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

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Gotta Have It

Out with the scratched melamine, in with stylish cups, cocktail shakers, candelabra, and cutlery. Here's our guide to the wow accessories that will make your alfresco meal sparkle

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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  • The Muddy Stilettos guide to hangover cures

    The Muddy Stilettos guide to hangover cures

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

    • Waffles for breakfast? Yes please!

      Waffles for breakfast? Yes please!

      What do you get when you cross a chocolate brownie, a waffle maker and a handful of strawberries? Heaven on a plate! Sate your sweet tooth with this delicious recipe.

    • Easy slow-cooked lamb for a spring feast

      Easy slow-cooked lamb for a spring feast

      Looking for a low-effort crowd pleaser for a post lockdown get-together? This melt-in-the-mouth lamb recipe with polenta chips is just the ticket, slow-cooked for five hours.

    • Easy! Buy these, and sleep better

      Easy! Buy these, and sleep better

      Having trouble sleeping? Us and half the world right now! Here's what the Muddy team have in their shopping baskets to help with some much-needed shut-eye.

    • Five ways to become more Zen

      Five ways to become more Zen

      Whether it's social anxiety about lockdown ending, or panic that it's not coming soon enough, a new book claims the ancient art of Zen will see us through. Ready to try it?

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Want to support local? Our curated pick of the most creative, unique and brilliant businesses near you.

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  • Top 50 gastropubs 2021 revealed

    Top 50 gastropubs 2021 revealed

    What better week for the reveal of the country’s best gastropubs than the start of lockdown easing? Here are the winners in and around Norfolk – phones at the ready to bag your table.

    • Try this light but warming spring supper

      Try this light but warming spring supper

      Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's healthy take on this Scottish fish soup makes for a quick and hearty but healthy supper that's perfect for cool spring evenings.

    • Six of the best takeaway Sunday roasts

      Six of the best takeaway Sunday roasts

      Prefer to be lounging on the sofa than scrubbing pots and pans this weekend? I hear you! Let's have a proper chef do the Sunday dinner for you then, shall we? Here's six of Muddy's favourite takeaway roasts from the best spots around Norfolk.

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  • Muddy stays: Cley Windmill

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  • If you can haul yourself out of the pub garden this week, you’ve got until 15th April to enter Muddy’s Spring Baking Contest for the chance to WIN A £250 @lakelanduk VOUCHER to spend on lots of fab kitchen stuff. Cool! 
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Need inspiration? This was made by the ridiculously talented @billiegwilson for someone very precious. 💕
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Follow @muddystilettos and @lakelanduk and tag a photo of your magnificent creation #MuddySpringBakes.
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  • But in what order?! #HelloFreedom
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🐶GIVEAWAY ALERT 🐶 Pooch parents, this one's for you! We’ve teamed up with professional pet photography service @furever_photography to give away a photoshoot experience for one dog and one owner, worth £650, taken at a gorgeous outdoor location. The winner will get to choose from a selection of pictures and receive a bespoke piece of artwork to hang pride of place in their home. We think you’d be barking mad not to enter (sorry, we couldn’t resist), here’s how: 
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🐶Follow @furever_photography and @muddystilettos
🐶Post your favourite emoji in the comments
🐶And don’t forget to share the love by tagging a friend and saving this post (just click the bookmark icon on the right) for a bonus entry 
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Competition closes on 22 Apr 2021/ This competition is not associated with Instagram/ Entrants must reply within 24 hours to claim the prize/No cash prize alternative/ Prize must be used by 30/09/2021/ Other images may be purchased at an additional cost
  • OK, banana bread, it’s been a blast but we’re moving on…time to up our game for Muddy’s first ever Spring Baking Contest and the chance to WIN A £250 @lakelanduk VOUCHER to spend on lots of fab baking and kitchen goodies.
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If you want to boost your buttercream skills, check out @Thida.Bevington & her online Buttercream Flowers class on 8 April (in her Insta highlights). Some of most tempting, prettiest bakes we’ve ever seen are created in her Norfolk home kitchen. Swipe to see her gorgeous work! 🌸
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The contest closes on 15th April so you have plenty of time to mix it up and have some floury fun with your little bakers. And if your baking style is more slapdash (🙋🏻‍♀️), remember many a heart’s been won by the sticky fingered presentation of a chocolate cornflake nest! 🐰 Hop to the post with the cupcakes and carrots for full How to Enter details! 🥕
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School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Weekend Escapes

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

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Best Places to Live 2020

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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2019

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