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I'm Ali, editor of Muddy Kent, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

A limited edition, this wine is perfect for collectors, or to give as a special gift. Meet the UK's highest sugar content sweet wine, Biddenden Vineyards have really sweetened the deal with their new release!

Gotta have it

The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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Eat

  • Muddy Reviews: The Rose Inn, Wickhambreaux

    Muddy Reviews: The Rose Inn, Wickhambreaux

    We may have found our new favourite pub in Kent with quintessential English vibes set in a picture-perfect location deep in the Kentish countryside. Shall we?

    • 38 brill outside dining spots

      38 brill outside dining spots

      Stretch out the late summer days with a simple lunch in a beautiful spot. We’ve share the pubs, restaurants, cafes and gardens in Kent where the food is yum and the views are wow!

    • Muddy Reviews: Unita 4

      Muddy Reviews: Unita 4

      We brought out our inner Italian ‘Nonna’ with a hands-on artisanal pasta making lesson at Unita 4, a new authentic Italian restaurant that has recently arrived in Ashford…

Culture

  • Feet up! What to watch on TV this week

    Feet up! What to watch on TV this week

    Don’t miss our weekly round-up of the best things on the box. Iconic panel show reboots, big-budget sci-fi, and a cheeky little baking competition… here’s what to watch this week.

    • New TV alert! 6 shiny things dropping this week

      New TV alert! 6 shiny things dropping this week

      We’re getting into prime autumn telly season, with three — count them, three! — hotly-awaited series returns this week. Read all about them (as well as the other shiny new releases) here…

    • 5 things you won’t want to miss on TV this week

      5 things you won’t want to miss on TV this week

      Channel 4’s making history, Colin Farrell stars in the BBC’s bleak new period drama, Anya Taylor-Joy comes of age in Ireland, and more. Muddy’s got the inside-line on unmissable telly this week.

Little Black Book

Want to support local? Our curated pick of the most creative, unique and brilliant businesses near you.

Travel

  • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

    65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

    Have pooch, will travel? Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

    • The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      Stunning beaches, beautiful broads and bijou boltholes plus a vibrant capital city – Norfolk is one of our favourite year-round staycation destinations. Ready to ‘Do Different’?

    • Insider Guide: Canterbury

      Insider Guide: Canterbury

      Perfect for culture vultures, food fanatics, shoppers and families – here’s the top things to do whether you’re capering around those cobbled streets or relaxing on the river…

Home

  • Let’s All Live Here!

    Let’s All Live Here!

    Thinking about upping sticks? In our regular report, we snoop around one of the hidden property hotspots in the Muddy ‘hood to get the local lowdown. Introducing Goudhurst!

    • Interior Swoon: Lenleys

      Interior Swoon: Lenleys

      If you are looking for an interior refresh, we can recommend a little jaunt to Lenleys in Canterbury PLUS there’s a sale on! Stampede!

    • AUGUST: Garden Goddess

      AUGUST: Garden Goddess

      Gardenscape provides our latest monthly lowdown on what we should be doing in the garden to make it picture-perfect this summer. It’s mostly sun and games, but there’s a little bit of work to do, too…

    • Water fun with Paddle Cabin!

      Water fun with Paddle Cabin!

      Calling all explorers! Tick this off your summer bucket list and try a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) session with new watersport venture, Paddle Cabin in East Peckham.

    • Spa Day: Green Farm

      Spa Day: Green Farm

      In need of some me-time, spa treatments or a luxury break away? Say hello, how are you and pass me that fluffy towel to Green Farm Kent.

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Life

  • Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Feeling unprepared to head back to the office after a year WFH? Muddy to the rescue with eight essential Do’s and Don’ts (and yes, you will have to change out of sweatpants).

    • Dover College Prep

      Dover College Prep

      A small, nurturing school rich in tradition but with modern ambitions and currently undergoing a huge investment in facilities and teaching. Yes, Dover College is definitely one to watch.

    • Review: Rochester Independent College

      Review: Rochester Independent College

      A real alternative to traditional schools – with no uniform and pupils on first name terms with teachers – Rochester Independent College is a breath of fresh air.

    • What’s on this weekend in Kent?
    • What’s on this weekend in Kent?

