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Clink! Cheers to our wonderful winners

One gorgeous venue, 24 worthy winners and plenty of Berkshire Dry gin and bubbles – it must be the Muddy Awards do. Here's the lowdown on our high jinks at Forest Edge Tipis.

Pop the corks, cue the cocktails! After weeks of fierce competition, it was time to partaaaaay with Berkshire’s favourite local businesses!

The Awards are the hardest but most rewarding time of the year for me – the time when new exciting businesses emerge into the spotlight, everyone pats the back of hard-working local indies, and I remember what Muddy Stilettos is all about. I love meeting interesting people, finding out what they do, and telling others about them, so this post is pretty much the easiest thing to write because here they are!

Muddy Stilettos Awards Forest Hedge Tipis Berkshire outdoor venue tipi tent in field

Brand new wedding and party venue, Forest Edge Tipis was the scene of the Muddy Awards 2019 Winners’ Drinks Party

We had a brilliant turn-out at this year’s drinkies, and just as well as we pretty much threw everything we had at the party this year – a gorgeous and totally unique tented venue, thanks to Forest Edge Tipis; The Jam Jar Cocktail Club, who shook, stirred and kept all the guests well lubricated even at 11am (that’s how we roll)…

Muddy Awards 2019 Jam Jar Cocktail Bar wooden potable bar with cocktails served in jam jars

Cocktails before midday? I should coco… Jo of Jam Jar Cocktail Bar left everyone shaken and stirred.

… As we were celebrating all things local, we simply to had to have Lumber Bartholomew Berkshire Dry Gin from the new artisan gin producer 137 Gin in Newbury and Reading’s bubblicious premium prosecco from Coluccis – a cracking bottle of fizz that’s giving some of the great champers a run for their money.

West Berkshire smashed it… The Base, Harrison’s Coffee, The Pink Door Salon, The Dolphin, Colline’s Kitchen, Johnny Stokes of JWS Fitness & Wellbeing, B The Lifestyle Shop, West Berkshire Brewery, the Corn Exchange and Bucklebury Farm Park all winners.

Muddy Awards 2019 Bekrshire Jo Merry Kitchen with tray of canapes

Don’t panic, there was food. Berkshire’s canapé queen Jo from The Merry Kitchen whipped up a phenomenal selection of food. She’s a superb caterer so if you need someone for an easy dinner party, big bash or wedding, give her a call. The Funky Cookie Company made a gazillion pink stilettos biscuits – that seemed to get hoovered up in seconds. And then we ate cake, lots of cake, thanks to Best Newcomer Colline of Colline’s Kitchen‘s very special delivery.

Cake and cookies almost too pretty to eat

MUDDY Awards Berkshire 2019 winners party Hello Tuk Tuk Photo booth collage of pictures

It all started so civilised. And then this happened… The Sleepover Party People, Gilded Hair, Natalie Evans Photography and The Dolphin hit the Hello Tuk Tuk photo booth hard.

… Hello Tuk Tuk brought their utterly brilliant photo booth over for much silliness and some cracking snaps. I’ve not laughed so hard in ages. Nothing like playing dress up after a few gins. Also a big thank you to our Best Photographer, Natalie Evans, who took some of the images you’re seeing now (she’s so relaxed and funny but really nails the perfect shot – seriously, book this woman)…


It all got a bit daft (from top left)… Craft Coop, winner of Best Gift Shop; Hurley House Hotel, Best Boutique Stay; The Hind’s Head, Best Destination Pub and Stacey of So Yoga, Best Yoga Instructor.

And everything caught on camera by the brilliant Adam of Berkshire Video. Check out his film at the top of this feature – he did an amazing job. I’ll definitely use her for another party or Muddy event. A heartfelt thank you to everyone.

Muddy Awards 2019 Berkshire winners drinks

Scoffing and quaffing: Jewellery by Rococo in Maidenhead and Lynsey of Two Little Birds, winner of Best Florist.

PLUS we even had sunshine and frankly the whole thing was a blast from beginning to end.

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. See you in 2020 for the fifth Berkshire awards year (can you believe it?!!), but until then, give a virtual round of applause to…


Best Art Gallery: The Base (Greenham Common)
Best Bar: The Dolphin (Newbury)
Best Beauty Salon: The Pink Door (Hungerford)
Best Bookshop: The Little Bookshop (Cookham)
Best Boutique Stay: Hurley House Hotel (Hurley)
Best Café: Harrison’s Coffee (Newbury)
Best Children’s Business: The Sleepover Party People (Mortimer)
Best Day Spa: Thames Lido (Readng)
Best Destination Pub: The Hind’s Head (Bray)
Best Family Attraction: Bucklebury Farm Park (Bucklebury)
Best Farmshop/Deli: Cobbs Farm Shop (Hungerford)
Best Fitness Instructor: Johnny Stokes, JWS Fitness & Wellbeing (Newbury)
Best Local Food/Drink Producer: West Berkshire Brewery (Yattendon)
Best Florist: Two Little Birds (Bracknell)
Best Gift Shop: Craft Coop (Maidenhead)
Best Hair Salon: Gilded Hair (Wokingham)
Best Interiors Store: The Little Crow’s Nest (Crowthorne)
Best Jewellery Store: Jewellery by Rococo (Wokingham)
Best Photographer: Natalie Evans Photography (Windsor)
Best Restaurant: The Waterside Inn (Bray)
Best Theatre/Arts Venue: Corn Exchange (Newbury)
Best Women’s Store: B The Lifestyle Shop (Newbury)
Best Yoga/Pilates Instructor: Stacey Bareham, Oh So Yoga (Aborfield)
Best Newcomer: Colline’s Kitchen (Newbury)

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