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The Crown, Playhatch

Muddy says: A charming old pub nestled between the Chilterns and the Thames, with a hearty British menu, 10 en-suite rooms and a pretty barn space for hire.

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The Nag’s Head, Abingdon

Muddy says: A classic, cosy British pub perched on the Thames' riverbank in Abingdon, with its own lovely stunning garden island.

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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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The Swan Inn, Ascott-under-Wychwood,

Muddy says: This Cotswold corker has recently undergone a major refurb under the Country Creatures brand, with a stylish new look and rebooted menu.

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The Chequers, Churchill

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.

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The Crown Inn at Enstone

Muddy says: A beautifully appointed, traditional 17th century Cotswold stone inn near Chipping Norton with locally source produce and five en-suite rooms.

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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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The Perch, Binsey

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.

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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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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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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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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 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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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 Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

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The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour

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.

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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 Sheep on Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

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The Lion at Wendlebury, 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 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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The White House, Bladon

Muddy says: A family friendly, good value gastro pub right next door to Blenheim Palace serving locally sourced produce.

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The Royal Oak, Marlow

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.

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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 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 Three Oaks, Gerrards Cross

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.

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The Fleece, Witney

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.

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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 Lygon Arms, Worcestershire

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.

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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 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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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The Hinds Head, Bray

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.

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The Crown at Bray

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.

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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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Horse & Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill

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

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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 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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The Bull & Butcher, Ludgershall

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.

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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.

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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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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 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 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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Oak & Saw Village Inn, Taplow

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!).

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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 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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The White Oak, Cookham

Muddy says: Award-winning, friendly, buzzy, Bib Gourmand pub with refined dishes and friendly staff.

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The Kitchen, Farnborough

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.

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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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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 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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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 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 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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