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Ta-dah! Here they are: the finalists in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017

Phew! The massive bean count is finally over and I can get some sleep, I mean, let you know the names of all the brilliant Somerset businesses who’ve made it into the finals of the Muddy Stilettos Awards. On our shortlist: 135 businesses in 27 categories, all vying for your love!

We counted up all the votes meticulously and it was the top 5 in each category with the most votes that go through to the finals – and it was really close in all of the categories.  I feel really conflicted today as I’m obviously delighted for the businesses who go through but seriously gutted for those don’t. If you didn’t make it through, then I hope 2018 is your year.

Thank you to those of you who voted already – and for the many businesses involved.

Anyway, check out all the finalists below and make sure you go and visit them – after you’ve voted, of course!

Voting starts at midday on WEDNESDAY 7 JUNE and goes for one week only until midday WEDNESDAY 14 June.

So here they are…

BEST ART GALLERY

  • ACEarts Gallery (Somerton)
  • Black Swan Arts (Frome)
  • Contains Art (Watchet)
  • Rostra Gallery (Bath)
  • Tinca Gallery (Portishead)

 BEST BAR

  • Brazz (Taunton)
  • Gallery Bar (Castle Cary)
  • Opium Bar (Bath)
  • Subhouse (Wells)
  • The Canary Gin Bar (Bath)

BEST BOOKSHOP

  • Bailey Hill Bookshop (Castle Cary)
  • Brendon Books (Taunton)
  • Hunting Raven Books (Frome)
  • Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights (Bath)
  • Topping & Company (Bath)

BEST BOUTIQUE STAY

  • Godney Arts House (Lower Godney, nr Wells)
  • Langford Fivehead (Lower Swell, nr Taunton)
  • Mount Pleasant Farmhouse B&B (Chapel Allerton, nr Cheddar)
  • Studio Farrows (Aller, nr Langport)
  • Swain House (Watchet)

BEST CAFÉ

  • Home (Castle Cary)
  • Living Pretty (Curry Rivel)
  • Railway Carriage Cafe (Lopenhead, nr Ilminster)
  • The River House (Frome)
  • The Shed (Taunton)

BEST CHILDREN’S BUSINESS

  • Amamaya Clothing (Taunton)
  • My Small World (Bath)
  • Spotty Herberts (Bath)
  • The FMLY Store (Bruton)
  • The Vintage Sweetheart (Glastonbury)

BEST COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH CENTRE

  • Nine Springs (Yeovil)
  • Pura Vida Holistic Therapies (Bath)
  • Rose Holistic Treatments (Bath)
  • The Well Being (Lower Durston, nr Taunton)
  • Wayside House (Curry Rivel, nr Langport)

BEST BEAUTY SALON

  • Another Little World (Corton Denham/Yeovil)
  • Bare Beauty (Combe Down, nr Bath)
  • Karen Christensen (Wells/Castle Cary)
  • Melanie Giles (Frome)
  • The Barn (Loxton)

BEST DAY SPA

  • Buff Urban Day Spa (Taunton)
  • Green Street House (Bath)
  • Lanes (West Coker, nr Yeovil)
  • Mount Somerset Elan Spa (Taunton)
  • Thermae Bath Spa (Bath)

BEST DESTINATION PUB

  • The Artisan (Frome)
  • The Halfway House (Pitney, nr Langport)
  • The Lord Poulett Arms (Hinton St George)
  • The Swan (Wedmore)
  • The Talbot Inn (Mells)

BEST FAMILY ATTRACTION

  • Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre (nr Minehead)
  • Haynes Motor Museum (Sparkford)
  • Puxton Park (Hewish, nr Weston-super-Mare)
  • The Frome Independent (Frome)
  • Tyntesfield House (Wraxall)

BEST FARM SHOP/DELI

  • Farrington’s Farm Shop (Farrington Gurney)
  • Pyne’s of Somerset (North Petherton)
  • Rumwell Farm Shop (nr Taunton)
  • Queen’s Street Deli (Wells)
  • Whiterow Farm (Beckington)

BEST FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

  • Carly Nicholson (Yeovil)
  • Deborah Welch (Clevedon)
  • Jo Beale (Frome)
  • Kelly Toogood (Weston-super-Mare)
  • Natasha Howells (Langport)

BEST LOCAL FOOD & DRINK PRODUCER

  • Bengrove Market Garden (Wraxall, nr Shepton Mallet)
  • E18hteen Gin (North Petherton)
  • Mr Filbert’s Fine Foods (Glastonbury)
  • Sweet Cumin (Clapton, nr Radstock)
  • West Country Water Buffalo (Chilthorne Dormer, nr Yeovil)

BEST FLORIST

  • Bespoke Blooms (Yatton)
  • Bramble and Wild (Frome)
  • Julia Moore Floral Designs (Castle Cary)
  • Little Thatch (South Petherton)
  • Myrtle Mee Flowers (Bath)

