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Meet the finalists in the Muddy Awards 2014!

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I’m so immensely excited (and I must admit, a little bit fatigued – I’m writing this at 1am) to announce the finalists in this year’s Muddy Stilettos Awards 2014. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who nominated themselves or others. If you’re not of the Finalists, I’m sorry it didn’t happen for you this year, but it could be your turn in 2015!

There are 5 Finalists in each of the 25 categories, and given there have been well over 10,000 nominations, it’s a massive achievement to get this far in the Awards.

Voting begins at 12pm today (I’ll say an ‘ish’ next to that, just in case there are any last minute tecky nightmares) and continues until 23 May when the winners will be announced.


Whether your favourite has made it through or not, please look at any categories you’re particularly interested in – it’s a great opportunity to find out about cool businesses that you didn’t know about before, and support your own local community.

My natty cocktail glasses have made a return this year, so you’ll see your votes adding on in real time and the colours in the cocktail moving as the percentage of votes increase or decrease.

So here we go, a bit of a list here, but (drumroll please Mr Muddy – oh hang on, he fell asleep hours ago) here’s the full breakdown of Muddy Stilettos Awards 2014 finalists:


Best local producer

Egg House charcuterie (Cuddington)
Worton Organics (Oxford)
Made by Mums (Haddenham)
Market Garden Greengrocers (Witney)
Orchard View Farm (Meadle)


Umberto (Thame)
2 North Parade (Oxford)
Grocer at 91 (Amersham)
No 2 Pound St (Wendover)
The Quince Tree (Stonor)


LASSCO (Milton Common)
Home Barn (Little Marlow)
Su Chases (Amersham)
Life (Nettlebed)
Liscious (Oxford)

Beauty Salon

Sunrise (Marlow)
Monera (Thame)
Oxygen (Beaconsfield)
Mulberry (Beaconsfield)
Kubu (Henley)

Children’s Shop

The Dandy Kid (Wendover)
Gorgeous Giggles (Princes Risborough)
Childrens Shoe Company (Marlow)
Scuffs (Abingdon)
Tickittyboo (Chipping Norton)

Best Theatre

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (Aylesbury)
Oxford Playhouse (Oxford)
North Wall (Oxford)
Mill Arts Centre (Banbury)
Chipping Norton Theatre (Ch Norton)

Best Health club

The Henley club (Henley)
Wycombe Lido (High Wycombe)
The Marlow Club (Marlow)
The Athlete Centre (Oxford)
Raquets (Thame)

Best Family Attraction

Blenheim Palace (Woodstock)
Chiltern Open Air Museum (Chalfont St Giles)
Cotswold Wildlife Park (Witney)
Odds Farm (Wooburn Green)
Waddesdon Manor (Waddesdon)

Pilates/Yoga studio

Pilates on the Green (Wallingford)
Studio 1 (Nettlebed)
The Space (Thame)
White space  (Milton Keynes)
Yoga Ave  (Summertown)

Gift shop

From (Thame)
At Home  (Buckingham)
Big Sky  (Great Miss)
Burford Garden Company  (Burford)
MASH (Chipping Norton)

Womens fashion

Vanilla (Oxford)
Plume (Marlow)
Curve (Wendover)
Fluidity (Henley)
Doyles (Wooburn Sands)

Best café:

 Brew  (Oxford)
Little Italy (Haddenham)
Milk Shed (Weston on the Green)
Benedicts (Beaconsfield)
Oxfork (Oxford)

Flower shop

 Babylon (Cuxham)
Green & Gorgeous (Wallingford)
Rhubarb & Roses (Winslow)
Fullers (Princes Risborough)
Moss (Buckingham)

Day Spa

Danesfield House (Marlow)
Bicester Golf & Spa Hotel (Bicester)
Stoke Park (Stoke Poges)
The Randolph Hotel (Oxford)
Hartwell House (Aylesbury)

Boutique Hotel/B&B

Hope House (Woodstock)
The Hand & Flowers (Marlow)
The Swan Inn, Swinbrook
Feathered Nest (Nether Westcote)
The Trout at Taplow Bridge

Large Hotel

Danesfield House (Marlow)
Hotel du Vin (Henley)
Vanbrugh Hotel (Oxford)
Hartwell  House (Aylesbury)
Stoke Park (Stoke Poges)

Complementary Therapies

Active VIII (Henley)
Summertown Clinic (Oxford)
Thame Therapy Centre (Thame)
The Bagnall Centre (Chesham)
Green Pea Physio (Bicester)


Pixie and Jack (Beaconsfield)
Caroline McGrath (Steeple Aston)
Lottie Nottie (Great Missenden)
Northlight (Oxford)
Hibiscus (Wendover)


Artichoke (Amersham)
Charles Napier (Spriggs Alley)
Le Manoir (Great Milton)
Shaun Dickens (Henley)
The Cherwell Boathouse (Oxford)

Fitness instructor

George Anderson (Oxford)
Zumba with the Siblings (Aylesbury)
Sarah Thorp (Banbury)
Laura Pye personal training (Henley)
Kaso (Thame)


Electric  (Oxford)
ZigZag Hair (Milton Keynes)
Spirit (Wallingford)
Brothers (Thame)
Matthew Clulee (Ship St, Oxford)

Destination Pub

The Perch (Oxford)
The Wild Rabbit (Kingham)
Lord Nelson pub (Britwell Baldwin)
The Muddy Duck (Hethe)
Jolly Cricketers (Seer Green)


Twist (Wendover)
Crazy Bear (Beaconsfield)
1855 (Oxford)
Claytons (Marlow)
Raoul’s (Oxford)

Casual Dining

Turl St Kitchen (Oxford)
Waterfront Café (Benson)
Oli’s Thai (Oxford)
The Long Dog (Waddesdon)
The Bull on Bell St (Henley)

Mens boutique

Clements & Church (Oxford)
Gallant (Thame)
Hewetts (Marlow)
Gatsby (Marlow)
Harpers (Witney)

Go to the Awards site to vote from 12pm today



4 comments on “Meet the finalists in the Muddy Awards 2014!”

  • Mikaela Martin April 28, 2014

    Fantastic line up this year. The spirit team are very excited along with our clients. Thank you Hero for all your hard work putting the Awards together. X

    • muddystiletto April 28, 2014

      *blush*. Tis what I do!

  • jessica ecott May 15, 2014

    I’d like to put forward my vote for the Space yoga studio in Thame. It’s a brilliant place with a great range of classes and a really flexible system which allows users to go to any or all of the classes.

    • muddystiletto May 15, 2014

      Thanks Jessica, I’ll add to the list. Hero x


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