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Culture, eating out, shopping, things to do, beauty, fitness... here's your super-local guide to the Muddy Awards 2021 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 Bucks and Oxon Muddy Awards Finalists 2021, sorted by area so you can narrow down your new uber-local gems. Basically, we’ve put together your summer hit list of boutiques, bookshops, day spas, photographers, gardeners, attractions… and more.

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

CENTRAL OXON: Oxford and surrounds

  • Charlie & Millie, Oxford (Covid Biz)
  • Philippa James, Oxford (Photographer)
  • Yoga Venue, Oxford (Yoga / Pilates Studio)
  • Oxford Playhouse, Oxford (Theatre / Arts)
  • Pegasus Theatre, Oxford (Theatre / Arts)
  • 215, Oxford (Restaurant)
  • Taste Tibet, Oxford (Restaurant)
  • Charlotte Berry, Oxford (Jewellery Store)
  • Central Living, Oxford (Interiors Store)
  • The Story Museum, Oxford (Family Attraction)
  • Silvie, Oxford (Cafe)
  • Blackwell’s, Oxford (Bookshop)
  • Cannelle, Oxford (Beauty Salon)
  • The Plough at 38, Oxford (Bar)
  • Victors, Oxford (Bar)
  • Irving Contemporary, Oxford (Art Gallery)
  • Libby Rak, Woodstock (Jewellery Store)
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock (Family Attraction)
  • Darl-e and the Bear, Woodstock (Art Gallery)
  • Worton Kitchen Garden, Worton (Farmshop / Deli)

CENTRAL EAST OXON: Thame, Haddenham, Long Credon and surrounds…

My ‘hood!
  • Anna McDonald, Thame (Bridal Store)
  • Black Goo, Thame (Cafe)
  • Le Manoir, Great Haseley (Wedding Venue)
  • The Nut Tree, Murcott (Restaurant)
  • Cowshed Flowers, Bampton (Florist)
  • Harriet Healey, The Barn Boxing & Fitness, Bampton (Fitness Instructor)
  • West Ox Arts, Bampton (Art Gallery)

NORTH OXON: Banbury and surrounds

  • Alexandra Tandy, Banbury (Photographer)
  • Mrs Bun, Banbury (Children’s Business)
  • Doodle Dash, Banbury (Interior’s Store)
  • Nellie & Dove, Deddington (Women’s Store)

NORTH WEST OXON: Chipping Norton, Great Tew, Kingham and surrounds 

  • Chippy Theatre, Chipping Norton (Theatre/Arts Venue)
  • Wild at Heart, Chipping Norton (Gift Shop)
  • Jaffe & Neale, Chipping Norton (Bookshop)
  • Bell Tent Events, Great Tew (Covid Biz)
  • Quince & Clover, Great Tew (Cafe)
  • The Boxing Hare, Swerford (Destination Pub)

NORTH EAST OXON: Bicester and surrounds

Pexels bookshop
  • Betty’s Barn, Bicester (Interiors Store)
  • Little Stories, Ambrosedon (Children’s Business)
  • Nicholsons, North Aston (Garden Designer)
  • The Tythe Barn, Launton (Wedding Venue)
  • The Old Dairy Retreat, Upper Heyford (Day Spa)

CENTRAL WEST OXON: Witney, Burford and surrounds

  • Jo Alderson Design, Witney (Garden Designer)
  • Verve & Virtue, Witney (Hair Salon)
  • Laonie Newton, Fluff to Buff, Witney (Fitness Instructor)
  • Minster Mill, Witney (Day Spa)
  • My Eden, Burford (Bridal Store)
  • Pascale James, Burford (Jewellery Store)
  • The Lamb Inn, Burford (Boutique Stay)
  • Casswell House, Brize Norton (Wedding Venue)
  • The Royal Oak, Ramsden (Destination Pub)
  • The Maytime Inn, Asthall (Boutique Stay)

SOUTH OXON: Abingdon, Blewbury and surrounds

  • Devine Times Photography, Abingdon (Photographer)
  • Wells, Abingdon (Farmshop/Deli)
  • Mostly Books, Abingdon (Bookshop)
  • The Tipsy Mercer, Abingdon (Bar)
  • Hedsor House, Taplow (Wedding Venue)
  • The Blewbury Studio, Blewbury (Boutique Stay)

