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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

Fancy a sparkling little number to style out your summer drinking? We've found an alternative to wine that makes a gorgeous gift for a friend... or save it just for you!

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The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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  • Muddy review: The Dorset Arms, Withyham

    Muddy review: The Dorset Arms, Withyham

    This lovely gastropub with rooms, private dining space, and revamped garden (hello woodfired pizza oven!) is a dead cert for a family get together or weekend away. Read the new Muddy review.

    • Review: The White Hart, Stopham

      Review: The White Hart, Stopham

      Best view in West Sussex? Very probably! Muddy sails on down to Muddy Award finalist The White Hart next to Stopham Bridge to see if the food's as good as the scenery.

    • Review: The Curlew, Bodiam

      Review: The Curlew, Bodiam

      A warm, relaxed and sociable slice of rural locally-sourced foodie heaven from a top chef to watch, perfect for large rowdy gatherings of friends and family or date night.

Little Black Book

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

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  • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • Review: Garden House Sussex, Fittleworth

      Review: Garden House Sussex, Fittleworth

      Muddy spends an unforgettable night wild camping at this magical country escape which boasts a range of luxe glamping and self-catered accommodation in the South Downs National Park.

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

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  • 10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    Fell in love with rural life on your staycay? Us too. Quick, before the market turns: check out these absolutely stunning farms to snap up across the Muddy counties (and beyond).

    • Jobs for the garden this Autumn

      Jobs for the garden this Autumn

      The season of mellow fruitfulness is upon us and the garden is just begging to be enjoyed in the golden September sunshine. But if your garden is looking anything but mellow and fruitful, don't panic! Now is the perfect time to take stock and think about your plans for next year.

    • Wood interiors from local makers

      Wood interiors from local makers

      What's the one thing that could make cottagecore more Muddy? Why, a folksy rustic interiors vibe produced entirely by local indies, of course. Get the local look with these Sussex woodsmiths.

    • Muddy review: The Urban Sanctuary, Hayward’s Heath

      Muddy review: The Urban Sanctuary, Hayward’s Heath

      What with WFH, juggling a job, family and multiple Covid lockdowns, and of course the monumental business of the Muddy Awards 2021, it was time for some R&R for Muddy's Kerry. Ready, steady, buff!

    • Your health questions answered!

      Your health questions answered!

      Don’t understand why the weight won’t shift? Have a back that’s reminiscent of Quasimodo? Muddy puts your questions to Healthily’s chief medical officer, Professor Maureen Baker

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  • Woo-hoo its the Muddy Sussex Awards drinks!
  • Woo-hoo its the Muddy Sussex Awards drinks!

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  • Anyone for a hammock right about now? *reaches for her coffee*. This perfect little spot is at @gardenhousesussex - a fave Muddy stay-cay destination and you can find our take on a wild overnighter there in the ‘most read’ section of our home page ✨ 🏕
  • Heads up for our Sussex schools Open Days reminder, in todays newsletter! Now that schools can welcome guests it's time to book those autumn open days. Sync your diaries….Muddy has done all the admin legwork for you!
  • Have you heard the hot gossip?
We thought we’d bring you up to speed with the coolest happenings in Sussex from hot openings to a new hit series being filmed in our locale. Head to our homepage for our inside line, you’re very welcome.
  • Spotted! #sussexbrand and Muddy fave Montezuma*s mouthwatering window display in nearby Guildford. We'll have one in each colour! 

#montezuma #chocolate #sussex #muddystilettos #chocolateshop #eco @montezumaschocs
  • What with WFH, juggling a job, family and multiple Covid lockdowns, and of course the monumental business of the Muddy Awards 2021, it was time for some Summer R&R for Muddy's Kerry. Ready, Set, Glow! Check out our full review of @theurbansanctuary on Muddy Sussex.
  • It's a wrap! The fizz was flowing at the Muddy awards today. Thank you to all of our awards suppliers and sponsor @countymall. A special mention to the most unique #sussex venue @tradingbo for hosting us this year.  Congratulations to the fab-u-lous winners. You rock!

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Best Places to Live 2020

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