Meet the Muddy Awards Finalists!
First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in the Muddy Stiletto Awards this year – we’ve seen an incredible rise of 100 per cent of readers nominating on the Awards compared to last year, so you’re clearly in love with local too!
I’m always a bit conflicted at this point in the Awards.
It’s super-fun to discover cool indie businesses, and see which villages or towns are getting behind those local biz. And I love telling the excited Finalists they’ve made it through. But there are so many incredible businesses whose journey stops today (though get in touch if you think we should be featuring you anyway – I’m all ears!).
The Finals start and voting opens on Wednesday 15 May at 9am. They come and go in just 7 days, so if you love a local business and want to give it a pat on the back, head to the Awards site and do your bit before it slips your mind (yeah, I know what you’re like) because the Finalist with the most votes will be crowned Winner.
Right, that’s enough from me! Time to meet the Finalists. Who gets your vote?
MUDDY AWARD FINALISTS 2019
Art Gallery: Fairfax Gallery (Tunbridge Wells); Linden Hall (Deal); Lilford Gallery (Canterbury); ArtSpring (Tonbridge); Artique Gallery (Tunbridge Well)
Bar: Houdini (Broadstairs); The Pound (Canterbury); The Common Rooms (Tunbridge Wells); Verdigris (Tonbridge); Chapter (Canterbury)
Beauty Salon: No.6 Clinic (Tunbridge Wells); Canterbury Cosmedics (Canterbury); Beau Boutique Salon (Ashford); TBC Skin Atelier (Tunbridge Wells); Beautellies (Tenterden)
Bookshop: Sevenoaks Bookshop (Sevenoaks); Harbour Books (Whitstable); Mr Books (Tonbridge); Oxfam Bookshop (Tunbridge Wells); A Bundle of Books (Herne Bay)
Boutique Stay: 7 Longport Canterbury; Hever Bed & Breakfast (Edenbridge); Cliftonville Townhouse (Margate); The Pig (Bridge); The Salutation (Sandwich)
Café: Daily Bread (Rusthall); Eat ‘n’ Mess (Sevenoaks); Toast (Herne Bay); Juliets (Tunbridge Wells); Raspberry Room (Brasted)
Children’s Business: Espression Arts (Canterbury); Once Upon a Wish (Tunbridge Wells); Slumber Teepees (Whitstable); The Talentz (Tunbridge Wells); The Reading Doctor (Herne Bay)
Day Spa: Eastwell Manor (Ashford); Kalmora Spa (Goudhurst); Green Farm Kent (Shadoxhurst); The Granary (Great Chart); Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa (Wilmington)
Farm Shop/Deli: Macknade Fine Foods (Faversham); Taywell Farm Shop (Cranbrook); Fuller’s Butcher’s & Farm Shop (Tunbridge Wells); Gibsons Farm Shop (Wingham); Hartley Coffee House & Farm Shop (Cranbrook)
Destination Pub: The Kentish Hare, (Bidborough); The George & Dragon (Chipstead); The Poet (Matfield); The Dog (Wingham); The Dove, (Dargate)
Family Attraction: Wingham Wildlife Park (Wingham); The Historic Dockyard (Chatham); The Wildwood Trust (Herne Bay); Bedgebury Pinetum (Goudhurst); Bewl Water (Lamberhurst)
Fitness Instructor: Sarah Gorman, SPN, (Tunbridge Wells); Fran Flin, Flin’s Fitness, (Orpington); Sarah Maxwell, Fitness & Lifestyle (Cranbrook); Clare Norris, The Kent Running Coach, (Hildenborough); Sarah Best, FindurFit, (Horsmonden)
Gift Shop: Happy & Glorious (Cranbrook); Little Blue Finch (Tonbridge); Love Inc (Tunbridge Wells); Wrapped (Canterbury); Made by Kent (Staplehurst)
Local Producer (Food/Drink): Cellar Head Brewing Company (Flimwell); Goupie (Goudhurst); Hush Heath Estate (Staplehurst); Pipehouse Gin (Tunbridge Wells); The Little Cake Company (Sevenoaks)
Florist: East Kent Flower Company (Hastingleigh); Flowers by Enchantment (Tonbridge); Sue Davies Flowers (Sutton Valence); Chambers Farm Flowers (Marden); Lily and Myrtle (Horsmonden)
Hair Salon: Leigh Roberts (Tunbridge Wells); Caisters Hair Lounge (Hawkhurst); The Chair (Canterbury); The Chapel (Tunbridge Wells); Camden Villa Hair (Sissinghurst)
Interiors: KAGU Interior Home (Tenterden); Duck & Dog (Cranbrook); Petronella Hall (Larkfield); Visual Roars Interiors (Whitstable); Fosbery Studio (Folkestone)
Photographer: Helen England Photography (East Peckham); Zuzu Valla Photography (Ashford); John Starns Photography (Sutton Valence); Emma Hall Photography (Horsmonden); Ashleigh Shea Photography (Orpington)
Restaurant: The Small Holding (Kildown); The Curious Eatery (Boughton Monchelsea); Deal Pier Kitchen (Deal); The Beacon (Rusthall); Buoy and Oyster (Margate)
Theatre/Arts Venue: The Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury); Trinity Theatre (Tunbridge Wells); Leas Cliff Hall (Folkestone); The Gulbenkian (Canterbury); The Orchard Theatre (Dartford)
Jewellery Store: Catherine de Crèvecoeur Jewellery (Tunbridge Wells); Kara Jewellery (Yalding); Bella Jane Jewellery (Tunbridge Wells); Reppin and Jones (Whitstable); Mark Adam (Tunbridge Wells)
Women’s Fashion Store: Kitch (Tunbridge Wells); Odyl (Cranbrook); Torza Boutique (Orpington); The Beehive (Ashford); bod & ted (Tunbridge Wells)
Yoga/Pilates Instructor: Lucy Parker, Flow, (Tunbridge Wells); Ismini Phillips, Ismini Phillips Studios, (Tonbridge); Suzi Staden, Suzi Staden Pilates (Ashford); Amy Pay, The Kent Running Coach (Hildenborough); Helen Bishop, Helen Bishop Yoga (Tunbridge Wells)
Newcomer: Contain Yourself (Tunbridge Wells); Arty Farty Retreat (Southborough); EveryDog (Snodland); Support Local (Tunbridge Wells); Wine Tours of Kent (Tenterden)