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I'm Emma, editor of Muddy Northamptonshire, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

Hands never been cleaner - and more in need of a decent moisturiser? Treat yourself to a small dollop of comfort with these beautiful handcreams.

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Our curated A-Z of the grooviest local businesses

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  • Eat OutView more

  • The Garage, Buckingham

    The Garage, Buckingham

    Don’t fancy dinner at a petrol station? Prepare to be amazed. Well Street Garage in Buckingham (ok, but it’s only just over the border) is all about pared back industrial-chic surroundings with a creative foodie flair that makes it much more than just a pitstop.

    • 6 fabulous Mothers’ Day afternoon teas

      6 fabulous Mothers’ Day afternoon teas

      Whether, you're treating your Mum to the loveliest afternoon tea in the shire or just fancy giving yourself the gift of Prosecco and all the cakes, here's our pick of the best.

    • Forge Coffee, Culworth

      Forge Coffee, Culworth

      In celebration of National Pie Week, Muddy assesses the pastry at hidden away rural cafe, Forge Coffee, and finds it really rather satisfactory. Oh, and the coffee and cakes will do very nicely.

    • 7 Rural cafes worth the drive

      7 Rural cafes worth the drive

      In the sticks and desperate to find for a decent cortado, or a townie in search of some rural refreshment? Either way here's our pick of Northants' best rural cafes worth a schlep.

    • Flip it: Where to get the best pancakes

      Flip it: Where to get the best pancakes

      We scoff stacks of pancakes on a regular basis so we know where to indulge. No need to worry about the smoke alarm going off and the dishes piling up. Here are ten of the best in Northants and beyond.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Fun Finder

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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  • TravelView more

  • Restaurants with rooms

    Restaurants with rooms

    Dreaming of a foodie getaway? We’ve scoured the Muddy counties for hotel stays with serious culinary credentials for when lock-down lifts. Tuck in.

    • A boutique masterpiece

      A boutique masterpiece

      The Artist Residence in the hamlet of South Leigh, Oxfordshire with its slick styling and cleverly chosen art, is a welcome antidote to traditional Cotswolds inns. Muddy loves.

    • Holiday planning? 10 European-style staycations

      Holiday planning? 10 European-style staycations

      Love a continental jaunt but staying in Blighty this year? These 10 UK holiday spots have a distinctly European feel.

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  • Gotta Have It

    Gotta Have It

    Bovver boots are back so we’ve rounded up the coolest Northants brands. Wear with ankle grazers, floaty skirts or leggings to capture the ’90s.

    • 5 of the best… trench coats

      5 of the best… trench coats

      It's a style classic for a reason - the trench is probably the most chic, useful piece you can buy (banish all thoughts of Inspector Clouseau). Here are our new season favourites.

    • 5 of the best… French slogan jumpers

      5 of the best… French slogan jumpers

      Bonjour, sexy new knitwear! These chic slogan jumpers are guaranteed to add a little je ne sais quoi to any ensemble - we adore.

  • BeautyView more

    • Make-up for men: ooh or eww?

      Make-up for men: ooh or eww?

      Turns out more and more blokes are getting handy with bronzer and concealer. So we tried out one leading male make-up brand on some lucky Muddy husbands - here's what happened.

    • 5 of the best … face masks

      5 of the best … face masks

      We love the enforced relaxation that comes with using a face mask - you have no choice but to lie back and take things easy for a while. Plus you emerge with skin peachier than a baby's bottom. Result!

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  • Sing it loud

    Sing it loud

    The Italians could teach us Brits a thing or two about the power of belting out a few tunes from your balcony. Last week, in a show of solidarity amid coronavirus lockdown, Italians of all ages, unable to attend their usual churches, concerts or even cafes, joined voices to sing a bit of Puccini from […]

    • Read THESE this month

      Read THESE this month

      Reasons to be cheerful: spring has sprung and a brilliant new batch of March books has arrived. Gather around, and let Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter tell you a story.

