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Muddy eats: The Fat Fox Inn, Watlington
29th Aug 2015
Certain pubs suit certain seasons. The Fat Fox Inn in Watlington has a kind of put-the-fire-on local vibe that works really well when the weather turns. And here we are, nearly in September, so probably the perfect time to review …Read more you may also like...
‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ – you likey?
26th Aug 2015
There are times when the kids are screaming, the washing is piling up, work is going crazy and popular culture just passes me by. GRRRR, very annoying because I love all that stuff. Months later I usually find the time …Read more
New Frangipani stock now in!!!
19th Aug 2015
Victims of their own success, Frangipani ran out of stock a few weeks back. But I come bearing good news if you’ve been trying to snaffle a shirt or two, because the funky florals are back! There are 60 gorgeous …Read more
Cotwolds Corker: The Swan at Swinbrook
14th Aug 2015
When you come across a pub with in a setting this pretty, you know things are going to work out just fine. I’ve been dipping into the Cotswolds a lot over the last year, mostly for days out or sneaky …Read more
500 years of portraits looking *right at you*
12th Aug 2015
This little video – ‘500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art’ – might have popped up in your Facebook feed already (which is where I stumbled across it the other day). If it hasn’t already, take 2 minutes (and 52 seconds) out of your day and check it out…Read more
Muddy eats: Nelson St Restaurant, Buckingham
4th Aug 2015
KIDS: Longridge Activity Centre strikes gold
31st Jul 2015
My kids have come back from an Activity Day at Longridge activity camp just buzzing with how great it’s been so I’d better pass it on! My oldest Muddy did it last year, so we have form with this Marlow-based …Read more you may also like...
What’s On This Week: Fri 24 – Weds 29 July
24th Jul 2015
Outdoor theatre: More Shakespeare than you can shake a stick at. Creation Theatre returns to the beautiful gardens and lawns of Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford for Shakespeare’s pastoral romantic comedy As You Like It (Tues 28 July through til …Read more
The Muddy Guide: Thurs 9 – Weds 15 July
9th Jul 2015
Broughton Castle Cycling Sportive, Sun 12 July Feeling energetic? The drop-dead-gorgeous Broughton Castle near Banbury (most recently seen as one of the locations in Wolf Hall) is holding its third Cycling Sportive this Sunday. The four routes wind their way …Read more
Gifford’s Circus: The best family show of summer
2nd Jul 2015
Another year, another Gifford’s Circus triumph. This quirky, original, clever, funny village green circus, based in Gloucestershire, is becoming famous now, and justly so. I’ve been for the last three or four years (though they’ve been going for 10, so …Read more you may also like...
Worth seeing The Producers? Find out here
1st Jul 2015
There are some major gaps in my musical theatre education and The Producers is definitely one of them. Winner of 12 Tonys and 3 Olivier Awards it ran on Broadway for 12 years and the West End for three, and, …Read more
Live in Oxford? Order Deliveroo!
30th Jun 2015
Have you heard of Deliveroo? If you live in Oxford you’re going to be praising me to the skies for this little nugget of info. It’s a brilliant take away service that deliverers food to your couch from some of …Read more you may also like...
The Swan Inn, Denham
22nd Jun 2015
I nearly ate at The Swan Inn in Denham last year. I’d pulled up outside, thought, ‘Ooh, this looks great’ and then something at the back of my mind made me double check my destination – at which point I …Read more you may also like...
Muddy eats: The Bull gastropub, Henley
20th Jun 2015
For an area that so attracts tourists in droves to its riverbanks and Georgian elegance, Henley is not overly blessed with places to eat and drink. Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse ties up fine dining; The Three Tuns is the …Read more you may also like...
