Oooh, well that was FUN!
The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2021 romped to a close last week, the culmination of six weeks of cheer-leading, sharing the love and voting for the most brilliant local businesses across 25 Muddy counties, in partnership with our fab local sponsor Lightfoots Solicitors.
After our 2020’s Awards had been curtailed by something called – um, Carvid? Covim? – I think we all yearned this year to really celebrate the creativity, uniqueness and sheer stick-it-out bravery of our best local businesses. Cue an astonishing 75,000 businesses nominated and 750,000 votes cast in 202s. I know, bonkers!
I’ve always proudly run the Muddy Awards on the basis of being free for all businesses to take part in from beginning to end – I never want small or new businesses to be excluded on the basis of cost. And eight years on from the first Awards, it’s still as exciting as ever for me to shine a light on brilliant businesses that often go undiscovered and unrecognised.
But these are Awards voted for by Muddy readers, not editors, so it’s a heartfelt and whopping great THANK YOU from me to all of you who took part or voted in 2021.
And with no further ado, allow me to introduce your winners for 2021 across Bucks & Oxon. All incredible and worthy of a visit – so print off this list (or save to your favourites on Muddy if you’re signed in) and work your way through them until we go again in June 2022!
THE MUDDY STILETTOS AWARDS WINNERS 2021
Say hello to the BEST…
ART GALLERY: Darl-e and the Bear (Woodstock)
BAR: The Tipsy Mercer (Abingdon)
BEAUTY SALON: Oasis (Great Missenden)
BOOKSHOP: Mostly Books (Abingdon)
BRIDAL STORE: White Lace and Butterflies (Great Missenden)
BOUTIQUE STAY: The Lamb Inn (Burford)
CAFÉ: The Front Room (High Wycombe)
CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Mrs Bun the Baker (Wallingford)
COVID START UP: Rockfall Fum (Long Crendon)
DAY SPA: Bodhi Tree Spa (Chalfont St Peter)
DESTINATION PUB: The Royal Oak (Bovingdon)
FAMILY ATTRACTION: Blenheim Palace (Woodstock)
FARM SHOP/DELI: The Kitchen Larder (Chalfont St Peter)
FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: James Griffiths (Loudwater)
FLORIST: The F-Word (Wallingford)
GARDEN DESIGNER: Nicholsons Garden Design (North Aston )
GIFT SHOP: Annie’s (Great Missenden)
HAIR SALON: Unit Hair (Long Crendon)
INTERIORS STORE: Thomas Tyrell (Prestwood)
JEWELLERY STORE: Charlotte Berry (Oxford)
LOCAL PRODUCER (FOOD/DRINK): Nettlebed Creamery (Nettlebed)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Devine Times (Abingdon)
RESTAURANT: The Greyhound Inn (Beaconsfield)
THEATRE/ARTS VENUE: Oxford Playhouse (Oxford)
WEDDING VENUE: The Tythe Barn (Launton)
WOMEN’S FASHION STORE: Vintage and Vogue (Beaconsfield)
YOGA/PILATES STUDIO: Santosha (Wallingford)