Food & Drink
Muddy says: This Cotswold corker has recently undergone a major refurb under the Country Creatures brand, with a stylish new look and rebooted menu.
Muddy says: this country pub near Chipping Norton is a perfect mix of trad and modern, with both its interiors and menus. Think Cotswold stone meet cocktails.
Muddy says: A buzzy café on the high street in Marlow, close to the best fashion stores and serving breakfast and brunch with a South African influence.
Muddy says: A buzzy café in Gerrards Cross, serving breakfast and bunch with a South African influence.
Muddy says: A cool and buzzy Scandi café in Haddenham with great food and a selection of coffee table books, beauty and skincare products from Danish brand Meraki.
Muddy says: The Ashmolean's rooftop restaurant is one of a kind with seasonal, fresh dishes and stunning views of Oxford's skyline from the terrace.
Muddy says: A beautifully appointed, traditional 17th century Cotswold stone inn near Chipping Norton with locally source produce and five en-suite rooms.
Muddy says: A buzzy South African inspired café by day and restaurant/bar by night, Fego's Beaconsfield has recently had a stylish makeover and hosts live music and themed evenings.
Muddy says: A brand spanking new luxury hotel in South Buckinghamshire - the sister hotel to The Wellesley in London - with 41 rooms and suites, top-tier restaurant and super spa. Grab your bags, and book in.
Muddy says: A modern Indian restaurant by Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar, in the Compleat Angler Hotel, with views of the Thames and Marlow weir.
Muddy says: This family-run gin brand produces fruity gin liqueurs and London Dry Gin at its Buckingham-based distillery. It won a Muddy Award this year too, so we know it's brilliant!
Muddy says: A modern Indian and British fusion restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar in the unusual setting of a country coaching inn, in the pretty village of Amersham.
Muddy says: Found in the pretty Georgian Village of Woburn on the Bucks/Beds border, The Woburn Hotel has a classic English charm and top-tier dining, all set within the beautiful Woburn Estate.
Muddy says: A great source of less known wines of excellent quality, often unavailable in the UK or initially only available from Slurp, at reasonable prices, with stores in Banbury and Leamington Spa and online sales too.
Muddy says: Relaxed New York-inspired restaurant and bar with stylish Sixties' interiors and slick service - ideal for families in the day but with a more grown-up vibe at night.
Muddy says: This friendly rural Bucks pub offers superior pub grub, plus a large garden into which you can merrily chuck your children.
Muddy says: A lovely alternative to our many great pubs, Dukes offers some great wines and good local food to enjoy with friends in the snaking town centre of Princes Risborough.
Muddy says: OMG, delicious! Cotswold Baking produces stunning (and delicious) cakes and pastries for special occasions and restaurant wholesale, using experience honed from Michael Roux Snr at the Waterside Inn, Bray.
Muddy says: A gorgeous country pub with stunning garden, in Oxford - the perfect place for a post-walk drink after a stroll across Port Meadow.
Muddy says: A gorgeous chocolaterie, with branches in Thame and Wendover. Good luck extracting your drooling children from within.
Muddy says: A mobile bakery offering mouth-watering brownies, pastries and muffins served fresh out of their oven at your event.
Muddy says: One of the leading cookery schools in Oxfordshire, with three lovely venues and a wide variety of courses on offer, from Japanese and Moroccan through to modern British. Highly recommended.
Muddy says: Bang on trend for more veg-conscious eating, Food From 4 is a vegetarian and vegan cookery school based at owner Ian Fischer's home in Chalfont St Peter. He offers group or private tuition and can also come to you.
Muddy says: A boutique hotel in Bicester, people! The Chesterton is a newly refurbished and rebranded retreat a two mile drive from Bicester Village.
Muddy says: A relaxed, authentic pub with rooms that offers award-winning food, from bar snacks to evening dinners in Burford, 'gateway to the Cotswolds'.
Muddy says: Messing about on the river? This restaurant-with-rooms near Wallingford is the place to do it in style.
Muddy says: This looks like a trad country pub but the exquisite menu is anything but. The team previously won a Michelin star and we can totally see why.
Muddy says: Casual pub for families, relaxed weekend lunches and evening drinks, and well priced rooms within easy reach of Oxford, each named after famous cricketers.
Muddy says: Dog friendly pub with rooms with an emphasis on locally sourced traditional food in up-and-coming Bicester.
Muddy says: The Mash Inn offers open fire cooking and incredible dishes in beautiful rural surroundings. No under 16s allowed. Ideal for a special meal or a romantic stay.
