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Culture, eating out, shopping, things to do, beauty, fitness... here's your super-local guide to the Muddy Awards 2022 finalists in your area.

Do you love a decent coffee, an indie florist, the latest gastropub, an uber-motivational PT, a cute local theatre, a fresh-from-the-field farmshop, and a salon that’s less than 20 minutes away? Of course you do darling, you’re a Muddy reader!

Juuust in case you’ve missed a local hotspot, we’ve got your back. Here’s all of our fabulous local Finalists in this years Muddy Awards (sponsored by Healthily and our local partner Lightfoots Solicitors), sorted by area so you can narrow down your new local gems. Basically, we’ve put together your summer hit list of boutiques, bookshops, day spas, photographers, attractions… and more. 

Go forth, enjoy and VOTE for your favourites to win…

CENTRAL OXON: Oxford and surrounds

  • Darl-e and the Bear, Woodstock (Art Gallery)
  • The Market Cellar Door, Oxford (Bar)
  • Angels Cocktail Bar, Oxford (Bar)
  • Gulp Fiction, Oxford (Bookstore)
  • The Crown, Woodstock (Boutique Stay)
  • Vanbrugh House Hotel, Oxford (Boutique Stay)
  • The Old Shed, Charlbury (Cafe)
  • Colombia Coffee Roasters, Oxford (Cafe)
  • House of Fun, Oxford (Children’s Business)
  • The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock (Family Attraction)
  • The Story Museum, Oxford (Family Attraction)
  • Kitchen Food Co, Oxford (Farmshop/Deli)
  • Evri One Salon, Woodstock (Hair Salon)
  • The Old Bank Hotel, Oxford (Hotel/Inn)
  • The Randolph Hotel, Oxford (Hotel/Inn)
  • Cranston Pickles, Oxford (Local Food/Drink Producer)
  • Kitchen Food Co, Oxford (New Lifestyle Startup)
  • Imogen Florence Photography, Oxford (Photography)
  • The Alice, Oxford (Restaurant)
  • New Theatre, Oxford (Theatre/Art Venue)
  • Minox, Oxford (Women’s Fashion Store)

CENTRAL EAST OXON: Thame and Haddenham

  • The Book House, Thame (Bookshop)
  • Anna MacDonald, Thame (Bridal Store)
  • Becci Allen, Haddenham (Fitness Instructor)
  • Norsk Living, Haddenham (Lifestyle Store)
  • Megan Guard, Thame (Photographer)

NORTH OXON: Banbury and Charlton

  • We Are Pop, Banbury (Children’s Business)
  • The Yoga Barn, Charlton (Yoga/Pilates Studio)

NORTH WEST OXON: Chipping Norton, Swerford and Kingham

  • The Wild Rabbit, Kingham (Boutique Stay)
  • The Boxing Hare, Swerford (Destination Pub)
  • Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton (Theatre/Art Venue)

NORTH EAST OXON: Bicester and surrounds

  • Bicester Hotel & Spa, Bicester (Spa)
  • The Old Dairy Retreat, Upper Heyford (Spa)
  • Rhys Jenkins, Bicester (Fitness Instructor)
  • Nephele Bags, Bicester (Sustainable Business)

CENTRAL WEST OXON: Burford and surrounds

  • Jessie’s Art Shed, Eynsham (Art Gallery)
  • Grapes & Tomatoes, Carterton (Bar)
  • The Highway Inn, Burford (Boutique Stay)
  • The Angel at Burford, Buford (Destination Pub)
  • The Red Lion, Northmoor (Destination Pub)
  • The Carpenter’s Arms, Burford (Destination Pub)
  • The Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford (Family Attraction)
  • The Shop, Witney (Lifestyle Store)

SOUTH OXON: Abingdon and surrounds

  • Mostly Books, Abingdon (Bookshop)
  • Wells Farm Shop, Abingdon (Farmshop/Deli)
  • Vivienne Rounsley, Abingdon (Fitness Instructor)
  • Abingdon Distillery, Abingdon (Local Food/Drink Producer)
  • Oxford Wood Recycling, Abingdon (Sustainable Business)
  • Hedsor House, Hedsor (Wedding Venue)

