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Clink clink! It’s the Muddy Awards drinks!

Check out all of the pictures, the fun and the smiles! Well done to everyone...2019 rocked!

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

Planning and hosting the Winners Drinks can be a bit daunting at times, especially since it is the Muddy party of the year. But once the day has arrived, the frock is on and the winners start to arrive, the nerves fly out the window and the genuine excitement takes over.

We mixed it up this year and embraced the festival vibes by hosting the drinks at the very hip giant tipis at Elms Meadow, we love making the most of the gorgeous Northants countryside after all. And with the music playing, drinks pouring and people chatting, it really was a little festival of our own. Getting to meet interesting people and finding lovely local businesses is right at the heart of Muddy and we really do love it.

There was a fantastic turnout at this year’s drinks and just as well – as we took the celebrations one step further this year – celebratory shenanigans were brought by Burnt Lemon CateringExplore ChocolateThree Hills Brewing, The Vanilla Bean Cake CompanyStonyfield WineThe Rum Bah Bar, Postbox Party, and we even had childcare sorted thanks to KidsStop. The super talented Marie from Fritz Photography took all the wonderful photos you’re looking at and Kate from Versatile Event Management joined the Muddy team for the occasion and helped pull all the planning and organising together.

The canapés, sweet treats and the booze all went down beautifully! Safe to say they were enjoyed, as there wasn’t a nibble in sight by the end (I managed ONE canape). The rum cocktails shook up a storm (I managed more of those), and what’s a party without a sparkling wine, who knew Northants fizz could taste so good?

After spending the week checking the weather (constantly changing from rain to sun), it turned out to be a lush day and the sun shone for the entire event; I even had to nick my Ed Assistant’s sunnies. Frankly, the whole thing was a blast from beginning to end.

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. It’s all over for another year, but we’ll see you in 2020 for the fifth year of the Awards. Until then, huge congrats to the Muddy Awards Winners 2019 (more pics below too)…

Our wonderful winners:

Best Art Gallery: Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering

Best Beauty Salon: Kolaine Beauty Lounge, Kettering

Best Bar: No 76, Desborough

Best Bookshop: Magazine Heaven, Rushden

Best Boutique Stay: The Swallows Rest, Brigstock

Best Café: The Water Mill Tearooms, Woodford

Best Children’s Business: Tutu Teddies

Best Day Spa: Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa

Best Destination Pub: The Red Lion, Cranford

Best Family Attraction: West Lodge Rural Centre, Desborough

Best Farmshop/Deli: Beckworth Emporium, Sywell

Best Local Food/Drink Producer: Warner’s Distillery, Harrington

Best Florist: Buds and Blooms, Finedon

Best Fitness Instructor: Amy West PT

Best Gift Shop: The Bean Hive, Kettering

Best Hair Salon: Sasha Louise Salon, Rushden

Best Interiors Store: The Vintage Guru, Northampton

Best Jewellery Store: Carry My Heart Keepsakes, Corby

Best Newcomer: The Bean Hive, Kettering

Best Restaurant: Hops & Chops, Northampton

Best Photographer: Amy Woodham Photography

Best Theatre/Arts Venue: The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Best Women’s Store: Stefanie Jayne’s, Mawsley

Best Yoga/Pilates Instructor: Yoga Senses (Rebecca Gartshore)

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