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Your local gems by location

Want to know where your Essex Muddy Award Finalists are based? From super-cute cafés and quirky galleries to cool coastal hotels and fab florists, we’ve got the county covered.

Sat Navs at the ready! Whether you’re after a great coffee shop, stellar indie store or boutique room for the night, we’ve sorted our marvellous Essex Muddy Awards Finalists 2022 by area so you can narrow down some new favourites. You could call it your local hotspot hit list (but that’s up to you).

Go forth, enjoy and vote for your favourites – old or new – to win!


  • Elly’s Flower Studio, Saffron Walden (Florist)
  • Hart’s Books, Saffron Walden (Bookshop)
  • Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden (Family Attraction)
  • Bitesize Bakehouse, Saffron Walden (Local Food/Drink Producer)
  • The Saffron Ice Cream Company, Saffron Walden (Local Food/Drink Producer)
  • Bricks and Makers, Saffron Walden (New Lifestyle Start Up)
  • Me + Mrs Jones, Saffron Walden (Women’s Fashion)
  • Blue, Saffron Walden (Women’s Fashion)
  • The Cricketers Arms, Rickling Green (Destination Pub)
  • Wonky Wheel Gallery, Finchingfield (Art Space)
  • The Old Farmhouse, Finchingfield (Boutique Stay)
  • The Flitch of Bacon, Little Dunmow (Boutique Stay & Restaurant)
  • Si Belle Beauty, Great Dunmow (Beauty Salon)
  • Wardrobe, Great Dunmow (Women’s Fashion)
  • Rumblebees Books, Felsted (Bookshop)
  • Vintage Style Living, Thaxted (Lifestyle Store)
  • Thaxted Yoga, Thaxted (Yoga/Pilates Studio)
  • We.are.table, Earls Colne (Cafe)
  • Ecolnes Refillery, Earls Colne (Sustainable Business & New Lifestyle Start-Up)
  • Lara-Scott Norris, Village Green Gym, Halstead (Fitness Instructor)
  • Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham (Wedding Venue)
  • Deersbrook Farm Shop, Braintree (Farm Shop/Deli)
  • Artisan’s Hub, Braintree (Lifestyle Store & New Lifestyle Start-Up)
  • Barn Bridal Boutique, Silver End (Bridal Store)


  • Firstsite, Colchester (Art Space) 
  • Beauty at the Bay, Colchester (Beauty Salon)
  • Red Lion Books, Colchester (Bookshop)
  • The Wedding Shop, Colchester (Bridal Store)
  • Sip & Tuck, Colchester (Cafe)
  • Mimibear, Colchester (Children’s Business)
  • Colchester Zoo, Colchester (Family Attraction)
  • Wivenhoe House Hotel, Colchester (Hotel/Inn)
  • GreyFriars, Colchester (Hotel/Inn)
  • Elizabeth Jayne Photography, Colchester (Photographer)
  • Kintsu, Colchester (Restaurant)
  • Mercury Theatre, Colchester (Theatre/Arts Venue)
  • Frippery, Colchester (Women’s Fashion)
  • Talbooth House & Spa, Dedham (Day Spa)
  • Prested Hall, Feering (Boutique Stay & Wedding Venue)
  • Vicki Marks, Vicki PT, Feering (Fitness Instructor)
  • The Station Hair & Beauty, Mistley (Hair Salon)
  • Deb Burrows Photography, Manningtree (Photographer)
  • Flowers With Love, Tiptree (Florist)


  • The Cricketers, Clavering (Boutique Stay & Destination Pub)
  • Down Hall, Hatfield Heath (Day Spa & Hotel/Inn)


  • Karma Beauty, West Mersea (Beauty Salon)
  • Mersea Island Watersports, Mersea (Family Attraction)
  • East Mersea Hall, East Mersea (Wedding Venue)
  • Lifehouse Spa & Hotel, Thorpe-le-Soken (Day Spa)
  • The Loft, Tollesbury (Cafe)


