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  • Eat out! The Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis

    It's all about that bass – Lyme Bay sea bass that is – and plaice, oysters, prawns, haddock, sole, crab (and a juicy steak). Wonderful sea views too.

  • Cookbooks 2020

    The best cookbooks for 2020

    Got a foodie in your life? Sick of making the same seven dinners, week in, week out? Or just a sucker for tempting pictures of food? If any of the above apply, we’ve got you covered.

  • white row farm

    Support local! The best farm shops near you

    Vowed to stay away from the supermarkets and to shop more locally? Let us help you keep your promise with our pick of the best farm shops in Somerset & Dorset

  • Top takeaways to take you through lockdown

    Pubs, restaurants and cafes may be closed but you can still support our brilliant local businesses – and eat fab food – by ordering a takeaway. Oh go on, if we must...

  • 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. 

  • The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury

    Come for the location but stay for the food: Tom Blake's locally-sourced, changing seasonal menus bring an inventive, fresh spirit to brasserie classics.

  • 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 - and is it worth a trip to North Cornwall?

  • Peat Spade Inn, Stockbridge

    Eat, stay – and maybe try your hand at fly fishing – at this country pub in the heart of the Test Valley in Hampshire. Read on for the Muddy verdict.

  • The Devonshire Arms Hotel, Long Sutton, near Langport

    Eat, drink and stay in a fab former hunting lodge on the village green in Long Sutton, Somerset –an ideal London/Cornwall stopover

  • afternoon tea

    The best local afternoon teas

    More scones, madam? Nibble your way through petit fours and finger sandwiches with 10 of the best afternoon teas in Somerset and Dorset - a glass of fizz with ours, please.

  • Eat Out to Help Out – in Somerset and Dorset

    Sick of cooking? Good news - throughout August, you can get a 50% discount on your dinner and drinks when you eat in. Here are the pubs and restaurants to call to make your reservation.

  • Summer Lodge, Evershot

    Indulge yourself at the sumptuous Summer Lodge in Dorset – fine food and wine, luxury rooms, gardens, spa – and where the service and level of comfort are second to none

  • In the pink: the rosé revolution

    Once dismissed as "lady petrol" rosé wine is now officially the drink of the summer. Read on for tips on the best to buy – including local wines – and that all important question: does it give you a hangover?

  • Quarantini time! Heston’s Gold Rush

    Looking to up your cocktail creds during lockdown? We've rifled through Heston Blumenthal’s cocktail bible, so perk yourself up with a Gold Rush.

  • Provençal fougasse with green and black olives

    Lockdown is the perfect time to get to grips with our favourite chewy loaf: sourdough. Ready, set, bake with this savoury share-and-tear number (you can skip the sharing bit if you like).

  • Speedy supper, anyone? Make THIS tonight

    Looking for healthy dinner ideas - take inspiration from Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock for a meal that's quick, tasty and packed with protein.

  • Ready, set, cook! 8 new cookbooks for spring

    Looking to up your cooking creds whilst in quarantine? Then you'll be needing our curated guide to the most useful and inspiring cookbooks for spring. Yes, chef!

  • Cook THIS for dinner tonight

    Running out of ideas for midweek meals? Yup, us too. Take inspiration from the hottest new cookbook on the block by pop star Jessie Ware. Yum!

  • Asparagus tart with quails egg and prosciutto ham

    This super-simple tart recipe, from Cotswolds based Gluts & Gluttony, makes the most of seasonal ingredients and takes a mere 30 minutes. Count us in!

  • Recipe: A salad for sunny days

    This peach and lentil salad with warm pork tenderloin by renowned chefs Kate & Giancarlo Caldesi, is easy peasy, looks amazing and tastes delicious.

  • 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.

  • The best brunch in town

    The most lipsmackingly indulgent meal of the day and we have 47 of the best ones to tempt you with, from vegan to full English, flat white to green detox. Just add friends and a hangover.

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