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  • 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

    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...

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    Jubi-glee! 20 brilliant Jubilee events near you

    It's the knees-up of the century. The Queen's Platinum celebrations are taking place across a four day Bank Holiday from 02 - 05 June. Want to know where to take your tiara? Try these. From garden parties and parades to a Royal Variety Show and regatta. Spiffing!

  • This year’s hottest kitchen trends

    Welcome to the kitchen revolutIon! We want bars, dancefloors, pet corners and organised drawers. John Lewis of Hungerford reveal what's new in 2022.

  • Seven crazy cool kitchen gadgets to buy now

    Time for a gadget glow-up! These seven pieces of culinary tech, from smart cooker tops to sparkling water on tap are the hottest hospitality tickets for spring. Get there before your neighbour does!

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    Bottoms up! 8 Best bottle shops

    Bored of guzzling the same old Pinot Grigio? Meet the hip new bottle shops. Booze shops of yore have had a reboot; pick up a Pinot, feisty new gin or crafty beer at one of these bespoke bottle boutiques. Here's our hand-picked guide to the 8 best in Glos & Worcs.

  • What’s Cooking? With Susie Whitfield

    In this Muddy regular, we bring you the best of the counties' makers and bakers to spill the beans about their work, lives and cooking. DIshing it up this week is passionate baker Susie Whitfield from The Cotswolds Baking Workshop.

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    20 Ways to say I love you on Mother’s Day

    Treating your mum? Hope to be treated yourself? Either way, we have some brilliant ideas to spoil the lady in your life on 27th March. From afternoon tea set to a grand piano to glorious gardens, cool classes and a mamas & mimosas spa day (ooo!). Find some lady-shaped fun here.

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    14 Flipping good Pancake Day places

    Who doesn’t love a towering stack of pancakes dripping with maple syrup? From the best places to scoff them to races and 'best flipper' competitions, we've got Pancake Day sorted for you.

  • Fakeaway done right: saag halloumi

    Step away from the takeaway menu! This healthy, tasty home quirk on a delivery classic hits all the right notes of quick, easy, delicious. Oh, and it's chock-a-block with greens. Win!

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    The Scenic Supper Virgin Mary

    Let's face it, in the brutal light of New Year's Day that 3rd bottle of Sancerre does not feel like your finest hour. If you're nursing the hangover from hell (or just for fun) try this easy-to-make Virgin Mary, it's the ultimate cure for Xmas x-cess (or at least a good start).

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    Make this: Scenic Supper Hot Mulled Gin

    Want to know the winter warmer we're necking at Muddy this Christmas? This spicy delight direct from the gourmands at Scenic Supper is utterly delicious. Go cocktail or mocktail, and make a massive batch of it this Christmas. Warning: one will not (I repeat not) be enough.

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    I s-pie! The 8 best local mince pies

    Snow is falling, Bublé's playing... time for the mince pie chow down! There's nothing like the first mince pie of the season, but which ones should be on your shopping list? Go local with these belters, all from our very own farm shops, cafes and makers. Which is your fave?

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    Box of delights: 9 Wine & Dine gifts

    Need a gorgeous gift? These crackers from BoxTree Gifts come with next day UK delivery. Go ready-made or personalise your own pressie. Every box gives something back to a good cause too. Let's shop!

  • Letterbox love: 47 gifts to send to their door

    Choose from these gorgeous artisan present boxes, sent nationwide, from bespoke biscuits to gin and chocolate, and pamper packs to paperbacks. That's Christmas sorted.

  • Gotta have it! Zingy, light tipple

    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!

  • Glug! New wines to buy and try

    Naked Wine sommelier and Gordon Ramsay alumnus Ray O'Connor spills the grapes on why he won't pay thousands for wine, what's in his cellar - and how to dodge hangovers

  • The Muddy Stilettos guide to hangover cures

    Socialising is back (and so are the hangovers). From gravy granules to cold lager, we asked some Muddy hell-raisers for their emergency remedies.

  • Letterbox cheer: best gifts by post

    Share the love in lockdown (we’re almost there!) with one of these fun letterbox gift ideas, from book bundles and candles, to beauty boxes and wine.

  • 40 of the best indie coffee roasters

    Can't function without your morning brew? Try one of these delicious artisan blends, from indie coffee roasters across the Muddy counties, to kickstart your day with a caffeine boost. 

  • Bottoms up! The best new indie drinks

    Got a large glass to hand? We’ve rounded up 43 of the best new independent drinks from across the Muddy counties from wine and gin to rum and beer.

  • 6 of the best boxed wines to drink now

    Boxed wine has a bad rep, but forget everything you know - it stays fresh for longer, contains litres of tipple and can actually be really tasty. Here's what we're sipping.

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    Reclaim the BBQ! Best outdoor cooking accessories

    Move over Mr M, I'll take it from here. Make the barbecue your own this summer with these super-handy gadgets and accessories.

  • The 35 best local artisan gins

    Was there ever a time of greater national need? The 33 best artisan gins across the Muddy counties - rack them up, throw in some Juniper berries and rosemary, and let's get drinking!

  • Waitrose gin tasting? We’re in!

    Brand new, this service from Waitrose combines our favourite things - gin, friends and hanging out at home. See how Muddy's Ed-in-Chief, Hero Brown, got on and book up pronto this summer, it's a blast!

  • 7 perfect days of summer – just add gin!

    Ableforth's Bathtub gin looks cool, tastes even better and will rev you up for a summer of fun. Here, win a case (yup, six bottles of it!) and find out for yourself.

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