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OMG! It has been a massive task of bean-counting to work out who the Finalists in this year’s Muddy Stilettos Awards are but we have our shortlist – 150 businesses in 30 categories, all vying for your love!


There are loads of BRILLIANT Northamptonshire businesses to vote for and they are already throwing everything at it, which makes it so exciting!


Thank you to those of you who voted already today – we totally broke the Internet earlier, woo hoo! (back up and running now though, phew!) – and for the many businesses involved. I feel really conflicted today as I’m obviously delighted for the businesses who go through but seriously gutted for those don’t. If you didn’t make it through, then I hope 2017 is your year.


Anyway, check out all the Finalists below and make sure you go and visit them – after you’ve voted!


Anna-Lou x


BEST ART GALLERY: Vitreus Art (Pottersbury), Rose Gallery (Northampton), 15 Collingwood (Northampton), NN Contemporary Art Gallery (Northampton) & Alfred East Art Gallery (Kettering)

BEST BAKERY: The Good Loaf (Northampton), Magee St Bakery (Northampton), The Giant Cupcake Shop (Wellingborough), Much a’dough Bakery (Wellingborough) & Little White Cakery (Rushden)

BEST BAR: The Olive Lounge (Rothwell), Castello Lounge (Wellingborough), Bar Hygge (Northampton), Corkers (Northampton) & Aura (Kettering)

BEST BEAUTY SALON: Kolaines Beauty Lounge (Kettering), GlamRus (Corby), Time for Me (Wellingborough), Lady Glamoureyes (Wilby) & Beauty by Magda (Northampton)

BEST BOOKSHOP: Not Just Words (Kettering), Harrowden Books (Finedon), The Old Hall Bookshop (Brackley), Waterstones (Northampton) & Manna house (Northampton)

BEST BOUTIQUE STAYS: The French Partridge (Horton), The Hopping Hare (Northampton), The Old House (Higham Ferrers), The Crown Inn (Weston) & The Worlds End (Ecton)

BEST CAFE: The Garden Deli (Wellingborough), Dreams Coffee Lounge (Northampton), The Good Loaf (Northampton), Kafe Bloc (Kettering) & Bartella’s Coffee House (Northampton)

BEST CASUAL DINING: Bread & Pullet (Northampton), Kino Lounge (Kettering), Jamrock (Wellingborough), Beckworth Emporium (Mears Ashby) & Castello Lounge (Wellingborough)

BEST CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Zap & Toes (Towcester), Popsy & Peanut (Towcester), When I was a kid (Wellingborough), Barnaby’s Farm (Northampton) & Charlotte Designs (Northamptonshire)

BEST COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY CENTRE: Blossom Beauty (Great Doddington), The Ashgrove Clinic (Higham Ferrers), Inspired to Change Hypnotherapy (Thrapston), Oxford Street Therapy Centre (Wellingborough) & The Maple Tree Clinic (East Hunsbury)

BEST DAY SPA: Whittlebury Hall (Nr Towcester), Rushton Hall (Rushton), Fawlsey Hall (Falsely), Grafton Spa (Towcester) & Kettering Park Hotel Spa (Kettering)

BEST DELI: The Italian Shop (Northampton), St Giles Cheese (Northampton), The Larder Deli (Castle Ashby), The Corner Deli (Kettering) & The Deli and Wine Barn (Heart of the Shires, nr Weedon)

BEST DESTINATION PUB: Brasserie 23 @ The Kings Head (Stratton), The Crown Inn (Weston), The Lamplighter (Northampton), The Fox & Hounds (Harleston) & The Red Lion (East Haddon)

BEST EMPORIUM:Beckworth Emporium (Mears Ashby), The Yards (Kettering), A Most Marvellous Place to Shop (Northampton), Hunters Emporium (Wellingborough) & The Old Bakehouse (Northampton)

BEST FAMILY ATTRACTION: West Lodge Farm (Desborough), Wickstead Park (Kettering), Stanwick Lakes (Stanwick), Salcey Forest (Northampton) & Irchester Country Park (Irchester)

BEST FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Adam Hale (Kettering), Becca McLachlan (Northampton), Mark Bailey (Kettering), Katie Bunting (Northampton) & Susan Spence (Wellingborough)

BEST FLORIST: Rockabilly Rose (Wellingborough), The Flower Stylist (Northampton), Seabrook’s Stems (Rushed), Sioux Phillips Floral Design (Northampton) & Pinks Florists (Higham Ferrers)

BEST GIFT SHOP: Una Casa (Northampton), The Yards (Kettering), Pure Crafters (Rushed), Mochaberry (Wellingborough) & Pepper Trees (Northampton)

BEST HAIR SALON: Daniel Granger Hairdressing (Northampton), Lara Boot Hairdressing (Northampton), Hensmans (Northampton), G & E Mcintyres (Northampton) & Salonista (Corby)

BEST INTERIORS: 15 Collingwood (Northampton), A Bell, Northampton (Northampton), Texture Interiors (Heart of the Shires, nr Weedon), Vintage French Lifestyle (Northampton) & Bela Papilio (Hannington)

BEST JEWELLERY STORE: Steffans (Northampton), Boo Gallery (Castle Ashby), Bonds Jewellers (Northampton), Michael Jones Jewellers (Northampton) & Bijoux Jewels (Northampton)

BEST LARGE HOTEL: Fawsley Hall (Fawsley), Kettering Park Hotel (Kettering), Rushton Hall (Rushton), Stanwick Hotel (Stanwick) & Barton Hall (Kettering)

BEST LOCAL PRODUCER (FOOD/DRINK): Sophisticake Creations (Northampton), Hart Family Brewers (Wellingborough), Friars Farm (Northampton), Saxby Cider (Furnish) & Brown’s Gourmet Sausages (Wollaston)

BEST LOCAL PRODUCER (NON FOOD/DRINK): Bonfirecherry Prints (Northamptonshire), Lollyrocket (Kettering), Mojo Creations (Northamptonshire), Dainty Rocks (Northamptonshire) & Bookishly (Northamptonshire)

BEST MEN’S BOUTIQUE: Thackerays (Northampton), Montague Jeffrey (Northampton), Union (Wellingborough), Jeffrey West (Northampton) & Clues (Northampton)

BEST RESTAURANT: The Church Bar & Restaurant (Northampton), Nuovo (Northampton), The Four Pears (Little Houghton), Sophia’s (Northampton) & 185 Watling Street (Towcester)

BEST THEATRE: Royal & Derngate Theatre (Northampton), The Castle (Wellingborough), The Core (Corby), The Lighthouse Theatre (Kettering) & The Deco Theatre, Northampton

BEST WINE SHOP: The Wine Connection (Northampton), Amps Fine Wines (Oundle), The Bottle Mix (Kettering), Cadman Fine Wines (Northampton), & Hart Family Brewery (Wellingborough)

BEST WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE: Berties (Northampton), Stefanie Jayne’s (Mawsley), Pinkneys Boutique (Kettering), 32 The Guild (Northampton) & Red Admiral Vintage UK (Northampton)

BEST YOGA/PILATES STUDIO: Northants Pilates (Northamptonshire), Stacy Coles (Northamptonshire), Diana’s Health & Fitness (Wellingborough), New Dimensions (Northampton) & Pink Ladies Health & Fitness (Northampton)

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1 comment on “THE MUDDY AWARDS 2016: ROUND 2 DING! DING!”

  • ash June 10, 2016

    Bread and pullet


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