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Clink! It’s the Muddy Awards drinks!

You did it, they did it, we all did it! We all voted for our favourite local businesses in Kent and after a fierce competition, it was time to celebrate. Pop the cork and cue the cocktails!

Photography by Mollie Manning

Our 2021 Kent Muddy Stilettos Awards winners gathered together for an evening of celebration at Green Farm this week. This venue is quite possibly one of my favourite places in Kent (and I have quite a long list) – it’s so stunning, a rural spa retreat with a special heart, friendly vibe and is sort of central.

Frankly, the whole thing was a blast from beginning to end. Getting to meet inspirational, creative people – after all finding brilliant local businesses is right at the heart of Muddy and we really do love it.

Running a business requires great effort and to make it a successful one that brightens up our daily lives, adding to our community, is no mean feat (particularly after the last 18 months). So it’s an honour to be able to celebrate this on behalf of hard-working business owners across Kent.

And these winning businesses should feel proud. ALL the Finalists were a hugely talented bunch and the battle to reach the finals was insane. So to then win is an incredible achievement, with hundreds and hundreds of businesses nominated from all corners of the county, from teeny-tiny villages, to our bigger towns.

But without you lovely readers there would be no party and no awards, so it’s a big heartfelt THANK YOU from me and the Muddy team for taking your time to vote and give your local favourites a pat on the back, you’ve really shown how in love with local you are. Your support means everything to them.

Silver Birch Fine Foods

We all enjoyed a glass (or three) of something chilled and bubbly, thanks to the wonderful Biddenden Vineyards, who generously donated drinks for the night. There was also sensationally tasty bites from the talented Silver Birch Fine Foods street food/catering team.

Head Chef Anthony Birch, of Silver Birch Fine Foods

The stunning flower displays were a gift from Lucie of The Bloom Foundry, a funky florist and antiques emporium in Tunbridge Wells and winner of Best Florist in Kent. Plus we enjoyed sweet treats, including super cute stilettos cupcakes, from the gorgeous Baking You Better

It’s all over for another year, but we’ll see you in 2022 for the 6th year of the Awards. Until then, huge congrats to the Muddy Awards Winners 2021!

One final thank you to our brilliant photographer Mollie Manning capturing the story of you and your business so well (take 1 min out to look at her website and you’ll see what I mean.) She gave up her time for free to photograph our awards which was incredible and she’s worked with some great local brands and influencers.

Flowers by The Bloom Foundry

I just want to take the opportunity once more to say a massive CONGRATS to everyone who found themselves nominated, a finalist and eventually a winner.

Stiletto Cupcakes by Baking you Better

The warmth in the room really hit home to me how much talent, character and good-feeling there is here in Kent. I’m not sure my blithering speech did you justice, but the sentiment is definitely there!

Winners from top LEFT, CLOCKWISE: Best… Restaurant: The Small Holding; Interiors Store: Lumière; Photographer: Emily Brown Photography; Bar: The Lighthouse Champagne Bar; Wedding Venue: The Beacon; Destination Pub: The Kentish Hare; Boutique Stay: The Pig at Bridge Place and Beauty Salon: Skin & Beauty Clinic

Here’s some pics of our lovely winners, clutching their certificates (we even gave them window stickers too – the lucky sausages…) What a glamorous, joyous group of individuals they all are.

Winners from top LEFT, CLOCKWISE: Best… Florist: The Bloom Foundry; Day Spa: The Granary Spa; Jewellery Store: Rikke Line; Children’s business: Love Betty; Yoga / Pilates Studio: Flow Yoga Studio; Café: Life on High; Gift Shop: Rock Paper Scissors and New Covid Business: Paddle Cabin

Our wonderful winners! 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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