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A gossip? Moi? Just sharing the need-to-know news from Suffolk and Cambs in this week's super flashy newsflash!

The Black Lion named the best place to stay in the East

bedroom with champagne on bed hot gossip

It’s official, the best place to stay in East Anglia is The Black Lion in Long Melford according to The Sunday Times‘s comprehensive guide to the top 100 hotels in the country. The paper described the hotel as: “a tricky-to-achieve blend of traditional and cool – the Benedict Cumberbatch of hotels”. Here at Muddy we’ve always loved this Long Melford beauty. Not only does it have a prime position on the green on this gorgeous Suffolk town, but the food always delights (their roasts are out of this world!) and there’s that special vibe that makes you feel welcome and happy as soon as you arrive. A well deserved accolade!

The Guinness Arms Icklingham opens

new thatched pub

It has taken a year of hard work, plus a cool £2 million, but we’re pleased to report that The Guinness Arms on the Elveden Estate is now open and it is a thing of beauty. Formerly The Red Lion, the new pub is named after the Guinness dynasty who own the estate, and still retains all the 16th century charm of the old pub, but has modern design touches and interiors throughout, plus there’s a beautiful extension overlooking the river. The rooms are named after the various famous Guinness cousins – Bunny Guinness, Sir Alec Guinness and Lulu Guinness, who designed a special mural for her room. We particularity love the fact that the pub has not one, but two bars (one specifically for gin and cocktails) and two beautiful outdoor terraces overlooking the river. Hurry up summer!


New afternoon tea and sister hotel for Bedford Lodge

festive afternoon tea

The brains behind Bedford Lodge in Newmarket have been busy! Not only are they launching a new festive afternoon tea this December, using the finest East Anglian ingredients, but they are starting work on their sister hotel The Rutland Arms in Newmarket! Review Hotels acquired the historic Rutland Arms in the centre of town back in 2018 and have just received planning permission for their multi-million pound renovation (watch this space!) Can’t wait? Get yourself booked in for Bedford Lodge’s festive afternoon tea at Squires Restaurant while you wait to see the Rutland Arms transform… full menu here (race you to the Bailey’s macaron).


New skin clinic opens in Harston

Collagen Facial

Salon At Number 5 in Harston has opened a new skin clinic providing some of the most sought-after treatments in the beauty world. They’re on a mission to help the people of Cambridgeshire love the skin they’re in, but also to help make it the very best skin it can be! The clinic has everything from vitamin facials and peels and LED light therapy to microneedling and DMK Enzyme therapies. You’ll walk out of the charming coaching house spa looking and feeling years younger!

The Anchor, Burwell is back in business

traditional roast dinner

I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but I like to think I’m fashionably late… The Anchor in Burwell reopened this autumn and its in excellent hands. The new management is the award-winning team behind The White Pheasant in Fordham – Chef Patron Calvin Holland & the very experienced front of house & business partner Luke Ashdown-Tams. It’s a heavenly combination of delicious food cooked using the region’s finest ingredients from head chef Jospeh Zanaty and cosy traditional pub interiors.

Vintage tea room comes to Bury St Edmunds

vintage tearoom in bury st Edmunds

Have you been to Milly Tylers in Bury St Edmunds yet? This vintage tearoom opened at the end of the summer in Langton Place and it’s a delightful addition to the Suffolk market town. It’s a labour of love for owners Jenny and Christine who handmake the cakes and sausage rolls and cook their own ham and special dishes. They also serve a delicious looking afternoon tea, all in the charming vintage surroundings. We approve!

Great British Bake Off cakes at The Roastery, Shepreth

cakes at hot numbers cafe

Ever salivated at the TV as you’ve watched GBBO and thought Paul Hollywood has a dream job? Well, now’s your chance to get your chops round some of that delicious-looking produce because Great Wilbraham-based Bake Off finalist Ian Cumming is selling his baked goods at Hot Numbers Roastery in Shepreth! Try some of his showstoppers and decide if you think he deserves star baker now!

The Phoenix Bar & Restaurant Histon reopens

inside of new restaurant the phoenix

The Phoenix in Histon has been reborn and it’s looking better than ever before. Three well-known members of the Cambs food scene (Simon Morris founder of Urbanshed, Beth Dixon from The Panton Arms and Lawrence Dixon owner of The Clarendon Arms and The Champion of The Thames) have joined forces in the new venture. The Phoenix serves Urbanshed’s delicious sandwiches and salads as well as pub classics in the evenings all to the soundtrack of 60s and 70s tunes and surrounded by retro, upcycled decor.

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