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The Muddy Winners Drinkies!

Lights, camera, COCKTAILS! All the mayhem from the Muddy Winner's Drinks 2018

The Hopmaster General horse box. This man (Gav Wooding) does a mean rhubarb gin

Hosting Winners Drinks every year is a bit daunting but when the Muddy Awards victors arrive ready to party and the chatter hums and the corks start to pop, I absolutely love it.

Kim & Kate from The Castle, Wellingborough

The Awards are the hardest but most rewarding time of the year for me and the team – the time when new exciting businesses emerge into the spotlight, everyone pats the back of hard-working local indies, and we remember why we do Muddy Stilettos in the first place. I love meeting interesting people, finding out what they do, and telling others about them, so this post is pretty much the easiest thing to write because here they are!

Nicola Harrison from Daisy Dots Photography

Wild Indigo Flowers and Muddy’s Victoria (she loves a good natter)

We had a brilliant turn-out at this year’s drinkies, and just as well as we pretty much threw everything we had at the party this year – It was at the glorious Brampton Grange Wedding Venue & Conference Centre and for proper celebratory shenanigans in attendance providing all the extra delights were The Devine Betty’sSaxby’s CiderThe Prosecco Van Gin & Fizz.comTheHopmaster General – Micropub and Bottleshop and the super talented Hannah Hall Photography.

Saxbys were thrilled with their invite ; )

The Prosecco Van Gin Fizz would make ANY party

She took the images you’re seeing now – apart from the two above which are my handy work (she’s so chilled out and funny but really nails the perfect shot – seriously, book this woman);

PLUS what had been suspect weather decided to recede and the sun shone for our entire party and frankly the whole thing was a blast from beginning to end.

Gorjus canapes from the Devine Bettys

But there would be no party with no Awards, and no Awards with no readers to vote for their most loved indie businesses, so it’s a big heartfelt THANK YOU from me to you for taking the time to give your local favourites a pat on the back and showing your support for the Muddies. See you in 2019 for the fourth year (can you believe it?!!) of the Awards, but until then, give a virtual round of applause to (more photos below too)…


Best Art Gallery: Sir Alfred East Art Gallery (Kettering)

Best Bar: Wig and Pen (Northampton)

Best Beauty Salon: Pink Rose Beauty (Earls Barton)

Best Bookshop: The Old Hall Bookshop (Brackley)

Best Boutique Stay: The Swallows Rest (Brigstock)

Best Café: Manville Farm Tearoom (Walgrave)

Best Children’s Business: Little Learners (Corby & Northampton)

Best Day Spa: Whittlebury Hall (Northampton)

Best Destination Pub: The Tollemarche Arms (Harrington)

Best Family Attraction: West Lodge Rural Centre (Desborough)

Best Farmshop/Deli: Beckworth Emporium (Sywell)

Best Local Food/Drink Producer: Warner Edwards (Harrington)

Best Fitness Instructor: Tim Reid

Best Florist: Wild Indigo Flowers (Northampton)

Best Gift Shop: Mooch (Northampton)

Best Hair Salon: Opus Artistic Hair Design (Earls Barton)

Best Interiors Store: Abraxas Cookshop (Weedon)

Best Jewellery Store: Carry My Heart Keepsakes (Northampton)

Best Photographer: Daisy Dots

Best Restaurant: Italian Market Kitchen (Rothwell)

Best Theatre/Arts Venue: The Castle (Wellingborough)

Best Wine Merchant: Trelawney Wines (Potterspury)

Best Women’s Store: Stefanie Jayne’s and STORY Boutique (Northampton)

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio: The Core Zone (Middleton Cheney)

Tim Reid giving Anna-Lou a high-five for her knowledge of northern fast food delights!

Helen Sparrow and Sarah George from the fabulous Abraxas Cookshop

The lovely ladies from Opus Artistic Hair Design

Shaena from The Core Zone just about to tuck into The Devine Bettys beautiful canapes

Stephanie Jayne (left) and our fabulous intern Lizzie (middle)

Stephanie Jayne (looking stunning!)

Nicola Harrison from Daisy Dots Photography and the lovely Rachel from the Muddy sales team

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