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

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Gotta Have It

Forget colour co-ordination - this year we're dressing our trees with the most bonkers baubles we can find!

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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  • Superflashy Newsflash! The Latest Goss in Essex

    Superflashy Newsflash! The Latest Goss in Essex

    Lockdown schmockdown. The good, the bad and the blooming brilliant news we’ve heard on the Essex grapevine…

    • Bag your Brut from these Essex vineyards

      Bag your Brut from these Essex vineyards

      English wine is having a moment – and Essex has some corkers of its own on the grow with a flurry of fizz-friendly vineyards popping up across the county. Here’s where to pick up your fizz for the festive season.

    • Regional farm shops foodies will love

      Regional farm shops foodies will love

      With more of us eschewing big-brand supermarkets to support local farm produce, we unearth seven independents selling the region’s ‘good life’ in (recyclable) bottles, crates and brown paper bags.

    • 40 of the best indie coffee roasters

      40 of the best indie coffee roasters

      Can't function without your morning brew? Try one of these delicious artisan blends from indie coffee roasters to kickstart your day.

    • Eight of the best autumn pub walks in Essex

      Eight of the best autumn pub walks in Essex

      Love the great outdoors? Us too – especially if there’s a gorgeous countryside inn serving up a crisp Pinot/pale ale conveniently placed along the way. Step forward our pick of the prettiest regional routes that won’t leave you out in the cold

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  • Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    You want to ‘shop small’ but lockdown is making it tricky. Not on my watch! Our latest launch, The Indie Store, is all about supporting brilliant local retail, and here’s how you can help too.

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    • Stoke College, Suffolk

      Stoke College, Suffolk

      Exciting times ahead for this pastorally-strong non-selective secondary day and boarding school with brand new owners, future development plans and an impressive new head.

    • Chigwell School, Chigwell

      Chigwell School, Chigwell

      Perched on the outskirts of London and fringing the great, green boughs of Epping forest, this selective co-ed is set in 100 acres of prime Essex countryside and offers a holistic approach to education.

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  • Stoke College, Suffolk
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  • What’s cooking? Calum Franklin, The Pie Room

    What’s cooking? Calum Franklin, The Pie Room

    Fresh from the launch of his mouth-watering new cookbook, we caught up with the London Pie King himself to talk Scotch eggs, the Breville toastie masker and cooking for Axl Rose.

    • Yes, people, this is Meg Mathews!

      Yes, people, this is Meg Mathews!

      Primrose Hill party queen turned wellness guru? Stranger things have happened! Muddy chats to the always glamorous Meg Mathews about her new book, self-care and, er, vagina facials.

    • In conversation with: She Rises author, Kate Worsley

      In conversation with: She Rises author, Kate Worsley

      Did you write a book during lockdown? Nope, us neither. But the global pandemic-shaped pause has created a new generation of novelists who want to. So what's it really like to pen a best-seller, and are there any hot hacks? We asked an Essex pro to share her story…

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Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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Best Places to Live 2020

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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