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The winners of the Muddy Awards 2016 are…

Award-buttons-2016-Master-Berkshire_winner-e1460972058643That’s it, the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016 are officially over!

After two months of hard-fought competition, and an incredible 20,000+ (yup!) of you lovely, loyal Berkshire folk casting your votes for your favourite local shops, businesses and people, the Muddy’s have come to a glorious close. (Oh come on, if I don’t say it, who will?).

Thank you all so much for voting and taking part. I had no idea the Berkshire Muddy’s would be so popular or closely contested but it’s pretty obvious that you all care deeply about your local indie shops and services. With so many chain stores proliferating these days, I crave anything quirky, interesting, different and creative, and it’s clear that you do too.

I’m sure you’ll agree that all the Finalists deserve massive praise for making the shortlist. Many of the categories were brutally fought to the end – with some categories too close to call right up to the last minute including Best Deli, Beauty Salon, Hair Salon, Children’s Business and Café categories, and as for those Destination Pubs… well, I’m sure they’ll all sit down and laugh about it over a Scotch egg.

Right, enough bla-di-bla from me… WHO FLIPPIN’ WON?!

Here you go, the victorious are listed below. Round of applause as you read please!

BEST ART GALLERY: Lemongrove Gallery (Reading)

BEST BAKERY: The German Bakery (Windsor)

BEST BAR: The Grape Escape (Wokingham)

BEST BEAUTY SALON: A Beauty Revolution (Wokingham)

BEST BOOKSHOP: The Hungerford Bookshop (Hungerford)

BEST BOUTIQUE STAYS: Bray Cottages (Bray)

BEST CAFE: The Pantry (Yattendon)

BEST CASUAL DINING: The Newbury (Newbury)

BEST CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Dancia International (Reading)

BEST COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY CENTRE: Barefoot Therapies (Swallowfield)

BEST DAY SPA: Nirvana Spa (Wokingham)

BEST DELI: The Local Larder (Wargrave)

BEST DESTINATION PUB: The Crown at Bray (Bray)

BEST EMPORIUM: Pineapple Palace (Thatcham)

BEST FAMILY ATTRACTION: Reading Climbing Centre (Reading)

BEST FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Strickland-Clark (Wokingham)

BEST FLORIST: Devine Flowers (Cookham)

BEST GIFT SHOP: Story (Bray)

BEST HAIR SALON: Gilded Hair (Wokingham)

BEST INTERIORS: The Wonky Donkey (Crowthorne)

BEST JEWELLERY STORE: Jason Charles Jewellery (Sunninghill)

BEST LARGE HOTEL: The Oakley Court (Windsor)

BEST LOCAL PRODUCER (FOOD/DRINK): Tutts Clump Cider (Tutts Clump)

BEST LOCAL PRODUCER (NON FOOD/DRINK): Sian Rae Ceramics (Reading)

BEST MEN’S BOUTIQUE: Michael Chell (Windsor)

BEST RESTAURANT: Caldesi in Campagna (Bray)

BEST THEATRE: Norden Farm (Maidenhead)

BEST WINE SHOP: The Tasting House (Reading)

BEST WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE: Mojo & McCoy (Hungerford)

BEST YOGA/PILATES STUDIO: Inspire Hot Yoga (Maidenhead)

Want to know where everyone else came in the final? Go here to see the final percentages on my natty cocktail glasses.

That’s it until next year. Thank you, I love you all (*sob*). I’m now going headlong into the drinks cabinet and will be back with my miserable hangover tomorrow.

Sarah x

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