Muddy Awards Winners’ Drinks
One of our favourite bits of the Muddy Awards is the Winners’ Drinks Party – and not just because of the chance to hang out At the Chapel in Bruton on work time
It’s a genuine privilege to help the worthy winners celebrate their success at the Muddy Awards Winners’ Drinks party. Some have been in business for years; others are newbies but each and every one is an inspiration. It’s been a helluva year and a challenge just to survive, let alone win an award! Just to remind you, this year over 75,000 businesses entered and 850,000 votes were cast across the 25 Muddy counties – over 60,000 votes in Somerset & Dorset alone – so it really is a massive achievement.
This year, we were hosted by the coolest place to eat, drink and chill in Bruton: the fabulous At the Chapel. The restaurant, bar, artisan bakery (with wood-fired oven) and wine store with eight bedrooms above, is housed in a 17th century building that was once an 18th century chapel. It’s a spectacular space to come for brunch, afternoon tea, takeaway, booze, bread, dinner, a weekend away – or hold an Awards do.
We were down in the The Clubhouse…
With its intimate atmosphere, club chairs, bar and opening out onto a covered terrace – it’s perfect for a party.
Add in flowing fizz dotted with floating flowers, botanical non-alcoholic Pentire with sprigs of rosemary, magnificent Westcombe cheddar cheese straws, beetroot and gorgonzola arancini, heritage tomato and basil bruschetta.
And we’re off….
The youngest guest (just five days old).
Let the presentations commence.
Clockwise from top left: Claire of Wrixton-Smyth Creations; Jon from Harry’s Cider Company; Cato from The Emporium Somerset; Andy & Kate from The Trading Post; and Molly and Hanna from Pamplemousse.
Again, clockwise from top left: Eliza of Eliza Gray Gardens; Konnor & Nick from Flow Bar; Sassi and Kristine from Sassi Holford; and Fiona from White Feather.
And finally, clockwise from top left: Paula from Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts; Lionel from Brendon Books; Pip from Pip’s Railway Carriage Cafe; Safia & Ian from Bootmakers Workshops; and Zoe & Alice from Symondsbury Tithe Barn.
THE FULL LIST OF DORSET & SOMERSET WINNERS
ART GALLERY: Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington
BAR: Flow Bar, Frome
BEAUTY SALON: Mowhay, Chilcompton
BOOKSHOP: Brendon Books, Taunton
BOUTIQUE STAY: The Newt in Somerset, Castle Cary
BRIDAL STORE: Sassi Holford, Taunton
CAFE: Pip’s Railway Carriage Cafe, Lopenhead
CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Bootmakers Workshops, Wincanton
DAY SPA: Monart Day Spa, Poundbury
DESTINATION PUB: The Anchor Inn, Seatown
FAMILY ATTRACTION: Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham
FARM SHOP/DELI: Trading Post Farm Shop, Lopenhead
FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Rachel Staffe, Rachel Staff Fitness, Yeovil
FLORIST: Pamplemousse, Shaftesbury
GARDEN DESIGNER: Eliza Gray Gardens, Paulton
GIFT SHOP: The Emporium Somerset, Wellington
HAIR SALON: Medusa Apothecary, Dorchester
INTERIORS SHOP: Perfectly Lovely Interiors, Watchet
JEWELLER: Wrixton-Smyth Creations, Bridport
LOCAL FOOD/DRINK PRODUCER: Harry’s Cider Company, Long Sutton
NEW COVID BUSINESS: Burrito Boi, Frome
PHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah MAC Photography, Weymouth
RESTAURANT: The Station Kitchen, West Bay
THEATRE/ARTS VENUE: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, Poole
WOMEN’S STORE: White Feather, Sherborne
YOGA/PILATES STUDIO: Mellulah, Milton Abbas
WEDDING VENUE: Symondsbury Tithe Barn, Bridport
Huge thanks once again to everyone who voted in the Awards, to all the businesses that took part, Frome-based photographer Loveday Powell who took photos on the day and of course, Cath, Byrony and the rest of the team At the Chapel.
Same time next year?