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Regional Winners

Well that was FUN! The cocktail glasses were overflowing as the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2023 romped to a close last week. Cue an astonishing 77,000 businesses nominated and 800,000 votes cast in 2023. I know, bonkers!

We have always proudly run the Muddy Awards on the basis of being free for all businesses to take part, and on our 10th anniversary, it’s still as exciting as ever to shine a light on brilliant lifestyle indies that make our lives so much more fun and vibrant.

A whopping great THANK YOU to all of you Muddy readers who took part or voted, as well as thanks to our local sponsor Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Claire x

PS: Watch this space for our awards drinks night next month. This is where you can see all our winners basking in their glory and showing off their awards with pride!

OK enough waffling, meet the Muddy Awards 2023 winners.


Say hello to the BEST…

ART GALLERY: Chelmer Fine Art (Chelmsford)

BAR: Number 92 (Braintree)

BEAUTY SALON/CLINIC: JK Beauty (Mountnessing)

BOOKSHOP: Red Lion Books (Colchester)

BOUTIQUE STAY (UNDER 30 ROOMS): Essex Stays (Great Baddow)

BRIDAL STORE: Abigail’s Collection (Colchester)

CAFÉ: Table (Earls Colne)

CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Green Earth Learning (Chelmsford)

DAY SPA: Lifehouse Spa & Hotel (Thorpe le Soken)

DESTINATION PUB: Lion and Lamb (Little Canfield)

FAMILY ATTRACTION: Call of the Wild Zoo (South Woodham Ferrers)

FARMSHOP/DELI: Nanny Kay’s Farm Shop (Wickford)

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Lorna Cole, Fitness Fever (Chelmsford)

FLORIST: The Botanical Shed (Great Dunmow)

HAIR SALON: Lipstick & Locks (Braintree)

HOTEL/INN (WITH 30+ ROOMS): Down Hall (Hatfield Heath)

JEWELLER: The Luna Edit (Chelmsford)

LIFESTYLE STORE: Little Boat Gifts (Brightlingsea)

LOCAL FOOD/DRINK PRODUCER: The Hungry Tribe (Gosfield)

NEW LIFESTYLE START-UP: Artisans Hub (Braintree)

RESTAURANT: Fête Grays Yard (Chelmsford)


THEATRE/ARTS VENUE: Thameside Theatre (Thurrock)

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: A* Photography & Film (Clacton on Sea)

WEDDING VENUE: The Boundary (Southend on Sea)

WOMEN’S FASHION: Number Six (Chelmsford)

YOGA/PILATES STUDIO: Totally Yoga (Laindon)