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I'm Laura, editor of Muddy Warwickshire & West Midlands, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

Raffia and leather beach bag, designer shades, serious kudos beach towel and luxe sun lotion could all be yours in this fabulous summer bundle

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Muddy Awards 2022

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Eat

  • Review: The Bell Inn, Ladbroke

    Review: The Bell Inn, Ladbroke

    This village pub was recently taken over by new owners and launched a steak house menu using dry-aged beef. Here’s what Muddy thought when we stopped by.

Culture

  • TV time! 7 of the best things to watch this week

    TV time! 7 of the best things to watch this week

    From Channel 4’s dark and twisty vision of Britain in 2024 to the next dose of Stranger Things and a new series of Only Murders in the Building, you won’t want to miss these seven new shows.

    • The 7 most unmissable shows on TV this week

      The 7 most unmissable shows on TV this week

      Love Island’s returning with a sunscreen-slicked vengeance, Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love finally makes it to the screen, and more unmissable picks this week.

    • Your summer reading list – sorted!

      Your summer reading list – sorted!

      Need a new read to bring to the beach (or, y’know, to keep on the bedside table)? The literary brains at Muddy have rounded up the best new and upcoming novels to add to your TBR pile.

Little Black Book

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Travel

  • Best beaches in the South & South West

    Best beaches in the South & South West

    Heading south for the summer? Then you’ll be needing our guide to the 18 best beaches, including the inside line on the best activities, foodie joints and sundowner spots.

    • Bilbao, Mykonos or Naples? Disney cruises into Europe

      Bilbao, Mykonos or Naples? Disney cruises into Europe

      Thought Disney Cruise Line was all about Miami, Florida and the Bahamas? Here are the coolest destinations for 2023 – and our insider tips on how to maximise the fun while you’re in port.

    • Review: Priory Row, Coventry

      Review: Priory Row, Coventry

      Fancy stopping in one of Coventry’s oldest buildings, just dripping in charm and a stones throw from the cathedral and some of the city’s top bars and restaurants? Muddy went to check it out

Home

  • 7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

    7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

    The faintest whiff of summer sun and you’ll find us out in the garden, chilled spritz in hand. And to sit at? One of these seven totally chic bistro sets, darling!

    • How to nail the perfect picnic

      How to nail the perfect picnic

      The sun’s out – quick, grab the wicker basket! If you’re partial to a picnic (I mean, who isn’t?) here’s some inspo on how to pimp up your al fresco feast – including £500 of free Ocado deliveries (well hello M&S Deli range).

    • 10 of the prettiest gin bottles to add to your shelf

      10 of the prettiest gin bottles to add to your shelf

      It’s World Gin Day on 11 June, so what better way to celebrate than by picking up a bottle of the good stuff? Here are some that’ll look as good on your shelf as they taste in your G&T…

  • Wellbeing

    • 6 ways to get the best sleep you’ve ever had

      6 ways to get the best sleep you’ve ever had

      Do you struggle to snooze? We’ve nobbled the pros at Healthily for the latest scientific thinking on how to conquer insomnia. Cue, walnuts, pink noise – and orgasms.

    • WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      To celebrate this year’s Muddy Awards, our national sponsor Healthily is giving away a life-changing £3k cash injection to boost one company’s health & wellbeing. Click to enter now!

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Life

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  • Muddy recently stopped by @bellinnatladbroke which has been taken over by new owners and launched a steak house menu using dry-aged beef. Check out my review. Link in bio 🥩
  • Choosing a family holiday is never easy – you want culture and great food, your other half wants to sunbathe, the kids demand a waterslide, and your teens want to ignore you! The good news is that @disneycruiseline will tick all of those boxes, and then some. Even better, it’s introducing brand new European travel routes for 2023 and Muddy has the inside track. Link in bio.
  • Is there more perfect weather for a picnic? Pack your scotch eggs and a bottle of fizz - we're heading to these 12 lovely, local outdoor beauty spots for lunch al fresco 🍎 Link in bio 🍎

Fashion

  • The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

    The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

    Whether you’re heading to the beach, on a chic city break or sipping Pimm’s at a garden party – here’s how to do it in style with Muddy ed-in-chief Hero Brown’s picks, all new-in at Next.

    • Win a designer beach bundle worth £400!

      Win a designer beach bundle worth £400!

      Raffia and leather beach bag, designer shades, serious kudos beach towel and luxe sun lotion could all be yours in this fabulous summer bundle

    • 5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

      5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

      Threadbare boxers begone! The style gods have spoken (aka Gucci and Harry Styles) and pyjamas for men are in – here are five sets that hit the spot.

  • Beauty

    • REVIEW: new skincare that’s gorgeous – and works!

      REVIEW: new skincare that’s gorgeous – and works!

      Let us introduce you to WOAH – your favourite new vegan skincare line, tried and tested by Muddy ed-in-chief Hero Brown. See our edit, then win the entire collection, worth over £200.

    • Review: ILLUMI

      Review: ILLUMI

      Stuck in a hair rut or need a bit of a pamper session? We hear ya sister. Fear not, Muddy Warwickshire’s Georgina has been to check out the coolest salon in town, and you’re gonna leave feeling and looking a million dollars.

People

  • Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a moustache, and Miles Teller’s Rooster in the new Top Gun has got our surprised seal of approval. Time for a game: TO ‘TACHE, OR NOT TO ‘TACHE? Let us know if you agree in the comments!

    • 5 things you wouldn’t expect a leading lawyer to say

      5 things you wouldn’t expect a leading lawyer to say

      Advising rocket scientists and working with some of the country’s top household names (hello Deliveroo) – but still up for a pre-dawn spin class and championing under-represented groups in the legal profession. It’s all in a day’s work for Shoosmiths partner Fiona Teague.

    • Lorraine Candy: “Put your oxygen mask on first.”

      Lorraine Candy: “Put your oxygen mask on first.”

      Ex Elle editor, parenting author and mum of four Lorraine Candy talks hormones (yours!), pot-plant parenting, and how adults need to look after their own mental health

School Reviews

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Weekend Escapes

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Best Places to Live 2020

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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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