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I'm Sarah, editor of Muddy Gloucestershire, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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  • The Pint Shop, Oxford

    To Oxford, for posh burgers and craft ale at this stylish mini-chain. Sounds blokey; is actually surprisingly family-friendly.

    • Country pub nirvana

      Could The Bell at Sapperton be one of the most perfect country pubs in England? Well, it won the Muddy Award for Best Destination Pub!

    • The Vine Tree

      Looking for a hot pub with grub? Muddy Wiltshire gives The Vine Tree near Malmesbury a big thumbs up.

    • Sheep on Sheep Street

      Nothing woolly about this stylish Stow hotel, restaurant and baaaar (oh come on, that's brilliant). Read the Muddy verdict.

    • Pubs with fab gardens

      Now we're officially into summer and we've got the weather on board, it's time to take the drinks outdoors.

  • Mountain high

    Done Paris and Prague for a city break? Seeking the great outdoors and family adventure? Here are five reasons why you’ll love summer in the Alps.

    • Hello Dartmouth!

      Feel like getting some sea air in your gills? Check out Muddy Devon editor Sharon's inside line on a south Devon hot spot and pack the car!

    • Devon weekender

      Closer than Cornwall and as sunny as Salcombe, put north Devon on your getaway list with our insider guide to where, what and how.

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  • Hotels & inns

    Woolley Grange

    Imagine a hotel that collects the kids from your room for brekkie and lets you sleep in! I know! Let’s all move in for the summer to this made-for-families oasis near Bradford on Avon.

  • Cafes

    Swim. Eat. Spa

    A lazy swim in a turquoise infinity pool, followed by a glass of wine and some delish tapas. Sound good to you? Thought so. Then pop yourself over to Bristol’s quirky, fabulous Bristol Lido.

  • Most read

    Cheers to English wine!

    Yeah, you got your Bordeaux, your Tuscany, your California, but you don’t need to go that far for a wine tour – hello Three Choirs Gloucestershire, we’re loving what you do!

  • Rockin’ it!

    A Kate Moss-approved scarf you can wear in the summer on your neck, head or wrist? Cult brand Rockins sure rocks our world.

    • The Muddy debate

      Now this one is serious – bikini or swimsuit? Don't go anywhere near a beach, pool or sun lounger this summer until you've read this.

    • Boom! In the bag

      It's hard to make basket bags chic, but Rae Feather has aced it. We love the accessory designer's super-cool personalised designs.

    • Troublesome skin?

      We have two words for you: Paula's Choice. This little-known Canadian skincare range is about to become your new buffed and glowing BFF.

    • Makeup ta-dah!

      Rubbish at putting on slap? This makeup by numbers eye, cheek and face palette by Charlotte Tilbury will sort you out good and proper.

  • West End kids

    Need to fill a rainy day? No kidding! Check out our pick of the best kids’ theatre in the capital. Quite frankly, it’s just the indoor treat we all need right now.

    • The Edinburgh Fringe

      Get the best from the fest with Muddy Sussex Debbie's handy guide on how to plan your gig-going.

    • Hit-the-beach books

      Sunnies on, beach towel down, children gagged – get your nose into this lot, it's Muddy's best holiday books!

    • Festival fever!

      Hey music lover! Load up with beer, pear cider, gin and check out these 15 fab festivals.

    • Antony and Cleopatra

      Muddy Warks' Catherine went along to Stratford to check out the Roman tragedy (starring former Blake 7 star Josette Simon!) – and it was hot…


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    • Speedy Supper time

      Haven't got a clue what to make for dinner? Top food writer Diana Henry's prawn, fennel and tomato pilaf is here to help.

    • Gardening div? Read on!

      Love gardening but it's a jungle out there? Grab the secateurs and read our top summer tips

  • Wellbeing
    • Muddy gets mindful

      A mindfulness teacher managed to get the team to sit down and be quiet for half an hour. Give that woman a medal!

    • How to surf summer

      The trick to riding a summer high is to just go with the flow, says yoga and wellbeing expert Claire Beeley.

  • Work driving you nuts? We have a book for that

    Feeling a bit ‘meh’ about work? Reading this when you should be writing a report? (Naughty!) Or maybe you’re dreaming about changing careers completely? Whatever your job dilemma, we have a book for that.

    • Be a work-life blender

      Apparently it’s curtains for the ‘work life balance’, but do you have what it takes to mix business with pleasure?

    • Be happier at work

      From delegating to daydreaming, how to make the workplace your happy place.

  • Kids
    • Summer survival kit

      If the long, not so hot summer with the kids has got you reaching for the gin, don't worry, help's at hand.

    • How to tame your teen

      Has your little darling become Kevin The Teenager? We've asked a top parenting expert for advice.

  • My favourite places

    Dreaming of a far-flung holiday but not sure where to stick your pin on the map? Well, we’ve only got an expert in luxury, long-haul travel on board to help you decide. Over to you Sue Bell from the Turquoise Holiday Company.

    • Wake up to spring

      Chalford-based yoga guru and wellbeing font of knowledge Claire Beeley talks through the steps you should take to make a smooth transition into spring.

    • International Women’s Day

      From actresses to pop stars, chefs to artists, we salute the global role models who are blazing the trail for women everywhere.



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