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

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Hands never been cleaner - and more in need of a decent moisturiser? Treat yourself to a small dollop of comfort with these beautiful handcreams.

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March 2020

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The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

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  • Open for business? Let us know!

    Open for business? Let us know!

    At this time of uncertainty, we want to keep you updated with what’s happening in Herts & Beds (because, let’s be honest, nobody really has a clue). We also want to do everything we possibly can to support all the amazing local businesses that may be struggling. This page will be regularly updated with all […]

    • Flipping fabulous! Where to eat this Pancake Day

      Flipping fabulous! Where to eat this Pancake Day

      Can't be bothered with the faff of making your own? Ditch the spatula and order off the menu instead. Here are our top pancake picks in Herts & Beds.

    • The George IV, Great Amwell

      The George IV, Great Amwell

      An elegant refurb and a new menu have brought a contemporary gastro vibe to this trad village pub. Muddy took a seat at the dining table, but did it step up to the plate?

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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  • 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.

    • A boutique masterpiece

      A boutique masterpiece

      The Artist Residence in the hamlet of South Leigh, Oxfordshire with its slick styling and cleverly chosen art, is a welcome antidote to traditional Cotswolds inns. Muddy loves.

    • Holiday planning? 10 European-style staycations

      Holiday planning? 10 European-style staycations

      Love a continental jaunt but staying in Blighty this year? These 10 UK holiday spots have a distinctly European feel.

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    • Make-up for men: ooh or eww?

      Make-up for men: ooh or eww?

      Turns out more and more blokes are getting handy with bronzer and concealer. So we tried out one leading male make-up brand on some lucky Muddy husbands - here's what happened.

    • Gotta Have it

      Gotta Have it

      Winter ravaged skin? We hear ya! Muddy to the rescue with our round up of the 5 best local beauty buys to treat your skin to right now.

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  • Read THESE this month

    Read THESE this month

    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.

    • 20 cultural things to do in 2020

      20 cultural things to do in 2020

      2020 is the Hertfordshire Year of Culture so we've rounded up the best events, performances and festivals happening across the county to put in your diary now!

    • Jeeves with added (Wooster) sauce

      Jeeves with added (Wooster) sauce

      Up for some jolly japes, an avalanche of comic effects and a gentle skewering of the upper class? Then you might just love this anarchic reimagining of the P.G Wodehouse classic.

    • The 5 best books out February

      The 5 best books out February

      Need a new read? Muddy's pro bookworm Kerry Potter has found five February fancies for your delectation. Read all about 'em!

    • This month’s best new reads

      This month’s best new reads

      What kind of insaniac leaves the house in January? Retire to the sofa and get stuck into one of pro bookworm Kerry Potter's enthralling new literary picks.

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  • How to work from home (without going stir-crazy)

    How to work from home (without going stir-crazy)

    Working from your home office (or, er, the sofa) for the foreseeable? Don’t panic! These top tips will help you stay calm, collected and productive – or at the very least, sane. Find your space Creating a specific (ideally well-lit) space to work from home is spot-on for your sanity. If you have to work […]

  • Kids

    • 5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

      5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

      Acclaimed author (and Muddy favourite) Clover Stroud is in the midst of raising her 5 children. Miraculously she's found time to write a book about it all. Here's a taster.

    • Easter activities SORTED!

      Easter activities SORTED!

      Are you in Half-Term recovery mode? Now the kids are back at school (praise be), plan for an easier Easter with Barracudas Activity Day Camps – I reckon your ankle-biters will love it.

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  • Best place to live in the South East?
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