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  • Georgian pub Horse & Groom

    Horse and Groom

    A classic country boozer serving homemade pub grub in the heart of the picture-perfect Cotswolds – what’s not to love? Muddy’s Sascha Way bowls up to Bourton-on-the-Hill’s pretty Georgian inn and eats everything in sight.

    • The Woolpack, Slad

      Say hello to The Woolpack, Slad's free-spirited inn that delivers bohemian rhapsody alongside fab food and drink.

    • Old Ale & Coffee House

      A cool city pub bang in the centre of Salisbury, with eclectic design and really, really good food. What's not to love?

    • 2018’s Michelin winners

      The judge's scores are in, they've held up their Michelin paddleboards and here are our local winners.

    • The best pub in England!

      Into the winner's enclosure! A lovely village pub that's only gone and got itself the accolade of AA Best Pub in England!

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  • skis in the snow in the Alps

    Ski luxury for less

    Are you after a luxury ski holiday but want it on a smaller budget? Fear not, Muddy is here to help – check out our top tips for luxe for less!

    • dog sitting at the table with a Guinness at The Bath Arms in Wiltshire

      Have pooch, will travel

      Woof! 38 perfect dog-friendly stays in the UK, from hotels, pubs and inns and cottages, to cater to the furry baby in your life.

    • Paschoe House perfection

      Glam, stylish and fun, Devon's shiny new country house experience delivers on detail – and zzzzzzz's. Lucky Muddy Devon editor Sharon bedded down…

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  • Ring-a-ling-ding

    We’ve gone mad for metallics this autumn – but the classic appeal of Jon Dibben jewellery means it’ll last a lifetime.

    • Spirit boutique Devizes bohemian maxi dress green wall green vases

      Supercool Spirit

      Got those party invites flooding in? You're gonna need a whole new wardrobe then (any excuse!)

    • Hot to trot!

      Make your New Year’s fitness resolutions stick! This sportswear is so damned nice you’ll want to strut around (er, exercise) in it 24/7!

  • Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth and Matt Smith as Prince Philip in The Crown

    Don’t miss this!!

    Clear your schedule for Friday night – the best TV show on the box is back and it is definitely worth staying in for.

    • man and woman in suits kissing in the twilight

      Will this make you shop at H&M?

      The big Xmas ads are a bit of a disappointment, so let's turn to fashion! Baz Luhrmann's direction of Erdem/H&M's collab is luxurious, bonkers and gorgeous.

    • November books

      Attention book worms! Monocle on - here are this month's top tomes, especially for you.

    • War Horse reviewed

      The multi-award-winning National Theatre production is on in Bristol – but does it live up to the hype?

    • October’s best reads

      Muddy bookclub ahoy! Don't read anything until you've read our latest, greatest picks for October.


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    • fluffy dog lying on a fluffy sheepskin rug

      Feeling sheepish

      Just in time for the winter chill, Muddy Cambs editor Sallie has discovered a purveyor of cosiness. I want the rug and the dog!

    • Gin & Tonic scented candles from La Di Da in Andover

      Make mine a G&T, candle that is

      No mother's ruin here – these super chic G&T candles are just the thing to soothe end-of-the-day nerves of stressed-out mums.

  • Wellbeing
    • Get fit before Christmas

      From yoga to Pilates, ballet barre to gymnastics, these five fab classes will get you shipshape in no time.

    • My private hideaway

      Mobile massage company The Hideout came calling the other day, and before I knew it, my home became my sanctuary.

  • Need a life coach?

    Life coaching – sounds a bit wishy-washy, is actually pretty cool. Muddy meets a problem-solving pro who will sort you out.

  • Kids
    • Hatherop pupils running in front of school

      Hatherop Castle

      Muddy says: A co-ed day and boarding prep school with a strong family ethos for ages two to 13 which feels like it’s come straight out of the pages of a children’s storybook.

    • three boys in red tops and blue shorts on a wooden climbing frame at Chafyn Grove

      Chafyn Grove

      Muddy says: Looking for a school with strong sports and academic prowess without the hothousing agenda? Say hello to this impressive co-ed prep school for ages 3-13.

  • Fiona McLeod in swirly skirt at Salisbury Carpet Auction

    My favourite places

    A one-woman interiors inspiration, Fiona McLeod lives in Cheltenham and dreams in Sri Lanka where she’s created a luxury bolthole full of AMAZING things. Here she shares her favourite places – get ready to take notes!

    • Hay! Hello Donna Hay!

      Muddy founder Hero collared the Australian super chef to find out what she rustles up for supper in five minutes, her foolproof hangover cure and how she gets her kids to eat veg. Plus she shares her multihyphenate beef brisket recipe.

    • Bruce Monro where to go!

      Muddy meets Bruce Munro, the installation artist whose work has shown at the V&A, the Guggenheim – and now, Bicester Village!



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