Thank you for voting!
Thousands of you voted for your favourite local businesses in the first round of this year's Awards. Want to see who made it through to the Finals? (OK, that's a stupid question).
First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who has taken part in the Muddy Stiletto Awards this year – we’ve seen an incredible rise of 100 per cent of readers nominating on the Awards compared to last year, so you’re clearly in love with local too!
I’m always a bit conflicted at this point in the Awards.
It’s super-fun to discover cool indie businesses, and see which village or town is having its ‘moment’ – Winslow, looks like it’s you this year! And I love telling the excited Finalists they’ve made it through. But there are so many incredible businesses whose journey stops today (though get in touch if you think we should be featuring you anyway – I’m all ears!).
The Finals are LIVE NOW and come and go in just 7 days, so if you love a local business and want to give it a pat on the back, head to the Awards site and do your bit before it slips your mind (yeah, I know what you’re like) because the Finalist with the most votes will be crowned Winner.
Right, that’s enough from me! Time to meet the Finalists. Who gets your vote?
MUDDY AWARD FINALISTS 2019
Art Gallery: OVADA (Oxford); Dantzig (Woodstock); MK Gallery (Milton Keynes); fitch & fellows (Thame); The Jam Factory (Oxford)
Bar: Tap Social Movement (Oxford); Bitter & Twisted (Chipping Norton); The Keep (Wallingford); Vine (Oxford); The Collection 13 (Winslow)
Beauty Salon: Beautiful Birds (Piddington); The Beauty Barn (Oving); Virgo Beauty (Goring); Niche Face & Body (Woodstock); Peppermint Lime (Watlington)
Bookshop: The Bell Bookshop (Henley); The Marlow Bookshop (Marlow); Mostly Books (Abingdon); The Wallingford Bookshop (Wallingford); The Book House (Thame)
Boutique Stay: The Chesterton Hotel (Bicester); Artist Residence (Oxford); The Trout at Tadpole Bridge (Faringdon); The Mash Inn (Radnage); The Crown Inn (Woodstock)
Café: The Cartshed Café (Wallingford); NORSK (Haddenham); The Rustic Bean (Banbury); Bogota Coffee Company (Milton Keynes); FLTR Coffee (Bicester)
Children’s Business: A Little Bit Dotty (Great Missenden); MOHO (Gerrards Cross); Hubbley (Thame); Rosie Cheeks (Marlow); Little Cotton Tents (Stanford in the Vale)
Day Spa: Stoke Park (Stoke Poges); Tempus Spa (Thame); Soho Farmhouse (Chipping Norton); The Garden Spa (Minster Lovell); Macdonald Randolph Hotel (Oxford)
Destination Pub: The Hundred of Ashendon (Ashendon); The Isis Farmhouse (Oxford); The White Hart at Fyfield (Abingdon); Jacob’s Inn (Wolvercote); The Jolly Cricketers (Seer Green)
Family Attraction: Willen Lake (Milton Keynes); The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre (Great Missenden); Green Dragon Eco Farm (Buckingham); Odds Farm Park (Wooburn Green); Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford)
Farm Shop/Deli: Aubergine Fine Food & Wine (Milton Keynes); The Deli at No. 5 (Thame); Kiwi & Pomme (Buckingham); The Goring Grocer (Goring); Wykham Park Farm Shop (Banbury)
Fitness Instructor: Amy Plant (Bicester); Martin King (Thame); Vivienne Rounsley (Oxford); Janey Enticott (Haddenham); Laurence Bourne-Francis (Bicester)
Florist: Fabulous Flowers (Abingdon); Howe Farm Flowers (Dorton); Holly & Ivy Flowers (Chalfont St Peter); Just Joey On The Moon (Henley); Joanne Caldwell Floral Designs (Marlow)
Gift Shop: Shop at the Old Fire Station (Oxford); That Lovely Stuff (Watlington); Feather & Nest (Wallingford); Vinegar Hill (Henley); Mash Lifestyle (Chipping Norton)
Hair Salon: Evri One (Woodstock); Matthew Curtis Hair Design (Chipping Norton); Elements (Henley); Nevrus Hairdressing (Woodstock); Zaneta Lichnova (Oxford)
Interiors Store: The Apple Orchard (West Wycombe); LASSCO Three Pigeons (Milton Common); Mood Home & Lifestyle (Winslow); Neptune (Chesham); Toad Hall Interiors (Milton Keynes)
Jewellery Store: Libby Rak Jewellery (Woodstock); Biagio the Jewellers (Bicester); De Marsac The Jewellers (Beaconsfield); Spadini Oro Italian Jewellers (Milton Keynes); Anthony Paul Jewellery (Henley)
Local Producer (Food/Drink): Rumsey’s Handmade Chocolates (Thame); The Wonky Food Company (Osney Mead); Colombia Coffee Roasters (Oxford); Mrs Mac’s Sweet Treats (Woburn Sands); Foxdenton Gin Liqueurs (Buckingham)
Newcomer: The Polecat Inn (Prestwood); The Orange Bakery (Watlington); Pompette (Summertown); Ordinary Luminary (Amersham); The George Inn (Banbury)
Photographer: Alice Radford Photography (Thame); Wendy Aldiss Photography (Marlow); Megan Guard Photography (Chinnor); Deb Porter Photography (Thame); Fulton Photography (Oxford)
Restaurant: lata lata (High Wycombe); Olivier at The Red Lion (Britwell Salome); The Oxford Kitchen (Oxford); The Artichoke (Amersham); No.1 Ship Street (Oxford)
Theatre/Arts Venue: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (Aylesbury); Creation Theatre Company (Oxford); The Theatre Chipping Norton (Chipping Norton); New Theatre Oxford (Oxford); Milton Keynes Theatre (Milton Keynes)
Women’s Fashion Store: Iris Fashion (Amersham); Fluidity F2 (Henley); No 5 Park Street (Woodstock); The Store X at Soho Farmhouse (Chipping Norton); Vanilla (Oxford)
Yoga/Pilates Instructor: Ale Manning (Oxford); Emma Morgan (Thame); Felicity Wood (Bicester); Lauren Fois (Turville); Lisa Cuerden (Oxford)