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Meet the Muddy Awards 2021 winners!

Your votes have been counted and - drumroll please - the results are in! Here are your Somerset & Dorset Muddy Awards 2021 winners. Go say hi, they're local you know.

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Oooh, well that was FUN!

The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2021 romped to a close last week, the culmination of six weeks of cheer-leading, sharing the love and voting for the most brilliant local businesses across 25 Muddy counties.

After our 2020s Awards had been curtailed by something called – um, Carvid? Covim? – I think we all yearned this year to really celebrate the creativity, uniqueness and sheer stick-it-out bravery of our best local businesses. Cue an astonishing 75,000 businesses nominated and 750,000 votes cast in 2021. In Somerset and Dorset alone, there were almost 60,000 votes cast – I know, bonkers!

I’ve always proudly run the Muddy Awards on the basis of being free for all businesses to take part in from beginning to end – I never want small or new businesses to be excluded on the basis of cost. And eight years on from the first Awards, it’s still as exciting as ever for me to shine a light on brilliant businesses that often go undiscovered and unrecognised.

But these are Awards voted for by Muddy readers, not editors, so it’s a heartfelt and whopping great THANK YOU from me to all of you who took part or voted in 2021.

And with no further ado, allow me to introduce your winners for 2021 across Somerset and Dorset. All incredible and worthy of a visit – so print off this list (or save to your favourites on Muddy if you’re signed in) and work your way through them until we go again in June 2022!

Sue x


Say hello to the BEST…

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

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