Try this: The Dressing Room’s styling service
18th Jun 2015
A Day in the Life: Biagio the Jeweller
17th Jun 2015
Always a pleasure to do a feature about things that sparkle. Biagio the Jeweller has been the go-to store for diamonds and beautiful jewellery in Oxfordshire for the last 20 years, and it’s easy to see why when your read …Read more
My Favourite Places: Kay Burley
15th Jun 2015
I recently met Kay Burley when she was compèring a charity lunch for the Pink Ribbon Foundation – a charity supporting research to combat breast cancer – at Champneys Tring. As a news reporter and presenter, Kay has travelled all over the world, and I was curious to hear which places she remembered and loved from all those she’s visited. I don’t know how she managed to narrow it down, but she’s chosen a handful of places that she loves and that are important to her – particularly when she’s trying to relax and get away from it all….Read more
INTERIORS ALERT: The Old Flight House, Nr Bicester
15th Jun 2015
There are some places that are so ‘Muddy’ I could literally live in them. I featured The Old Flight House in Weston-on-the-Green (about 10 minutes drive south of Bicester) when it first opened a few years back, and it’s since …Read more
The Quince Tree cafe – you’d better go!
15th Jun 2015
Muddy goes out! A buzzy night in Oxford
9th Jun 2015
OMG, the best men’s shirts EVER…
9th Jun 2015
9th Jun 2015
For the last ten years I feel like I’ve done nothing but take beach holidays with steel-reinforced childcare attached. Having young children is lovely in small doses (oh come on, you know it!). They’re joyful little things but blimey, it’s …Read more
Indonesian Ginger at Nutmeg Spa
6th Jun 2015
Nutmeg Spa has been tempting me over to Hemel Hempstead recently with their gorgeous oases of calm and pampering. They have two salons in Hemel Hempstead – one up at Bridens Camp, (more Gaddesden than Hemel to be honest) and one on the Old High Street…Read more
My Fave Places: Freya North
3rd Jun 2015
Today — publication day for her 14th novel! — Freya North is sharing her favourite places with us here at Muddy Herts. Most of them are in Herts, too, where she lives out in the countryside with her two children, two dogs, and a horse…Read more
Gorgeous new Mews suites at Sopwell House
1st Jun 2015
Wouldn’t you though?
1st Jun 2015
Pluses and minuses
20th May 2015
Plus: I have a brand new swanky iphone 6. Minus: My kids are desperate to get their filthy little hands all over it. Minus 2: Iris nicked it this morning. As I came back in the house from the garden …Read more
Half-term sanity saver May 2015
20th May 2015
Never let it be said that I don’t *sniff* totally heart you guys. I’ve spent weeks – WEEKS! – researching the best of what’s on in Oxfordshire, Bucks and beyond over May half term week for your delectation. If you …Read more
18th May 2015
Let me tell you, this graphic design malarkey takes some time. If I spent as long as shopping as I did creating these collages I’d be a whole lot more stylish! But staring for hours at these clothes has just …Read more
TRY THIS: A lava shell massage
14th May 2015
Everyone has their favourite beauty treatment, the default that they go back to time and time again. Mine is definitely, 100%, without question, the hot stone massage. I’ve been stooping at my computer as a journo for over 20 years …Read more
(Mr) Muddy goes ape…
11th May 2015
Have you ever looked up at one of those tree-top climbing forest adventures and thought, yeah, I’d love to put down my cappuccino and muffin and spend an afternoon hoiked in a harness in the trees? Possibly not, but actually, …Read more
What’s On: The Muddy Guide 24 – 29 April 2015
24th Apr 2015
Oops, the Muddy Guide is a bit late this week – apparently there are some, ahem, Awards on at the mo that are slightly distracting yours truly! Anyway, here you go, lots to do if you’re in the mood for …Read more
The Dressing Room
23rd Apr 2015
One of the many brilliant things about having the lovely Pippa running Muddy Stilettos Hertfordshire is that I get to hear about cool stuff going on in her county. Boundaries between counties are funny things, because often there’s the automatic …Read more you may also like...
Review: The Anchor pub, central Oxford
22nd Apr 2015
Oxford has some fantastic gastropubs but I think most would agree that they’re kind of hard to find in the city centre. Yes, if you’re Morse fan (or, ahem your dad is) you know about The Eagle & Child and …Read more you may also like...
