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The Muddy Sussex awards party!

The best in the biz came, saw and partied at the fabulous Albourne Estate for the 2022 Muddy Stilettos Awards - want to see what we got up to?

Social feeds were a buzz with our winners

After the last few years we were all ready to party and the fizz was flowing even before the winners arrived at the most highly contested local indie awards in the UK.

The coveted certificates!

After stuffing the goody bags and signing the certificates, Muddy were ready to meet and greet the winners and this year there were over 75,000 businesses entered and 865,000 votes cast across all the Muddy counties. Interest from Sussex was unprecedented, so it’s a massive achievement and right that we celebrated!

Guest mingled to toast each others success

As the guests mingled in the Sussex sunshine, star snapper James Lawson captured their best sides in front of our Balloon Chic backdrop (in Muddy colours of course!), whilst videographer Clare from Bright Light Media gave them the full VIP experience.

Grazing platters and cakes from our amazing Sussex suppliers

We soaked up the Albourne bubbles with an amazing spread from Gracefully Grazing and got our sugar high from stunning Cakes In Bloom, with soft drinks from Folkingtons for the designated drivers.

The best pink fizz – hic!

As well as the accolades, the lucky winners received a bulging goody bag courtesy of some other great Sussex businesses including Parkminster candles, Seven Seventeen bath salts, Tisserand Aromatherapy, and Montezuma chocolate for a sugar hit in the cab home!

Bulging goody bags from local brands. Image @muddy_sussex
Muddy’s Editor Madeline made a speech to congratulate the winners

Here’s who YOU voted for to win a Muddy Award this year. Did your favourite get through? #MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal 

Best Hair Salon:  Tonics (Horsham)

Best Beauty Salon:  The Urban Sanctuary (Haywards Heath)

Best Day Spa:  Bailiffscourt (Climping)

Best Yoga Studio:  Old Town Yoga (Hastings)

Best Fitness Instructor:  Esther Rose Featherstone, Swoove (Haywards Heath)

Best New Lifestyle Start-Up:  Hare & Hush (Battle)

Best Hotel:  Alexander House (Turners Hill)

Winner of Best Restaurant Pitch in Worthing, Kenny Tutt & his wife Lucy

Best Boutique Stay:  The Star (Polizzi Collection)

Best Destination Pub: The Crown Inn Dial Post (Horsham)

Best Café:  The Pink Cabbage Produce Co (Mayfield)

Best Bar:  Ladle (Hastings)

Best Restaurant:  Pitch (Worthing)

Best Art Space:  The Green Tree Gallery (Haywards Heath)

Best Bookshop:  Heygates (Bognor Regis)

Best Theatre:  Komedia (Brighton)

Best Women’s Store:  Pure (Hastings)

Best Lifestyle Store:  The Neighbourhood Store (Shoreham)

Best Jeweller:  RTFJ (Haywards Heath)

The Muddy team Commercial Manager Sally & Editor Madeline toast the winners

Best Sustainable Business:  Buy The Weigh (Ticehurst)

Best Family Attraction: Weald & Downland (Chichester)

Best Children’s Business:  The Outdoors Project (Brighton)

Best Wedding Venue: Cissbury Barns (Findon)

Best Bridal Store: Cath Adam @ The Bride Shop (Crawley)

Best Florist: Beachtown Blooms (Arundel)

Best Photographer: Rachel Pearson Photography (Horsham)

Best Local Food/Drink Producer:  Knepp Wild Range (West Grinstead)

Best Farmshop/ Deli:  Cowdray Farm Shop (Midhurst)

The Albourne tasting room was a stunning location for the celebration

This year we’ve been thrilled to work with our first national sponsor – Healthily, the award-winning wellness app – and our brilliant local partner Sea Life Brighton, who are also celebrating as they are 150 years old this year!

It’s a wrap! Main images: James Lawson

But there would be no party with no awards, and no awards without readers so it’s a big heartfelt THANK YOU from us to you for taking the time to vote and give your local favourites a pat on the back and showing your support for the Muddies. See you next year!

Albourne Estate, Albourne Farm, Shaves Wood Lane,
Albourne, West Sussex, BN6 9DX

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