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The Oxo Bar, Oxford

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.

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Giggling Squid, Marlow

Muddy says: A brilliant idea, well executed - authentic and fresh Thai food in stylish surroundings, with an emphasis on sharing plates.

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The Mole Inn, Toot Baldon

Muddy says: If you're a foodie, this hidden gem in a tiny village within striking distance of Oxford, is well worth a visit.

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The Royal Standard of England

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.

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The Potters Arms, Amersham

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.

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The Cross Keys, Gt Missenden

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!).

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The Pointer, Brill

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.

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The Five Arrows, Aylesbury

Muddy says: This Grade II-listed hotel and function room, standing at the gates of Waddesdon Manor, is a refined, tranquil spot for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

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The Full Moon at Hawridge

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.

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Paris House, Woburn

Muddy says: Fabulous fine dining in 22 acres of parkland in a curious fake Tudor house with contemporary interiors. Yes please!

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Thirteen Bicester

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.

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The Coconut Tree, Oxford

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.

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Humphry’s at Stoke Park, Stoke Poges

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.

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The Yurt Café, North Aston

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.

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Peterley Manor Farm, Great Missenden

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.

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Claytons Marlow

Muddy says: An oasis of cool soul/funk DJs and killer cocktails at this well-established bar, just off the high street in Marlow.

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Under the Shop, Oxford

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.

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The Oxford Arms, Kirtlington

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.

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The Maytime Inn, Asthall

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.

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Stoke Park, Stoke Poges

Muddy says: Impressive five star hotel with a relaxed, family-friendly vibe. Top rate golf course, tennis courts, world class spa and 3AA rosette fine dining restaurant should keep you busy.

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Duke of Cambridge, Oxford

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.

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Bruern Cottages, Cotswolds

Muddy says: If you want to stay slap bang in the middle of the Cotswolds in luxury self-catering accommodation, then Bruern Cottages offer flexible stays with loads to do for kids and adults. You won't want to leave.

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Pint Shop, Oxford

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.

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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.

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The House, Oxford

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Swan at Tetsworth

Muddy says: Excellent Normandy cuisine and service in an eclectically stylish dining room. Romantic for couples, a treat with friends, wasted on small children!

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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 stylish neighbourhood pub in Oxford with superior food - well worth the short walk from Jericho's buzzy Walton Street.

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Olivier’s at The Woburn Hotel

Muddy says: Within The Woburn hotel, Olivier's has undergone a recent style spruce but some things don't change - it's had 2AA rosettes for the last decade!

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The Angel at Burford

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'.

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Yew Tree, Frieth

Muddy says: A relaxed stylish gastropub in the beautiful Chilterns with a seasonal enticing menu and a real community feel.

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The Bat & Ball Inn, Cuddesdon

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.

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The Angel, Long Crendon

Muddy says: The cooking at this rustic mid Bucks village pub is something else. No wonder it has a loyal legion of foodie fans.

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Dukes Wine Bar, Princes Risborough

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.

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The Lion, Bicester

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.

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The Mash Inn, Bennett End

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.

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Crazy Bear, Beaconsfield

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.

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Bottle & Glass Inn, Binfield Heath

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.

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Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, Thame

Muddy says: A gorgeous chocolaterie, with branches in Thame and Wendover. Good luck extracting your drooling children from within.

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The Red Lion, Cholsey

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.

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The Tea Set, Chipping Norton

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!

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The Bull on Bell Street, Henley

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.

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The Old Flight House, Weston-on-the-Green

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.

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The Chequers, Marlow

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.

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Cinnamon Kitchen, Oxford

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.

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The Greyhound, Rotherfield Peppard

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.

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The Old Thatched Inn, Adstock

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.

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The Crown Inn, Farnham Royal

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!

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The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis

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.

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The Chequers at Burcot

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.

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The Boxing Hare, Chipping Norton

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.

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The Three Oaks, Gerrards Cross

Muddy says: Michelin Bib Gourmand winners for the last 4 years, this handsome pub/restaurant near Gerrards Cross is close to a woodland walk and is very family-friendly.

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The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse, Moulsford

Muddy says: Messing about on the river? This restaurant-with-rooms near Wallingford is the place to do it in style.

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Eynsham Hall, Witney

Muddy says: The stunning exterior and 3000 acres of 18th century Eynsham Hall offer ample charms to those who want heritage style on a 3 star budget.

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No 5 London End, Beaconsfield

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.

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Abingdon Arms, Beckley

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.

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Hartwell House Café, Aylesbury

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.

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The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green

Muddy says: All the heritage you can handle at this handsome hotel in rural Oxfordshire, in enticing distance of Bicester Village, Rousham Gardens and Blenheim Palace.

