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Billesely Manor Hotel, Stratford upon Avon

Muddy says This historic 16th Century 4-star hotel is set in beautiful grounds, including the listed, 100-year-old Topiary Garden and an 11th-century church where Shakespeare is believed to have married Anne Hathaway.

caterers

Shakespeare Distillery, Stratford upon Avon

Muddy says: An independent Warwickshire artisan distillery producing award-winning gin in small handcrafted batches inspired by authentic Tudor garden botanicals.

Food & Drink

Clarendon Arms, Kenilworth

Muddy says: A warm and welcoming child and dog-friendly boozer in a delightful spot opposite scenic Kenilworth Castle and close to Abbey Fields.

Bars

Hiller’s Farm Shop, Alcester

Muddy says: Family-run farm shop selling spectacular, ethically reared meat, fish, cheeses and pretty much everything else you need to go with it plus, a gift shop, restaurant, and children's holiday activities.

Activity Days

Fizzy Moon, Leamington Spa

Muddy says: Voted Warwickshire's best bar in the 2018 Muddy Stilettos Awards, Leamington's only micro-brewery pub has so many artisan gins it would take months to work through them all (or just a really, really good weekend!).

Bars

Mallory Court Country House Hotel, Royal Leamington Spa

A breathtakingly beautiful Grade II listed Warwickshire 4* country house hotel with a new boutique spa and restaurant boasting 3 AA Rosettes.

Food & Drink

The Castle at Edgehill

Muddy says: This imposing castle manages to combine elegance with a casual, relaxed vibe and is a great venue for drinks, eating out and your ‘I do’ moment.

B&B

Stoke Park Spa

Muddy says: Vanity Fair called Stoke Park’s spa one of the ‘four Must Visit spas in the world’ and I’m not going to argue with that judgement – the five star facilities and relaxed, luxe vibe make it a dead cert for a perfect spa day.

Food & Drink

The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Wishaw

Muddy says: Escape from it all in the spa at this award-winning 4-star hotel in the Warwickshire countryside, famous for its stunning golf courses.

Activity Days

The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote

Muddy says: This elegant inn and B&B won Best Boutique Stay in the Muddy Awards 2017 & 208 (Warks). Excellent food and thoughtful touches, including Hunter wellies to borrow.

B&B

The Kitchen, Farnborough

Muddy says: The Kitchen is a stylish country pub with a Savoy and Dorchester trained owner/chef, set in pretty countryside on the Oxon/Warcs borders.

Bars

The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon

Muddy says: Refurbished restaurant with 12 bedrooms and a lively cocktail bar in the centre of historic Stratford-upon-Avon opposite Shakespeare's Schoolroom.

Food & Drink

The High Field, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Muddy says: An award-winning buzzing bar & gastropub, elegant places to eat overlooking a leafy garden and glamorous private rooms for meetings and celebrations.

Bars

The Rose & Crown, Warwick

Muddy says: A stylish award-winning pub with 13 bedrooms in the heart of Warwick, great for chilling on sofas, warm open fires in winter, cosy hidden alcoves and interesting menu.

B&B

The Star & Garter, Leamington Spa

Muddy says: A great Leamington local with a new breakfast menu. Behind its imposing Victorian frontage is a spacious, welcoming bar and eatery.

Bars

The One Elm, Stratford-upon-Avon

Muddy says: A quirky, lively Victorian pub with an attractive courtyard, fab Sunday lunches and jovial atmosphere. A 5-minute walk from Stratford town centre.

Bars

The Almanack, Kenilworth

Muddy says: Pub it with the family or private dine with friends in super-stylish interiors - think parquet floors, red leather booths and chic Tom Dixon mesh bar lighting.

Bars

BELMOND LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS

Muddy says: Raymond's Blanc's pitch-perfect Oxfordshire institution needs no introduction. Thirty years of two Michelin stars, beautiful kitchen gardens and top-tier gastronomie: Le Manoir is Muddy's go-to for special occasions.

Hotels

The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour

Muddy says: A beautifully restored Georgian pub with rooms, re-opened in April 2016. Feels like popping into a very stylish friend's house and staying in one of her 15 bedrooms!

B&B

THE MAYTIME INN

The Maytime Inn is a luxurious, 4 star gold rating hideaway, tucked into the historic village of Asthall, Oxfordshire. Dating back to the 17th century, it was bought by now-owner Dominic Wood in 2012 and has since been extensively renovated and remodelled. There is now a bar and restaurant for visitors to enjoy, as well […]

B&B

THE PORCH HOUSE

A handsome, Grade II* listed, Cotswold building with parts dating from 947AD, The Porch House, in the heart of historic Stow-on-the-Wold, claims to be ‘England’s oldest Inn’. It is also a stylish boutique retreat with restaurant, inn and 13 stylish rooms from £99 a night on a B&B basis. A light and airy bar with […]

B&B

THE SHEEP ON SHEEP ST

Muddy says: a boutique Cotswolds inn with 22 rooms which re-opened in July 2016. Featuring light, bright, contemporary spaces including an open-plan restaurant, a full-length bar top that flows into counter dining space facing the wood-fired oven specialising in pizzas

Hotels

RED LION PUB & KITCHEN, BLEWBURY

A 17th century village Inn with three bedrooms set in delightful Downland village of Blewbury, near Didcot. The Red Lion Pub & Kitchen re-opened in March 2016, after a major refurbishment by new head chef/proprietor, Phil Wild and wife, Arden. Once the local for Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows and thriller writer, […]

Bars

RAYMOND BLANC COOKERY SCHOOL

Embrace your passion for food and learn to create phenomenal cuisine in a fun, relaxed setting. Our courses, held in a relaxed and homely kitchen space next to the double Michelin-starred kitchens of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, are suitable for all experience levels. From half-day introductions to residential programmes, dinner party master classes to […]

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