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I'm Amber, editor of Muddy Surrey, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

Fancy a sparkling little number to style out your summer drinking? We've found an alternative to wine that makes a gorgeous gift for a friend... or save it just for you!

Gotta have it

The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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Eat

  • Eat out: The Bailiwick, Englefield Green

    Eat out: The Bailiwick, Englefield Green

    What do you get when you combine a gorgeous location, top draw chefs and amazing local produce? Answer: a pub worth going out of your way for.

    • Eat out: Cafe Chai, Banstead

      Eat out: Cafe Chai, Banstead

      Food that’s fresh and fabulously tasty plus some of the best coffee we’ve had the pleasure of sipping makes this Banstead cafe worth a visit (or 10).

    • Food with a view: 15 fab waterside eats

      Food with a view: 15 fab waterside eats

      Water, water everywhere and there’s more than a drop to drink (thank god!). Watch the world float by at Muddy’s fave waterside spots to eat and drink.

Culture

  • Pass the remote! What’s on TV this week

    Pass the remote! What’s on TV this week

    Don’t miss our weekly round-up of the best things on the box. Iconic panel show reboots, big-budget sci-fi, and a cheeky little baking competition… here’s what to watch this week.

    • Books: Five to read this month

      Books: Five to read this month

      Looking for a new book to get stuck into as we head out of summer and into cosy autumn? Who better to ask than top Surrey novelist novelist CJ Daugherty.

    • Top laughs! Camberley Comedy Festival

      Top laughs! Camberley Comedy Festival

      The Camberley Comedy Festival returns to Surrey on Sat 18 Sept with a line-up of funny-people guaranteed to make you laugh. Here’s what to expect.

Little Black Book

Want to support local? Our curated pick of the most creative, unique and brilliant businesses near you.

Travel

  • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • Ready, aim, fire? Let’s go shooting

      Ready, aim, fire? Let’s go shooting

      More women and children than ever are taking up shooting, so Muddy takes her teenager along to Bisley Shooting Ground and gives it two smoking barrels. Boom!

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

Home

  • What to drink: Organic wines

    What to drink: Organic wines

    It’s Organic September so we’re making the swap to more planet friendly vino… that means wine made using only organic grapes grown without any chemicals. It’s better for you and better for the planet. Try these.

    • Property flirt sprinkled in stardust

      Property flirt sprinkled in stardust

      Well cover me in sprinkles and call me fairy godmother – have I got a property to set hearts racing. Swimming pool. Stables. Sweeping staircases. It’s positively swoon-worthy.

    • How to survive a kitchen makeover

      How to survive a kitchen makeover

      Planning a new kitchen? A kitchen redesign can be a major upheaval, particularly if you’re extending the space or knocking down walls. Blackbrook Kitchens in Tadworth share their best advice for how to survive the process.

    • Retainer reality for kids and teens

      Retainer reality for kids and teens

      So, your teenager has done their time wearing braces and finally a gorgeous new smile is revealed. Now they must join the retainer club. Here’s all you need to know thanks to Smile 101 in Guilford.

    • Divorce and kids: how to ease the pain

      Divorce and kids: how to ease the pain

      Divorce is never easy, but when children are involved there’s an extra layer of complication, emotion and hurt. Family lawyer Claire O’Flinn has this advice.

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Life

  • Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Feeling unprepared to head back to the office after a year WFH? Muddy to the rescue with eight essential Do’s and Don’ts (and yes, you will have to change out of sweatpants).

    • Surrey schools open day reminder

      Surrey schools open day reminder

      Now that schools can welcome visitors it’s time to book those autumn open days. Sync your diaries … Muddy has done all the admin legwork for you.

    • Alton School, Alton

      Alton School, Alton

      Educating all age groups, from babies to sixth formers, this leafy Catholic school with great pastoral care in Alton, East Hampshire, has ambitious plans for the future.

    • Muddy goes back to school. Gin school!
    • Muddy goes back to school. Gin school!

