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

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Gotta Have It

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What’s on this month

Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Eat

  • Your Sussex food & drink guide

    Your Sussex food & drink guide

    The turkey isn’t the only thing that’ll be stuffed this Christmas, with our pick of the best food and drink in Sussex. Bring on the elasticated trousers!

    • Review: The Halfway Bridge, Lodsworth

      Review: The Halfway Bridge, Lodsworth

      A cosy pub with a great chef and a secret shepherds hut. Does the Halfway Bridge pub in Lodsworth, near Petworth have it all? Muddy went to find out.

    • Review: Etch, Hove

      Review: Etch, Hove

      Muddy heads to Hove, Brighton to try Masterchef winner Steven Edwards’ famous Etch tasting menu. But can we manage all 9 sumptuous courses?

Culture

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • The must-read Muddy skiing guide

    The must-read Muddy skiing guide

    Want to book a ski holiday this year but not sure where to go? Snow problem! Whether you’re a family with beginners, hitting the après ski with friends or want an extreme mountain peak adventure, read on.

    • Cool yule! Muddy guide to Christmas in Edinburgh

      Cool yule! Muddy guide to Christmas in Edinburgh

      Ice rinks, Santa Land, fireworks and castles…For cracking Christmas celebrations and a helluva Hogmanay, head north of the border this winter.

    • The best Black Friday travel deals!

      The best Black Friday travel deals!

      Staying in a gorgeous hotel or lying on a tropical beach never fails to make us happy, which is why we’re excited to bring you all the best discounts around the world. Just think of us as your BFF when it comes to BF!

Home

  • Anja Dunk’s Advent bake: the perfect Christmas biscuit

    Anja Dunk’s Advent bake: the perfect Christmas biscuit

    The Insta-star chef has brought out a gorgeous festive book of baking. Not only has she shared a delish (and pretty) recipe with us, but she’s offered three copies of her latest cookbook to Muddy readers!

  • Wellbeing

    • Brilliant winter walks

      Brilliant winter walks

      Wrap up warm and go in search of your own winter wonderland! Here’s our pick of the best Sussex spots to burn off those mince pies.

    • Sussex best ice rinks

      Sussex best ice rinks

      We’re heading into the season of slip-sliding, wall-grabbing, and pirouetting. Skate queen or just here for the mulled wine, check out these festive ice rinks across Sussex and beyond.

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Life

  • Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    What better inspo for giving your career a shake-up than the story of a creative genius who defied her generation and became a living legend. We’ve found the best books that embrace the Clarice Cliff spirit…

  • Kids

    • Sussex Kids & Teens Gift Guide

      Sussex Kids & Teens Gift Guide

      Don’t panic we’ve done all the legwork for you! Nail your shopping for the kids and that awkward teenage cousin with this curated guide of the best indie brands and businesses in Sussex.

    • Brambletye, near East Grinstead

      Brambletye, near East Grinstead

      A homely co-educational selective boarding and day school for children aged 2-13, with large grounds in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

    • Sussex best ice rinks
    • Sussex best ice rinks

Instamuddy

  • Amanda Holden knows a cosy pub! The Britain's got Talent star was spotted with friends including @lisafaulknercooks at Muddy fave @crablobster_wsx in Sidlesham at the weekend. The gastro pub is one of our pick of the Cosiest Pubs in Sussex. Link in bio. 👆
  • 🍹🍸Happy Monday! Fancy winning some amazing cocktails from @claytons_cocktails? Course you do! Just one of the epic prizes on Muddy's Xmas reader treat extravaganza. Link in bio 👆
  • 🍷🍗🥦 🥕Comfort food of dreams! @hwaybridge_wsx near Petworth. Round-up of cosiest pubs in Sussex and review link in bio 👆 
What you having for Sunday lunch?
  • Bar Humbug! 🖤🤍
Great looking party bar @cottesmorehotelgolf 

Wherein Sussex are you having your Christmas party?
  • 🍷Wine time! Well, it is (almost) Christmas. Love the display @henningswine in Petworth 

Shop local on #smallbusinesssaturday
  • 🌟 🎄Horsham looking festive! Muddy favourite @cafenumber4 sparkling whilst we grab our shopping

Fashion

  • Shop local: Great gifts for her

    Shop local: Great gifts for her

    Support small businesses this season with our pick of the 10 best gifts for her stocked in Sussex. Fashion, beauty and home – what’s on your list?

    • Seven great gifts for him from Sussex

      Seven great gifts for him from Sussex

      Socks and hankies? Forget it. Men can be tricky to buy for, but not this year as Muddy have curated seven of the most stylish gifts for him right here in Sussex. You’re welcome!

    • Where to rent, repair and sell gorgeous designer clothes

      Where to rent, repair and sell gorgeous designer clothes

      Madonna’s cone bra is now available to rent! It’s ethical, eco and everywhere… here’s where you can rent, repair and sell-on stylish clothes, from Christmas party outfits to eye-catching clutch bags

  • Beauty

People

  • 5 minutes with Scarlett Moffat

    5 minutes with Scarlett Moffat

    Former Gogglebox and I’m a Celebrity star Scarlett Moffatt is starring as the Fairy Godmother in Crawley’s Christmas Cinderella panto this year. Oh yes she is!

    • Muddy meets comedian Ed Byrne

      Muddy meets comedian Ed Byrne

      Funny man Ed’s heading to Sussex…Muddy caught up to chat jokes, famous friendships and not being a d**k before he hits town.

    • Quick chat with Emily Atack

      Quick chat with Emily Atack

      We caught up with the actress/comedian (who recently had a fling with Jack Grealish), during the run for her stand up show, Emily Atack: Has Left the Group, where she discusses dating disasters and her love of a WhatsApp group.

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

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2021

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Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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