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.
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.
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?
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?
Hello all, still alive and in one piece? Good, because there’s lots of activity to suit our varied lifestyles. If it’s fun in the fresh air, or actors, crooner and comics you’re after in your leisure time, check out our Muddy guide: we’ve got it covered for our tribe.
Forever Jackson, The Castle Theatre, Friday 17 February
“There’s a guy works down the chip shop swears he’s Elvis” sings Kirsty MacColl.
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.
Right. We’re picking up the pace in Northamptonshire. Only two weeks into the new term and we’re already finding lots of things to be getting on with. This week’s What’s On gives us the opportunity to squeeze into our Christmas gladrags one more time before hitting the gym (or at least trying to be good and healthy). Oh, and did I mention that we’ve been shortlisted as Top UK Blog – Art and Culture? There’s a really good feel good factor about the county this week – let’s get busy shall we?
I think it’s only right and proper to begin 2017 with a Michelin nosh up and a night away, don’t you?
Hero over in Buck/Oxon reviewed The Crown in Bray last summer and absolutely loved it. A Heston eaterie (part of his Fat Duck group), The Crown is a gorgeously atmospheric 16th century building with all the requisite nooks, crannies, fireplaces and higgledy-piggledy spaces, with food that’s awesome, as you’d expect.
As far as transformations go, The Fox and Hounds pub in Kingsthorpe is something to behold. Northamptonshire entrepreneurs, McManus Pubs, have added some real quality into what was always a busy pub. Aside from the fact that it is now very stylish, the team here are at pains to make everybody welcome, Drinkers, Diners, Dogs and “Dropper innerers”
If you’ve visited any other of the groups pubs then you’re already used to very good pub grub, focused on quality not quantity.
Wakey Wakey!! It’s 2017 and we’re already picking up the pace here in Muddy Northants. This week there are some great events in the offing and lots of brilliant places to visit in our county. It’s a big year for Muddy Stilettos too as we’ll be one year old in February and we’ve just been nominated for Best UK Blog – Arts and Culture. Yep – we know what we’re on about – see what’s on this week…
ABBA Tribute Night, Westone Manor, 9.30pm, 7 January
Put on your dancing shoes and join the fun with the brilliant tribute ensemble, ABBA Angels.