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I'm Ziggy, editor of Muddy Herts & Beds, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

We’re working from home. Again. Staring at the same ol’ dreary walls. Again. Ah, ah, ah, say we! These lush prints will brighten up your home and your spirits.

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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Little Black Book

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

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  • Fast and filling recipes for an easier January

    Fast and filling recipes for an easier January

    No time/energy to cook (let alone make it healthy)? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Here are two low-effort, speedy suppers under 500 calories to feel good about.

    • Speedy Supper: Prawn Laksa

      Speedy Supper: Prawn Laksa

      Healthy, hearty and faster than Dina Asher Smith with jet propellers, welcome to 2021's first Speedy Supper. Prawn Laksa, anyone?

    • No guns at the table, please

      No guns at the table, please

      Holland & Holland Shooting Grounds is loved by field sports fans and locals alike, but even some of them didn’t know about the newly reopened Dining Lounge. Clevercloggs Muddy did.


  • Annoying fact: women typically invest 30% less in their financial future than men 😱 Shocking, right? But it’s not too late to start - from school fees and retirement to career changes and going single we’ve got the lowdown from Schroders on how to take control of your finances for 2021. Chick the link in bio, go, go go!
  • Beautiful winter walk in the woods! #BroxbourneWoods 

  • Looking for something fun to do once lockdown lifts? @hollandandholland1835 Shooting Grounds is loved by field sports fans and locals alike, but even some of them didn’t know about the newly reopened Dining Lounge. Clevercloggs Muddy did - read the review at the link in bio.
  • Tier 4, tier schmore. With this much amazing stuff on the tellybox, who needs to go out anyway? Here are 22 things to watch including saucy new @netflixuk period drama @bridgertonnetflix on Christmas Day. Link in bio. 📺 🎄
  • Feel so lucky to have got the chance to pop over to Tring earlier last week for a bit of cake @blackgoocoffee (still doing takeaways now)and some shopping. So many great indies on the High Street, including an Aladdin's cave of them in  @maggie_j_and_co (take a look at their Insta for a long list of fantastic local indies they're working with).
The shops may be closed but you can still support our fantastic indies in Herts & Beds and shop online. You'll find lots on our Indie Store too! @theindiestoreuk

  • Loving our new sign. Makes me feel a bit more Christmassy. Thank you @littlecreamvan. 🥰

#lovelocal #keepitreal #supportsmallbusiness
  • In with the new (build) with CALA Homes
  • In with the new (build) with CALA Homes
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  • Best fitness gear for 2021

    Best fitness gear for 2021

    New year, new fitness routine? We’re with you! Here’s the Muddy edit of stylish sportswear and accessories that’ll have you in tip-top form in no time.

    • Sustainable fashion gets sexy

      Sustainable fashion gets sexy

      Ethical, eco and everywhere - with the likes of Selfridges now pushing a new sustainable outlook, here's where you can rewear, repair and renew your wardrobe in style.

    • Fur baby! Cosy coats for winter

      Fur baby! Cosy coats for winter

      'Tis the season for wrapping up warm and a new fur coat is on our wish list. Here are six cosy options to buy now from the brilliant shops on The Indie Store.

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 2019

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2020

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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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