The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Muddy eats: The Beacon, Rusthall

6 Mar 2016

A couple of weeks ago I recommended to Mr Muddy K that we take his mother to The Beacon for her birthday lunch. She has style (quite the glam granny) but doesn’t like too much fuss so I knew this venue (quality food in a relaxed atmosphere) would suit her well. I also knew that I could then write a review to tell you all about it. I am nothing if not a multi tasker!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

6 Mar 2016

Got better things to do with your time than slave away over a hot stove? Well I for one am not exactly *cough* what you’d call a master chef in the kitchen (friends of mine are doubled up right now). Well, I prefer to lounge across the polished marble surfaces and scoff fairy cakes. Obviously.

Which is why my freezer always contains at least half a dozen frozen meals from COOK, those wizards of quality ready-made dishes.

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The top 10 books

3 Mar 2016

With photos circulating of Tim Peake reading in space we are reminded that World Book Day needn’t be just for kids. I’m a bit of a book nut – it’s gotta be said. When my nose is in a good one, I do tend to block out the world around me and immerse myself completely in the fiction. Lately though, I seem to have such little time for reading. Know what I mean?

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 3 – Weds 9 Mar

3 Mar 2016

The Revenant, Kino Cinema Hawkhurst, Mon 7 Mar and Wed 9 Mar

Blessed as I am with the gift of sight, yeah sure, Leo is hot. But I swear by Merlin’s beard that’s not the reason he’s been one of my all time favourite actors since, like forever. I could literally list half a dozen other films for which he equally deserved to raise the ripped golden torso. 

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Review: Annie, the musical, at the Assembly Hall

2 Mar 2016

My nearly nine-year-old is an Annie aficionado. She’s watched all three movies, bought the soundtrack, learnt the lyrics and perfected the art of feisty back-chat that would make our heroines in the orphanage proud.

So she made the perfect companion and critic when I went to see Annie at The Assembly Hall, last night, on the first show of its five-day run in Tunbridge Wells. In case you don’t know the story, it’s set in the time of the Great Depression in New York City after the stock market crash of 1929 (yes, I had to look that up) and follows the fortunes of Annie, a tough-girl orphan, cared for (or not as it turns out) by the child-hating Miss Hannigan.

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Read me: The top 10 young adult books

28 Feb 2016

It’s World Book Day this week (Thurs, 3 Mar). Muddy Oxon/Bucks is running this lovely feature collated by Books and Ink in Banbury, so I thought I’d steal it for Kent teens and adults alike (55 per cent of YA readers are actually adults).

So if you’re despairing of young fingers prodding tablets and want to redirect their energies, or fancy a gander yourself, here’s some good reads for firing up imaginations.

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Early Mother’s Day gift for you!

28 Feb 2016

Mums I have a food related gift for you. No, it’s not Butlers in the Buff. It’s almost as good but in an entirely different way. I bring you the gift of time. It’s what we all long for most, right?

Have you, like me, ever experienced the following scenario? It’s the end of a long day – you’ve walked the dog, sorted the school P.E. kit, done the ironing, cleaned up the kitchen and now you’re looking forward to finally sitting down with a glass of wine.

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Muddy eats: The Milk House, Sissinghurst

26 Feb 2016

Sissinghurst, you’ve put a spring in my step (and I’m not just saying that because I like alliteration). I nipped over to this particularly picturesque part of Kent on Wednesday. The kids were back at school, the sun was shining and I enjoyed a girlie lunch out at a great gastro pub, The Milk House, that I’ve had my eye on for ages. And yes, it lived up to expectations – great service (tick), awesome food (tick), stylish interiors (tick) yet an unpretentious buzz (tick).

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 25 Feb – Weds 2 Mar

25 Feb 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, 11 Feb – 22 May

My fabulous, finger-on-the-pulse colleague Muddy Berks gave me the heads up on this one and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. Having been at the forefront of fashion, beauty and portrait photography since its launch in 1916, British Vogue has an enviable and unrivalled archive of outstanding imagery.

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