The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Category: Eat Out

Cocktail hour: Muddy goes all Mad Men

21 Mar 2017

Ahhhhhhhh, how I perceive myself having a cocktail may not necessarily translate to how I actually look having one; but nevertheless, I like cocktails, and so I shall endeavour to carry on drinking them, whether I can emulate Betty Draper or not.

There are some great cocktail bars in Northants (here’s a blog post we did last year with some Muddy faves), but they’re often a destination venue on a night out, rather than just a quick drink after work, or somewhere you can enjoy a cocktail while the kids have their tea.

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Mini staycation – The Narrowboat, Weedon

20 Mar 2017

Staycation. Staycation Staycation. It’s an opportunity to take some time out and explore your own county, even if you only have a spare evening. And it still surprises me that after a twenty minute car journey from Northampton (a mere skip across the M1 to the west of the county), you can have yourself a proper local adventure. Door to door and back in 24 hours, we’ve met some inspiringly talented people and bone fide entrepreneurs.

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A second glass of fizz on March 26? Go on, yer Mother would!

13 Mar 2017

Mothering Sunday – A day out for Mums, Sons, Daughters and anyone inbetween…

They come in all shapes and sizes, we love them, and they can drive us mad but on this day more than any other we celebrate them all.   There are a host of lovely lunches already planned for our Northants Mums, but I ask you, is there a more idyllic setting for a celebration of maternal appreciation than the rolling Northamptonshire countryside and a trip up or down the Welford road?

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TFI Pieday: Crunchy crusts in the Red Lion in Cranford St John

11 Mar 2017

Hap-pie days are here again for the Muddy Clan. Not content with our Thursday night pie extravaganza via Sauls of Spratton, we’ve just returned from a sumptuous Friday pie day at the Red Lion in Cranford with full stomachs, big smiles and ready for a super snooze (the pie thing really appeals much more to him than it does to me, and he really was very enthusiastic about me covering it this week, so brownie points pour moi ; )

Northamptonshire Mudster’s voted this establishment as one of your favourite cosy Northamptonshire Pubs in a Muddy Pub feature earlier in the year, so what finer place to celebrate British Pie week?

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King of Curry – Ali – he is the greatest!

2 Mar 2017

I used to think everyone loved indian food. But as my number of friendship groups has grown, there’s always one person who ‘doesn’t fancy a curry.’ That person is not me. Ask Mr Muddy. Given the choice of the offerings in our house for a takeaway, namely – Indian, Chinese, Chippy, Turkish or Caribbean – (I’d like to have Thai thrown in the mix, but for some reason, there isn’t one in close enough for just a last minute supper choice), I’ll inevitably plump for Indian.

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12 cool things to get you off the sofa this week

28 Feb 2017

It’s up to us Northamptonshire types to make up our minds this week. Do we go out, do we stay in? If Storm Doris didn’t put you off there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to keep you and yours fit and healthy (wrap up warm though). On the other hand, our theatres are putting on rather a good show, what. Decisions, decisions…

Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age, Castle Theatre, 8pm, Thursday 2 March

It’s all about growing up and growing down.

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Holy crepe – it’s Pancake Day!

27 Feb 2017

 

Not sure you want reminding but Pancake Day has crept up on us – it’s tomorrow, Tue 28 Feb – the one day of the year when it’s totally acceptable to throw food round the kitchen. For 24 hours us amateur chefs will be stocking up on eggs, flour, Nutella, bananas and lemons to entertain our friends and family. I’m no masterchef – don’t take my advice for gawd’s sake unless you’re after a gloopy mess – but Muddy Cambs enlisted the help of crepe chef connoisseur John Fenton from Cambridge Crepes to share his flippin’ good recipe plus a few tips on how and when…

Ingredients

  • 250 grams plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 mls semi-skimmed milk
  • 230 mls water
  • half teaspoon salt
  • 4 tbsp of melted butter

Method

Whisk together the eggs and plain flour.

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Muddy does a Bridget ‘mini-break’ – Forest of Arden Hotel

15 Feb 2017

Sometimes, the stress of a holiday or the 10 hours stuck in traffic on the way to Cornwall, really do negate any benefits of a trip away; that’s why I’m the new champion of a cheeky break on your own doorstep (or near as damn it)! And according to Marriott’s Great British Break Report, two fifths of Brits chose to take a break in their own county in 2016 and that number is set to rise, with three in ten of all those questioned admitting they are more likely to holiday in their own backyard now than they were in the past.

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12 cosy Northants Pubs

29 Jan 2017

I wrote this post just before Christmas 2016 but we have at least another month of freakin’ cold weather, so this is a reminder of some lovely welcoming pubs to try out.

We asked you for your recommendations for the finest pubs to snuggle up in and you didnt let us down. I’m more of a chestnuts roasting on an open fire kind a gal, rather than jack frost nipping at my toes.

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The alternative guide to Valentines

28 Jan 2017

February 14th, eh? If St Valentines is more of a botheration and you’d rather spend time with someone you love – yourself, then let Muddy inspire you to do something different during a soggy February day.  However if you’re planning gifts, adventures, experiences – all in the name of love then we’ve got it covered.

A cheesy love story – Seductive savoury selections

Who doesn’t love a cheesy happy ending?  

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Northamptonshire Edition