Muddy says: Unique and exciting, we love Fish4Lunch - quality, fresh fish dishes from the market's newest catch at super reasonable prices, served above Oxford Fish Market in Osney Mead.
Muddy says: Durban Spice is a bespoke catering serving and supper club serving authentic South African food in owner Shabir Ally's home in Wheatley, Oxfordshire.
Muddy says: We're big fans of the Sneaky Supper Club in Oxford - run by two Leith's School of Food and Wine alumni, and popping up in cool city locations. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details of their latest soiree.
Muddy says: Once Roald Dahl's local, this cosy pub also has a large garden in which to enjoy its award winning food.
Muddy says: England's self-proclaimed 'oldest inn' also happens to be one of the classiest I've stayed at, with stylish interiors, excellent gastrofare and luxe bedrooms. A big yes.
Muddy says: Feels like popping into a very stylish friend’s house – who just happens to serve up delicious grub and can put you up in one of 15 luxe bedrooms.
Muddy says: Bar, pub, restaurant, cafe, brewery and delicious in every possible way, this stylish offering by local brewery Brakspear in Henley's town centre ticks all the Muddy boxes.
Muddy says: A stylish new refurb of this Stow-on-the-Wold Inn takes it into must-try territory for pizza lovers and Cotwolds explorers.
Muddy says: Ideally located close to the M40 and Bicester Village, this handsome stone pub with rooms has been recently refurbished by Oxfordshire super-brewers Brakspear.
Muddy says: Meat eaters unite! The Chequers pub on Marlow's high street has been newly reinvented as a modern steak specialist. Just add wine and friends.
Muddy says: A family friendly, good value gastro pub right next door to Blenheim Palace serving locally sourced produce.
Muddy says: The best views in central Oxford at this stylish bar, restaurant and club with stunning rooftop terrace. The type of place I'd hire for a special party.
Muddy says: Stylish and authentic Thai food in a colourful space in central Henley, with reasonable prices and a fantastic lunch deal.
Muddy says: A fine gastropub just outside Marlow, with lovely gardens for summer and an all-inclusive vibe that invites casual drinkers through to Sunday lunchers and private diners.
Muddy says: Take one Michelin chef, a London restauranteur, a smart cookie PR and a pretty stone pub and what do you get? Gastropub heaven in North Oxfordshire.
Muddy says: Winner of Best Destination Pub in the Muddy Awards 2018, this stylishly appointed pub with 8 bedrooms is all understated style and quiet confidence.
Muddy says: Who would've thought a former petrol station would make such a chic dining/drinking spot? We love the design credentials of this Buckingham restaurant/bar.
Muddy says: Fancy learning to cook at a Michelin starred restaurant? Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons hosts several cooking courses from residential programmes to dinner party prep- oh la la!
Muddy says: If your culinary skills need work (hey, what's wrong with baked beans on toast?), it's time to go back to school. But this is fun school where you get to scoff amazing food.
Muddy says: An award-winning deli, cafe and supper club in the pretty town of Watlington, South Oxon. The online cheese store is particularly impressive, stocking over 140 British and continental cheeses.
Muddy says: As someone who spends parties shamelessly hanging around the kitchen to get first dibs on the canapés, I've got a lot of love for these Chesham luxe nibble workshops.
Muddy says: This relaxed, stylish burger and steak specialist in Beaconsfield's picturesque Old Town is ideally placed for working lunches, Friday sloper-offers and families.
Muddy says: Michelin Bib Gourmand winners for the last 5 years, this handsome pub/restaurant near Gerrards Cross is close to a woodland walk and is very family-friendly.
Muddy says: A corker of a Georgian pub with stylish en-suite rooms, The Fleece in Witney is the perfect spot from which to explore the Cotswolds.
Muddy says: This pretty 16th century thatched inn in Adstock, near Buckingham, has its fair share of locals tumbling in for a pint but is actually a foodie destination in its own right.
Muddy says: An historic Tudor coaching inn that makes a stylish and welcoming base from which to explore Broadway and the Cotswolds. Or you could just hole up in the hotel and enjoy the fine dining restaurant and wondrous spa.
Muddy says: Renowned for its wagyu beef, Anthony Worrall Thompson's The Greyhound offers gastro fare and is ideal for Sunday lunchers, families, dog-walkers and groups of friends.