SOUTH EAST OXON: Henley, Wallingford, Watlington and surrounds

  • Ana Marie Bull, Henley (Garden Designer)
  • Bix Manor, Henley (Wedding Venue)
  • Scarlet Page, Henley (Photographer)
  • Busby & Fox, Henley (Women’s Store)
  • Bosley Patch, Henley (Farmshop / Deli)
  • Crockers, Henley (Boutique Stay)
  • Sunshine in the Woods, Wallingford (Photographer)
  • Santosha, Wallingford (Yoga / Pilates Studio)
  • The F Word, Wallingford (Florist)
  • HorseBox Coffee Co, Wallingford (Local Producer)
  • The Wallingford Bookshop, Wallingford (Bookshop)
  • Le Clos, Wallingford (Bar)
  • Bella Luce, Watlington (Interiors Store)
  • Peppermint Lime, Watlington (Beauty Salon)
  • Albert Fields, Goring (Hair Salon)
  • Ingrid Leene, Peppard Common (Garden Designer)
  • Stonor Park, Stonor (Family Attraction)
  • Blue Tin Produce, Ipsden (Farmshop/Deli)
  • Nettlebed Creamery, Nettlebed (Local Producer)

SOUTH WEST OXON: Faringdon, Wantage and surrounds 

  • The Trout at Tadpole Bridge, Faringdon (Destination Pub)
  • The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis (Boutique Stay)

NORTH AND NORTH EAST BUCKS: Milton Keynes and surrounds

  • MK Theatre, Milton Keynes (Theatre / Arts)
  • Love Local Hub, Milton Keynes (Gift Shop)
  • Shoedini, Milton Keynes (Children’s Business)
  • Blossom Room, Milton Keynes (Bar)
  • MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (Art Gallery)
  • Afterglow, Olney (Gift Shop)
  • The Willen Ice Cream Company, Olney (Local Producer)
  • Crawford Hair, Stony Stratford (Hair Salon)
  • The Core Zone, Middleton Cheney (Yoga / Pilates Studio)

CENTRAL BUCKS: Aylesbury, Great Missenden, Wendover and surrounds

  • Richard Rogers, Aylesbury (Garden Designer)
  • BettyAnn Grazing, Aylesbury (Covid Biz)
  • Aylesbury Waterside, Aylesbury (Theatre / Arts)
  • Brookes, Wendover (Women’s Store)
  • Jodie Digby Fitness, Wendover (Fitness Instructor)
  • White Lace and Butterflies, Great Missenden (Bridal Store)
  • The Jeweller’s Bench, Great Missenden (Jewellery Store)
  • Annie’s, Great Missenden (Gift Shop)
  • Oasis, Great Missenden (Beauty Salon)
  • Thomas Tyrell, Prestwood (Interiors Store)
  • Blossom & Ivy, Prestwood (Florist)

CENTRAL WEST: Long Crendon and surrounds

  • Jessica Turner Designs, Long Crendon (Bridal Store)
  • Rockfall rum, Long Crendon (Covid Biz)
  • Unit Hair, Long Crendon (Hair Salon)

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

  • Blossom Sweet Cakes, High Wycombe (Local Producer)
  • The Front Room, High Wycombe (Cafe)
  • Calm Little Minds, High Wycombe (Children’s Business)
  • Elie Sanderson, Beaconsfield (Bridal Store)
  • Studio Physique, Beaconsfield (Yoga / Pilates Studio)
  • Vintage & Vogue, Beaconsfield (Women’s Store)
  • The Greyhound, Beaconsfield (Restaurant)
  • Abstract, Beaconsfield (Hair Salon)
  • Addie & Harry, Beaconsfield (Children’s Business)
  • Rosalyn’s Emporium, Chesham (Jewellery Store)
  • James Griffiths, Wild Training Gym, Loudwater (Fitness Instructor)
  • Odds Park Farm, Wooburn Green (Family Attraction)
  • Lacey’s Farm, Lacey Green (Local Producer)
  • The Lull Club, Halton (Covid Biz)
  • Chiltern Sky Flowers, Bledlow Ridge (Florist)

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

  • Wave Spa and Wellbeing, Gerrards Cross (Day Spa)
  • Dotty & Bramble, Iver (Florist)
  • Yin & Yoga, Chalfont St Giles (Yoga / Pilates Studio)
  • Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles (Family Attraction)
  • Kitchen Larder, Chalfont St Giles (Farmshop / Deli)
  • Little Retreat, Chalfont St Giles (Beauty Salon)
  • Bodhi Tree Spa, Chalfont St Peter (Day Spa)
  • Maria Nolan, Bespoke Body Fitness, Seer Green (Fitness Instructor)
  • Fabric, Amersham (Women’s Store)
  • Pluma, Amersham (Restaurant)
  • Sarah’s Broadway House, Amersham (Beauty Salon)

SOUTH WEST BUCKS: Marlow and surrounds

  • Twenty Three Living, Marlow (Gift Shop)
  • Spa Illuminata, Marlow (Day Spa)
  • Coopers, Marlow (Cafe)
  • Marlow Bookshop, Marlow (Bookshop)
  • Nova fine art, Marlow (Art Gallery)
  • The Royal Oak, Bovingdon Green (Destination Pub)
  • The Yew Tree, Frieth (Destination Pub)

VOTE for your local champions here – you have until 5pm Friday 23 July.

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