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And the final 5 shortlisted categories are….

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After bombing around Oxford and Witney all day today the final five shortlisted categories are in. Sorry to those of you left dangling this morning, but the wait is now over and the champagne is on ice for the eventual winners!

The remaining shortlisted businesses for the Muddy Awards 2013 are:

Children’s shop:

Gorgeous Giggles (Princes Risborough)

Barefoot Books (Summertown)

Dandy Lion (Buckingham)

Two Foot Nothing (Oxford)

Cotswold Kids (Witney)

Destination pub:

The Trout (Wolvercote)

The Fishes (Oxford)

The Trout at Tadpole Bridge (Faringdon)

The Nut Tree (Murcott)

The Kingham Plough (Kingham)



From (Thame)

The Old Fire Station shop (Oxford)

Big Sky (Great Missenden)

White Hart Studios (Haddenham)

Down to Earth (Wallingford/Henley/Wantage)


Boutique hotel/B&B

Hope House (Woodstock)

Fallowfields (Kingston Baguize)

The Feathered Nest (Nether Westcote)

South Lodge (Milton Keynes)

Burlington House (Oxford)



Home Barn (Marlow)

Lassco (Milton Common)

The Old Pill Factory (Witney)

Central Furniture (Oxford)

The Old Flight House (Bicester)

So that’s it! All categories at the Muddy Awards 2013 have been shortlisted.

Please remember to vote over the next two weeks. You might not know all of the businesses mentioned – and isn’t that great? – but some of your local favourites will definitely be appearing.

One thing is for sure. I’ts not a great time to be an independent shop – I spend hours talking to owners about how tough it is out there at the moment. So your vote could make a real difference to retailers trying hard to keep our high streets interesting and independent.

OK, sermon over. Have fun tonight. I’m off duty now, time for a G&T! (OK, Maybe two).


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