking you from cooking zero to foodie hero.

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The Red Lion, Odiham

Muddy says: A convivial, relaxed, family-friendly pub with rooms and impeccably sourced, local comfort food in the buzzy village of Odiham.

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Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Muddy Says: Home to one of the most famous gins in the world. Not only do they make the legendary drink here, but you can take a fascinating tour and even hire it out as a venue. Cheers!

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Off The Rails, Yarmouth

Muddy Says: The epitome of Isle of Wight eccentricity and foodie fun, Off The Rails is an award-winning restaurant situated in a converted railway station.

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Greedo, Lymington

Muddy says: This hip little eatery in Lymington brings a bit of that London-metropolitan vibe (and rather fantastic food) to the Hampshire countryside.

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Lime Wood Hotel, Lyndhurst

Muddy says: The perfect forest escape that oozes with laid-back luxury, not to mention a kitchen complete with celebrity chefs.

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The Pig Hotel, Brockenhurst

Muddy says: A spot of rustic glamour in the New Forest, The Pig is known for their amazing culinary repetoire and sumptuous, but relaxing, rooms.

Fun Finder

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The New Forest Paddle Sports Company

Muddy says: The only way to explore The New Forest's heartbreakingly beautiful coastline.

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Berry Bros & Rudd Wine, Basingstoke

Muddy says: Our award-winning wine merchant is a grape-lover's dream; all Champagne, fine wines, spirits and the very best, phew-the-kids-are-in-bed, easy-drinking bottles. 

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Hattingley Valley Wines

Muddy says: Park that prosecco, we're English Sparkling Wine girls all the way. Curious? Hattingley Valley produces some of the world's finest fizz... from grapes grown on Hampshire chalk. #proud

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