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  • Dedham Vale Vineyards

    Cheers! Local vineyards you’ll love

    It's English Wine Week (18-25 June) and Essex has some corking, fizz-friendly vineyards where you can pick up some local plonk and celebrate!

  • 11 gorgeous pubs with gardens in Essex

    To celebrate National Beer Day (and the return of the sun – huzzah!), we’ve rounded up some of our favourite beer gardens in the county

  • Garden centre cafe

    9 gorgeous garden centres with cafes

    Pick up a slice of cake along with some plants at these bloomin’ brilliant garden centres where the cappuccinos look as good as the chrysanths.

  • Food by John Lawson restaurant Leigh-on-Sea

    10 best veggie/vegan eats in Essex

    Discover the earth-friendly eateries rewriting the rulebook - from cool plant-based cafés to pubs with top-notch veggie menus.

  • Milsoms

    The Muddy insider guide to Essex

    Close to London yet home to beautiful countryside and a stunning stretch of coastline with in-the-know islands and hidden estuaries, Essex is the underrated jewel of East Anglia and it’s time you paid a visit.

  • Knead to know! Where to find the best pizzas in Essex

    From bottomless pizza in the city (Chelmsford, that is) to top takeaway nights in the countryside, here are some of my favourite places to grab a slice of the action.

  • Review: Wild Thyme & Honey, Ampney Crucis

    Cotswolds corker! Brand new for this year and showing all the honey-stoned charms you'd expect of an historic 16th century inn (with some multi-million pound mod-cons), read on and book in. You'll love it.

  • Let’s take a day trip to Chelmsford!

    Looking for a top-notch day trip just outside of London? Discover 12 of the best things to do in Chelmsford in our carefully-curated Muddy guide. You’re welcome…

  • 51 brilliant afternoon teas to book now

    Celebrate spring with clotted cream and dainty sarnies! We've found 51 of the best afternoon teas across the Muddy counties. But you'd better book 'em fast — here today, scone tomorrow.

  • Review: The Hare & Hounds, nr Newbury

    A little bit of country, a little bit of rock 'n' roll. The Hare and Hounds is a boutique inn with 30 stylish rooms, fuss-free food and a focus on fun - Muddy Berkshire editor Rachel checks in.

  • 10 marvellous afternoon teas for Mother’s Day

    Time for tea! From historic hotels to top little tea rooms, treat your mum to one of the loveliest afternoon teas in Essex this Mother’s Day. Pinkies at the ready!

  • Flipping fabulous! Where to eat out this Pancake Day

    Can't think of anything worse than flour, eggs and globs of Nutella plastered all over the kitchen (including the ceiling)? Drop the spatula and make a reservation at one of these eateries instead.

  • 52 roasts with the most across the Muddy counties

    Why bother basting potatoes with goose fat when this lot do it so much better? Grab your gang and head to one of these gorgeous gastropubs across the Muddy counties.

  • Superflashy newsflash! The latest Essex gossip

    Sound the alarm! We've sniffed out the fun Essex news you NEED to know about this week, from award-winning eateries to new openings.

  • Your festive guide to the big smoke this Christmas

    Eat, drink, and be merry in the capital this festive season with our holly jolly hitlist. From glam pop-ups and glittering fairgrounds to cocktails and carols, here's the best of the best.

  • Best beaches in the South & South West

    Heading south for the summer? Then you'll be needing our guide to the 18 best beaches including the inside line on the best activities, foodie joints and sundowner spots.

  • Try this light but warming spring supper

    Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's healthy take on this Scottish fish soup makes for a quick and hearty but healthy supper that's perfect for cool spring evenings.

  • Comforting classics from The Pie Room

    Ooh, is there anything more satisfying than good flaky pastry? These two tasty recipes from Calum Franklin's new cookbook The Pie Room are just the ticket.

  • Asian-inspired healthy dinners for reboot February

    January didn't quite live up to your healthy living expectations? Cosy food doesn't have to come at the cost of health. Try these tasty plant-based recipes made with warming ginger and miso.

  • 48 Mother’s Day afternoon teas that deliver

    Can't give mum a hug? This is a close second: tiny sandwiches, a lot of clotted cream, and an optional bottle of fizz. Here are the 48 best afternoon teas for delivery and takeaway around the country.

  • Fast and filling recipes for Feb

    No time/energy to cook (let alone make it healthy)? Don't worry, we've got you. Here are two low-effort, speedy suppers under 500 calories to feel good about.

  • Eat Better Forever, Hugh? Oh, OK then.

    Spent December scoffing mince pies? Whip up a veg-packed soup or hot pot from Hugh's new cookbook and feel the smug glow of a healthy New Year.

  • Cookbooks 2020

    The best cookbooks to buy now

    Sick of making the same seven dinners, week in, week out? Or just a sucker for tempting pictures of food? If any of the above apply, we’ve got you covered.

  • 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 across the Muddy counties, to kickstart your day with a caffeine boost. 

  • Launch review: The Pig, Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

    On its opening day, Muddy's ed-in-chief Hero Brown was the first to eat lunch at the brand new Pig hotel in Harlyn Bay (what a trooper!). So what was the verdict - and is it worth a trip to North Cornwall?

  • Smokin’! The perfect summer burger recipe

    The weather's pulling a blinder this week, so fire up the BBQ and rustle up this bad boy with homemade ketchup (fancy!) from Muddy favourite The Pig group.

  • Quarantini time! Heston’s Gold Rush

    Looking to up your cocktail creds during lockdown? We've rifled through Heston Blumenthal’s cocktail bible, so perk yourself up with a Gold Rush.

  • Provençal fougasse with green and black olives

    Lockdown is the perfect time to get to grips with our favourite chewy loaf: sourdough. Ready, set, bake with this savoury share-and-tear number (you can skip the sharing bit if you like).

  • Speedy supper, anyone? Make THIS tonight

    Looking for healthy dinner ideas - take inspiration from Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock for a meal that's quick, tasty and packed with protein.

  • Recipe: gourmet spaghetti bolognese

    There's Spaghetti Bolognese and then there's Tristan Welch, from The University Arms's Spaghetti Bolognese. We share the recipe to take this classic dish up a notch...

  • Ready, set, cook! 8 new cookbooks for spring

    Looking to up your cooking creds whilst in quarantine? Then you'll be needing our curated guide to the most useful and inspiring cookbooks for spring. Yes, chef!

  • Cook THIS for dinner tonight

    Running out of ideas for midweek meals? Yup, us too. Take inspiration from the hottest new cookbook on the block by pop star Jessie Ware. Yum!

  • Asparagus tart with quails egg and prosciutto ham

    This super-simple tart recipe, from Cotswolds based Gluts & Gluttony, makes the most of seasonal ingredients and takes a mere 30 minutes. Count us in!

  • Recipe: A salad for sunny days

    This peach and lentil salad with warm pork tenderloin by renowned chefs Kate & Giancarlo Caldesi, is easy peasy, looks amazing and tastes delicious.

  • Restaurants with rooms

    Dreaming of a foodie getaway? We've scoured the Muddy counties for hotel stays with serious culinary credentials for when lock-down lifts. Tuck in.

  • 46 stunning pubs for sunny days

    Everyone knows that one of summer's great pleasures is sipping a cold one in a pub garden. So here's the best of the bunch across all the Muddy counties. Cheers!

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