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MAY 2017

  • 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.

    • The George Townhouse

      Officially Warwickshire's Best Pub (and who knows what will happen at the National Pub & Bar Awards grand final), this Shipston-on-Stour inn is a winner.

  • Out-of-this-world holiday rentals

    The super-luxe gaffs to book, for those times when you’ve had it with sticking to the budget.

    • Big and beautiful

      The best, super-sized self-catering properties across 18 counties, conjured up by your in-the-know Muddy editors.

    • Cool camping

      50 years since the summer of love, camping is the groovy choice this year. Check out the country's hippest yurts, lodges and cool glampy sites.

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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!

  • Fitness

    Fancy a ride?

    A novice to riding but feel like saddling up and going for a canter? These stables will set you on the right hack. No previous experience required. And it’s great for the glutes…

  • Art/museums

    Cool new arts venue

    Check out Regency Cheltenham’s edgy side at the new Chapel Arts gallery whose debut exhibition included the likes of Michael Craig-Martin and Antony Gormley. I know!

  • The joy of jumpsuits

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

    • Cashmere cheer

      May, and it's still flipping freezing, but this fab jumper from White Coco comes with added zingy stripes. Hello sunshine!

    • Cos you’re worth it

      Can it really be 10 years since Cos arrived and made us dress like the moody-but-chic lead in a BBC4 Scandi noir drama? Happy birthday to our favourite purveyors of navy jumper minimalism!

    • Nail your style

      Thought M&S was just for knickers and ready meals? Think again! These super-chic, Chanel-inspired Autograph nail polishes are well worth a detour to the beauty hall.

    • Bloomtown Botanicals

      Make space in the bathroom for this irresistible, ethical new Cornish brand that's already won a clutch of awards and whose packaging is so pretty you'll want the whole goddam range…

  • TV dynamite!

    All the latest news on the best telly to watch this month (yes, Poldark’s back!!), as chosen by Muddy’s square-eyed Kerry Potter. Go on, budge up and pass the remote.

    • 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.

    • Ballet nirvana

      This three-for-one show of pure beauty in movement by the Birmingham Royal Ballet will take your breath away.

    • Watch this!

      A beer ad that shows and feels compassion? Be prepared to well up over Heineken's new offering.

    • London’s best new shows

      In need of a metropolitan culture fix? Unleash your inner Brian Sewell and go forth…


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    • Speedy fish tacos

      No idea what to cook tonight? We've got it covered with this easy, bish, bash, bosh meal.

    • A veggie dish kids will love

      These fritters are, whisper it, vegan and gluten-free, but totally delicious and, as well as making a hearty evening meal, would also be perfect stuffed into a pitta for a healthy packed lunch.

  • Wellbeing
    • The kennel club

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

    • Fantabulous spa & facial

      At Whatley Manor's Aquarias Spa not only have they created a dreamy, escape-from-it-all haven, but they've also bottled pure oxygen for a super facial that makes you glow like J Lo.

  • 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

    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!

    • 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.

    • 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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