Instamuddy

  • Me and Pete ⁠
@peterandre go way back!  No, seriously, we do! We're both Aussies you know... and of course now we both live in Surrey - so that practically makes us bezzies! So... we caught up for a natter ahead of his run as Teen Angel in one of my all-time favourite musicals 'Grease' at the @newvictoriatheatrewoking⁠
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🔎  check out what he has to say via the link in our bio⁠
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#peterandre #greasethemusical #greasenotgreece #woking #surreytheatre #wokingtheatre
  • Who doesn’t love walking into the a room that smells beautiful, expensive and natural? Well peeps, you need ⁠
@flaming_wolf_candle_co in your life. These pure, clean, toxin-free candles and diffusers are made from essential oils in Surrey and they smell divine. They're new on the Muddy #LittleBlackBook. Breathe deep!⁠
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#essentialoils #naturalcandles #surreybusiness #shoplocal #supportlocal #handmadecandles #luxurycandles #ecocandles #smellthis ⁠
  • Gotta love Surrey - this stunner  of the Surrey Hills that surround Dorking was captured by @surrey_kate 😁⁠
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#surrey #surreyuk #beautifulsurrey #visitsurrey #visitengland #surreyscenes #beautifulengland
  • Been to the @thebailiwickfreehouse yet? Oh but you should. I went recently with Mr Muddy, and - no word of a lie - it was one of the best meals out I've had in a long time. It's become one of my bestest and most fave Surrey pubs. The attention to detail is spot on from  @chefstevenellis and the team ... and the puddings by @ami.pastrychef will almost make you weep (if only because you'll want to order them all, but really, that's a bit greedy so you'll only order one!).⁠
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I'll got a lot more to say about it - and the full review will be on the Muddy website soon. Keep your 👀  peeled.⁠
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#surreypubs #gourmetpub #gourmetpubfood #bestsurreypub #countrypub #bestpuddings #greatfood⁠
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  • Watch the world float by at Muddy's fave waterside spots to eat and drink on repeat. We've got pretty pubs overlooking ponds, cool overnighters with water views and river view cafes. ⁠
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#pubs #surreypubs #pubswithwaterviews #pubswithviews #surreypubswithwaterviews
  • On a budget? A bit of insider knowledge is all you need. Don't miss these free (or nearly free!) things to do in Surrey.⁠
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🔎 Head to the link in our bio to find out more.⁠
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#goingoutisthenewstayingin #freethingstodo #thingstodoinsurrey #surrey #thingstodo #whatson
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Fashion

  • Best swimwear for 2021

    Best swimwear for 2021

    Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it’s the Med or the back garden, it’s time to splash out. Whether it’s eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we’ve found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

    • Review: Elemis Biotec Radiance Renew facial

      Review: Elemis Biotec Radiance Renew facial

      Muddy road tests the Elemis Biotec Radiance Renew Facial at Luminis Beauty Spa in Reigate. A mix of high-tech and super relaxing massage, it’s brilliant!

    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then… The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

People

  • I’ve got chills! Muddy meets Peter Andre

    I’ve got chills! Muddy meets Peter Andre

    The Aussie crooner is back on stage as Teen Angel in one of our all-time favourite musicals Grease. We sat down for a natter about dual roles, Fifties fashion and his upcoming show in Woking.

    • Meet the designer: Giovanna Sessi-Knott

      Meet the designer: Giovanna Sessi-Knott

      Giovanna Sessi-Knott is a luxury handbag designer from Surrey, and also a huge champion of sustainable fashion. She’s speaks five languages and before fashion had careers in finance and interior design. She also has two children. Phew! We’re not sure how she’s does it – but we caught up to find out.

    • What’s cooking? Tsaretta Spice head chef Yousuf Mohammed

      What’s cooking? Tsaretta Spice head chef Yousuf Mohammed

      Our favourite chefs spill all about their work, lives and top tips. Dishing it this week? Yousuf Mohammed, head chef at Tsaretta Spice in Twickenham.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Weekend Escapes

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

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Best Places to Live 2020

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2021

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Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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