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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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Gotta Have It

Gyms are closed, so we're getting our fix with some long winter walks. Here's all the gear you'll need to stretch those legs.

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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.


  • Ready to start your own business?  Open a business bank account in literally minutes with @tidebanking (I've got one, tis fab) and get approved in just 24 hours. They'll even register your company for free. Nice! Get started by clicking the link in bio 🙌
  • We’ve got gin, more gin plus a stylish overnighter in a Muddy-award-winning Berkshire pub up for grabs. Want more? Oh, all right then. We’re also treating you to a luxury gin hamper, three-course meal, a bottle of house wine and breakfast. And it’s not just for one lucky Muddy reader and their favourite plus one but TWO. Head to the link in bio to enter 💖
  • Ain’t no one more #inlovewithlocal than Muddy! We’re planning a Christmas indie pop up in the next few weeks so we can support the best indie brands and shops in our region. Interested in taking part or know someone who’d be a perfect fit? Get in touch! Email
  • Think your village or town is the Best Place to Live? Prove it! Take a photo of your area to be in with the chance of winning a personalised family portrait and framed photo of where you live shot by internationally renowned, award-winning photographer @paulwilkinsonphotography worth a sweet £670. 
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Annie Liebovitz to enter, just take a picture - it can be of anything from beautiful vistas, to your favourite pub or cool local landmark - and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #MuddyBestPlacesToLive with a short description on why you love where you live. Remember, we won’t be able to see your entries if your Instagram is set to private so make sure you set it to public for the duration of the competition so you don’t miss out.
All entries will be judged by internationally renowned Lifestyle & Location Portrait Photographer of the Year Paul Wilkinson and Muddy’s Ed-in-Chief Hero Brown. You have until 20 Nov to enter.
Head to the link in bio for the full T&Cs and to check out Muddy’s current Top 200 Best Places to Live.
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  • What’s cooking? Calum Franklin, The Pie Room

    What’s cooking? Calum Franklin, The Pie Room

    Fresh from the launch of his mouth-watering new cookbook, we caught up with the London Pie King himself to talk Scotch eggs, the Breville toastie masker and cooking for Axl Rose.

    • Yes, people, this is Meg Mathews!

      Yes, people, this is Meg Mathews!

      Primrose Hill party queen turned wellness guru? Stranger things have happened! Muddy chats to the always glamorous Meg Mathews about her new book, self-care and, er, vagina facials.

    • What’s Cooking – Luke Garnsworthy, Crockers

      What’s Cooking – Luke Garnsworthy, Crockers

      Crockers (Tring & Henley) are some of our fav high-end local restaurants. We chat to founder, Luke Garnsworthy, about Marcus Wareing, kitchen gadgets and cooking for Bruce Willis.

    • Muddy meets: Shlomo, beatboxer

      Muddy meets: Shlomo, beatboxer

      Record-breaking beatboxer Shlomo has a new project on his hands - raising money for the NHS in association with UK theatres. Tell us about it, Shlo!

    • What I’ve learnt in lockdown

      What I’ve learnt in lockdown

      Love it or loathe it, lockdown has given us time to learn new skills but has it taught us something deeper? Muddy tapped five women juggling careers, babies and even a tumour, to tell all.

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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