The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Warwickshire Edition

Muddy Eats: The Stag At Offchurch

6 Feb 2017

Tucked up in a sleepy quaint hamlet in Offchurch, near Leamington Spa, is an attractive 16th Century thatched gastropub where the food is so good you’ll be scrapping to get a table on the weekend. We’re talking open fires, a snug bar area, the best locally sourced food, an extensive wine list and desserts in vintage tea cups. Offchurch, admittedly is a bit remote – three miles east of Leamington Spa, down winding country lanes off the Fosse Way, an old Roman road.

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6 Alternative Date Nights

6 Feb 2017

‘If music be the food of love, play on.’ Play on indeed…Now they’ve left the White House, Michelle and Barack can enjoy more time together. So, what do the Obamas do on their famous date nights?

Like most of us they find a romantic dinner spot, enjoy some food and head off to see a Broadway show. Even if it does involve flying to New York on a Gulfstream 500 jet, boarding a Marine One fleet helicopter to Manhattan and then into a motorcade.

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The cool stuff

6 Feb 2017

Looking ahead to the weekend already? Know how you feel. On the bright side it could bring possible romance, some Italian drama, art, music (classical/indie/ pop – whatever’s your thing), Matthew Bourne’s ballet version of The Red Shoes – and a new series of Girls on TV, what more could you ask…

La Strada, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Sat Feb 11 – Sat Feb 18

See La Strada a stage adaptation of Fellini’s 1957 Oscar-winning film, premiering first in Coventry before it tours the UK and transfers to The Other Place (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest venture) in London’s West End.

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Don’t worry about a Thing: Have a Marley Mojito!

6 Feb 2017

As Muddy Warwickshire launches today on Bob Marley’s birthday, Mon Feb 6, I know where I’m heading – straight to Leamington’s Turtle Bay for an all-day 2 ‘4’ 1 on Marley Mojitos. It’s made with Appleton Estate Special Jamaican rum, green melon liqueur, fresh mint, watermelon and home-made ginger beer … how good does that sound on a Monday? No need to struggle with dry January anymore.

Here’s 4 seriously hot Caribbean joints where you can satisfy cravings for Jamaican jerk, fried plantain and rice & peas…

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Still Hibernating? 10 Reads for Cold Days

3 Feb 2017

On my bedside table, there’s a growing pile of books from the recently published to vintage novels I’ve never got around to opening…There’s nothing better than curling up in bed or on a comfy chair with a good book on a cold winter’s day is there? Thank you to Mog at Warwick Books for sharing her top 10 winter reads:

1.My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal

This is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming story about two young brothers, race and adoption set in the 1980s.

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