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The Muddy Awards 2019 Finalists

First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in the Muddy Stiletto Awards this year – we’ve seen an incredible rise of 100% of readers nominating on the Awards compared to last year, so you’re clearly in love with local too!

I’m always a bit conflicted at this point in the Awards. It’s super-fun to discover cool indie businesses, and see which village or town is having its ‘moment’ – Market Harborough, looks like it’s you this year! And  I love telling the excited Finalists they’ve made it through. But there are so many incredible businesses whose journey stops today (though get in touch if you think we should be featuring you anyway – I’m all ears!).

The Finals start and voting opens on Wednesday 15 May at 9am. They come and go in just 7 days, so if you love a local business and want to give it a pat on the back, head to the Awards site and do your bit before it slips your mind (yeah, I know what you’re like) because the Finalist with the most votes will be crowned Winner.

Right, that’s enough blather from me. Time to meet the Finalists. Who gets your vote?


Best Art Gallery: Wingates Gallery (Market Harborough); Goldmark Gallery (Oakham); Wistow Gallery (Leicester); Mikki Longley (Market Harborough); Oberon Gallery (Leicester)

Best Newcomer: Tin & Tonic Mobile Gin Bar; Ruby & Fi Events; Gina Fernandes Photography; Oh Curio; Avanti Candles

Best Photographer: Daisy Dots; Ginny Tarelli Photography; Stuart Carroll Photography; Hicks Clicks; Matt Glover Photography

Best Yoga/Pilates Instructor: Harry Hewetson (Hot Yoga with Harry); Jenny Liu (Hot Pod, Leicester); Lulu (Samyama Yoga); Ruth Kelly (RK Wellness); Jade Smith (Hot Yoga Oakham).

Best Women’s Store: Rebecca Couture Millinery (Oakham); Harriet Fazackerley (Leicester); Lace and Love (Leicester); DC Boutique (Kirby Muxloe)

Best Theatre/Arts Venue: Curve (Leicester); Harborough Theatre (Market Harborough); Kilworth House Theatre (Lutterworth); Uppingham Theatre (Rutland, Uppingham); Phoenix Arts Centre (Leicester)

Best Restaurant: Ascough’s Bistro (Market Harborough); Hitchen’s Barn (Oakham); The Attic (Kilworth); Restaurant 26, (Hinckley); Zamanis, (Ashby de la Zouch)

Best Jewellery Business: Ada Gallery (Market Harborough); Rococo Loves (Leicester); Just Jules, (Leicester); Lucy Flint Jewellery (Oakham); Thorpe & Brown (Burbage).

Best Interiors Store: Lily Loves Shopping (Market Harborough); Catthorpe Interiors; The Home of Handmade, (Loughborough); Eight Church Square (Market Harborough); Gracie Jaynes (Ibstock)

Best Hair Salon: All Saints Hairdressing (Oakham); Glow Hair & Beauty (Rutland); Hive Hair (Market Bosworth); Moose House of Hair (Market Harborough): Salon 65, (Hinckley)

Best Gift Store: Sarah Boddy; Freckles Gifts; Marmalade Meringue; Nest Gifts; More Than Just a Gift at Narborough Hall.

Best Florist: Amanda Steele (Oakham);  The Bloom Project (Leicester); Hollie Fox Flowers (Birstall); The Flower Plant (Sileby); Designer Daisies (Syston)

Best Local Producer Food/Drink: Vine Farm Dairy; Hambleton Bakery; Bisbrooke Artisans; Brentingby Gin; Chocolate Alchemy

Best Fitness Instructor: Penny Chaplin (Zumba by Penny); Jo Helcke( Zest 4 Life UK); Hannah Gibson (Fitness with Hannah); Lisa Maycock (Leicester Lisa); Natalie Rew (Nattyroo Fitness)

Best Family Attraction: Aqua Park (Rutland); Gorse Hill City Farm (Leicester); Rutland Farm Park (Rutland); Stonehurst Farm (Mount Sorrel); Wistow Maze (Wistow)

Best Destination Pub: Hercules Revived (Hinckley); The Swan Braybrooke(Market Harborough); The Windmill Inn, (Wymeswold); White Swan (Shawell); The Olive Branch (Rutland)

Best Farm Shop/Deli: Farndon Fields Farm Shop (Market Harborough);  Manor Farm Shop (Catthorpe); Roots at Thorpe Farm (Barkby Thorpe) Wigston Fields News & Deli (Wigston) Christopher James Deli (Leicester)

Best Day Spa: Aumspas (Leicester); 31 Degrees Leisure Days (Eastwell); Ragdale Hall (Melton Mowbray)

Best Children’s Business: Curtain Upp (Uppingham); Little Sensory Co (Leicester); Stomp (Leicester); Jelly Beans Music (Oakham); Olivia & Ivy (Leicester)

Best Cafe: Bom Bom Patisserie (Loughborough); Bowden Stores (Market Harborough); The BREWery (Sileby); The Larder (Oakham); The Loquacious Baker (Hinckley)

Best Boutique Stay: Bybrook Barn (Loughborough); Pheasants Roost (Oakham); Mallory Meadows (Kirkby Mallory); Manor House Quorn (Quorn); The Old Nurseries B&B (Melton Mowbray)

Best Bookshop: Kibworth Books (Kibworth); The Old Curiosity Bookshop (Hathern); Quinns (Market Harborough); The Rutland Bookshop (Uppingham)

Beauty Salon: Andrea Simpson Facialist (Ashby de la Zouch); Omorfia (Great Glen); ORB – Organic Ritual Beauty (Uppingham); Charleys Garden Retreat (Market Harborough); Mark Stacey Beauty Lounge; (Hinckley)

Best Bar: Monkey Tree Gin Bar (Ashby de la Zouch); Bar 33 Cank Street (Leicester); Brick and Beam (Leicester); The Bottle Garden (Leicester); Mill Street Pub and Kitchen (Oakham).

Finally, The Muddy Awards Winners Drinks will be help on Weds 29 May from 10-12 noon at The Exchange, 50 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RD so do keep the date free. Hope to see you there.

Good luck to you all!

Vote for your fave here. 

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4 comments on “The Muddy Awards 2019 Finalists”

  • Julian May 14, 2019

    Gutted to not be a finalist
    Good luck to all those in the final and especially the personal trainer category

    • keyamodessa May 15, 2019

      Sorry Julian! It’s soooo competitive this year as we’re in our third year.

  • Penny May 14, 2019

    Congratulations to all the finalists in each category.
    A special well done to Sarah and her team at The BREWery (Sileby).
    Good luck

  • Diane Wood May 15, 2019

    Absolutely thrilled Tin and Tonic is a finalist for newcomer. I know how much hard work has gone into refurbishing the horse box and marketing this business. Well done.
    Good luck to all finalists.


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