BEST GIFT SHOP

  • Eustace and Arthur (Langport)
  • Flamingo (Bath)
  • Mary Kilvert (Frome)
  • The Emporium Somerset (Wellington)
  • Wilfred & Alice (Clevedon)

BEST GLAMPING

  • Dimpsey Glamping (Chard)
  • Huntstile Organic Farm (Goathurst, nr Bridgwater)
  • Middle Stone Farm (Brompton Ralph, nr Taunton)
  • Secret Valley (Goathurst, nr Bridgwater)
  • The Yurt Retreat (Crewkerne)

BEST HAIR SALON

  • Buff Urban Day Spa (Taunton)
  • Chavela More (Wincanton)
  • Melanie Giles (Frome)
  • Number Three (Bath)
  • Phylosophie (Bath)

BEST INTERIORS STORE

  •  Alchemy (Bruton)
  • Home Front Interiors (Bath)
  • Lafleure (Langport)
  • Life Interiors & Antiques (Somerton)
  • Kin Lifestyle (Wellington)

BEST JEWELLERY STORE

  • Alex Appleton (Wincanton)
  • Alexandra May (Bath)
  • Annette Gabbedey (Frome)
  • Nicholas Wylde (Bath)
  • Polkadot Gallery (Taunton)

BEST MEN’S STORE

  • Assembly (Frome)
  • Bow Street Barbers (Langport)
  • Merchant Menswear (Taunton)
  • The Dandy Lion (Frome)
  • Top Notch Vintage (Somerton)

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Danielle Reeder (South Petherton)
  • Kerry Bartlett (Street)
  • Sophia Veres (South Petherton)
  • Storybox (Bridgwater)
  • Tessa Chapman (Ilminster)

BEST RESTAURANT

  • Celandines (Ilminster)
  • Roth Bar and Grill (Bruton)
  • Sam’s Kitchen Deli (Frome/Bath)
  • The Olive Tree (Bath)
  • The White Post (Rimpton nr Yeovil)

BEST THEATRE

  • McMillan Theatre (Bridgwater)
  • Merlin Theatre (Frome)
  • The Brewhouse (Taunton)
  • The Octagon (Yeovil)
  • Theatre Royal (Bath)

BEST WINE MERCHANT

  •  At the Chapel (Bruton)
  • Independent Spirit (Bath)
  • Somerset Wine Company (Wincanton)
  • The Grape and the Good (Wells)
  • Vine Wine (Fivehead, nr Taunton)

BEST WOMEN’S STORE

  • Allotment (nr Taunton)
  • Deadly is the Female (Frome)
  • Ellie Rose Bridal (Bath)
  • Instant Vintage (Bath)
  • Sisi and May (Bath)

BEST YOGA/PILATES STUDIO

  • Anna Davies Yoga Somerset (nr Bridgwater)
  • Focus Pilates (Frome)
  • Pilates & Barre (Taunton)
  • Pilates Body Aligned (Wells)
  • The Wellbeing Studio (Clevedon)

 

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8 comments on “Ta-dah! Here they are: the finalists in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017”

  • Stacey June 5, 2017

    Anna Davies is by far the best yoga instructor, she is friendly and adapts to suit you on a personal level. Anna works so hard to make sure each student has the best opportunity to achieve their goals.

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    • suetucker June 6, 2017

      She sounds fab! Don’t forget to vote in the finals from Weds 7 June!

      Reply
  • Jane Young June 5, 2017

    Anna Davis Yoga Somerset without a doubt! I have been a pretty bad time with breast cancer. I started with Anna whilst I completed my treatment.
    Without her I would not have coped.
    I also know there are 1 or 2 ladies in my class who are having a difficult time with issues – Anna’s warmth and kindness and dedication are helping them too.

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    • suetucker June 6, 2017

      She sounds totally amazing.

      Reply
  • Lorraine Beale June 9, 2017

    Amanda McCallum’s Pilates & Barre Studio is a very relaxing & peaceful environment. Her Pilates classes are varied & set at the right level for individuals to make them harder or easier working at their own level. She explains well , keeps an eye on individual postures , changes the exercises regularly to make sure each part of you gets its turn! She is a lovely lady & just generally an excellent teacher.

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  • Laura Valentine-Slack June 11, 2017

    Anna Davies Yoga, Somerset. Absolutely awesome. Love going to classes, Anna doesn’t just teach a class Yoga, she embraces the principles and reaching as well and shares her knowledge as well. Everyone is welcomed with a hug, and leaves with a hug. A really warm and vibrant experience. My sister has started coming with me. Needless to say, she loves it too!

    Reply
  • Emily May June 14, 2017

    I vote for life interiors somerton I love their shop! 🙂

    Em

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  • Mary Mullineux June 14, 2017

    Vote for Eustace and Arthur in Langport , a very special little gift shop with interesting presents and super cards.

    Reply

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