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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

When one destination isn't enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF - the cruise.

Gotta have it

Muddy Awards 2022

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The nominations round is now closed. Finals start on 30 May 2022

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Eat

  • 13 awesome veggie and vegan eats

    13 awesome veggie and vegan eats

    Celebrate National Vegetarian Week (16-22 May) by getting your local plant-based fix at one of these foodie joints that put veggies front and centre and deliver on flavour.

    • Review: The Red Lion, Hunningham

      Review: The Red Lion, Hunningham

      This cosy, relaxed 17th century pub overlooks the babbling River Leam and is surrounded by countryside. It’s got the pub garden of dreams and real fires inside. But what’s the food like? Here’s what Muddy thought.

    • 9 Insta-worthy cafes in Warks & the West Mids

      9 Insta-worthy cafes in Warks & the West Mids

      Vintage teacups, hanging plants, neon signs and almost too pretty to eat pastries (hey, we said almost!): these stunning cafés are guaranteed a double tap on your feed.

Culture

  • Worth your watch! 6 great things on TV this week

    Worth your watch! 6 great things on TV this week

    Pull up a chair and crack open the wine: from the new season of Stranger Things to a thrilling French boxset, we’ve got your weekly watchlist well and truly sorted.

    • Feet up! 6 things to watch on TV this week

      Feet up! 6 things to watch on TV this week

      Need something new to watch this week? You’ve come to the right place! From a freshly funny new talk show to an indulgent crime thriller, this is the best of the best.

    • Muddy review: Stratford Literary Festival

      Muddy review: Stratford Literary Festival

      Back for its fifteenth year, the Stratford Literary Festival (AKA Strat Lit Fest) saw authors and readers unite for five days of events, discussions and all round book-lovin’ fun! Muddy’s Suzanne Lane went along to get the lowdown…

    • The 7 best things to watch on TV this week

      The 7 best things to watch on TV this week

      Sure, the sun might be shining, but the calibre of TV this week is even brighter. From Tom Hiddleston in The Essex Serpent to BBC3’s new Sally Rooney adaptation, here’s what to stay in for.

    • What’s on this May?

      What’s on this May?

      Diaries ready! From festivals and carnival parties to awesome gigs and the UK’s first immersive digital gallery, we’ve rounded up all the hottest happenings on our patch this month.

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Eat, sleep, repeat! Food and travel go together like, err, gin and tonic (cheers!) and if you find top nosh plays a key part in making your holiday a success, perhaps it’s time to take things a step further and make it the central focus?

    • The best cruise holidays for 2023

      The best cruise holidays for 2023

      When one destination isn’t enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF – the cruise.

    • 23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      Staycationing this summer? Then you’re going to want to check out our bang-up-to-date insider guides to these top towns and cities across the Muddy counties.

Home

  • 45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

    45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

    Thinking of a redesign? From classic Shaker styles to sleek contemporary cabinets, these kitchen design companies across the Muddy counties know just what they’re doing.

    • A quick veggie supper dish from Georgina Hayden

      A quick veggie supper dish from Georgina Hayden

      This Mediterranean twist on roast potatoes, with coriander and olives, makes a perfect side dish, or the main event for lunch alongside a crisp green salad.

    • 8 gorgeous new gardening books

      8 gorgeous new gardening books

      Bountiful borders, striped lawn and artfully placed sculptures here we come, but first, sit down, grab a coffee and get lost in the sublime pages of these beauties (those weeds can wait another hour or so)

  • Wellbeing

    • 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!

    • 12 of the best spring walks near you

      12 of the best spring walks near you

      What better way to celebrate the start of spring than striking out on one of these lovely circular walks across Warwickshire (and most have a pub stop – cheers!)

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Life

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  • ⚓️ Ahoy there! ⚓️ Fancy experiencing Italy, Spain, the French Riviera, the Greek islands, Norwegian fjords, Iceland... @disneycruiseline’s new Summer 2023 adventures could be the answer you're looking for - and they're anchored in luxury. Get the inside line, plus eight more hot cruises to book for next year at the link in bio.
  • It’s National Vegetarian Week 🌱! Here’s my roundup of some awesome local joints that put plants front and centre, while packing a punch with flavour. Link in bio 👆
  • 💐 BLOOMIN’ HECK! 💐 Who will be crowned the best local Florist? You decide! NOMINATE now at the link in bio - and quick! - the nominations round closes in two days. #MuddyAwards2022  #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily
  • Perfect day for working outside on the #MuddyAwards2022 and taking in some rays. My dogs think so too (extra brownie points if you can see the little hiding collie)
  • We’re spoilt for choice for fabulous restaurants in our locale - but which one do you love the most?🍴Cast your gastronomic NOMINATION for your favourite fine dining spot or informal restaurant with a great buzz at the link in bio. #MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily @birminghamairport

Fashion

  • 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.

    • 10 buys for World Bee Day

      10 buys for World Bee Day

      Hey, if it’s for the little black and yellow fellas, then who are we to argue with a shopping spree to celebrate World Bee Day (20 May)? Here are 10 on-trend buys we’re totally buzzing about

    • Fresh air, fresh fashion!

      Fresh air, fresh fashion!

      Seven compelling reasons to head to Bicester Village including up to 20 per cent off prices in April’s renowned Private Sale and the Do-Good pop up boutique. Trust us, no-show is not an option.

  • 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

  • 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

    • Shazia Mirza is back in town

      Shazia Mirza is back in town

      She’s a Birmingham-born ex-science teacher – “I hated them, they hated me” – yet former student Dizzee Rascal still calls her Miss. This fierce comedian pulls no punches – we catch up with Shazia Mirza as she heads to her home city for a show.

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 2022

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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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