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Muddy Awards winners’ drinks

Our 2019 Sussex Muddy Stilettos Awards winners gathered together for an afternoon of celebration at Henfield this week.

Our rather quirky venue was the party barn at House of Hud on Rye Farm where a series of interconnecting tented rooms with evocative names like Bombay Boudoir, Purple Palace and La Rouge have been constructed to showcase the Arabian Tent Company‘s collection of party and wedding options all handmade in India.

All set for the wine tasting Richard (RTFJ), Sharon (Annie’s Closet), Katherine (Arabian Tent Company/House of Hud) and Emma (The Beauty Bar)

A big thanks to Sussex vineyards Bolney Wine Estate near Haywards Heath and Bluebell Vineyard Estates at Furners Green near the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park for leading a wine tasting of their ranges. We even got a sneak preview of Bluebell’s forthcoming rosé.

The Bluebell ladies, Marielle and Zoey

If you’d like to check them out for yourself, there’s a great opportunity coming up. Though both vineyards are open to visitors year-round, on Sussex Wineries Weekend on Sat 15 and Sun 16 June (handily coinciding with Fathers’ Day) there are special events at eight vineyards including free tastings, a barbecue and live music at Bluebell and picnics and a Summer Fayre with local produce and crafts at Bolney.

Helen from Bolney

A huge thank you also goes to Liz from Sussex Gourmand who worked super hard preparing and serving some wonderful canapés she had cleverly matched to the wines and decorated with edible flowers. Not only does she cater for events but she also sells gift boxes online and canape kits with ingredients to assemble yourself, including her speciality, Sussex-reared venison and beef bresaola. She’ll also be at the Bolney Summer Fayre.

Liz from Sussex Gourmand

Some of the canapes featured wonderfully delicate salmon kindly supplied by the experts at Springs’ Smokery which has a deli shop and runs tours under the Downs at Edburton – the company’s home since 1964.

We also had some Sussex cheeses to share (Brighton Blue, Capricorn Brie and Saint Giles for those who asked!)

Later we took the chance to snoop around the function lawn and quirky Air B&B buildings at House of Hud (including a gorgeous retro Airstream caravan) getting stilettos suitably muddy and being pursued in some cases by the resident hens, peacocks and guinea fowls!

The Bolney ladies Helen and Suzie

Muddy stilettos!

A big thanks to everyone who helped host the afternoon and to volunteer photographer Gary Noakes for pics in horribly tricky low lighting.

Muddy Sussex editor Debbie

Congratulations again to our lovely winners…

Little Squidges

Alexander House

Annie’s Closet

Crawley Bra Lady

La Bella Vista

Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tansy Blaik-Kelly (Turning Tides Pilates)

The Beauty Bar

The Cat Inn

Theo Brown’s

The Edge Cafe

Wilderness PR representing Bignose & Beardy


The 2019 winners in full:

Art Gallery Wing Art Gallery, Wadhurst; Bar Orange Square, Haywards Heath; Beauty Salon The Beauty Bar, Wadhurst; Bookshop Barnett’s of Wadhurst, Wadhurst; Boutique Stay Fair Oak Farm, Mayfield; Café The Edge Cafe at Edgcumbes, Arundel; Children’s Business Little Squidges, Pevensey Bay; Day Spa Alexander House, Turners Hill; Destination Pub The Cat Inn, West Hoathly; Family Attraction Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down; Farmshop/Deli Eggs to Apples, Hurst Green; Fitness Instructor Esther Featherstone, Swoove, Lindfield; Florist Bella June Flowers, Hassocks; Gift Shop Zest, Crowborough; Hair Salon Theo Brown, Haywards Heath; Interiors Store TN22 Sussex, Uckfield; Jewellery Store RTFJ, Wivelsfield; Local Food/Drink Producer Bignose & Beardy Cider, Framfield; Newcomer Crawley Bra Lady, Crawley; Photographer Judith Stewart Photography, Uckfield; Restaurant La Bella Vista, St Leonards; Theatre/Arts Venue Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea; Women’s Fashion Store Annie’s Closet, Horsham; Yoga/Pilates Instructor Tansy Blaik-Kelly, Turning Tide Pilates, Uckfield.



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3 comments on “Muddy Awards winners’ drinks”

  • Alice Rendle June 6, 2019

    So proud of the team at the Edge café. Thanks to all our customers for their vote of thanks.

  • Aldo Esposito June 11, 2019

    Thank you again Muddy Stilettos for a lovely afternoon and for the opportunity to win this prestigious award. La Bella Vista is very honoured to have won the best restaurant in Sussex category for the second year running.
    A massive ‘thank you’ to all of our customers who have once again overwhelmed us with their support, we are truly grateful.

  • Judith Stewart June 12, 2019

    So sorry I couldn’t be there.. ironically I had to work haha, no rest for Newborn photographers. Thankyou so much for the opportunity to take part and I am so delighted to have won Best Photographer in Sussex.A huge thankyou to everyone that has supported my small business and enabled it to grow into the successful business it is today. I could not have done that without the recommendations, reviews and support from my clients, family and friends. Kindest Regards Judith Stewart, Uckfield


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