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The Muddy Awards Drinks 2022 – meet your winners!

The best bit of the Muddy Awards - getting sozzled at the after-party! Have a look at what we got up to and, if you're a brilliant local company, make it your business to join us for 2023!

Another summer, another clutch of amazing local businesses to celebrate! Last week saw our Muddy Awards’ Winner’s Drinks 2022 close this year’s awards officially, and it was awesome to meet so many inspirational Essex businesses, and hopefully help them on their way to even bigger things.

The competition was incredible this year. Are you ready for this? A whopping 75,000 businesses entered and 865,000 votes were cast across the Muddy counties. So, to win a Muddy Award (and one that’s entirely based on the public vote at that!) is definitely something to shout from the rooftops.

Selfie time! Cheers to the gorgeous girls from Vogels (winner of Best Hair Salon)

Naturally, it was time to raise a glass (or several) to the BEST indie businesses in Essex 2022, as voted by YOU, at our annual Muddy Awards drinks.

And, this year (for the first time!) the Awards were sponsored nationally by the brilliant Healthily, the award-winning wellbeing app.

Want to see everyone in their glad rags? Watch the video (shot by the great guys from The Film Boys) and meet some of your worthy winners below, all photographed by the amazingly talented Claire of Claire Naylor Photography

Above: Girl gang! The lovely ladies from We.are.table and Number Six
Above: Elly from Elly’s Flower Studio collects her certificate for Best Florist
Above: The Muddy Essex team having a LOL with the winners
Above: the team behind The Dog & Pickle, winner of Best Destination Pub
Above: Sophie from Anvil & Ivy, winner of Best Jeweller
Above: The lovely ladies from Roslin Beach Hotel, winner of Best Hotel/Inn
Party pad: the incredible Downham Hall

This year, we were lucky enough to host the Awards at the beautiful Downham Hall – a real hidden gem in the rolling (yes, there are some hills in our county!) Essex countryside. Manager Christine and her fantastic team were on hand with trays full of fizz and fabulous canapés cooked up by their brilliant new Head Chef.

Above & below: delectable delights courtesy of Downham Hall’s Head Chef

Party tunes came courtesy of the amazing Madsy Sax P (aka Madhu Pike), a local saxophonist who knows who to get the party started!

Setting the tone: Madsy Sax P keeping our winners entertained

Not forgetting the goodie bags, which were crammed full of fab treats from some our favourite indies. A HUGE thank you to Essex Spirits Co., for the gorgeous gin minis and mixers, The Hungry Tribe for the delicious bespoke biscuits and La Pomme for the eco-friendly goodies.

Oh, hello: our amazing Award goodie bags

Finally, a sincere and super-massive thank you from Team Muddy Essex to all of you who showed your support and love for local businesses in Essex this year – it’s your passion and involvement that continues to make our Awards so different, personal and relevant to our communities.

All of our worthy winners on one table

All that remains is to remind you of all your worthy Essex Muddy Award Winners. Print off the list, work your way through them and enjoy!

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