Oooh, well that was FUN!
The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2022 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 28 Muddy counties, in partnership with our fab national sponsor Healthily and local partner Lightfoots Solicitors. This year, an astonishing XXXX businesses nominated and XXX votes cast in 2022. 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 nine 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 2022.
And with no further ado, allow me to introduce your winners for 2022 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 next year!
THE MUDDY STILETTOS AWARDS WINNERS 2022
Say hello to the BEST…
ART SPACE: Darl-e and the Bear (Woodstock)
BAR: Soirée (Walllingford)
BEAUTY SALON: Twelve the Green (Chalfont St Giles)
BOOKSHOP: Gulp Fiction (Oxford)
BRIDAL STORE: Pure Couture (Beaconsfield)
BOUTIQUE STAY: The Wild Rabbit (Kingham)
CAFÉ: Barn Kitchen (Prestwood)
CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Pop (Banbury)
DAY SPA: The Langley (Iver)
DESTINATION PUB: The Red Lion (Northmoor)
FAMILY ATTRACTION: The Cotswold Wildlife Park (Burford)
FARM SHOP/DELI: Kitchen Food Co (Oxford)
FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Rhys Jenkins (Bicester)
FLORIST: Foxglove Studio (Marlow)
HAIR SALON: Brendan O’Sullivan (Amersham)
HOTEL: Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (Great Milton)
JEWELLER: Wendy Penrose Jewellery (Shiplake)
LIFESTYLE STORE: Norsk Living (Haddenham)
LOCAL PRODUCER (FOOD/DRINK): The Orange Bakery (Watlington)
NEW LIFESTYLE START-UP: Django’s Smokehouse (Didcot)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Poppy Carter (Aylesbury)
RESTAURANT: Pluma (Amersham)
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS: Oxford Wood Recycling (Abingdon)
THEATRE/ARTS VENUE: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (Aylesbury)
WEDDING VENUE: The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor (Waddesdon)
WOMEN’S FASHION STORE: Heidi & Hudson (Gerrards Cross)
YOGA/PILATES STUDIO: Grace & Gravity (Wallingford)