The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Norfolk Edition

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We're full of the joys of Spring here at Muddy. Why, you ask? We've spritzed the office and everyone in it with this zingy, sunshiny, delicious new fragrance from natural beauty brand Neom

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5 unmissable Oscar moments

27 Feb 2017

As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar? Ta-da – here’s Muddy’s two-minute Oscars digest:

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Batter up, baby!

24 Feb 2017

Two great things concur next Tuesday: it’s the last (that’s last) day of February, and therefore, winter, and it’s Pancake Day. What’s not to love? To celebrate these two wonderful things, we are enlisted the help of Richard Banbridge of Benedicts fame (who incidentally won the Best Restaurant Award last year for Muddy Stilettos) to give us his favourite pancake toppings for you to replicate. Over to you, Richard…

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14 beautiful beach cottages

24 Feb 2017

One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah me too. So allow me to lay before you a sandy smorgasbord from the Muddy regional editors – 14 beautiful beach properties for the bucket and spade brigade.

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16 of the best riverside holiday cottages

24 Feb 2017

Beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle at the back of your head – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen go to be landlocked (*sob**) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you throughout spring and summer. Tempted?

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How to write a best-seller

24 Feb 2017

Do you harbour literary ambitions? It seems almost everyone I speak to dreams of being a published author – one friend has put ‘write book’ on her list of new year’s resolutions every year for the last decade, while another has had a file on her computer called ‘Book’ (word count: 0) for as long as she can remember. Making that leap from pipe dream to picking out your dress for your launch party is a tricky business, to put it mildly.

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Don’t miss: The National Winter Beer Festival

21 Feb 2017

If there was ever an excuse to go and drink beer in the afternoon, it’s the fact that it’s winter – dark, cold, miserable winter. But with spring now just around the corner, the timing of the National Winter Beer Festival – which opens to the public tomorrow – couldn’t be better. Just one last session of mood-enhancing, self-medication to say cheers to spring (and goodbye to winter) before throwing your winter coat in the loft and hopping out to buy flip flops (in theory).

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Muddy stays: The Kings Head, Letheringsett

15 Feb 2017

When temperatures stubbornly refuse to waiver above zero for almost a week, it’s time for a treat – and there’s nothing like a lavish hotel stay in the countryside to put the world back on its axis.

Having reviewed lunch at the handsome Kings Head in Letheringsett back in October, I was thrilled to be invited back for dinner, bed and breakfast (I must be doing something right). No sooner had the idea been mooted, I was packed and driving up to Letheringsett, just one mile from Holt, quicker than you could say “your room is ready, Madam”.

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