    • 6 ways to ace Mothers’ Day

      6 ways to ace Mothers’ Day

      While we shouldn't need a particular date to treat Mum (hey, lady, she gave birth to you!) Mother's Day is always a good excuse to do something extra special. Cue our pick of six local gift ideas to show that you care.

    • Superflashy newsflash!

      Superflashy newsflash!

      Northampton Museum and Art Gallery confirm 20 June for their hotly anticipated re-opening following a five-year redevelopment project.

    • The 5 best books out February

      The 5 best books out February

      Muddy's pro bookworm Kerry Potter has got five Feb fancies for your delectation. Read all about 'em - and then win the lot!

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    • Spruce up your boudoir

      Spruce up your boudoir

      Looks like we're going to be staying in quite a bit, so here's our pick of all the most lust worthy buys in Northants to take you to bedroom ecstasy.

    • Cook THIS for dinner tonight

      Cook THIS for dinner tonight

      Running out of ideas for midweek meals? Yup, us too. Take inspiration from the hottest new cookbook on the block. Yum!

    • 10 lonely walks in Northants

      10 lonely walks in Northants

      Day 1 of self-isolation and already climbing the walls? You can still get out in the fresh air and let the Mudlets run amok. Here's our roundup of the best walks in and around Northants.

    • Sing it loud

      Sing it loud

      In times of crisis we all need something to lift our weary spirits and it turns out that what humans have obvs known for millennia is true, singing together is the ultimate panacea.

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  • How to be ambitious (and still be kind)

    How to be ambitious (and still be kind)

    It’s International Women’s Day on Sunday so we had a chat with one of our favourite women – author and comedian Viv Groskop – about redefining female ambition for 2020. Need a life reboot? Viv can help with that.

    • Win £2000 to kickstart your business dreams

      Win £2000 to kickstart your business dreams

      Have a brilliant business that needs a helping hand? We’ve teamed up with business banking alternative, Tide, to offer a whopping two grand (yes, you read it right) to give you the boost you need. Competition now closed.

    • Flexible working – a personal view

      Flexible working – a personal view

      It's a contentious issue, that's for sure! As a full-time working mum and business owner, I can see both sides of that fence. Wanna know what I think?

  • Kids

    • 10 lonely walks in Northants

      10 lonely walks in Northants

      Day 1 of self-isolation and already climbing the walls? You can still get out in the fresh air and let the Mudlets run amok. Here's our roundup of the best walks in and around Northants.

    • Get creative! 5 fun at-home classes for kids

      Get creative! 5 fun at-home classes for kids

      Stuck indoors? Internet to the rescue! We've rounded up some of the best digital classes to boost your kids' creativity and keep them engaged.

  • PeopleView more

  • Muddy Meets Kristina Rihanoff

    Muddy Meets Kristina Rihanoff

    We caught up with the jaw-droppingly gorge (yes, even in no make-up after an hour of teaching hot yoga) Strictly pro turned yogini and entrepreneur at her super-slick studio, Soo Yoga in Northampton, to chat about her passion for helping others to prioritise their health and wellbeing.

    • The 4 funniest people on social media

      The 4 funniest people on social media

      Fancy a giggle? These Instagram and Twitter accounts are happy to oblige.

    • Muddy meets Melissa Hemsley

      Muddy meets Melissa Hemsley

      Yay, turns out the real food queen has cooking disasters too! She spills the beans (then whips them up into a tasty frittata) on her new book Eat Green, wasting less food and how she always manages to look so damn glowy.

    • Muddy meets Josie Long

      Muddy meets Josie Long

      We caught up with (we reckon) the most positive comedian in the business about motherhood, MasterChef, making people laugh and her new tour, Tender.

    • Exclusive interview! Muddy meets…. Laurence Fox

      Exclusive interview! Muddy meets…. Laurence Fox

      The actor-turned-singer has been front page news since an incendiary appearance on Question Time last week. In this exclusive interview, he talks midlife crises, death threats and groupies with Muddy's Kerry Potter.

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