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Meet the Muddy Award winners 2018

The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2018 romped to a close last night with thousands upon thousands of you supporting the local businesses you love the most.

If you’re a regular reader (or voter!) you’ll know that The Muddy Awards are free to all and run as a good-natured, positive celebration of the most brilliant, unique and unmissable businesses across the Muddy counties. Northants always gets a brilliant reaction and thousands of you vote across 24 lifestyle categories, showing how much we all appreciate independence and creativity.

From yours truly – a gibbering wreck of an editor, crossed eyed with checking spreadsheets  – it’s a heartfelt and whopping great THANK YOU and multiple love emoji  to everyone who took part or voted.

But enough blather from me. Want to meet your winners? All fabulous and worthy of your applause and hopefully quite a few businesses you don’t already know about so you can use them to plan your fun for the rest of 2018!

Anna-Lou x



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)

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