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  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 12 purse-friendly places to eat in Essex

    We all love a bit of posh nosh, but sometimes you just fancy some great grub that won’t break the bank. Let's hear it for our favourite fab and affordable locals…

  • Dates for your diary! New Essex openings in 2022

    Hot off the Muddy press! From a chic spa and stylish work space to a revamped restaurant, these are the cool new openings you need on your radar. London who?!

  • Refill stores in Essex

    The rise of the refill store

    Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword right now, it’s the driving force behind a bevy of stylish new eco-conscious stores offering Essex consumers the chance to shop green – and skip the guilt.

  • Sip and stroll! Get your caffeine fix at these Essex beauty spots

    Grab your bestie and your walking boots - we're taking you on the most gorgeous walks around the county with a top-notch coffee to pick up en route.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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