‘Top Five’ recommendations from Oxon Inspires!
05 July 21  /  Insights

We are delighted that the Mathews Comfort sponsored podcast series, Oxon Inspires, is proving so popular and attracting a growing audience. The podcast was created to showcase the region as a vibrant, happening place, and each show features a different Oxfordshire business person or inspiring Oxonian with an interesting story to tell.
As well as finding out about the ups and downs of their journey to success, host James Mousley, our Director of Financial Planning asks guests for recommendations in the local area, including places to eat, drink or visit with the family, whether historical or scenic, which are listed on the Oxon Inspires website. It’s been interesting to see which are the most popular recommendations from guests, and here, we reveal the top five choices so far:  

1. Blenheim Palace
The top destination – and first by a long way - is Blenheim Palace, the stunning country house, located in Woodstock, seat of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. A World Heritage Site, with over 300 years of history, this non-royal palace comprises a stunning historic house and extensive gardens.

2. Pitt Rivers Museum
Second choice is the Pitt Rivers Museum, located in Oxford City Centre, displaying the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford. Founded in 1884, it houses within its atmospheric building more than 500,000 objects, photographs and manuscripts from all over the world, from all periods of human existence.

3. The Fleece
Overlooking Witney’s beautiful Church Green, third choice is The Fleece, a charming Georgian building, with a seasonal venue of fresh, local produce and traditional pub favourites, exciting wine list and stunning bedrooms. It’s twice been voted one of the top twenty pubs in the UK.

4. The Holly Bush
Fourth is The Holly Bush, a modern dining pub in Witney with a relaxed, contemporary setting and a large garden, serving locally sourced, seasonal British food, and everything made from scratch - from bread to ice cream.  Look out for the famous Sunday lunches and favourite pub dishes with an inventive twist.

5. Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Fifth choice is the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens, 2 miles south of Burford, enabling visitors to discover the beauty and diversity of the natural world. With over 260 different species of animal, it accommodates one of the UK’s largest zoological collections.


Other popular recommendations:

Other recommendations that have proved popular include Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History, with its collection of natural history specimens and stunning neo-Gothic architecture; Port Meadow, a large, historical meadow of open common land to the north of the city, with the River Thames flowing through its heart; Westgate Oxford, a major shopping venue in the centre of Oxford, recently remodelled and extended, home to global brands, eclectic restaurants and cafes, sophisticated rooftop bars and dining; and the West Oxfordshire Business Awards, flying the flag for business and entrepreneurship in West Oxfordshire and creating a strong sense of community, particularly important in the recent difficult times.
If you haven’t yet tuned in to Oxon Inspires, why not take a listen? The regular podcasts are motivational, fascinating and always entertaining. You’ll find links to all podcasts on the support website (click here) or you can tune in to new podcasts at such platforms as LinkedIn, Twitter, iTunes, Spotify and Libsyn.
Oxon Inspires are always looking out for new people to interview, so if you’re based in the region and would like to contribute to the show, or can recommend someone with an inspirational story to tell, please get in touch. Either contact Vicki, our Client Relationship Manager, on 07723 718426, call us on 01865 208000 or email info@oxoninspires.co.uk

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