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The Feathers Hotel, Woodstock

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!

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The Batch, Bletchingdon

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.

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Pizza Pilgrims, Oxford

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!

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Stoke Place, Stoke Green

Muddy says: A 39-bedroom 4 star country house hotel in South Buckinghamshire, combining boutique interior stylings with lashings of British heritage.

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The Shaven Crown, Shipton-under-Wychwood

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.

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The Fox Inn at Boars Hill

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.

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The Crown at Cuddington

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!

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The Killingworth Castle, Woodstock

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.

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Sandy’s Piano & Wine Bar, Oxford

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.

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TVC, Oxford

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.

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The Lamb Inn, Burford

Muddy says: So quaint it'll make American tourists explode with delight, this 15th century former weaver's cottage is a hidden Burford gem.

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De Vere Latimer Hotel, Chesham

Muddy says: A £7m refurbed hotel in Chesham with lovely pool, outdoor courtyard and bar and over 30 acres of grounds overlooking the beautiful Chess Valley.

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Vanbrugh House Hotel, Oxford

Muddy says: An elegant boutique hotel in St Michael St, bang in the centre of Oxford, with all mod cons and friendly staff.

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The Oxford Kitchen, Oxford

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.

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Jacobs Plough, Bicester

Muddy says: Dog friendly pub with rooms with an emphasis on locally sourced traditional food in up-and-coming Bicester.

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The Crown Inn, Sydenham

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.

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Lucca, Wendover

Muddy says: A homely, family-friendly restaurant on the elegant Wendover high street, offering Italian fare and a cocktail list well worth plundering.

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Portabello, Oxford

Muddy says: A great local eatery that ticks all the boxes for family, friends and business lunches.

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Heidrun Bar, High Wycombe

Muddy says: Fancy a beer? Heidrun Bar in High Wycombe have 20 of 'em to work your way through. Cheers!

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Mamma Mia Pizzeria, Oxford

Muddy says: Phenomenal pizzas in this buzzy, family-friendly local pizzeria that's been around for more than 35 years.

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The Perch Inn, Oxford

Muddy says: Super-pretty historic thatched pub in Oxford (beloved by Inspector Morse) with a lovely waterside setting and a willow-strewn garden.

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Garage Bar, Buckingham

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.

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The Keep, Wallingford

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.

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Café Tarifa, Oxford

Muddy says: This buzzy Oxford bar/restaurant brings a little slice of sunny Spain to Cowley Road with its tapas and cocktails.

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Kazbar, Oxford

Muddy says: Superb cocktails, tasty tapas, a buzzy scene and colourful Moroccan interiors - yep, Muddy is totally in love with Cowley Road's Kazbar.

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Café Coco, Oxford

Muddy says: This Cowley Road institution is a locals' favourite thanks to its buzzy bar and excellent all-day dining menu.

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Pierreponts, Goring-on-Thames

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.

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The White Horse, Kings Sutton

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.

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The Crown at Radnage

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.

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The Crown at Granborough

Muddy says: This friendly rural Bucks pub offers superior pub grub, plus a large garden into which you can merrily chuck your children.

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Red Lion Pub & Kitchen, Blewbury

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.

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The Nags Head, Great Missenden

Muddy says: Once Roald Dahl's local, this cosy pub also has a large garden in which to enjoy its award winning food.

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The Fat Fox Inn, Watlington

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.

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The Half Moon, Cuxham

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.

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Canaletto Italian, Kingswood

Muddy says: Authentic family-friendly Italian with lovely food and charming old-fashioned service.

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The Bell, Stoke Mandeville

Muddy says: A handsome roadside pub, just outside Aylesbury, offering reliable food, a family-friendly vibe and a large patio garden to the rear.

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The Russell Arms, Butler’s Cross

Muddy says: Reliable, atmospheric, dog-friendly pub with excellent food, close to some fantastic walks including the famous Coombe Hill climb.

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The Nut Tree Inn, Murcott

Muddy says: A Michelin starred wonder, with cosy interiors, attractive garden terrace and exceptional service. A big yes for a special occasion.

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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton

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.

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The Dog & Badger, Medmenham

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.

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The Waterfront Café, Benson

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.

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The Crooked Billet, Henley

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.

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The Pink & Lily, Princes Risborough

Muddy says: An attractive pub with stunning terrace and huge garden with groovy wooden pods, serving great pub grub classics.

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The Rickety Press, Oxford

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.

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The Queens Head, Marlow

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.

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Little Italy Espresso Bar, Haddenham

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.

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The Hundred of Ashendon

Muddy says: A charming, rural, unpretentious pub in mid-Bucks from an ex St John chef. It's retained its Bib Gourmand for a third year (2016, 17, 18).

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