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  • 46 stunning pubs for sunny days

    Everyone knows that one of summer's great pleasures is sipping a cold one in a pub garden. So here's the best of the bunch across all the Muddy counties. Cheers!

  • Muddy eats: The Rambler’s Rest, Coulsdon

    Tis true that Muddy has a terrible weakness for a cosy gastropub on a lazy Sunday afternoon. But I also have a my list of requirements. Good food and a wood-burning stove are at the top of my list. A rural location helps. And if the pub welcomes dogs, then even better. The Rambler’s Rest, just outside […]

  • Muddy eats: Spring Tavern, Ewell

    If you read Muddy regularly you’ll know that I spend a lot of time reviewing pubs and have the waistband to prove it (just watch that baby strrrrrrretch). There are some places that immediately blow my mind, and I know that people will travel for miles and miles to get there – maybe the pub […]

  • Muddy eats: The Skimmington Castle, Reigate

    I've meant to tell you about this pub for several months (oops), so I’m excited to finally get around to it. Like many of the best pubs I come across, The Skimmington Castle is a little off the beaten track – in this case a mile or two outside Reigate and up a hill and round a few corners overlooking Reigate Common, so not a place you’re going to stumble over.

  • A room for two

    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 […]

  • The Abinger Hatch, near Dorking

      I’m a bit excited about The Abinger Hatch. This pub, taken over and spruced up two years ago by the lovely couple Andy and Sarah, manages to tame a tricky beast – to be both an approachable local and a destination pub. And oh what a destination. Let me tell you about it. It’s in Abinger […]

  • Muddy eats: Blue @ The George, Old Oxted

    I went to Blue @ The George a couple of weeks ago, on the dirtiest, rottenest Sunday night you can imagine. The wind was howling. The rain was coming down in sheets. And the wind was howling. Oh, I said that already. You get the picture. It seems a strange evening to head out. But, […]

  • The Sun Inn, Chobham

    A few weeks ago I was coming back from an appointment with my eldest Mudlet, and we somehow found ourselves in Chobham, that lovely village not far from Woking. It was all a bit of a happy accident, actually, after I took a wrong turn and then left it to the cross-your-fingers-and-hope-we-end-up-somewhere-I-recognise school of navigation. It’s turned […]

  • Muddy eats: The Seven Stars, Leigh

    You know when you’re planning a lovely family walk… The wellies are packed. The kids are in the car. And then the grey clouds roll in. It gets misty. Then it rains. And rains. And rains. A bit like this! Mr Muds notes (to those of us who like our slouchy Sunday mornings) that if […]

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