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Culture, eating out, shopping, things to do, beauty, fitness... here's your super-local guide to the Muddy Awards 2021 finalists in your area.

Do you love a decent coffee, an indie florist, the latest gastropub, an uber-motivational PT, a cute local theatre, a fresh-from-the-field farmshop, and a salon that’s less than 20 minutes away? Of course you do darling, you’re a Muddy reader!

Juuust in case you’ve missed a local hotspot, we’ve got your back. Here’s all of our fabulous Kent Muddy Awards Finalists 2021, sorted by area so you can narrow down your new uber-local gems. Basically, we’ve put together your summer hit list of boutiques, bookshops, day spas, photographers, gardeners, attractions… and more. 

Go forth, enjoy and VOTE for your favourites to win… 


Don’t Walk Walk Gallery (Deal)

Linden Hall Studio (Deal)

The Rose (Deal)

Solley’s Ice Cream (Deal)


Lilford Gallery (Canterbury)

The Chair Beauty (Canterbury)

Bridal Boutique at Chilham (Chilham)

The Pig at Bridge Place (Bridge)

Rock Paper Scissors (Canterbury)

No.35 (Canterbury)

The Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury)

The Chair (Canterbury)

The Duck Inn (Pett Bottom)

The Red Lion (Stodmarsh)

The Dog at Wingham (Wingham) 

Wingham Wildlife Park (Wingham) 

Gibsons Farm Shop (Wingham) 

E.T. Wilmshurst & Sons (Wingham) 


Tales on Market St. (Faversham)

Sheldon Spa (Faversham)

Macknade Food Hall (Faversham)

Silver Birch Fine Foods (Faversham)

Simon Hawkins Weddings (Faversham)

The Dove (Dargate)


West End House Gallery (Smarden)

Green Farm (Shadoxhurst)

The Granary Spa (Great Chart)

Eastwell Manor (Ashford)

The Wife of Bath (Wye)

The Gastronomist (Ashford)

The Beehive (Ashford)

Frasers (Egerton)

Nest Furniture Studio (Ashford)


Chapel Place (Tunbridge Wells)

Simon Passey, The Results Academy (Tunbridge Wells)

Flow Yoga Studio (Tunbridge Wells)

SPN Studio (Tunbridge Wells)

Geography (Tunbridge Wells)

Little Pink Salon (Tunbridge Wells)

Isabella Grace Bridal (Tunbridge Wells)

Juliets (Tunbridge Wells)

Even Flow (Tunbridge Wells)

My Little Tea Parties (Tunbridge Wells)

Sarah Gorman, Blendfit (Tunbridge Wells)

The Bloom Foundry (Tunbridge Wells)

The Kentish Hare (Bidborough)

The Silver Sheep (Tunbridge Wells)

Bewl Water (Lamberhurst)

Fuller’s Butchers & Farm Shop (Tunbridge Wells)

Alison Abel, Fit N Abel (Tunbridge Wells)

Kitch (Tunbridge Wells)

Bod & Ted (Tunbridge Wells)

Lucy McKenzie Photography (Tunbridge Wells)

Assembly Hall Theatre (Tunbridge Wells)

Trinity Theatre (Tunbridge Wells)

The Beacon (Rusthall)

Catherine De Crevecoeur (Tunbridge Wells)

Bella Jane Jewellery (Tunbridge Wells)

The Diamond Setter (Tunbridge Wells)

Lumière (Tunbridge Wells)

The Green Duck Emporium (Tunbridge Wells)

The Chapel (Tunbridge Wells)

Oh My (Tunbridge Wells)

The Cove (Tunbridge Wells)

Karen McClure Garden Design (Tunbridge Wells)


Verdigris (Tonbridge)

ArtSpring Gallery (Tonbridge)

Mr Books Bookshop (Tonbridge)

East Green Childcare (Tonbridge)

The Papermakers Arms (Plaxtol)

Hever Castle (Hever)

Victoria Truman (Tonbridge)

Ismini Phillips, Ismini Phillips Studios (Tonbridge)

Bentley Pilates & Wellbeing (Edenbridge)

Emily Brown Photography (Paddock Wood)

Paddle Cabin (East Peckham)

Samsara Retreat & Yoga (West Peckham)

The Passionate Gardener (West Peckham)

Flowers by Enchantment (Tonbridge)

Saltwick Media (Larkfield) 

E M Forster Theatre (Tonbridge)

Bowleys at the Plough (Trottiscliffe)

Coco & Bloom (West Malling)


Chart Farm Shop (Seal)

Sevenoaks Bookshop (Sevenoaks)

Brides Dress Revisited, Otford

Life on High (Sevenoaks)

Dress Dreams Bridal Boutique (Sevenoaks) 

Love in Lace (Chiddingstone)

HOUSE by Flower & Glory (Sevenoaks)

Willow’s Bird of Prey & Wildlife Trail (Knockholt)

Cacti & Wildflower (Sevenoaks)

My Time Pilates (Penshurst)

The Stag (Sevenoaks)

Dominic Walmsley Jewellery (Sevenoaks)

Bradbourne Bakery (Sevenoaks)

The Old Bank (Westerham)

Chiddingstone Castle (Chiddingstone)

Olive & Oak (Sevenoaks)


The Lighthouse Champagne Bar (Folkestone)

Steep Street Coffee House (Folkestone)

Rocksalt Bar (Folkestone)

The Book Den (Hythe)


Clarité Health and Beauty (Cranbrook)

Bedgebury Pinetum (Goudhurst)

Hartley Farm Shop (Cranbrook)

Sarah Best, FindUrFit (Horsmonden)

Rikke Line (Goudhurst)

Odyl (Cranbrook)

The Small Holding (Kilndown)

Sprivers Mansion (Horsmonden)

Cellar Head Brewing Company (Goudhurst)

Kate Ball Garden Design (Cranbrook)

Happy & Glorious (Cranbrook)


Skin & Beauty Clinic (Tenterden)

Elizabeth Rose (Tenterden)

The Life Narrator (Tenterden)

Chapel Down (Tenterden)

KAGU Interiors (Tenterden)

Caisters Hair Lounge (Hawkhurst)

RE-Spect Hair Studio (Rolvenden)

Love Betty (Rolvenden)


Hayley Newman Beauty & Skincare (Margate)

Margate Suites (Margate)


Elmley Nature Reserve (Isle of Sheppey)

Harbour Books (Whitstable)

Farm & Harper (Whitstable)

Samphire (Whitstable)

Coastal Gardens (Whitstable)

Alice & The Hatter (Herne Bay)


Little Voices (Maidstone)

Tipis Restaurant (Yalding)

The Curious Eatery (Boughton Monchelsea)


Rowhill Grange (Wilmington)

Eliza & Ted (West Wickham)

VOTE for your local champions here – you have until 5pm on Fri 23 July. 

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