Now I love a bit of louche luxe but there’s something about simply designed, useful things that I just can’t resist – and The Foodie Bugle, just around the corner from the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey on Abbey Green, is filled with them. It’s a cornucopia of home wares, contemporary and vintage – everything from a ball of string to a beautifully upholstered armchair – and interesting artisan foods and drink.Read more
It’s open just one morning a week and hidden down a narrow lane in the sleepy little town of Crewkerne in south Somerset – but the freshly baked breads, cakes and pastries at the brand new Barley Sugar Bakehouse are worth making the trip.Read more
Now that Summer’s really here, it’s picnic season – and I’ve got an absolutely brilliant prize for one lucky Muddy reader: a luxury picnic with for two (worth £90) from The Picnic Hamper People. Forget slightly squashed sarnies and hardboiled eggs – we’re talking poached salmon trout, Eton Mess and Prosecco here.
Based near Glastonbury, The Picnic Hamper People put together delicious picnics for festivals, hen parties, birthdays, anniversaries, work events or any other occasion.Read more
The Railway Children, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sun 26 June
Bring a blanket and a picnic (hopefully, not an umbrella) to the Bishop’s Palace this Sunday. The Chapterhouse Theatre Company are putting on an open air production of The Railway Children (city kids relocate to the countryside and wave a red petticoat to stop a train, etc). If you can’t be bothered bringing a picnic, there’s a BBQ and bar on site.Read more
If you’re looking for a gift for Father’s Day, if you’re a Dad looking for hints to drop – or if reading this has only just reminded you that it is Father’s Day on Sunday 19 June and that you’d better get your skates on – then check out this collection of goodies put together by the team over at Muddy Kent. There’s some cool stuff in there: a candle that smells like a Cuban cigar, a portable suitcase BBQ, even the membership of a pork pie club!Read more
Burnham-on-Sea Food & Drink Festival, Sat 28 May
Somerset biltong, squirrel pies and steamed bau are just some of the delicacies you’ll find among more than 100 stalls of local food and drink in the 8th Burnham-on-Sea Food & Drink Festival. As well as the plethora of edibles and quaffables, there are free cookery workshops, the Great Burnham Bake Off, chef’s demos, BBQ and rustic fine dining feasts, buskers and sideshows.Read more
Do you have a favourite hair salon or pub that you can’t go a week without visiting? Do you love the county we live in and want to help your local business communities? Then move in a little closer while I tell you more about the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016!
Muddy Stilettos Somerset is following hot on the heels of its Bucks & Oxon sister and is holding its very first Awards in Somerset from 4 May 2016!Read more
Lunar space pod? No, it’s a state-of-the-art Easter Egg created by artisan chocolatiers in Wincanton…Read more
Having a dog-eared Madhur Jaffrey classic on the bookshelf and a cupboard full of Indian spices with use-by-dates that don’t start with 20 *hangs head in shame*, are the signs of someone who loves the idea of cooking Indian food but never actually does it. Cue the half-day North Indian Adventure cooking class, one of Sweet Cumin‘s Indian home cooking classes in the tiny village of Clapton near Radstock – recently listed as one of The Guardian‘s top foodie cookery courses in the UK.Read more
How about this splendiferous cake for your next birthday?
Frome-based The Bakemonger turns eating into an art form…Read more