Several businesses in Bucks have been recognized for their hard work over the last 12 months.

The Muddy Stilettos Awards, which aims to celebrate the efforts of independent businesses across the region, separated numerous establishments into several categories as nominations came from the public on what they thought was the best business for each section.

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In all, eight Bucks businesses took top prize in their respected categories

Readers of the award-winning Muddy Stilettos lifestyle website nominated and voted in their hundreds of thousands for their favourite independent businesses across 27 different lifestyle categories – from Best Destination pub to yoga/Pilates studio, boutique stay to wedding venue.

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In total, 75,000 businesses were nominated across the country with 752,000 votes being casted in, which made it the most popular Muddy Awards to date.

Overall, here are the winners for the following categories:

Local South Bucks Winners include:

  • Restaurant: The Greyhound (Beaconsfield)
  • Destination pub: Royal Oak, Bovington (Marlow)
  • Farm shop/Deli: Kitchen Larder (Chalfont St Giles)
  • Bridal shop – White Lace and Butterflies (Great Missenden)
  • Beauty Salon Oasis (Great Missenden)
  • Day Spa: Bodhi Tree Spa (Chalfont St Peter)
  • Gift shop: Annie’s (Great Missenden)
  • Women's fashion store: Vintage & Vogue (Beaconsfield)

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Hero Brown, founder and Editor-in-chief of Muddy Stilettos adds: “I set up these awards eight years ago to give local lifestyle businesses a chance to shout about how brilliant they are.

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“After a year of multiple lockdowns and hardships, it’s been an honour to showcase the most awesome lifestyle businesses across Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire, in partnership with our local sponsor Lightfoots Solicitors.

“The response to this year’s Muddy Awards has been unprecedented – thousands (and thousands) of people voted giving such a fantastic boost and a well-deserved pat on the back to so many.

“I hope it will make give them greater confidence to grow their business, knowing that they have the stamp of quality that the Awards provide.”

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The Muddy Stilettos website was first launched in 2011 and looked at all the things that people could do in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, but as the site grew in popularity, founder Hero Brown decided to branch out.

Things to do in counties such as Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Kent, Northants, Norfolk, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, and Wiltshire were then added to the website.

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Daniel Crump, co-proprietor, The Greyhound, said: “We are thrilled to have been named as the best restaurant in Bucks and Oxon.

“We are especially proud as these awards are voted for by guests and people from the area.

“It has been a tough 18 months but this sort of recognition from our guests gives us the drive and encouragement to keep doing what we can to be even better.

“There are so many incredible restaurants in the area so this really means a lot to us.”