Muddy says: Dessert cafés are all the rage and your little people will love Creams in Xscape MK for its bubble waffles and Oreo-everything.
Muddy says: A stylish, comfy cocktail bar with space to dance and friendly mixologists conjuring up a fantastic range of fresh cocktails at very reasonable prices.
Muddy says: A brilliant idea, well executed - authentic and fresh Thai food in stylish surroundings, with an emphasis on sharing plates.
Muddy says: If you're a foodie, this hidden gem in a tiny village within striking distance of Oxford is well worth a visit.
Muddy says: A quintessentially English pub with a dark cosy interior dating back centuries and a large garden with views. Traditional pub grub, family-friendly and dogs welcome.
Muddy says: Imagine combining a top London comedy club with a rural pub and you pretty much have The Potter’s Arms, a traditional local with an outstanding rota of comedy talent.
Muddy says: A relaxed stylish gastropub in the beautiful Chilterns with a seasonal enticing menu and a real community feel.
Muddy says: A friendly pub offering quality, unpretentious food in the picture perfect village of Great Missenden (close to the Roald Dahl Museum if you have kids!).
Muddy says: The Muddy Award winner for Best Destination Pub 2017 doesn't disappoint, with stylish interiors, a pretty villlage setting and some seriously foodie credentials.
Muddy says: Priding itself on the freshness of its food, with Chagyu beef a speciality, this historic country pub ticks all the boxes for cosy nights by the fire, and alfresco dining in the summer.
Muddy says: Taking Bicester by storm, Thirteen (winners of Muddy's Best Bar 2018) is a fabulous all day cafe/bar with rooms, and a super-friendly, fun vibe.
Muddy says: Pretend you're in Sri Lanka in this quirky, friendly bar and restaurant, serving traditional Sri Lankan street food and their signature Cocotails at extremely reasonable prices.
Muddy says: If you're looking for somewhere really special for lunch or dinner, then Humphry's at the jaw droppingly stunning Stoke Park is simply divine.
Muddy says: Fabulous yurt cafe with fantastic breakfasts, lunches and coffee, definitely worth a visit in its own right but set amongst the beautiful Nicholsons Garden Design site.
Muddy says: A stylish, buzzy, superior gastropub with rooms and a lovely enclosed garden out the back, a stone's throw from Woodstock and Bicester Village.
Muddy says: PYO, plant nursery, Christmas tree supplier, gorgeous yurt café, oh and Best Farm Shop in our 2017 Awards - this Great Missenden farm has it all covered.
Muddy says: An oasis of cool soul/funk DJs and killer cocktails at this well-established bar, just off the high street in Marlow.
Muddy says: Excellent private chef Rebecca Barrett, tested by the whole Muddy team - charming and unflappable in person and offering inventive, inspiring food.
Muddy says: Cosy basement bar on Oxford city's George St, with an emphasis on G&Ts. Ideal for theatre goers, as it's across the road from the New Theatre.
Muddy says: A quintessentially English pub 20 minutes north of Oxford, with log fires for winter and a and pretty patio garden. Please note: not suitable for under 12s.
Muddy says: This buzzy Oxford bar/restaurant brings a little slice of sunny Spain to Cowley Road with its tapas and cocktails.
Muddy says: A pretty, rustic 17th century pub, hidden from the road in Little Marlow, with a low-key relaxed vibe and down-to-earth pub fare.
Muddy says: Reliable, atmospheric, dog-friendly pub with excellent food, close to some fantastic walks including the famous Coombe Hill climb.
Muddy says: Fancy a beer? Heidrun Bar in High Wycombe have 20 of 'em to work your way through. Cheers!
Muddy says: Fabulous gastropub located in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, with a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes. Enjoy a drink, a meal and a game of Aunt Sally.
Muddy says: A homely, family-friendly restaurant on the elegant Wendover high street, offering Italian fare and a cocktail list well worth plundering.
Muddy says: Much revered 15th century pub in the quiet village of Stoke Row, South Oxon, offering excellent food, quirky historic interiors and an unpretentious, locals vibe.
Muddy says: A traditional pub with an elegant dining room and when you've gorged yourself on the food, you can stay the night in their converted barn.
Muddy says: This community-owned 17th century pub in the quiet village of Beckley offers gorgeous views over fields and family-friendly walks across the Otmoor nature reserve.
Muddy says: A prime position on the Thames, with kayak and boat hire 50 metres away and a glorious terrace makes The Waterfront Cafe a shoe-in on a sunny day.