*Fab ad alert*: Dove ‘Choose Beautiful’
15th Apr 2015
How beautiful do you think you are? It’s a question posed by Dove in its clever and surprisingly moving new ad. I think a lot of us have become inured to Dove’s artfully grinning ladies in their white designer undies, …Read more
St Albans’ Odyssey: gorgeous, grown-up cinema
30th Mar 2015
The newly-renovated Odyssey Cinema in St Albans only opened at the end of last year, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to pop over there ever since. So when Mr C came up trumps with tickets for my birthday, I was extrememly impressed that he’d taken the hint…
Cocktails, coffee and casual dining
22nd Mar 2015
Hearing that the Beech House had just won Best New Pub/Bar at the national Publican Awards was excuse enough for me, so I asked my friend Lucy to join me (she needed so much persuading…) and we booked in for lunch…Read more
Muddy Herts gets raw and juicy….
18th Mar 2015
I went recently to see Hitchin-based Amy Huggins of Health and Happiness Nutrition because, well, having pointedly ignored ‘dry January’ and ‘forgotten’ to give anything up for Lent, I was feeling a bit rubbish – and a bit squidgier than I’d like to as well….Read more
What’s on: Muddy Herts Guide 12-18 Mar 2015
11th Mar 2015
Yes, it’s Mothering Sunday this weekend – and there are lots of lovely things going on to entertain your mum, or to hint about being taken to. Or ignore it altogether and just go somewhere fun anyway. We’ve got fashion, art, Harry Potter, comedy and books. Will that do?Read more
Getting crafty at Fabric HQ
14th Feb 2015
Duende pops up in Herts
10th Feb 2015
Duende have been popping up their pop-up restaurants around the Chilterns for a while. Now they’re popping over the border into Herts, and very glad about it I am too. I went along last week, just to check it out, …Read more
Flowers? For me? You shouldn’t have….
10th Feb 2015
Ok, there’s a reasonable chance – start hinting! – that there might be some flowers flying around over the weekend. Whether it’s a dozen roses (traditional) or a last-minute service station bunch of carnations (more likely), chances are those flowers will have travelled a fair old way to get to you…Read more
Better, brighter skin and no saggy bits? Yes, please!
8th Feb 2015
But first, let me take a selfie…
30th Jan 2015
I’ve got nothing against the selfie. But in an attempt to stop my nearly-teen from clogging up my phone, his phone, his dad’s phone, you name it, with literally hundreds of odd-angled pictures of himself, I handed him over for a day – hoorah! – into the capable hands of Cynthia Nolan at Shoot Me Studios in Berkhamsted…..Read more
My Fave Places: Felix Camfield-Walker
20th Jan 2015
Felix Camfield-Walker was born and raised in Hitchin – and he’s got no intention of going anywhere else anytime soon. Farley’s Hair Emporium is about as relaxed as getting your hair cut is going to get – serious vintage décor, a …Read more
Wellies on! Perfect pub for the end of a walk
18th Jan 2015
If you’re looking for a great pub where you can park your wellies at the end of a bracing walk and fill up on food that isn’t just your average pub offering, The Fox and Duck in Therfield would be a …Read more
Having a wiggle and a giggle
16th Jan 2015
OK, here’s my comfort zone. And then, over there, there’s dancing. And then, a whole lot further out from that, there’s burlesque. So no one was more surprised than me when, one night after clearly one glass too many, I …Read more
Crafty boxes for creative kids
30th Nov 2014
Get away: The perfect hotel for R&R
12th Nov 2014
Howard’s House is a very sweet hotel in a tiny Wiltshire village called Teffont Evias (and no, I don’t know how to pronounce it either), not far from Salisbury. The village is mostly a church, a stream, lots of …Read more
Sushi? In Berkhamsted? Yes please!
11th Nov 2014
Every so often, I just need a big city fix. Usually that involves 40 minutes on the train into London, just enough culture to say we’ve been there done that, and then far too many cocktails with my much-more-glam-than-me friend …Read more
High-end Hitchin store for vintage and more
9th Nov 2014
You have to love a place that lays out an actual red carpet for you. Especially when it’s bright red shag pile. Graceland is definitely the newest – and most fabulous – place in Hitchin to pick up something …Read more