SOUTH EAST OXON: Henley, Wallingford, Watlington and surrounds

  • Ayres House Studios, Wallingford (Art Gallery)
  • Tuville Studios, Turville (Art Gallery)
  • Albion Fields, Little Milton (Art Gallery)
  • Soiree, Wallingford (Bar)
  • Peppermint Lime, Watlington (Beauty Salon)
  • The Wallingford Bookshop, Wallingford (Bookshop)
  • No 25, Benson (Cafe)
  • Atticus & Hope, Henley (Children’s Business)
  • Kubu Spa, Henley (Spa)
  • Tumblestone Hollow, Stonor (Family Attraction)
  • Pavilion Fine Foods, Henley (Farmshop/Deli)
  • Blue Tin Produce, Ipsden (Farmshop/Deli)
  • Velvet & Blooms, Henley (Florist)
  • Marc Antoni, Henley (Hair Salon)
  • The Relais, Henley (Hotel/Inn)
  • Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton (Hotel/Inn)
  • Wendy Penrose Jewellery, Shiplake (Jeweller)
  • The Orange Bakery, Watlingdon (Local Food/Drink Producer)
  • Table 13, Wheatley (New Lifestyle Start-up)
  • Django’s Smokehouse, Didcot (New Lifestyle Start-up)
  • Megan Daisy, Henley (Photographer)
  • Orwell’s, Binfield Heath (Restaurant)
  • Five Little Pigs, Wallingford (Restaurant)
  • Non Plastic Beach, South Stoke (Sustainable Business)
  • Grace & Gravity, Wallingford (Yoga/Pilates Studio)

SOUTH WEST OXON: Faringdon, Wantage and surrounds

  • Amazing TeePees, Wantage (Children’s Business)
  • Charlotte Berry Jewellery, East Hendrer (Jeweller)
  • Hebe Homestone, Wantage (Lifestyle Store)
  • Flour & Fold, Faringdon (Local Food/Drink Producer)

NORTH AND NORTH EAST BUCKS: Milton Keynes and surrounds

  • Lisa Carrington Couture, Milton Keynes (Bridal Store)
  • Ninja Warrior UK, Milton Keynes (Family Attraction)
  • Headonlist, Milton Keynes (Hair Salon)
  • Boo Contemporary Jewellery, Onley (Jeweller)
  • Kobe Steakhouse, Milton Keynes (New Lifestyle Start-up)
  • The Arches, Onley (Theatre/Art Venue)
  • Horwood House, Little Horwood (Wedding Venue)

CENTRAL BUCKS: Aylesbury, Great Missenden, Wendover and surrounds

  • The Manor, Aylesbury (Bar)
  • With Love Liberty, Buckingham (Beauty Salon)
  • The Five Arrows, Waddesdon (Boutique Stay)
  • White Lace & Butterfly, Great Missenden (Bridal Store)
  • Barn Kitchen, Prestwood (Cafe)
  • Peterley Manor Farm, Prestwood (Farmshop/Deli)
  • The Thatched Florist, Aylesbury (Florist)
  • Thomas Tyrrell, Prestwood (Lifestyle Store)
  • Poppy Carter, Aylesbury (Photographer)
  • The Pantry at 51, Prestwood (Sustainable Business)
  • Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury (Theatre/Art Venue)
  • The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon (Wedding Venue)
  • The Forge, Wendover (Women’s Fashion Store)
  • The Pilates House, Aston Clinton (Yoga/Pilates Studio)

SOUTH AND CENTRAL EAST BUCKS: High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Chesham and surrounds

  • Mulberry’s, Beaconsfield (Beauty Salon)
  • Pure Couture, Beaconsfield (Bridal Store)
  • Ellie Sanderson, Beaconsfield (Bridal Store)
  • Chiltern Velo, Chesham (Cafe)
  • Calm Little Minds, High Wycombe (Children’s Business)
  • Studio 39, Hazlemere (Florist)
  • Stella & Wolf, Chesham (Jeweller)
  • Blossom Sweet Cake (Hughenden)
  • Laura Witherden Photography, High Wycombe (Photographer)
  • Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe (Theatre/Art Venue)

SOUTH EAST BUCKS: Gerrard’s Cross, Amersham, the Chalfonts and surrounds

  • Twelve the Green, Chalfont St Giles (Beauty Salon)
  • The Langley, Iver (Spa)
  • Bodhi Tree Spa, Gerrards Cross (Spa)
  • Jenny Rudak, Amersham (Fitness Instructor)
  • Brendan O’Sullivan, Amersham (Hair Salon)
  • The Langley, Iver (Hotel/Inn)
  • Pluma, Amersham (Restaurant)
  • Artichoke, Amersham (Restaurant)
  • Fabric, Amersham (Women’s Fashion Store)
  • Heidi & Hudson, Gerrards Cross (Women’s Fashion Store)

SOUTH WEST BUCKS: Marlow and surrounds

  • Cecil Medi Spa, Marlow (Beauty Salon)
  • Marlow Bookshop, Marlow (Bookshop)
  • The Oarsman, Marlow (Destination Pub)
  • Will Stallwood, Bisham (Fitness Instructor)
  • Foxglove Studios, Marlow (Florist)
  • Victoria Jane, Burnham (Florist)
  • Dorata, Marlow (Hair Salon)
  • Fullard Fine Jewellery, Marlow (Jeweller)
  • Sara Hughes, Marlow (Lifestyle Store)
  • FourState, Marlow (Sustainable Business)
  • Dorney Court, Dorney (Wedding Venue)
  • Un Dimache a Paris, Marlow (Women’s Fashion Store)
  • Pila Yoga, Marlow (Yoga/Pilates Studio)
  • GM Yoga, Bourne End (Yoga/Pilates Studio)

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