Muddy says: Award-winning cafe with cool Scandi interiors, superb coffee and excellent lunches. A recent makeover and drink license has moved it to the next level.
Muddy says: A Michelin starred wonder, with cosy interiors, attractive garden terrace and exceptional service. A big yes for a special occasion.
Muddy says: This traditional stone pub with stylish rooms, good food and a lovely garden with views over the countryside is a great base to explore the Cotswolds.
Muddy says: Laidback and lovely riverside cafe in Goring which also doubles as a private party venue. Book for a stylish and slick afternoon tea, lunch or three-course dinner.
Muddy says: Quirky interiors, pretty location, great coffee - what's not to like?! Put The Batch, down a country lane in Bletchingdon on your must-try cafe list.
Muddy says: Reading's only Michelin starred restaurant, this French-inspired eaterie offers menus ranging from a la carte to the chef's 10 course surprise (tip: wear elasticated trousers).
Muddy says: One of the new Westgate centre's excellent restaurants, this sleek Oxford Indian brasserie is all about inventive, upscale cooking. Make mine the 7 course tasting menu.
Muddy says: Swap poncey for a cool, quirky dining experience that works for all the family. It can only be the HInd's Head in Bray.
Muddy says: Stylish cocktail bar in the groovy district of Jericho, Oxford. Set over two floors, expect a mix of students and well-heeled locals.
Muddy says: Part of Heston Blumenthal's empire, The Crown is a traditional village pub with food that's a cut above and great service.
Muddy says: An attractive pub with stunning terrace and huge garden with groovy wooden pods, serving great pub grub classics.
Muddy says: An elegant all day café in the old stable block within Hartwell House. Brekky, brunch, lunch and even afternoon tea all available overlooking the pool or courtyard.
Muddy says: A perfect spot for exploring the Cotswolds, this honey-stone 17th century pub with B&B rooms has excellent gastro credentials.
Muddy says: An antithesis to the blandness of many hotels, this OTT glam venue with restaurants, pool and terrace is eccentric, opulent and great fun.
Muddy says: Superb cocktails, tasty tapas, a buzzy scene and colourful Moroccan interiors - yep, Muddy is totally in love with Cowley Road's Kazbar.
Muddy says: Keep on keeping on, The Keep - we think you're a keeper. (Too much?!) This Wallingford bar is our top spot for a impeccably-made G&T.
Muddy says: Delicious drinks and the music's pretty cool too - this chic new piano bar brings something a little different to central Oxford's nightlife scene.
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.
Muddy says: With its Philippe Starcke sofas, wood-panelled walls and retro downlighters, The House bar does style in spades, plus it offers a Games Room for private hire.
Muddy says: Excellent Normandy cuisine and service in an eclectically stylish dining room. Romantic for couples, a treat with friends, wasted on small children!
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.
Muddy says: A stylish neighbourhood pub in Oxford with superior food - well worth the short walk from Jericho's buzzy Walton Street.
Muddy says: A casual family-friendly pitstop between the tourist attractions of Waddesdon Manor and Bicester Village, serving good pub food with plenty of space for kids.
Muddy says: Take one Michelin-starred chef and one experienced sommelier/mixologist and up pops Native Feasts - supper clubs, weddings, corporate and private events with delicious food and drinks in unusual and special settings in Oxon, Bucks and beyond.
Muddy says: Cocktails ahoy! Book this stylish, shiny mobile van and the trained Tipsy Flamingo mixologists for parties in Buckinghamshire and beyond (they'll travel anywhere for a good party apparently).
Muddy says: This imposing castle manages to combine elegance with a casual, relaxed vibe and is a great venue for drinks, eating out and your 'I do' moment.
Muddy says: The cooking at this rustic mid Bucks village pub is something else. No wonder it has a loyal legion of foodie fans.
Muddy says: Keep 'em peeled for this roaming, under-the-radar, super-cool Cotswolds and Oxon supper club, featuring innovative, tasty menus from an Ottolenghi alumnus. Er, YUM!
Muddy says: New owners have breathed new life into this south Oxfordshire pub, with a stylish refurb with plenty of retro touches and a welcoming locals' vibe.
Muddy says: Killer coffee and cakes in this Muddy Award-winning café in Chipping Norton, but plenty else besides including lunch, dinner and pre-theatre bubbles. Bottoms up!
Muddy says: A stunner of an interiors emporium in Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire with over 70 units selling everything from mid-century furniture to vintage fashion. You'll absolutely love it.
