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  • Pint Shop

    Muddy says: You don't actually have to down pints to visit here (although, be our guest...), this is in fact a family-friendly casual restaurant slap-bang in the centre of Oxford.

  • The Miller of Mansfield, Goring

    Muddy says: An award-winning 18th century coaching inn and foodie destination in the pretty riverside village of Goring, run by two former The Fat Duck group alumni.

  • The House, Oxford

    Muddy says: With its Philippe Starcke sofas, wood-panelled walls and retro downlighters, The House bar does style in spades, plus a Games Room for private hire.

  • Oxford Country Cottages

    Muddy says: Five lovely rustic cottages in a rural setting just south of Oxford, offering 4* gold-rated family-friendly accommodation, plus an outdoor jacuzzi, farm pets, and the option to book 'Beryl', a three bedroomed double decker bus.

  • Glow Beanie

    Muddy says: Stay safe and stand out from the crowd in these glow-in-the-dark fun beanies plus doggie gators, coats and jumpers.

  • Dirty Bones, Oxford

    Muddy says: Relaxed New York-inspired restaurant and bar - ideal for families in the day but with a more grown-up vibe at night - with stylish Sixties' interiors and slick service.

  • Oxford Castle Quarter

    Muddy says: It's not just about the Westgate you know! The Oxford Castle Quarter offers dining, outdoor cinema, theatre and events, and the small matter of a 1000 year old castle to explore.

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    Popham Hairdressing

    Muddy says: Owner David worked directly under Vidal Sassoon in London before he and wife Shirley created their own three salon brand in Oxford. Thirty years on, Popham is a surefire way to TLC your tresses.

  • The Crown at Woodstock

    Muddy says: A modern Scandi reinvention of the traditional inn in pretty Woodstock - a super-stylish addition to the town with great food and 5 luxe bedrooms.

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    The Anchor, Oxford

    Muddy says: A friendly neighbourhood pub in Oxford with fantastic food. This hidden gem is well worth the short walk from Jericho's buzzy Walton Street.

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