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Muddy Cornwall Award Drinks 2022

The Muddy Awards 2022 reached their fabulous finale with the glittering Winners' Drinks. You all voted (in your squillions!) for your fave local businesses and after a hotly fought battle it was time to pop the corks and celebrate our winners.

The 27 winners of the Muddy Awards 2022, sponsored by Whyfield – and as voted by you – gathered to celebrate being crowned the ‘best of the best’ in the absolutely gorgeous Bumblebee Garden at The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, a beautiful part of the nursery planted up to attract bees and make the most of the countryside views across to Restormel Castle. If it looks familiar, it might be because we loved it so much last year that we were delighted to head back again this year – and what a gorgeous evening it was.

Frankly, the whole thing was once again a blast from beginning to end. Getting to meet inspirational, creative people – after all finding brilliant local businesses is right at the heart of Muddy and we really do love it.

Running a business requires great effort and to make it a successful one that brightens up our daily lives, adding to our community, is no mean feat . So it’s an honour to be able to celebrate this on behalf of hard-working business owners across Cornwall.

We were also really pleased that Roxane and Megan from Whyfield were able to join us to celebrate – Whyfield are a modern all-female firm of digital accountants in Truro who champion flexible working (they do a four-day week), wellbeing at work and are just generally awesome, working with businesses and individuals across the Duchy – we think their ethos matches that of ours at Muddy and we were delighted to be working with them.

L – R: Muddy Stilettos Cornwall Editor Rachel Buchanan, Megan Searle and Roxane Neave, Whyfield, Muddy Stilettos Devon and Cornwall Commercial Manager Laura Fulner

Would you like a sneak peek of the event? Of course you do!

We drank a pet-nat (sparkling wine) from the south of France, served and chosen by Wild Wine Woman Debbie who runs Wild Wine School.

Alongside this we had a garden spritz made by the team at the Nursery and refreshing non-alcoholic local Pentire, which we served like a G&T and absolutely gorgeous canapés by Chris, head chef at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery.

Once everyone had arrived I gave a short speech and thank yous, and then it was down to the serious business of toasting, celebrating and handing out the certificates!

And then it was time for the official photo opps, glittering certificates in hand. Our woman behind the camera for the day was Cire Deacon of Octarine Design. She works with small businesses who need brand design, website design and photography, helping those with great ideas bring them to life – and thanks to her, all our winners have some fab photos to use.

Winners from top left to right: Best… Fitness Instructor Louise Hick, Onefitwarrior, Hair Salon Blush Hair, Wedding Venue Nancarrow, Spa The Headland Hotel, New Lifestyle Biz Cornish Mermaid & Co, Local Food Producer Cornish Flapjack Shack.
Winners from top left to right: Best… Bookshop Edge of the World, Theatre Rogue Otherworld, Yoga/ Pilates Instructor Mike Redshaw, Restaurant The Mulberry, Lifestyle Store The Byre, Sustainable Business The Cornish Rae.
Winners from top left to right: Best… Photographer Zoe Lovelock Photography, Florist Flowers by Donna Cornish, Bridal Store Coastal Bridal, Destination Pub The Fox’s Revenge, Family Attraction Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Jeweller Teän’s Silver Shed.

All the winners took home a goodie bag to say thank you from the team at Muddy Cornwall – which included goodies to relax with from the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and Whyfield, toiletries from Land & Water, a sheepskin key ring from Celtic & Co, and a selection of drinks from Rosemullion Distillery, Firebrand Brewing Co and Penzance Gin.

(Like the sound of it? We’ve one to give away to a reader here!)

But there would be no party with no awards, and no awards with no readers to vote for their most loved indie businesses, so it’s a big heartfelt THANK YOU from me to you for taking the time to give your local favourites a pat on the back and showing your support for the Muddies.

And last but very much not least, thank you to the team from the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery – Claire, Carl, Naomi, Kim, Chris and the rest of the team, who pulled out all the stops to put on a brilliant event. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.

I also just want to take the opportunity once more to say a massive CONGRATS to everyone who found themselves nominated, a finalist and eventually a winner. It really hit home to me how much talent, character and good-feeling there is here in Cornwall.

See you in 2023 but until then, give a virtual round of applause to (and then go visit) …

ART GALLERY: Jackson Foundation Gallery (St Just)

BAR: Lawrance’s Bakery & Bar (Truro)

BEAUTY SALON: Beautique (Newquay)

BOOKSHOP: Edge of the World Bookshop (Penzance)

BOUTIQUE STAY: Harbour View House (St Ives)

BRIDAL STORE: Coastal Bridal (Mevagissey)

CAFE: Feed (Hayle)

CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Daisy First Aid Cornwall (Truro)

DAY SPA: The Headland Hotel & Spa (Newquay)

DESTINATION PUB: The Fox’s Revenge (Summercourt, Newquay)

FAMILY ATTRACTION: Cornish Seal Sanctuary (Gweek)

FARMSHOP / DELI: Sabzi Deli (Truro)

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Louise Hick, Onefitwarrior (Liskeard)

FLORIST: Flowers by Donna Cornish (Launceston)

HAIR SALON: Blush Hair (Newquay)

HOTEL/ INN: The Greenbank Hotel (Falmouth)

JEWELLER: Teän’s Silver Shed (Helston)

LIFESTYLE STORE: The Byre (Launceston)

LOCAL DRINK / FOOD PRODUCER: Cornish Flapjack Shack (Launceston)

NEW LIFESTYLE START-UP: Cornish Mermaid & Co (Saltash)

PHOTOGRAPHERZoe Lovelock Photography (Helston)

RESTAURANT: The Mulberry (Falmouth)

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS: The Cornish Rae (Newquay)

THEATRE / ARTS VENUE: Rogue Otherworld (Tehidy Woods)

WEDDING VENUE: Nancarrow (Zellah, Truro)

WOMENS STORE: Sands (Camborne, Hayle and Helston)

YOGA / PILATES STUDIO: Mike Redshaw Pilates (Crafthole, Torpoint)

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