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Muddy Parties at Penrose Kitchen

The winners of this year's Muddy Awards gathered for gin cocktails, canapés, Cornish ice cream and a little party yoga

Last Friday, the 2018 Muddy Award Winners toasted their success at Penrose Kitchen, just outside Truro.

The perfect spot for a relaxed Cornish get together (or intimate wedding as one guest suggested), the restaurant is situated in serene water gardens, which are currently bursting with beautiful lilies.

Apologies to our brilliant winning photographer Verity Westcott – what follows are a few amateur snaps of the occasion for posterity. There she is look!

After the Caspyn gin cocktails, Callestick Farm ice cream and classy canapés whipped up by chef Ben, it’s a good thing I have winning Personal Trainer Becky Bennet from Think Fit in Truro on speed dial now.

Gorgeous fresh asparagus and gin raspberry brambles, followed by Cornish ice cream in every flavour.

Hats off to the super dooper team from Badger Forest School, the only fully branded winners of the afternoon. I can’t wait to join them in Cardinham Woods with the kids this summer! Perfect excuse to drop in on our winning cafe – probably the most highly contested category – Woods Cafe.

Penlee House Gallery (Best Art Gallery) was representing for Penzance. Edge of the World Bookstore – we missed you!

A massive congrats to the Newquay contingent, who once again cleaned up, claiming prizes for Best Pub (The Traveller’s Rest), Best Woman’s Store (Roo’s Beach), Best Bar (WAX Watergate) and more.

The gorgeous Ro from Ro Hair (also Newquay-based), showed us how to rock beach waves. I’ll be round there next week for a tutorial!

Talking of beautiful things, we also welcomed winners in the Best Interiors Store, Gift Shop, Florist and Jewellery Store categories – congratulations to Jo & Co (who have recently launched a stylish new furniture emporium too), Winifred and Mabel (storming to victory for a second year), Flowers by Donna Cornish and jeweller Sarah Drew. Follow Sarah’s Facebook page for news of her popular recycled/ Beach Find jewellery workshops.

The team from Charlestown’s The Longstore took an hour or two off to collect their certificate, before heading back to the winning restaurant for a busy Friday night.

And Oceanflow Yoga‘s Jen and Stretch provided the entertainment. Last year, we all posed for photos in tree pose – this year I left them to the acro yoga! Stay tuned for their fab Silent Disco yoga events over the summer.

I shall need a day at The Scarlet – our winning spa – to recover from all the excitement.

Oh and a pedicure! Claire – of winning beauty salon Banbury’s – you told me I needed one (no offense taken!) and after an ill-advised wander through the water gardens in sandals, it’s now a desperate situation.

To our remaining winners – The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Constantine Bay Stores, Mount Haven Hotel, Trevaskis Farm and The Minack Theatre – a massive Muddy well done (pictures of some of you were a bit blurry – but we love you too).

And on a heartfelt note, thank you all for coming – it was amazing to meet so many of the creative and talented folk that make Cornwall such a special place to be. And to all our finalists too – thanks for getting involved, I’m looking forward to next year already.

Sophie x

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