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Meet The Muddy Awards 2021 winners!

Your votes have been counted and - drumroll please - the results are in! Here are your Muddy Awards 2021 winners. Go say hi, they're local you know.

Oooh, well that was FUN! 

The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2021 romped to a close last week, the culmination of six weeks of cheer-leading, sharing the love and voting for the most brilliant local businesses across 25 Muddy counties. 

After our 2020’s Awards had been curtailed by something called – um, Carvid? Covim? – I think we all yearned this year to really celebrate the creativity, uniqueness and sheer stick-it-out bravery of our best local businesses. Cue an astonishing 75,000 businesses nominated and 750,000 votes cast in 2021.

In Kent alone this year we had:

  • A total of nearly 3k businesses put forward in the First / Nomination Round (across all categories) fighting it out to get into the Final
  • 25k votes cast in the First / Nomination Round
  • 29k votes cast in the Final

I know, bonkers! 

We’ve always proudly run the Muddy Awards on the basis of being free for all businesses to take part in from beginning to end – we never want small or new businesses to be excluded on the basis of cost. And five years on from the first Awards in Kent, it’s still as exciting as ever to shine a light on brilliant businesses that often go undiscovered and unrecognised. 

But these are Awards voted for by Muddy readers, not editors, so it’s a heartfelt  and whopping great THANK YOU from me to all of you who took part or voted in 2021. 

And with no further ado, allow me to introduce your winners for 2021 across Kent. All incredible and worthy of a visit – so print off this list (or save to your favourites on Muddy if you’re signed in) and work your way through them until we go again in June 2022! 

Ali x


Say hello to the BEST… 

Art Gallery: West End House Gallery (Smarden)

Bar: The Lighthouse Champagne Bar (Folkestone)

Beauty Salon: Skin & Beauty Clinic (Tenterden)

Bookshop: Sevenoaks Bookshop (Sevenoaks)

Boutique Stay: The Pig at Bridge Place (Bridge)

Bridal Store: Isabella Grace Bridal (Tunbridge Wells)

Café: Life on High (Sevenoaks)

Children’s business: Love Betty (Rolvenden)

Day Spa: The Granary Spa (Great Chart)

Destination Pub: The Kentish Hare (Bidborough)

Family Attraction: Wingham Wildlife Park (Wingham)

Farmshop / Deli: Macknade Food Hall (Faversham)

Fitness Instructor: Sarah Gorman, Blendfit (Tunbridge Wells)

Florist: The Bloom Foundry (Tunbridge Wells)

Garden Designer: Karen McClure Garden Design (Tunbridge Wells)

Gift Shop: Rock Paper Scissors (Canterbury)

Hair Salon: The Chair (Canterbury)

Interiors Store: Lumière (Tunbridge Wells)

Jewellery Store: Rikke Line (Goudhurst)

Local Producer (Food & Drink): Chapel Down (Tenterden)

New Covid Business: Paddle Cabin (East Peckham)

Photographer: Emily Brown Photography (Paddock Wood)

Restaurant: The Small Holding (Kilndown)

Theatre / Arts Venue: The Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury)

Wedding Venue: The Beacon (Rusthall)

Women’s Store: Kitch (Tunbridge Wells)

Yoga / Pilates Studio: Flow Yoga Studio (Tunbridge Wells)

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3 comments on “Meet The Muddy Awards 2021 winners!”

  • Shelly moemken July 29, 2021

    Amazing a couple that me and my husband voted for are winners so happy to see that they won well done to all

  • Dawn Kelly July 29, 2021

    Hello, I notice the day spa winner is The Granary.
    They have no wet facilities so would they not be a beauty salon??

    I was looking to have a swim and hot tub at a Kent spa, looked at your winner but can only see treatments.

    • aliagnew August 2, 2021

      Hi Dawn – I think a spa is defined by the fact that it’s more than just treatments but a place where people go to improve their health and wellbeing and the Granary Spa very much fits into this ethos. I guess different people want different things from a day spa – if you look at our list of 5 Finalists I’m sure you can find something there that would provide exactly what you’re after. We love Green Farm spa, which has a hot tub, plus is a very rural escape with yoga and overnights stays too. Or if you’re after a pool then you could try Eastwell Manor? There’s a few choices there… Enjoy! xA


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