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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

Add these feel-good limited edition buys to your basket ASAP to look gorgeous and support breast cancer charities this October. Two birds, one stone - yes please.

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Weekend Escapes

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It’s all about the staycay! Our handpicked selection of the hippest hotels, pubs, restaurants and cottages to help you book that well-deserved break

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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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  • Caffeine boost! 40 of the best indie coffee roasters

    Caffeine boost! 40 of the best indie coffee roasters

    Can’t function without your morning brew? Try one of these delicious artisan blends, from indie coffee roasters across the Muddy counties, to kickstart your day with a caffeine boost. 

    • Review: New Al Fresco Menu at Paris House

      Review: New Al Fresco Menu at Paris House

      Ready for a post lockdown lunch in the most sublime setting in Bedfordshire? Head over to the historic Paris House Terrace, sample the excellent new Al Fresco menu from top chef Phil Fanning, and, of course, take in the grandeur of the deer park.

    • Launch review: The Pig, Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

      Launch review: The Pig, Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

      On its opening day, Muddy's ed-in-chief Hero Brown was the first to eat lunch at the brand new Pig hotel in Harlyn Bay (what a trooper!). So what was the verdict?

    • 20 Zero Waste Shops across Herts & Beds

      20 Zero Waste Shops across Herts & Beds

      The eco shopping scene is thriving and there are lots of plastic free options. Re-style the weekly shop with guilt-free groceries, cleaning products, gifts and more.

    • Where to: Eat Out in Herts & Beds

      Where to: Eat Out in Herts & Beds

      With government scheme offering 50% off (up to £10 per diner), it's time to get out there and support your favourite (or perhaps your new favourite) restaurants and cafes.


  • How amazing does this look 😍Wanna win? @copper_house_berkhamsted is giving away the Classic or the Copper Vegetarian Afternoon Tea for two (normally £60). Both feature delicate finger sandwiches, fluffy scones (with clotted cream, obvs) and a devilishly delicious selection of cakes, accompanied by a wide choice of Smiths Teas. Link in bio to enter ❤️
  • You’re probably ready for a change from your well-trodden local walk, right? We have the inside line on the most brilliant dog-friendly joints across the 25 Muddy counties from hotels and inns to dining destinations and experiences, all wrapped up in a neat little bow in Muddy’s Weekend Escapes. Fido would approve. ⁠
This month sees the launch of a local rum, an awesome wine club and there's the chance to buy dinner (and firework) tickets to die for, if you're quick. It's all looking pretty tasty - here's the hot gossip from Herts and Beds.⁠
  • Want to plan a bit of spooky fun for your little terrors, sorry, darlings, this half term? Well look no further than our ghoulish guide.⁠
  • As we're all hunkering down for a well and truly local autumn, we've put together this great guide to Muddy's top local attractions in Bedfordshire. Now that'll keep you busy!⁠
  • We're all staying pretty local right now. So I've put together a guide to top Muddy-approved attractions in Hertfordshire to keep you busy.⁠
  • The great half term escape: 10 top day trips

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

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