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Meet the Muddy Awards Finalists!

Thousands of you voted for your favourite local businesses in the first round of this year’s Awards. Want to see who made it through to the Finals? (OK, that’s a stupid question).

This is not a drill: the Finals are LIVE!

You’ve voted, we’ve counted (and counted, and counted, and counted…) and FINALLY it’s the moment the nation’s been waiting for. No, not the football, not Wimbledon — it’s the Muddy Awards Finals, people! 

We’ve seen an incredible number of votes cast in the first nomination round – 25,000 votes across all categories in Kent alone! (By the way more people in Kent voted in the Best Bar category than any of the other 25 Muddy counties – proving you lot know how to party!)

I’m always a bit conflicted at this point in the Awards.

It’s 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!).

There can only be five finalists in each category and it’s up to you to decide who wins. The Awards close on Friday 23 July 2021 at 5pm – so if there’s a business you love, make sure you VOTE HERE!

OK, you want to see who made it through? Course you do! Meet your worthy Kent Finalists:

Art Gallery

  • Don’t Walk Walk Gallery (Deal)
  • Lilford Gallery (Canterbury)
  • West End House Gallery (Smarden)
  • Linden Hall Studio (Deal)
  • ArtSpring Gallery (Tonbridge)


  • Chapel Place (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Verdigris (Tonbridge)
  • The Lighthouse Champagne Bar (Folkestone)
  • Geography (Tunbridge Wells)
  • The Pilot Beach Bar (Folkestone)

Beauty Salon

  • Skin & Beauty Clinic (Tenterden)
  • Clarité Health and Beauty (Cranbrook)
  • Hayley Newman Beauty & Skincare (Margate)
  • The Chair Beauty (Canterbury)
  • Little Pink Salon (Tunbridge Wells)


  • Harbour Books (Whitstable)
  • Mr Books Bookshop (Tonbridge)
  • Tales on Market St. (Faversham)
  • Sevenoaks Bookshop (Sevenoaks)
  • The Book Den (Hythe)

Boutique Stay

  • The Wife of Bath (Wye)
  • Margate Suites (Margate)
  • The Dog at Wingham (Wingham)
  • The Pig at Bridge Place (Bridge)
  • The Rose (Deal)


  • Life on High (Sevenoaks)
  • Farm & Harper (Whitstable)
  • Juliets (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Steep Street Coffee House (Folkestone)
  • Even Flow (Tunbridge Wells)

Children’s Business

  • East Green Childcare (Tonbridge)
  • My Little Tea Party (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Love Betty (Rolvenden)
  • Alice & The Hatter (Herne Bay)
  • Little Voices (Maidstone)

Day Spa

  • Green Farm (Shadoxhurst)
  • Sheldon Spa (Faversham)
  • The Granary Spa (Great Chart)
  • Eastwell Manor (Ashford)
  • Rowhill Grange (Wilmington)

Farm Shop/Deli

  • Fuller’s Butcher’s & Farm Shop (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Gibsons Farm Shop (Wingham)
  • Chart Farm Shop (Seal)
  • Macknade Food Hall (Faversham)
  • Hartley Farm Shop (Cranbrook)

Destination Pub

  • The Dove (Dargate)
  • The Duck Inn (Pett Bottom)
  • The Papermakers Arms (Plaxtol)
  • The Red Lion (Stodmarsh)
  • The Kentish Hare (Bidborough)

Family Attraction

  • Wingham Wildlife Park (Wingham)
  • Bedgebury Pinetum (Goudhurst)
  • Hever Castle (Hever)
  • Willow’s Bird of Prey & Wildlife Trail (Knockholt)
  • Bewl Water (Lamberhurst)

Fitness Instructor

  • Sarah Gorman, Blendfit (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Ismini Phillips, Ismini Phillips Studios (Tonbridge)
  • Alison Abel, Fit N Abel (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Sarah Best, FindUrFit (Horsmonden)
  • Simon Passey, The Results Academy (Tunbridge Wells)