Muddy says: This refurbed 230 year old inn enjoys a happy location close to the beautiful Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve - ideal for dog walkers and family moochers!
Muddy says: A 400 year old thatched inn in the tiny hamlet of Burcot, this recently refurbished pub boasts excellent food and fires a plenty - ideal for wintry days.
Muddy says: A friendly pub offering quality, unpretentious food in the picture perfect, well-heeled village of Taplow (close to Cliveden, for your kids or dogs to let off steam!).
Muddy says: Easily searchable and well priced catering by a dream team of chefs who clean up after themselves. Because we don't always want to be in the kitchen at parties.
Muddy says: A 17th century boutique hotel in the centre of historic Woodstock with a grown-up vibe and - oh, didn't we mention this? - the biggest gin bar in the world!
Muddy says: Londoners' favourite hipster pizza chain opens its first regional outpost in Oxford's spanking new Westgate Centre. The dough is delicious and it has a great roof terrace. Result!
Muddy says: A stunning 700 year old inn opposite the church and village green in the heart of the Cotswolds with retro-country stylish rooms and a super dog-friendly vibe.
Muddy says: This handsome village pub in well-heeled Boars Hill has a rebooted menu and, with plenty of garden, is ideal for families. You can now take your pooch there too.
Muddy says: A pretty 17th century locals' thatched pub in the Midsomer Murder village of Cuddington, mid Bucks - so close to Muddy HQ it's very nearly my local!
Muddy says: So quaint it'll make American tourists explode with delight, this 15th century former weaver's cottage is a hidden Burford gem.
Muddy says: A charming addition to Bourne End, Keg is a craft beer, cider, wine and artisan gin tasting bar, with cool evening neons and lots of outdoor seating in the summer.
Muddy says: Fine dining without the pretension, this modern British restaurant in chi-chi North Oxford, has a relaxed, bistro feel with beautifully presented food.
Muddy says: A great local eatery that ticks all the boxes for family, friends and business lunches.
Muddy says: Fine dining, beautifully presented, and with the historic surroundings of Cliveden estate you'll feel like an Astor.
Muddy says: A beautifully converted stable block on the Cliveden estate offering delicious American and British classics with a relaxed vibe, overseen by chef supremo Andre Garrett.
Muddy says: Phenomenal pizzas in this buzzy, family-friendly local pizzeria that's been around for more than 35 years.
Muddy says: Award-winning, friendly, buzzy, Bib Gourmand pub with refined dishes and friendly staff.
Muddy says: The Kitchen is a stylish pub with a Savoy and Dorchester trained owner/chef, set in pretty countryside on the Oxon/Warcs borders.
Muddy says: Planning a party? Raise a glass to the clever folk at Sojo Kitchen. A can-do, flexible attitude and made-to-measure service includes marquee hire, venue styling and first-rate catering.
Muddy says: This Cowley Road institution is a locals' favourite thanks to its buzzy bar and excellent all-day dining menu.
Muddy says: A pretty stone pub with great gastro credentials, overlooking the village green in the attractive village of Kings Suttton on the Oxon/Northants borders.
Muddy says: This tiny country pub is a Mecca for cyclists on weekends and punches above its weight when it comes to food, with its Cliveden House alumni chef.
Muddy says: A gastro-pub in the true sense of the word with really good food combining British classics with French touches and a relaxed friendly vibe.
Muddy says: Traditional village pub with quality thin crust pizzas and homemade pastas as well as locally brewed real ales in a charming thatched character building.
Muddy says: Authentic family-friendly Italian with lovely food and charming old-fashioned service.
Muddy says: Very classy authentic Italian food for special occasions, large get-togethers (in the courtyard) and romantic meals with your beloved.
Muddy says: Glitzy top-tier caterers worth getting your glam on for. UK-wide pop-ups from these party pros always sell out so advance booking's advised.
Muddy says: Raymond's Blanc's pitch-perfect Oxfordshire institution needs no introduction. Thirty years of two Michelin stars, beautiful kitchen gardens and top-tier gastronomie.
Muddy says: A slice of Soho style in a rural spot between Marlow and Henley, this restaurant with rooms is glitzy, grown-up and glamorous.
Muddy says: Bunting and bespoke cupcakes served with a smile from a retro pink camper called Lily. Ideal for parties with a fun twist.
Muddy says: Popular Jericho pub with a Bib Gourmand for its food, specialising in superior burgers and pizzas, with events galore and a buzzy, friendly vibe.