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  • Monty & Mabel’s

    Popping over the border, Wiltshire’s first doggy cafe is absolutely.… wait for it… the cat’s whiskers. Ha, got you there! Muddy Wiltshire’s Joanna sniffs it out.

    • Fine dining heaven

      Whatley Manor's not only a to-die-for boutique hotel and spa, it's also got form in the kitchen, with a fine-dining repertoire that's gunning for a Michelin star.

    • The Malthouse

      This funky, all-day brunch lunch eatery on the edge of Stroud oozes warehouse style and serves up the best freakin’ freakshakes ever!

    • Vinnie’s Eatery

      This new plant-based restaurant in Cheltenham has breezy Vancouver style and food that tastes so damned fine you'd never know it was good for you.

    • Cool London hangout

      Bar, restaurant and private dining space, The Harcourt, a chic, five-storey townhouse in Marylebone, is Muddy's favourite new London haunt.

  • Destination 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!

    • North 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.

    • Romantic getaways

      We've scoured 17 counties for the most gorgeous romantic couples stays, so you can put some ooh-la-la into your leisure time.

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    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!

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    My favourite places

    There’s a dashing new CEO at the helm of the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham – and he knows all the best places to go… Take it away Mark Goucher, we’re listening!

  • Cottages

    Best UK beach cottages

    Tired. Sick of working. Dreaming of the beach. Yup, it’s time to book the Great British Coastal Escape and we’ve done all the hard work for you. Get ready for the summer hols!

  • Jewel action

    Meet Birmingham-based jewellery designer Fei Liu. Funny, talented, loved by fashion editors and celebs, and basically lord of the rings (and necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches…)

    • Sweet sweater

      We have a spot as soft as the finest Italian merino wool for hotshot new label, Hades. Already counting Alexa Chung as a fan, watch it go stratospheric in 2017.

    • The joy of jumpsuits

      What exactly is it about jumpsuits that quickens the pulse – and why the hell should you invest in one?

    • 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.

  • Antony and Cleopatra

    Muddy Warwickshire’s Catherine went along to RST Stratford to check out this production of Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy starring former Blake 7 star Josette Simon – and it was hot!

    • Muddy Book Club

      Muddy Book Club ahoy! Here's June's best books for your delectation. Fire up that Kindle!

    • Review: Vice Versa

      Phil Porter’s new RSC comedy at the Swan Theatre, Stratford, is a tongue-in-cheek, rude and rowdy Roman romp.

    • TV dynamite!

      The best telly to watch this month (yes, he's back!!), as chosen by Muddy's square-eyed Kerry Potter.

    • The Muddy Book Club

      Want to get lost in a good book? Here's our pick of the new releases for the merry month of May.


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    • Hot home trends

      Ready to revamp your home? We SO have your back on this one with these latest trends from Clerkenwell (yes, the home of hip) Design Week.

    • Quirky homeware

      Our pick of the best pieces at new online home decor store Layered Lounge, bringing colour and joy to your home.

  • Wellbeing
    • Nail your fitness

      Don't run from the beach this summer – just follow these tips and you'll be all ready for the big (or teeny tiny!) bikini reveal.

    • The kennel club

      Feeling the pressure to purchase a pooch? Read this idiot-proof's guide to owning a dog.

  • 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?

  • Kids
    • Kingham Hill School, Oxon

      Could this non-hot housey school with happy pupils and happy parents be the perfect fit for your offspring?

    • Get ’em moving

      Are your kids couch potatoes? Here's five ways to get them more active and away from their screens.

  • 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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