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    The top gastropubs

    Wondering where to book that next pub lunch? Check out the inns that have just got themselves into the Top 50 gastropubs in the country – there are plenty nearby!

    • tables set for pop-up dining event

      Foodie flash!

      Heady cocktails and big Thai flavours – the first-ever Nomada dining event is popping up at our favourite greenhouse eaterie!

    • The Cricklade Club

      Want to feel like you’re at home but with better food and no clearing up? Get yourself down to this new culinary hotspot in Wilts.

    • open fire at The Anchor pub in Jericho Oxford

      The Anchor in Jericho

      A stylish locals' pub in a trendy Oxford 'hood and a stone's throw from Port Meadow for walking. What's not to like?

    • the lamb inn in burford

      The Lamb Inn, Burford

      Two of our favourite things in the world: 1) The Cotswolds, 2) eating loads. Hello The Lamb, we're here to do both!

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  • skiers on the slopes

    Sloping off

    Here at Muddy we have snooped around for the perfect way to have a family ski holiday with teenagers, pre-teens and other big kids!

    • kids and parents on haystacks in France

      Country Kids en France

      Looking for a holiday with a heated pool, a wine cellar (on an honesty policy), a kids' club and winter sunshine? Follow me!

    • boat in Thailand

      Thai for beginners

      As it gets colder, darker and January looms, what's the best thing to do? Book a holiday. Somewhere hot. Muddy Wilts editor Joanna went on an adventure in Thailand last summer and came back with in-the-know tips. Read on!

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  • woman in 1970s retro tracksuit on race track about to sprint

    Let’s get physcial!

    Don’t worry we haven’t recreated THAT Olivia Newton John video. But we have tested out the best sportswear around, just in time for your January fitness regime.

    • 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…

  • bookcases filled with books, hanging lights

    What to read now

    Hiding under the duvet or plonked on the sofa? We hear you. Here’s what to get lost in while you hibernate.

    • dancers on stage in Flashdance

      Flashdance groove!

      Joanne Clifton has swapped Strictly sequins for Eighties legwarmers – and we like what we see people!

    • Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace

      Top 20 culture picks

      Want to make the most of 2018? We've curated the best new TV, music, theatre, film, books and art for the year ahead.

    • theatre actors on stage

      Give yourself a laugh!

      There are more missed cues than an Alton Towers fast pass in the hilarious The Play That Goes Wrong at the Everyman.

    • front book cover of Ten Thousand Bowls of Soup by Ross Frowen illustrated by Pip Morris

      A heartwarming tale

      Capture the kids’ imaginations and nurture their social awareness with this sweet story about a boy who loses his smile.


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    • hands holding pot of cod stew in grey Le Creuset pot

      Tonight’s dinner, sorted

      Rustle up this speedy supper cod one-pot dish, courtesy of hot new healthy eating guru, Dr Rupy Aujla.

    • courgettes coconut oil vanilla essence coconut sugar gluten-free flour

      Healthy brownies!

      Caught in a 'I'm trying to be healthy, but NEED something sweet to eat' trap? We've got just the thing!

  • Wellbeing
    • black and white photograph of a woman sleeping

      The mid-week skive!

      Yes, weekends are often mental but it is possible to carve out a little free time elsewhere. Inspiration incoming!

    • hands making a heart at sunset

      Muddy tries reflexology

      Can applying pressure to your feet really help you feel better physically and emotionally? Let's find out!

  • 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
    • Main building with fields in front and hills in the distance

      Wycliffe Prep School, Stroud

      Muddy says: Looking for a nurturing school with strong academic, sporting and extra-curricular form? This non-hot-housey co-ed for ages 2-13 could be just the ticket.

    • Port Regis Prep School

      Muddy says: A co-ed day and boarding school for ages two to 13 in Dorset which is one of the great prep schools in the country where you'll find outstanding facilities and results, and a huge amount of fun.

  • three women walking on a white sandy beach in Zanzibar

    My favourite places

    Kitchen-whizz Gee Cartwright likes truffle-hunting in Italy, wandering around spice markets in Marrakesh and eating sweet pineapples in Zanzibar. Can we come?

    • dining table set for dinner at Meda Gedara villa in Sri Lanka

      Interiors guru – hello!

      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 secret haunts.

    • Hay 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.



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