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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

Get 30% off this range of gorgeous investment PJs that might give you a better night's sleep and help save the planet plus double up as glamorous lockdown loungewear.

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Little Black Book

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Our curated A-Z of the grooviest local businesses

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Little Black Book

The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

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  • The Curlew, Bodiam

    The Curlew, Bodiam

    A warm, relaxed and sociable slice of rural locally-sourced foodie heaven from a top chef to watch, perfect for large rowdy gatherings of friends and family or date night.

    • 20 Afternoon Teas

      20 Afternoon Teas

      Looking for a sweet treat for your mother, mother-in-law or your good self this Mothering Sunday? Here's our guide to the best...

    • The Great House

      The Great House

      Who doesn't love a fully laden cake stand? We tried Afternoon Tea at very handsome pub, The Great House in Hawkhurst. Pass me another macaroon!

    • Kent’s top gastropubs

      Kent’s top gastropubs

      Foodies rejoice! 5 of Kent's fabulous pubs made the cut in the national Top 50 Gastropub Awards. Meaning that outside London Kent has the highest number listed - woo-hoo! Book your table now!

    • Review: The Potting Shed

      Review: The Potting Shed

      This pub boasts a bit of everything - stylish interiors, large beer garden, rooms to stay and decent, down-to-earth food. Muddy just had to dig it out for you (boom)...

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Fun Finder

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

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  • TravelView more

  • Restaurants with rooms

    Restaurants with rooms

    Dreaming of a foodie getaway? We’ve scoured the Muddy counties for hotel stays with serious culinary credentials for when lock-down lifts. Tuck in.

    • Elmley Nature Reserve Review

      Elmley Nature Reserve Review

      Who needs to leave the country for a safari holiday when you have Elmley Nature Reserve waiting in Kent for you – the only National Nature Reserve in England where you can spend the night.

    • Review: Spa Stay

      Review: Spa Stay

      How to best nourish the soul and stomach at this time of year? Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at Eastwell Manor of course! Sitting pretty in the middle of Kent this Champneys Hotel & Spa makes a perfect destination for an overnight escape.

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  • FashionView more

  • The fittest new fitness gear

    The fittest new fitness gear

    There’s loads of gorgeous new fitness wear in the shops and online at the moment. Hop, skip and jump this way for what’s on our wish list.

    • Meet Becky

      Meet Becky

      This lady has just spent 3 hours at my house. She's counselled me (emotionally), given me the gift of time AND it will all help towards saving the planet. Step into Becky's Wardrobe - could she help you?

    • 5 of the best… trench coats

      5 of the best… trench coats

      It’s a style classic for a reason – the trench is probably the most chic, useful piece you can buy (banish all thoughts of Inspector Clouseau). Here are our new season favourites.

  • BeautyView more

    • Luxe hand creams

      Luxe hand creams

      A little mood-boosting treat is something we all need right now, I reckon. A dollop of luxe hand cream seems a rather good place to start.

    • 5 of the best … face masks

      5 of the best … face masks

      We love the enforced relaxation that comes with using a face mask - you have no choice but to lie back and take things easy for a while. Plus you emerge with skin peachier than a baby's bottom. Result!

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  • Lockdown literary list

    Lockdown literary list

    50 books to read! More than ever, we are looking for a little escapism. So here’s our choice of books to add to your literary list during lockdown.

    • Say hello to your new Netflix obsession

      Say hello to your new Netflix obsession

      Can you remember life before Netflix? No, us neither! Permission granted to self-indulge by watching...

    • March books

      March books

      Reasons to be cheerful: spring has sprung and a brilliant new batch of March books has arrived. Gather around, and let Muddy’s pro-bookworm Kerry Potter tell you a story.

    • Behind-the-scenes of… A Monster Calls

      Behind-the-scenes of… A Monster Calls

      After a successful run at London’s Old Vic in 2018, Sally Cookson brings her Olivier Award-winning production to the Marlowe Theatre Canterbury from Tues 31 Mar - Sat 4 Apr, as part of its first ever UK tour.

    • Review: Holes

      Review: Holes

      An exhilarating new stage adaptation of Louis Sachar’s award-winning ‘90s YA hit novel Holes, that will enthrall both kids and adults.


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    • Property Flirt

      Property Flirt

      It's that time again - prepare to snoop around someone else’s house, push our noses up to the windows, peer in the cupboards, knock a few walls knowledgeably, and then the fun bit – guess how much it’s worth!

    • TOP 5 Bathroom Trends

      TOP 5 Bathroom Trends

      There is nothing Catchpole & Rye don't know about sumptuous soaking spaces. Here's their Top 5 Trends for 2020.

    • Worried about CV Lockdown?

      Worried about CV Lockdown?

      We've chatted to experts at Age Space to get some practical advice if your parents are over 70 and facing imminent isolation.

    • Review: Shambala spa

      Review: Shambala spa

      Introducing the only Ayurveda spa in west Kent - and how Muddy readers can get 20% off when they book any massage or package this month. Stampeeede!

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  • Top Tips for Working From Home

    Top Tips for Working From Home

    New to working from home? Take it from two Muddy editors who know, plying your trade from your des-res can be hard work. Here are our top tips.

  • Kids

    • 12 top tips to home schooling

      12 top tips to home schooling

      Here are our top tips from creating the right environment to useful resources for home schooling. Go, Teach.

    • Sevenoaks Prep School

      Sevenoaks Prep School

      Muddy says: For first-class facilities and a great all-rounder education, we had a nosey round this co-ed prep - and this is what we found.....

  • How to survive ‘Staying In’
  • How to survive ‘Staying In’
  • PeopleView more

  • Muddy meets… Melissa Hemsley

    Muddy meets… Melissa Hemsley

    It turns out the healthy cooking queen has culinary disasters too! Melissa spills the beans (then whips them up into a tasty frittata) on burnt pans, how to waste less food and keeping an endless supply of cookie dough in the freezer.

    • Remember this face – watch this space!

      Remember this face – watch this space!

      Meet 18-year-old Katie K - a homegrown, hard-working, young, music star-in-the-making. If you like her story and sound as much as we do then, go spread the word! She's going to be BIG news!

    • All about Gok

      All about Gok

      The fashion guru hits the decks at Lingfield Park Racecourse later this month, as well as presenting the Best Dressed award to the most stylish lady of the day. Here's 10 things you may not have known about Gok...

    • How to flex your life

      How to flex your life

      Is life an exhausting loop of sleep, work, chores, repeat? Yep. Need to make a change but now sure what or how? Er, yes. Read our interview with hot new self-help author Annie Auerbach. She has the answers!

    • No, Tom, Noooooo!

      No, Tom, Noooooo!

      Is this the most excruciatingly cringey celebrity advert ever? Quite possibly Mr Hiddleston, quite possibly!

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