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It’s the Muddy finals!

135 brilliant businesses ready to rumble for the Winner's accolade - who will you vote for?

OMG! It has been a massive task of bean-counting to work out who the finalists in this year’s Muddy Stilettos Awards are but we have our shortlist – 135 businesses in 27 categories, all vying for your love!

There are loads of BRILLIANT Kent businesses to vote for and they’ll be throwing everything at it to win their category, all shown live on the blog, which makes it so exciting!

Thank you to those of you who have voted already and for the many businesses involved. I feel really conflicted today as I’m obviously delighted for the businesses who go through but seriously gutted for those who don’t. If you didn’t make it through, then I hope 2018 is your year.

Anyhoo, check out all the finalists below and make sure you go and visit them – after you’ve voted (which opens again for round two on Weds 7 at midday, lasting for just one week, until Wed 14 at midday)! VOTE HERE!

Thanks again



1 – Art Gallery

Fairfax Gallery (Tunbridge Wells)

Lilford Gallery (Canterbury)

Turner Contemporary (Margate)

Bauhaus Cafe & Art Gallery (Ashford)

Artique (Tunbridge Wells)

2 – Bar

Fuggles Beer Cafe (Tunbridge Wells)

The Glass Jar (Margate)

Chapel Place Wine Bar (Tunbridge Wells)

Jeans (Tunbridge Wells)

Rocksalt Bar (Folkestone)

3 – Beauty Salon

No.6 Clinic (Tunbridge Wells)

The Green Door Beauty Salon (Marden)

The Reef Beauty & Lounge (Maidstone)

PURE indulgence by the sea (Whitstable)

The Boutique Spa (Locksbottom)

4 – Bookshop

Harbour Books (Whitstable)

A Bundle of Books (Herne Bay)

Catching Lives Books (Canterbury)

Sevenoaks Bookshop (Sevenoaks)

Oxfam Books (Tunbridge Wells)

5 – Boutique Stay

The Milk House (Sissinghurst)

Field Green Oast B & B (Cranbrook)

The Bull at Brenchley (Brenchley)

The Five Bells Inn (Brabourne)

Who’d a thought it? (Maidstone)

6 – Café

Cocolicious (Cranbrook)

Cafe 1809 (Hildenborough)

Juliet’s (Tunbridge Wells)

Tudor Rose (Westerham)

Swan Street Café (West Malling)

7 – Children’s Business

Tatty Tess (Staplehurst)

Maya Shoes (Brenchley)

JPA (Tunbridge Wells)

MegaBlaster World (Groombridge)

Sensory Sensations (Ashford)

8 – Complementary Therapy Centre

The Granary Spa (Ashford)

Serenity Therapies (Tunbridge Wells)

Horsmonden Physiotherapy Centre (Horsmonden)

The Chamomile Clinic (Margate)

Sunfish Yoga and Therapy Centre (Wye)

9 – Day Spa

Champneys Eastwell Manor (Ashford)

Kalmora Spa (Goudhurst)

Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa (Wilmington)

Brandshatch Place Hotel Spa (Fawkham)

Reynolds Retreat (Borough Green)

10 – Destination Pub

The Three Chimneys (Biddenden)

The Poet (Matfield)

The Kentish Hare (Bidborough)

The Kings Head (Wye)

Duke William (Ickham)

11 – Family Attraction

Bewl Water (Lamberhurst)

Kent Life Heritage Farm Park (Maidstone)

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest (Goudhurst)

Leeds Castle (Maidstone)

Port Lympne (Hythe)

12 – Farmshop/Deli

Fromage & French (Tunbridge Wells)

Macknade Fine Foods (Faversham)

McGuire’s Fine Foods (Chatham)

Curiously Kentish (Birchington)

Hartley Dyke Farm Shop Charity Farm (Cranbrook)

13 – Fitness Instructor

Laura Flight PT (Tunbridge Wells)

Yusra Maru’e, Core Belief Pilates (Sevenoaks)

Florentia Anastasiou, New Generation PT (Tunbridge Wells)

David von Ribbeck, Evolution Tennis (Brenchley)

Jaime Cook, Popcycle (Lamberhurst)

14 – Florist

Astilbe and Sorrel (Hawkhurst)

Blooming Green (Maidstone)

Colonnade Florist (Tunbridge Wells)

Lily & Myrtle (Brenchley)

Belle Fleur Floral Design (Sevenoaks)

15 – Gift Shop

Love Inc (Tunbridge Wells)

Happy & Glorious (Cranbrook)

Maisie K (Cranbrook)

The Secret Garden (Borough Green)

Sowley UK (Canterbury)

16 – Glamping

Bloomsburys (Biddenden)

Kits Coty (Aylesford)

Sunninglye Farm (Tunbridge Wells)

Gooseberry Field Glamping (Pluckley)

Leeds Castle (Maidstone)

17 – Hair Salon

The Chapel (Tunbridge Wells)

Hair at Fifteen (Tenterden)

Morgan Hodges Hair (Tunbridge Wells)

Matthew Cross (Sevenoaks)

The Peacock Rooms (Sevenoaks)

18 – Interiors Store

Dovetail Vintage (Sevenoaks)

Skinners (Tunbridge Wells)

Queen Bee Home Interiors (Canterbury)

Holloways of Ludlow HOME (Brasted)

Splendid Ted (Sevenoaks)

19 – Jewellery Store

Reppin and Jones (Whitstable)

Bella Jane Jewellery (Tunbridge Wells)

Flutterby (Goudhurst)

Micallef Jewellers (Rainham)

Rikke Line (Brenchley)

20 – Local Producer (Food & Drink)

Anno Distillery (Marden)

Taywell Ice Creams (Paddock Wood)

Major Bakes (Isle of Sheppey)

Kent Crisps & Kentish Oils ( Ramsgate)

Flossie Pops Cakery (Sissinghurst)

121 – Men’s Store

County Clothes (Tenterden)

RED Menswear (Chatham)

Monks Clothing (West Malling)

Ruskin (Whitstable)

The Basement (Tunbridge Wells)

22 – Photographer

Emily Brown Photography (Paddock Wood)

John Starns Photography (Sutton Valence)

Emma Freeman (Staplehurst)

Zuzu Valla Photography (Ashford)

Sarah Clark Photography (Kilndown)

23 – Restaurant

The West House Restaurant (Biddenden)

The Beacon (Rusthall)

Thackeray’s Restaurant (Tunbridge Wells)

Sankey’s Seafood Brasserie (Tunbridge Wells)

The Curious Eatery (Boughton Monchelsea)

24 – Theatre

Assembly Hall Theatre (Tunbridge Wells)

The Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury)

Trinity Theatre (Tunbridge Wells)

The Orchard Theatre (Dartford)

Gulbenkian Theatre (Canterbury)

25 – Wine Merchant

The Wine Room (Whitstable)

Le Pinardier (Deal)

The Secret Cellar (Tunbridge Wells)

Perfect Partners (Cranbrook)

Murcatto Wines (Staplehurst)

26 – Women’s Store

bod & ted (Tunbridge Wells)

Madam Popoff Vintage (Margate)

Kitch (Tunbridge Wells)

The Clever Dresser (Sevenoaks)

Figis Womenswear (Tenterden)

27 – Yoga/Pilates Studio

Flow Yoga Studio (Tunbridge Wells)

Weald Power Yoga (Goudhurst)

Bethany Lucas Pilates (Orpington)

Core Balance Studio (Tonbridge)

My Time Pilates (Penshurst)


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