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Fun & Frolics at the Muddy Award Winner’s Drinks

Even the weather was truly in our favour at this year’s Muddy Awards 2017 drinks. The most awesome summer’s evening greeted our guests as they arrived at the stunning venue, The Wine Sanctuary tasting room at Chapel Down Winery, (if you haven’t been yet – this really is a special place, check it out).

Super stylish, with a decking area overlooking a valley of vines our venue was a buzz of excitement as winners collected their certificates/window stickers, quaffed delicious fizz (Chapel Down has 18 international awards and counting) and tucked into amazing canapés from Basil Wholefoods. Then it was outside for fun, frolics and photos by the very lovely and talented photographer Ali Kittermaster (who I can highly recommend for any special occasion – from weddings to birthdays and everything in between).

So CONGRATULATIONS to these beautiful Kent based businesses! Thank you all so much for taking part and tweeting/Facebooking/shouting from the rooftops and generally getting VERY involved – you are all worthy Winners. A big up to our very deserving Finalists too! The competition was seriously fierce (*wipes brow*) and everyone involved should be very proud of what they’ve achieved.

The response to the Awards this year has been incredible, with up to 100,000 people per day voting across the Muddy Stilettos sites and over 250,000 votes cast – awareness of the brand has gone bonkers! The ethos of Muddy Stilettos is all about celebrating and supporting the most unique, interesting, brilliant local businesses, and we hope that this award will give businesses a real boost.

I won’t go on, because let’s face it, I’ve been going on for the last few weeks, so since they say a picture speaks a thousand words here’s some lovely images of this year’s super duper Winners – and a full list of all their details below. Say Cheeeeese!

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio, Best Art Gallery & Best Fitness Instructor

Best Cafe, Best Theatre and Best Restaurant

Best Complementary Health Centre, Best Day Spa & Best Children’s Business

Best Florist, Best Women’s Boutique & Best Beauty Salon

Hair Salon, Best Jewellery Store & Best Destination Pub

Best Farmshop/Deli, Best Photographer & Best Boutique Stay


Best Art Gallery – Artique (Tunbridge Wells).

Best Bar – Fuggles Beer Café (Tunbridge Wells).

Best Beauty Salon – No.6 Clinic (Tunbridge Wells).

Best Bookshop – Catching Lives Books (Canterbury).

Best Boutique Stay – Who’d a thought it? (Maidstone).

Best Café – Juliet’s (Tunbridge Wells).

Best Children’s Business – JPA (Tunbridge Wells).

Best Complementary Therapy Centre – Horsmonden Physiotherapy Centre (Horsmonden).

Best Day Spa – Kalmora Spa (Goudhurst).

Best Destination Pub – The Poet (Matfield).

Best Family Attraction – Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest (Goudhurst).

Best Farmshop/Deli – Hartley Dyke Farm Shop Charity Farm (Cranbrook).

Best Fitness Instructor – Jaime Cooke of Popcycle (Lamberhurst).

Best Florist – Colonnade Florist (Tunbridge Wells).

Best Gift Shop – The Secret Garden (Borough Green).

Best Glamping – Kits Coty (Aylesford).

Best Hair Salon – Morgan Hodges Hair (Tunbridge Wells).

Best Interiors Store – Skinners (Tunbridge Wells).

Best Jewellery Store – Bella Jane Jewellery (Tunbridge Wells).

Best Local Producer (Food and Drink) – Taywell Ice Creams (Paddock Wood).

Best Men’s Store – County Clothes (Tenterden).

Best Photographer – Zuzu Valla Photography (Ashford).

Best Restaurant – The Curious Eatery (Boughton Monchelsea).

Best Theatre – The Orchard Theatre (Dartford).

Best Wine Merchant – Murcatto Wines (Staplehurst).

Best Women’s Store – bod & ted (Tunbridge Wells).

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio – My Time Pilates (Penshurst).

Which way to the bar? Muddy Editor Ali (left) and Muddy Marketing, Sarah (right)

So that’s it for another year. What will I do now, you ask? Go back to doing what I know (and hopefully do) best, writing award-winning (*cough*) copy – that is if I remember how. In the meantime, time for a cheeky refill me thinks.

See you next year everyone!

Ali x

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2 comments on “Fun & Frolics at the Muddy Award Winner’s Drinks”

  • Kate Baker June 27, 2017

    Great Job Ali and Sarah

    • aliagnew June 27, 2017

      Thanks Kate! We are just about recovered now… xx


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