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Meet the Muddy Awards 2018 Finalists!

The Finals are LIVE!

A massive THANK YOU for taking the time to support your awesome local businesses – thousands and thousands of you nominated in the first round of the Awards which is just incredible.

I always feel really conflicted when it’s the Muddy Awards Finals week because I’m thrilled for the businesses who go through, but also really sad for those who don’t (what can I say, I’m a big softy). But whether your favourite has made it or not this year, please do spare a second to have a gander at the finalists below –  it’s a great opportunity to find out about brilliant businesses you didn’t know about before.

The Awards close at 5.30pm on Friday – so if there’s a business you super-love, make sure you VOTE HERE!

OK, you want to see who made it through? Course you do! Meet your worthy Finalists. Congratulations to them all!


Art Gallery: Dantzig (Woodstock); Modern Art Oxford (Oxford); Tiny Gallery (Henley); EyeLike Gallery (Beaconsfield); Carina Haslam Art (Great Missenden)

Bar: The Alchemist, The Botanist, Le Clos, The Keep, Thirteen

Beauty Salon: 
Mirror Image Beauty (Wallingford); Lavender & Stone (Beaconsfield); Cedar Therapy (Deddington); Lemon & Ginger (Oxford); Niche (Woodstock)

Bookshop: Book & Ink (Banbury); Cole Books (Bicester); Jaffe & Neale (Chipping Norton); Wallingford Bookshop (Wallingford); The Book House (Thame)

Boutique stay: Artist Residence (South Leigh) ; The Crown (Woodstock); The Swan (Ascott under Wychwood); The Bay Tree Hotel (Burford); The Glove House (Woodstock)

Café: Little Italy (Haddenham); Drifters (Henley); Barefoot (Oxford); Fourth & Fifth (MK); Jacs (Amersham)

Children’s Business: Ticketty Boo (Chipping Norton); The Curiosity Box (Eynsham); Little Big Top (Faringdon); Jessie’s Art Shed (Standlake); Angel & Rocket (Marlow)

Day Spa: The Garden Spa (Minster Lovell); Stoke Park (Stoke Poges); Spa Illuminata (Marlow); Bodhi Tree Spa (Chalfont St Peter); Soho Farmhouse (Great Tew);

Farmshop/Deli: Crazy Bear farm shop (Stadhampton); Blue Tin Farm Shop (Ipsden); The Granary (Watlington); The Farm Deli, Winslow; The Italian Larder (Banbury)

Destination Pub: The Greyhound (Letcombe Regis); The Boxing Hare (Swerford); The Perch (Binsey); The Muddy Duck (Hethe); The Trout at Tadpole Bridge (Faringdon)

Family attraction: Waddesdon Manor (Waddesdon); The Cotswold Wildlife Park (Burford); Chiltern Open Air Museum (Chalfont St Peter); River & Rowing Museum (Henley); The Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford)

Fitness Instructor:  Laurence Bourne-Francis (Bicester); Sandra Brooks (Thame); Zac Purchase (Marlow); Cat Booker (Wendover); Richard Roach (Buckingham)

Local Producer (food/drink): Mr Hobbs gin (Henley); The Kitchen Mixer (Great Missenden); Bumblebee Cider (Goring); Harrow & Hope (Marlow); Rectory Farm BYO (Stanton St John)

Florist: Bicycle Blooms (Oxford); Floriology (North Aston); Wild Rose (Little Kingshill); Herbert & Isles (Wooburn Common); FloraBella Flowers (Banbury)

Gift Shop:  FROM (Thame); Loft (Woodstock); Burford Garden Company (Burford); Big Sky (Great Missenden); White Hart Studio (Haddenham)

Hair Salon: Zaneta Lichova (Oxford); House of Klamer (Beaconsfield); Celtic Magpie (Faringdon); Nevrus (Woodstock); Anne Veck (Bicester)

Interiors: Home Barn (Marlow); Adventures in Living (Henley); Harriet Holgate (Watlington); Su Chases (Amersham); Martha’s Attic (Woodstock)

Jewellery Store: Libby Rak (Woodstock); Peter Ungar (Marlow); Biagio (Bicester); We Three Kings (Witney);  Studio 35 (Henley)

Photographer: Deb Porter Photography (Thame); Eva Nemeth; Victoria Timms (Brill); David Bostock (Chalgrove); Darren Paul (Gerrards Cross)

Restaurant: The Nut Tree (Murcott); Artichoke (Amersham); La Bobina (Faringdon); The Mash Inn (Bennetts End); Arbequina (Oxford)

Theatre: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre; Chipping Norton Theatre; Kenton Theatre (Henley); Jam Theatre (Marlow); Cornerstone Theatre (Didcot)

Wine merchant: Slurp (Banbury); Eynsham Cellars (Eynsham); Watlington Fine Wines (Watlington); Waddeson Wine (Waddesdon); No 2 Pound St (Wendover)

Women’s Store: Nellie & Dove (Deddington); Stocks (Henley); Brookes (Wendover); Odette Lingerie (Amersham); Black Swan Bridal (Wallingford)

Yoga/Pilates Studio: Downdog & Crow (Woodstock); Pilates on the Green (Wallingford); Nubodi Pilates (Henley); & Sister (Poundon); Studio One (Nettlebed)

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8 comments on “Meet the Muddy Awards 2018 Finalists!”

  • Annabel May 15, 2018

    & Sister – amazing just AMAZING!

  • Vanessa May 15, 2018

    Yay La Bobina made it through…. the best place to eat the the atmosphere is infectious! Good luck

  • Pamela Connor May 14, 2018

    Chiltern Outdoor Museum is in Chalfont St Giles not Chalfont St Peter.

  • caroline parkes May 14, 2018

    Woodstock has 7 nominees! We’re delighted. Thanks for supporting our lovely region, and all the local businesses.
    Caroline Parkes, We Love Woodstock

    • muddystiletto May 14, 2018

      Woodstock is rocking this year! Congratulations to all your fabulous indie businesses, we’re thrilled for you. Hero x

  • Kathy Hunter May 14, 2018

    I think there was some ambiguity in the categories for nominating. I found the designation of destination pub difficult to distinguish from restaurant. Case in point, my husband nominated my favourite restaurant but in the destination pub category. Also, have you considered splitting farm shop and deli. They are often quite different.

  • The Theatre Chipping Norton May 14, 2018


  • Jan Rose May 14, 2018

    The Artichoke, Old Amersham because it is fine dining at it’s best. Beautiful food in a warm, modern setting with friendly, efficient staff. This is world class dining on your doorstep. I love it and will be there on my birthday this month!


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