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The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

  • old dairy cafe

    The Old Dairy cafe, Bower Hinton

    Oh goodie! A brand new farm-based cafe in Somerset with great coffee and laid back nosh, all homemade using (very) locally produced ingredients.

    • top 50 gastropubs

      Top 50 Gastropubs 2020

      Whose tripled-cooked chips got them into the gastropub hall of fame? Roomy pants on, let's tuck in – NINE of the West Country's foodie pubs made the grade

    • marlborough tavern

      The Marlborough Tavern, Bath

      Great food and drink in a central Bath pub where you feel like a local and far from the madding crowd

    • Happy Veganuary!

      Where to eat vegan in Somerset, Bath, Bristol and Dorset: from a takeaway, through cafes and fast food to a Michelin star restaurant

    • packhorse

      Somerset’s cosiest winter pubs

      Cosy nooks, roaring fires, locally sourced nosh, craft ales and ciders – and a warm welcome – in our pick of Somerset's countryside pubs

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

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  • 4 new season trends to try (and one to avoid)

    The high street is awash with new spring/summer goodies. Overwhelmed? Here’s our pick of the new trends worth exploring – and how to wear them.

    • eleanor christine ring

      Rings and things

      Handmade in silver, gold and using semi-precious materials, Frome's Eleanor Christine Jewellery is bold, unique and unforgettable (just like you?)

    • Wedding dresses 2020

      This year's dreamiest wedding dresses – and they're made in Somerset by one of the UK's top bridalwear designers, Sassi Holford

    • man with beard movember

      J’adore/ J’abhor

      It's Movember, the month when blokes grow moustaches to raise money for charity. Turns out the Muddy crew have VERY mixed views on men's facial hair. Where do you stand?

    • Green by name – and nature

      A cut and colour at Salon On The Green, an environmentally-friendly hair salon in the nicest part of Yeovil, and winner of Best Hair Salon in the Muddy Awards 2019

  • books

    The 5 best books out in February

    Muddy’s pro bookworm Kerry Potter has got five Feb fancies for your delectation. Read all about ’em here!

    • Blithe Spirit - Jennifer Saunders as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit - Photo credit Nobby Clark ®

      Blithe Spirit

      A classic comedy with Jennifer Saunders in one of the leads was always going to be popular and tickets are selling fast for Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Theatre Royal in Bath

    • romantics anonymous

      Romantics Anonymous

      This soft-centred confection about a pair of shy chocolate makers, at the Bristol Old Vic, brings some Gallic warmth to long winter nights

    • 20 for 2020

      Crack out your calendar, folks (and maybe your credit card). Here are the hottest tickets for Somerset and Dorset in 2020 - see you there!

    • January’s best new reads

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

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    • The garden as gallery

      Unique, unusual furniture and deco for inside the home – and out – at the 31st Bath Decorative Antiques Fair coming to Bath (natch), in March. And we've free tickets for you all!

    • Contemporary country living

      Somerset may be stuffed with characterful period properties but it's these ultra modern, thermo-efficient Cubis houses in Bruton that have caught our eye

    • 10 Valentine date nights

      We've come up with AA rosetted and Michelin star restaurants, gorgeous country and chic city hotels, cosy countryside pubs, cafes and a beachside retreat – but you'll have to find your own babysitter.

    • Monart Day Spa, Poundbury, Dorchester

      One of the top spas in the world – the 5 star Monart Destination Spa, Ireland – has come to Dorset. Lucky us!

  • Win £2000 to kickstart your business dreams

    Have a brilliant business that needs a helping hand? We’ve teamed up with business banking alternative, Tide, to offer a whopping two grand (yes, you read it right) to give you the boost you need. Win it here.

    • Half term fun

      A bit lastminute.com with your half term plans? What you need is the impeccably curated Muddy pick of the half term children’s activities in Somerset and Dorset. Et voilà…

    • Downside School

      Muddy says: This Catholic day and boarding school with Benedictine values may be steeped in history and tradition but is keeping ahead of the game

  • josie long

    Muddy meets Josie Long

    We caught up with (we reckon) the most positive comedian in the business about motherhood, MasterChef, making people laugh and her new tour, Tender, coming to Bath in February.

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