Food & Drink
Muddy says: Want all the fabulous countryside charm but in a cool cosmopolitan location? Hello, The Pig in the wall! The Southampton arm of the legendary hotel group, The Pig, oozes with cool and serves up fabulous rustic charm - city-style.
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
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.
Muddy says: A Pompey institution. Nowhere is more legendary for a slab of cake and good company than The Tenth Hole. Forks at the ready!
Muddy says: Perfectly placed for some waterfront views and crafty browsing, this eatery located at the Hotwalls Arts Quarter is THE place to go in Old Portsmouth.
Muddy says: Fish and chips with added glamour. The Briny, situated right on Southsea's seafront, takes casual seafood dining to the next level.
Muddy says: Meet our new favourite vodka, Tipsy Wight, manufactured on the Isle of Wight by husband and wife team Ruth and Michael Green.
Muddy says: Say goodbye to the Fish & Chip Shop, these gourmet fishcakes are going to blow your tastebuds out of the water.
Muddy says: A charming old pub nestled in the Meon Valley, with a hearty British menu, 5 en-suite log cabins and plenty of culture on its doorstep. Howzat!
Muddy says: Food, family and fabulous surroundings, The Running Horse in Littleton will cover all your country inn dreams.
Muddy says: This Sussex/Hants border pub is stacked to the roof with original features, delicious food and the South Downs to explore on its doorstep.
Muddy says: Pretty view, excellent homemade food and a building that's full of character and whimsy. Say hello to The Mill Inn in Gordleton.
Muddy says: Often tipped as one of Hampshire's best pubs, The Peat Spade is as quintessentially British complete with outdoor pursuits and the beautiful Test Valley mere minutes from the bar.
Muddy says: Not just any average country pub, this is a country pub with MAJOR foodie kudos. This Bib Gourmand toting location is run by Dave Watts an alum of Raymond Blanc's Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Hampshire native.
Muddy says: Your one-stop-shop for farmy fun, lunch and the best produce the Island has to offer.
Muddy says: Hampshire’s kitchen-demo-dynamo runs sell-out sessions in Stockbridge and Wandsworth teaching everything from easy everyday recipes to sophisticated dishes for entertaining.
Muddy says: The literal definition of a 'hidden gem', The Yard is a quirky little space in Lymington that serves awesome food and great drinks, with a heavy dose of cool-factor for good measure.
Muddy says: Countryside side charm with added glamour, The Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu offers guests top-quality foodie kudos along with its picture-postcard location.
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.
Muddy says: Giddy up for some gin-soaked fun with the gorgeous converted horsebox - The Stirrup Tap Bar.
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.
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.
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.
Muddy says: Wellbeing, ethical living AND involves shopping? Hello! You NEED to check out the amazing range of products at Seaweed Ltd.
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.
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.
Muddy says: Introducing the most brilliantly bonkers spirit we've ever had the chance to quaff, we LOVE Mad Hatter's Gin Rummy.
Muddy says: This isn't just any old tin van... this is an old tin van with added GIN! Woohoo!
Muddy says: Ahoy there! Set sail out to sea for possibly the most unusual hotels in the UK... if not the world!
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!
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.
Muddy says: Sustainably produced and from the purest of Hampshire waters, ChalkStream™ Trout is a fillet above the rest.
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.
Muddy says: Big party or intimate picnic, Muddy award winner The Little Kitchen Company will create delicious food for ANY occasion.
Muddy says: With its gorgeous Bistro and opulent rooms, the original Hotel Du Vin in Winchester, ticks all the boxes for understated luxe.
Muddy says: A truly special producer that produces excellent Hampshire-pedigree sparkling wine.
Muddy says: This 18th-century village gastropub is synonymous with locally sourced food, top roasts and awesome classic cars in the car park.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Muddy says: A fantastic restaurant and bar boasting 7-bedroom bijou rooms overlooking the Solent, packed with homemade touches and nautical vibes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Muddy says: This country inn comes with bags of character, a fantastic gastro offering and oodles of countryside and pursuits to partake in nearby.
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.
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!
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.
Muddy says: This hip little eatery in Lymington brings a bit of that London-metropolitan vibe (and rather fantastic food) to the Hampshire countryside.
Muddy says: The only way to explore The New Forest's heartbreakingly beautiful coastline.