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Meet The Muddy Awards 2021 winners

Your votes have been counted and – drrrrumroll please – the results are in! Here are your 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 2020’s 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’s. I know, bonkers!

We’ve always proudly run the Muddy Awards on the basis of being free for all businesses to take part in from beginning to end – we 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 us 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 us to all of you who took part or voted in 2021.

So, with no further ado, allow me to introduce your winners for 2021 across Essex. 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!



Say hello to the BEST…

ART GALLERY: Hayletts Gallery (Maldon)

BAR: Corner Club (Leigh on Sea)

BEAUTY SALON: Beauty at the Bay (Colchester)

BOOKSHOP: Hart’s Books (Saffron Walden)

BOUTIQUE STAY: Maison Talbooth (Dedham)

BRIDAL STORE: Rock the Frock Preloved Essex (Rawreth)

CAFÉ: Café Cou Cou (Saffron Walden)

CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Mr Wolf Kids (Leigh on Sea)

DAY SPA: Lifehouse Spa (Thorpe Le Soken)


FAMILY ATTRACTION: Colchester Zoo (Colchester)

FARMSHOP / DELI: Abigail’s Delicatessen (Ingatestone)

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Amy-Jo Simpson (Thaxted)

FLORIST: Scent (Leigh on Sea)

FOOD / DRINK PRODUCER: The Saffron Ice Cream Company
(Saffron Walden)

GIFT SHOP: Gifted (Thaxted)

GARDEN DESIGNER: The Garden Girls Essex (Witham)

HAIR SALON: The Wild Hare (Westcliff on Sea)

INTERIORS STORE: Vintage Style Living (Thaxted)

JEWELLER: Dainty London Jewellery (Chelmsford)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Ralu Chase Photography (Colchester)

RESTAURANT: Square 1 Restaurant (Dunmow)

NEW BUSINESS COVID START UP: Lemonpeel London (Uttlesford)        

THEATRE / ART VENUE: Mercury Theatre (Colchester)

WEDDING VENUE: Apton Hall (Rochford)

WOMEN’S FASHION: Olivia & Gray (Chelmsford)

YOGA / PILATES STUDIO: Thaxted Yoga (Thaxted)

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