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Raise a glass: The Muddy Awards 2021 Winners’ Drinks

Our annual awards wouldn't be the same without the main event: The winners' drinks. Here's how we celebrated with our fabulous 2021 Muddy Awards Winners.

We asked. You voted. And voted. And voted. The competition was supremely fierce, but after the nail biting, the agony, the ecstasy…. it was time to raise a glass (or several) and kick back with Rutland and Leicestershire’s favourite and finest independent businesses.

In regular Muddy fashion we invited all the winners together to celebrate and this year, we held our celebratory drinks at The Bond Street Distillery (Winner in the Best Bar category and pictured above) over in Hinckley. 

The team at Bond Street Distillery who won Best Bar in the Muddy Awards 2021 and kindly hosted our event! Well done guys!

I’ve been doing these awards for the past 6 years and every year, it’s such a privilege to meet, greet and toast their win and celebrate their success.

After the tumultuous year we’ve all had, it was so heartwarming and inspiring to see so many innovative, high quality businesses thriving here in Leics and Rutland.

From L to R: Bond Street Distillery, drinks, prosecco, bottom left Halima who made the canapes and treats from the goodie bag!

I’d also like to give a special shout out to the kind businesses who donated gifts for our goodie bags. Simsante for her healthy and super delicious chocolate, Silvia from Sugah Lab for her adorable biscuits and Angela and Rupert Turton from ActionCOACH who donated a gift voucher to each winner for a complimentary 1-2-1 coaching session worth a whopping £500! I’d also like to thank The Flower Plant in Sileby for the beautiful blooms and Halima Ferreira of Tailored Taste for her wonderful canapes.

Check out some of the pics below, all taken by the brilliant Kim Burrows. You can read a little more about her here too.

But, as you know, the Muddy Awards are nothing without you, our discerning and, frankly, fabulous readers, so a massive thanks to all of you for voting in your thousands in support of your favourite local businesses.

See you next year! Kx

Some of the Rutland winners.
L to R: Land Girls (Best New Covid biz) and Shoot it Momma (Best Photographer).
The Market Harborough winners!
L to R: Optimum You Yoga and Wellness (Best Yoga Studio), Milos (Best Cafe), No 34 Boutique (Best Women’s Fashion Boutique. Bottom row L to R: The Garden Retreat (Best Beauty Salon) and Quinn’s Bookshop (Best Bookshop).
More winners! L to R: Thorpe & Brown (Best Jewellery Store), Best Fitness Instructor (Hannah Gibson – Fitness with Hannah). Bottom row L to R: More Than Just a Gift at Narborough Hall (Best Gift Store) and lastly, Wigston Deli (Best Deli/Farm Shop).
L to R: Zerin Smith Antenatal and Baby Massage (Best Children’s Business), Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre (Best Arts Venue). Bottom row L to R: Fourwards (Best Restaurant) and finally, Sophie Élise Beauty Salon and Day Spa (Best Spa).

OUR BRILLIANT WINNERS FOR 2021:

Art Gallery: Wingates Gallery, Market Harborough 

Bar: The Bond Street Distillery and Social, Hinckley 

Beauty Salon:  The Garden Retreat, Market Harborough 

Bookshop: Quinns Bookshop, Market Harborough 

Best Boutique Stay: The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham

Café: Milo’s Cafe, Market Harborough 

Children’s Business: Zerin Smith Antenatal and Baby Massage 

Day Spa: Sophie Élise Beauty Salon and Day Spa, Melton Mowbray

Destination Pub: The Red Lion, Great Bowden

Family Attraction: Windmill Farm Park, Kibworth

Farmshop/Deli: Wigston Deli

Fitness Instructor: Hannah Gibson / Fitness with Hannah

Local Food/Drink Producer: Vine Farm Dairy, Great Dalby

Florist: Don’t Settle Petal, Rutland

Gift Shop: More Than Just a Gift at Narborough Hall

Hair Salon: Hive Hair, Market Bosworth 

Interiors Store: Bagel and Griff, Market Harborough

Jewellery Store: Thorpe and Brown, Hinckley 

Photographer: Shoot it Momma, Rutland

Restaurant: Fourwards Restaurant, Earl Shilton

Theatre/Arts Venue: Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre, Leicester

Women’s Store: No 34 Boutique, Market Harborough

Yoga/Pilates Studio: Optimum You Yoga and Wellness, Market Harborough

Bridal Store: Maisie Darling, Lutterworth

Wedding Venue: Hothorpe Hall, Theddington Leicestershire

Garden Designer: Frances Hunt Garden Design, Quorn

New Covid Biz: Land Girls, Rutland.

All images credited to Kim Burrows Photography.

Keya x

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