Muddy is lucky. Very lucky indeed. In our trips out to the finest eateries in this fair county, it would be easy to overlook those that had seemingly been around for years.
And you could be forgiven for thinking that Cucina Italiana in Oxted was so familiar to have always been there. It’s actually been open only a few years, moving in after a Chinese restaurant moved out. And in that time it’s developed one hell’va loyal following.
Apparently, Croydon is more hipster than Shoreditch and Dalston. Or so I keep hearing. I’m yet to be convinced – but there’s no doubting that Croydon has it’s own brand of cool. And it’s certainly on the up.
While CR0 has yet to be overrun by big beards and man buns, but it has recently seen the arrival of Boxpark the pop-up drinking and dining hub based on the same one that was set up in Shoreditch in 2011. And Westfield, whilst a little further away, is also on the horizon.
So, you know the feeling. You’ve had your hair done, you’ve been waxed within an inch of your life, you’ve got a new outfit, your skin is dewy, your eyes sparkly, you’ve got your swagger going on. And People. Are. Checking. You. OUT.
We all get a feel good day now and again. But believe me, Bears, the new restaurant at The Packhouse in Runfold has got it going on 24/7 right now.
Ripley: a pretty village just off the A3 with what seems like more than its fair share of great places to snarf down a good bit of grub, including Muddy Awards finalists Drakes restaurant and Pinnocks cafe. The Talbot Inn, is the latest to join their ranks after a recent potted history.
The pretty 250-year-old inn has recently gone under the scalpel for major facelift surgery, and has come out looking pretty darned spiffy – in a stylish and tasteful manner.
Very excited to tell you about Corretto bar in Godalming. I’m forever on the trail of funky places that do things a little bit differently, and this bar has its cool credentials up in lights. It romped it in as best bar in the Muddy Awards, which probably tells you something right there.
It opened at the end of last October offering coffee by day and cocktails by night, alongside a decent wine list, craft beers and ciders, and some of the best tapas I’ve ever eaten.
This week it’s National Afternoon Tea week – and I can’t think of any better reason than that to scoff cakes and cream teas and have nice drinkies in a fancy-pants hotel. *Cough* Not that I need an excuse.
As the Muddy middle will attest, I’ve had my fair share of afternoon teas – and recently I spent a delightful afternoon feasting on the cakes and scones at Foxhills, the swanky country club and resort in Ottershaw.
I’ve been eyeballing The Angel Upstairs for a while. It only opened in February – funnily enough, upstairs at the Angel Hotel, on Guildford’s gorgeous cobbled High Street.
Finally, last Friday, I had it sorted. I got myself all dolled up. Mr Muddy took the day off. And we arranged someone to come sit with the puppy. Off we went, down the A3, chattering excitedly about angels and other such things, only to discover en route that a truck carrying a light aircraft had overturned, littering the A3 with body parts.
Recently, I was invited to the opening of a new restaurant in Kingston called Jack’s Kitchen. I was a little hesitant about it, if I’m honest. Not because the menu didn’t look great, or the location – it overlooks the Thames – but because it’s in *whisper it* a Holiday Inn.
I know – I’m being desperately snobby about my hotel choices here. And truth be told, I’ve stayed in many a nice Holiday Inn, and never had cause for complaint.
Who doesn’t love a burger, right? We certainly do in the Muddy Surrey house. But I’m also a bit discerning with what I eat. I prefer it when meat has been reared outdoors and grass fed. None of that mass produced meat for my family.
I guess it comes from having grown up on an Aussie beef farm. But, and here’s the thing: like most country girls who escaped to the city before heading back to the shires, I do like my urban chic.
I’ve had my beady eye on The Water’s Edge at Horsell near Woking since it opened early this year. This new café on the site of Heather Farm, a wetlands centre on Horsell Common, is my idea of heaven. Its specialty is gorgeously simple food, made from organic, locally produced ingredients, served in a relaxed environment with a beautiful view right out the window. Yep. This is definitely one to remember folks.