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  • The Miller of Mansfield

    Muddy says: An award-winning, foodie destination in the picturesque village of Goring, South Oxfordshire, run by two alumni of The Fat Duck group, but without pretension. The inn also boasts 13 bedrooms.

  • 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.

  • The Castle at Edgehill

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    The Lion, Bicester

    Muddy says: Ideally located close to the M40 and Bicester Village, this handsome stone pub has been recently refurbished. It caters well to vegans and veggies with its pub classics menu. Later this year it will add 13 boutique bedrooms to its arsenal.

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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.

  • The Porch House

    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.

  • The Sheep on Sheep Street

    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.

  • The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis

    Muddy says: A stylishly appointed pub with 8 bedrooms in the Vale of the White Horse, South Oxfordshire.

  • Horse & Groom

    Muddy says: A perfect spot for exploring the Cotswolds, this honey-stone 17th century pub with B&B rooms at Bourton-on-the-Hill also has excellent gastro credentials.

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    The Shaven Crown

    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 Killingworth Castle

    Muddy says: A stylish, buzzy, superior gastropub with rooms, a stone's throw from Woodstock and Bicester Village.

  • 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 that even had Giles Coren impressed.

  • 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.

  • 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 Dog & Badger

    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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