Instamuddy

  • ⭐️ 5 Cool Things To Do this Weekend - that are all about YOU! ⭐️ @bloomandburn floral workshops, free wine tasting at @macknade, a hormone-health day with @revivehealthfit and an exciting wellbeing @flowtwells Open Day ... It's all going on in our 'hood this weekend. Link in bio for ALL the info 👏
  • CALLING ALL YOGIES 🧘‍♂️ Enjoy 50% off your yoga classes! Get 2 classes FREE when you buy 2 classes - from @flowtwells Yoga Studio, Muddy Award Winner 2021! Link in bio to grab your discount code 😍
  • DINNER PARTY ENVY 😍 Why not learn the art of tablescaping (the art of setting your table)? It’s the latest interior trend that’s got the coolest of dinner-party hosts in a hot lather. Join the super talented Sarah, founder of @_beyondthetable_ at her brand new Tablescaping Workshop, 21 Oct.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Learn how to set your base, choose a colour palette, creating height and texture and how to select the perfect finishing touches. It’ll be a really relaxed and intimate affair with only a couple of tickets available so you can recreate beautiful tablescapes to wow your guests from home! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Tickets are £49 which include refreshments. Email Sarah to secure your space: sarah@beyondthetable.co.uk
  • Introducing the awesomely cool, gorgeous and talented chef Grace Regan - owner of critically acclaimed London curry house, @eatspicebox - who lives in #Margate. To celebrate her delicious vegan cookbook we got Grace to tell us her fave places to hang out locally. Link in bio! 🍴 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#eatspicebox #spicebox #londonvegancommunity #londonveganfood #londonfoodspots #londonfoodphotographer #toplondoneats #londonvegans #londonfoodscene #londonvegan #veganlondon #indiancurry #londonfoodguide #indianfoodlovers #walthamstow #veganfoodlover #food #foodie #instafood #cooking #yummy
  • This super stylish café/bar sits in the heart of its community, an area of outstanding beauty, in the village of #Keston, just outside #Sevenoaks. Let's all head to @heathfieldskeston! 😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Stop by in the day, having coffee and mushroom on toast or go by night and expect a relaxed atmosphere, sup on a glass of wine and enjoy one of their Tapas Evenings 👏 
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They have also created a lovely heated garden terrace to the rear where you can sit amongst the Olive Trees. It has a fully extending canopy to shelter you from the rain or sun, perfect for those post walk refreshments, or a weekend evening drink and nibble 🍴
  • HAVE YOU HEARD? ☎️ Be in the know with these 16 sizzling nuggets of news. Step right up to hear the latest, greatest happenings in #Kent from new restaurant openings, supper clubs galore to exciting workshops and last-minute stays. Oooh it's good! Link in bio!

Fashion

  • Stack it up!

    Stack it up!

    Why settle with one ring, when you can have three? Feast your eyes on these stacking rings from contemporary Kent jeweller The Diamond Setter.

    • All that glitters! Bonkers sequin tote bags

      All that glitters! Bonkers sequin tote bags

      Time to get some sparkle back in our lives. First step: this Anya Hindmarch bag. Even if it’s just to salivate over…

    • Best swimwear for 2021

      Best swimwear for 2021

      Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it’s the Med or the back garden, it’s time to splash out. Whether it’s eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we’ve found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

    • Bye Bye Wrinkles…

      Bye Bye Wrinkles…

      Fancy taking 10 years off your face? I reckon I may have found just the person to do it. Enter skin expert extraordinaire, Ellie Hoskin, and her team from Skin & Beauty Clinic in Tenterden…

    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then… The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

People

  • Grace Regan: My Favourite Places

    Grace Regan: My Favourite Places

    Introducing the awesomely cool, gorgeous and talented chef Grace Regan – owner of critically acclaimed London curry house, Spicebox, who lives in Margate. To celebrate her delicious vegan cookbook we got Grace to tell us her fave places to hang out locally.

    • Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

      Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

      “All teenage girls think their mums are a bit rubbish”. Journalist and mother of four Lorraine Candy talks parenting, moody teens and motherhood with Muddy.

    • Meet the makers part two: your local Indie Store heroes

      Meet the makers part two: your local Indie Store heroes

      As we step back into the real world, it’s more important than ever to support local. In the second part of our Meet the Maker series, we talk to eight of our Indie Store businesses to find out what makes them special.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Weekend Escapes

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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Best Places to Live 2020

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2021

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2021

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Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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