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
Wouldn't you though?
Fancy some new arm candy? You can’t add Ryan Gosling to your basket, but you can get your mitts on this brilliant tote that comes with a clutch and a purse - taking you daytime to playtime...Read more
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These supercool luxe trainers by Rose Rankin are top of my SS17 wish list. I want a pair so baaaaad as I pretty much live in jeans and pumps from the first sighting of a spring snowdrop…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
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (wahhhhh!). I always find it a tricky one to plan for, do you? I’m not massively keen on sitting in a restaurant along with a million other couples, gazing into each other’s eyes (Naff) playing romance-by-rote, being handed a soggy rose (Naff. And if you’re gonna do it, get me 24 will you?)… Red underwear? Double naff (and also a bit Kat Slater). Chocolate? Unoriginal (but edible at least).
So if you’re like me, and looking for something a bit less cringe/traditional and a bit more fun, here are some alternative, non-cheesy Valentine’s ideas that will help you feel the love…
Clifftop walk and stay at the White Cliffs Hotel, Dover
There is something so stirring and stunning about the Dover coastline – the raw natural beauty of those majestic white cliffs gets me every time.Read more
Where were you in 1996? Bursting with enthusiasm for your nascent career? Thrilling at the bright lights of the big city? Tearing up any dancefloor, festival field and gig moshpit you stumbled across? (Me, I was a student doing all of the above). Whatever you were doing, you can’t fail to have clocked the vast cultural impact of Trainspotting. Danny Boyle’s iconic Brit flick of that year introduced a motley Edinburgh crew of strangely lovable rogues, druggies and psychopaths, led by Ewan McGregor as skinny jean-ed heroin addict, Renton.Read more