Highlands House Estate Chelmsford
  • Hylands Estate Artist Studios, Chelmsford (Art Space)
  • ACanteen, Chelmsford (Bar)
  • Bottle Bureau, Chelmsford (Bar)
  • Fête, Chelmsford (Bar & Restaurant)
  • The Spa Therapy Room, Chelmsford (Beauty Salon)
  • The Glamour Room, Chelmsford (Beauty Salon)
  • Driink Coffee Club, Chelmsford (Cafe)
  • The Bakehouse, Chelmsford (Cafe)
  • Chelmsford Museum, Chelmsford (Family Attraction)
  • Essex Stays at The Kings Head, Chelmsford (Boutique Stay)
  • Lorna Cole, Fitness Fever, Chelmsford (Fitness Instructor)
  • Mack, Chelmsford (Hair Salon)
  • Raine London, Chelmsford (Jeweller)
  • Dainty London, Chelmsford (Jeweller)
  • Essex Spirits Co., Chelmsford (Local Food/Drink Producer)
  • Vicky Holmes Photography, Chelmsford (Photographer)
  • Nicola Drummond Photography, Chelmsford (Photographer)
  • The New London, Chelmsford (Restaurant)
  • Pig & Whistle Restaurant, Chelmsford (Restaurant)
  • Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (Theatre/Arts Venue)
  • Hylands House, Chelmsford (Wedding Venue)
  • Number Six, Chelmsford (Women’s Fashion)
  • Bellissima Weddings, South Woodham Ferrers (Bridal Store)
  • Baddow Park House, Great Baddow (Wedding Venue)
  • Lathcoats Farm Shop, Galleywood (Farm Shop/Deli)
  • Ginny’s Cocktail Lounge, Maldon (Bar)
  • Maldon Books, Maldon (Bookshop)
  • Anvil and Ivy, Maldon (Jeweller)
  • Cal & Co, Maldon (Lifestyle Store)
  • The Blue Dandelion, Ingatestone (Florist)
  • The Star Inn, Ingatestone (Destination Pub)
  • Abigail’s Lifestyle, Ingatestone (Lifestyle Store)
  • La Pomme, Ingatestone (Lifestyle Store, New Lifestyle Start-Up & Sustainable Business)
  • 3 Flo Yoga, Ingatestone (Yoga/Pilates Studio)
  • Greenwoods Hotel & Spa, Stock (Day Spa)
  • Harry’s Bar, Billericay (Bar)
  • Barleylands Farm Park & Village, Billericay (Family Attraction)
  • The Little Posy Hut, Billericay (Florist)
  • The Billericay Theatre, Billericay (Theatre/Arts Venue)
  • The Yoga Club, Billericay (Yoga/Pilates Studio)
  • The Hungry Tribe, Witham (Local Food/Drink Producer)


  • Isobel Scarlette Photography, Epping (Photographer)
  • Theydon Oak, Epping (Destination Pub)
  • Haus and Hagen, Ongar (New Lifestyle Start-Up)
  • The Dog & Pickle, Moreton (Destination Pub)


  • Tiny Bundles Handmade, Southend-on-Sea (Children’s Business)
  • Le Keux, Southend-on-Sea (Hair Salon)
  • Roslin Beach Hotel, Southend-on-Sea (Hotel/Inn)
  • Seven, Southend-on-Sea (Hotel/Inn)
  • Beautiful Healthy Home, Southend-on-Sea (Sustainable Business)
  • Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (Theatre/Arts Space)
  • Rock The Frock Pre-Loved, Rochford (Bridal Store)
  • Natalie Tennant, Naturally Fit4Life, Rochford (Fitness Instructor)
  • The Wild Hare, Leigh-on-Sea (Hair Salon)
  • Two Tree Gallery, Leigh-on-Sea (Art Space)
  • Create 98, Leigh-on-Sea (Art Space)
  • The Princess Emporium, Leigh-on-Sea (Children’s Business)
  • Little Adventures with Dough, Leigh-on-Sea (Children’s Business)
  • Black & Sigi, Leigh-on-Sea (Jeweller)
  • Plant Faced Coffee Shop, Hadleigh (Sustainable Business)
  • A Fine Balance, Upminster (Yoga/Pilates Studio)
  • The Green Barn Farm Shop, Benfleet (Farm Shop/Deli)
  • The Glasshouse Retreat, Orsett (Day Spa)
  • Totally Yoga, Laindon (Yoga/Pilates Studio)
  • C. Taylor’s Floristry, Hockley (Florist)


Burnham-on-Crouch marina
  • The Bridal Rack, Burnham-on-Crouch (Bridal Store)
  • Dan Hull Farm Shop, Burnham-on-Crouch (Farm Shop/Deli)


  • Chicken and Frog Bookshop, Brentwood (Bookshop)
  • Calcott Hall Farm Shop, Brentwood (Farm Shop)
  • Alexandra Underwood, Elixir Fitness, Brentwood (Fitness Instructor)
  • Vogels, Brentwood (Hair Salon)
  • Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood (Theatre/Arts Venue)
  • Lord of London, Shenfield (Jeweller)
  • Hepburns, Shenfield (Local Food/Drink Producer)

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