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.
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!
THE MUDDY STILETTOS AWARDS WINNERS 2021
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