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The latest handpicked businesses we think you’ll love

  • cotley inn

    The Cotley Inn, Wambrook, nr Chard

    A big juicy burger, full three-courser or just a pint at this super friendly pub with plenty of walks around its idyllic valley setting on the Devon border

    • 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

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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

  • 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 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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    • Gotta Have It

      Bottom's up! We love this cheeky Anissa Kermiche voluptuous vase that's cropping up on every fashion editors' Instagram.

    • Speedy supper – cook this tonight!

      Sticky soy and honey roasted salmon with asparagus and sugar snap peas? Yours in just 30 minutes, madame!

    • Get body smart at iOme

      A personalised, holistic approach to fitness – no rows of treadmills, TV screens or gym bunnies here – it's personal training without the price tag.

    • Menopause & Nutrition

      As if anxiety, tender breasts, sleep problems, hot flushes, low energy, no sex drive and a dry vagina weren't enough - weight gain too?! Read our diet and lifestyle do's & don'ts for managing the menopause.

  • 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. Competition now closed.

    • Day trippers

      Half way through half term (*smiles through gritted teeth*). Please the little people and save your sanity by checking out these 10 family day trips.

    • 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…

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