The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Surrey Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Stylish new Sussex candle brand SevenSeventeen gets its name from the heavenly time when the founders' kids are bundled into bed and the wine is poured. They cost much less than Diptyque and smell heavenly.

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Muddy Book Club: March reads

22 Mar 2017

Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her March picks. That precarious tower of tomes on your bedside table is about to getting even taller…. And if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear from you – literary musings in the comment box below please!

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News flash: super happenings in Surrey

20 Mar 2017

We’re chomping at the bit this week on the Muddy HQ newsdesk as there’s so much brilliant stuff coming up in our ‘hood in the coming weeks and months – and, as you know, if there’s something chic, cool and stylish going down, we’ll be first to tell you. So put the below in your diaries pronto, and we’ll be back to give you the full lowdown on each one at a later date…

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Muddy eats: The Cock Inn, Headley

17 Mar 2017

As pubs go, The Cock Inn in Headley is not a pub you’re likely to forget in a hurry. And I’m not referring only to its, um, suggestive name.

The name – no doubt about it – will raise a snigger. Go on you dirty lot, get it over with. But there’s a lot more to get you talking about it too, from it’s pretty rural location in the Surrey hills to the good solid pub grub they serve up.

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Muddy Eats: The Fox Revived, Norwood Hill

16 Mar 2017

What’s that you say? Sorry I can’t hear you, my ear is still totally to the ground….

For yes, last week your intrepid guzzler sniffed the rumour, made the call and zipped on down to The Fox Revived in Norwood Hill, where the paint is barely dry on it’s newly renovated walls. I’m having a good run of beautifully-attired gastropubs at the mo, and The Fox Revived is another stunner.

You’re going to love what they’ve done with the place.

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Muddy reviews: My Brilliant Friend at the Rose Theatre

13 Mar 2017

Have you read Elena Ferrante’s novels? Oh but you must.

The Italian writer, who keeps her identity a mystery, is the author of several brilliant novels, all vivid and austerely honest accounts of the lives, relationships and inner conflicts of intelligent women. Her writing is intimate, immersive and intense. Last year the writer was named one of the 100 most influential people on the planet by Time magazine, and her most recent work – four novels that make up the Neapolitan series – has just been adapted for the stage by April de Angelis into two shows of two-and-half-hours.

It’s showing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and my good friend and long-time Fleet Street journalist John Clarke (The Independent, The Times, the i paper – check out the iQuiz) was there to review it on Saturday.

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Book em up: the UK’s top quirky stays

10 Mar 2017

Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place but, for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay. The Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire, have each found two brilliant, alternative properties with which to whet your travel appetite. And if you know a fantastic quirky stay somewhere that you think should be included, please comment in the box below – let’s share the knowledge!

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Mother’s day sorted!

10 Mar 2017

Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the week before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organised, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there). Here are Muddy’s mega Mothering Sunday picks…

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How to take great pics on your phone

6 Mar 2017

Photographer Siân Tyrrell focuses her lens on the tiny details of everyday life, and the results are stunning. So when I got the chance to bombard her with some questions on picture-taking recently, I asked her to share some top tips to elevate me from random family snapper to smartphone goddess.

Could this actually be the time I get some good shots, rather than hacking people’s heads off? Smartphones at the ready, take aim… SHOOT!

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