Bringing together my 3 favourite things – a cool, quirky pop up venue; sensational food and local Kent wine…Hush Heath Winery are taking over The Old Fire Station in Tonbridge (if you haven’t yet heard about this place read my post here) from 5 – 9 April. Each night brings a different expert chef and concept – from Wine experience to Clay Oven or Fish Masterclass. The week of events is polished off with the Hush Heath Producer himself, Richard Balfour-Lynn, joining in the fun and a 5-course slap-up meal (including wine obvs).Read more
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Beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle at the back of your head – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen to be landlocked (*sob**) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to entice you throughout spring and summer. Tempted?
STAY IN… BERKSHIRE
River Arts Club, Maidenhead
Who needs the coast when you can have the mighty Thames?Read more
Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?Read more
I’ve been curious to try out The Chapel in Tunbridge Wells and tell you about it for some time now. There’s lots about this venue that’s really very Muddy – it’s cool and quirky; it’s a totally ‘word of mouth’ place (they never advertise and there’s no external signage on the salon) and they do things a little differently (you pay for their services by the hour, rather than per treatment!).Read more
The Top 50 Gastropub Awards just took place – celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of that food-led phenomenon, the great British pub that serves awesome grub. Organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser and voted for by industry insiders this is the shortlist that really matters in the pub grub world. Kent has 3 fabulous pubs in the Top 25 – each very wonderfully different in their offering – The Sportsman (seaside), The Kings Head (urbane cool) and The Compasses Inn (rural).Read more
FOR FAMILY FUN…
Children’s Wellie Walk, Leeds Castle, 11, 12, 16, 17 Feb
Sling aside those stilettos, grab your wellies, and get the kids out in the fresh air. Have lots of splashy fun in the gorgeous surrounds of Leeds Castle this holiday, as the kids hunt down items on their eye-spy sheet. Get to the kids to spot Moorhens, Black Swans and other wildlife while jumping in a few puddles along the way and getting a little muddy!Read more
We do try to push the boat out on prizes for you to win, but we’ve had we had one so delicious it was literally bobbing over the water. I mean, check out this lakeside view!
Another Place, The Lake in Ullswater in the Lake District is the most ridiculously gorgeous, luxurious, stylish hotel we’ve seen in a very long time and we’ve nabbed a two night stay, worth nearly £800, for one lucky Muddy reader (and your plus one obvs).Read more
Chilli Ski Sale, The Queens Inn, Hawkhurst, Sat 4 Feb
Are you planning a winter ski trip this year? They’re always such fun and amazing exercise but can be known to give the purse a real workout as well. Chilli Ski is a fantastic company that offers affordable and quality second hand ski gear for men, women and children. Their pop up shop selling everything from jackets to gloves will take place in The Queens Inn in Hawkhurst (great little pub with some scrummy grub).Read more
There are some things that I thought I’d nail by middle age.
Number one, it was part of my plan to have performed a daring, sexy image overhaul by now (nope). Number two, I’m supposed to be fluent in at least one language other than English (er, nope). And thirdly, I really expected myself to be an assured, relaxed party-thrower by now, able to knock out an effortless dinner soiree and a stylish round up of friends for glamorous, chinky-glassed, giggly get togethers.Read more
‘Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life‘ so begins The Girl Before, a psychological thriller by J.P. Delaney, out this month and already destined for the silver screen in a film directed by Ron Howard.
The novel comes after the huge success of female-centred psychological thrillers Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, (though, it would be nice to see something with ‘woman’ in the title for a change).Read more