Gift Shop

  • The Silver Sheep (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Olive & Oak (Sevenoaks)
  • Happy & Glorious (Cranbrook)
  • Eliza & Ted (West Wickham)
  • Rock Paper Scissors (Canterbury)

Local Producer (Food/Drink)

  • Bradbourne Bakery (Sevenoaks)
  • Chapel Down (Tenterden)
  • Cellar Head Brewing Company (Flimwell)
  • E.T. Wilmshurst & Sons (Wingham)
  • Solley’s Ice Cream (Deal)


  • Cacti & Wildflower (Sevenoaks)
  • The Bloom Foundry (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Coco & Bloom (West Malling)
  • The Cove (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Flowers by Enchantment (Tonbridge)

Hair Salon

  • The Chair (Canterbury)
  • Oh My (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Caisters Hair Lounge (Hawkhurst)
  • RE-Spect Hair Studio (Rolvenden)
  • The Chapel (Tunbridge Wells)

Interiors Store

  • KAGU Interiors (Tenterden)
  • Lumière (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Nest Furniture Studio (Ashford)
  • The Green Duck Emporium (Tunbridge Wells)
  • HOUSE by Flower & Glory (Sevenoaks)


  • Saltwick Media (Larkfield)
  • Lucy McKenzie Photography (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Simon Hawkins Weddings (Faversham)
  • The Life Narrator (Tenterden)
  • Emily Brown Photography (Paddock Wood)


  • Bowleys at the Plough (Trottiscliffe)
  • The Curious Eatery (Boughton Monchelsea)
  • The Small Holding (Kilndown)
  • The Old Bank (Westerham)
  • Samphire (Whitstable)

Theatre/Arts Venue

  • E M Forster Theatre (Tonbridge)
  • The Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury)
  • Trinity Theatre (Tunbridge Wells)
  • The Stag (Sevenoaks)
  • Assembly Hall Theatre (Tunbridge Wells)

Jewellery Store

  • Catherine De Crevecoeur (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Rikke Line (Goudhurst)
  • Bella Jane Jewellery (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Dominic Walmsley Jewellery (Sevenoaks)
  • The Diamond Setter (Tunbridge Wells)

Women’s Store

  • The Beehive (Ashford)
  • bod & ted (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Elizabeth Rose (Tenterden)
  • Kitch (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Odyl (Cranbrook)

Yoga/Pilates Studio

  • Bentley Pilates & Wellbeing (Edenbridge)
  • Flow Yoga Studio (Tunbridge Wells)
  • SPN Studio (Tunbridge Wells)
  • My Time Pilates (Penshurst)
  • Samsara Retreat & Yoga (West Peckham)

Bridal Store

  • Bridal Boutique at Chilham (Chilham)
  • Brides Dress Revisited (Otford)
  • Dress Dreams Bridal Boutique (Sevenoaks)
  • Isabella Grace Bridal (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Love in Lace (Chiddingstone)

Garden Designer

  • Victoria Truman Landscape and Garden Design (Tonbridge)
  • The Passionate Gardener (West Peckham)
  • Kate Ball Garden Design (Cranbrook)
  • Coastal Gardens (Whitstable)
  • Karen McClure Garden Design (Tunbridge Wells)

Wedding Venues

  • Frasers (Egerton)
  • The Beacon (Rusthall)
  • Sprivers Mansion (Horsmonden)
  • Elmley Nature Reserve (Isle of Sheppey)
  • Chiddingstone Castle (Chiddingstone)

New Covid Biz

  • Paddle Cabin (East Peckham)
  • Silver Birch Fine Foods (Faversham)
  • Tipis Restaurant (Yalding)
  • The Gastronomist (Ashford)
  • No.35 (Canterbury)


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2 comments on “Meet the Muddy Awards Finalists!”

  • Debs Smith July 7, 2021

    Such a shame Toast at Herne Bay didn’t make the finalists. Or indeed that more Herne Bay businesses didn’t get into the final cut

    • aliagnew July 7, 2021

      Hi Debs – Alice & The Hatter from Herne Bay is actually in the Final! It’s all down to public voting – so if you love local please spread the word for voters in your area. Thank you x


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