Meet The Muddy Awards 2021 winners
Your votes have been counted and - drumroll please - the results are in! Here are your Muddy Awards 2021 winners. Go say hi, they're local you know.
Oooh, well that was FUN!
The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2021 romped to a close last week, the culmination of six weeks of cheer-leading, sharing the love and voting for the most brilliant local businesses across 25 Muddy counties.
After our 2020’s Awards had been curtailed by something called – um, Carvid? Covim? – I think we all yearned this year to really celebrate the creativity, uniqueness and sheer stick-it-out bravery of our best local businesses. Cue an astonishing 75,000 businesses nominated and 750,000 votes cast in 202s. I know, bonkers!
I’ve always proudly run the Muddy Awards on the basis of being free for all businesses to take part in from beginning to end – I never want small or new businesses to be excluded on the basis of cost. And eight years on from the first Awards, it’s still as exciting as ever for me to shine a light on brilliant businesses that often go undiscovered and unrecognised.
But these are Awards voted for by Muddy readers, not editors, so it’s a heartfelt and whopping great THANK YOU from me to all of you who took part or voted in 2021.
And with no further ado, allow me to introduce your winners for 2021 across Herts & Beds. All incredible and worthy of a visit – so print off this list (or save to your favourites on Muddy if you’re signed in) and work your way through them until we go again in June 2022!
THE MUDDY STILETTOS AWARDS WINNERS 2021
Say hello to the BEST…
ART GALLERY: The Wynd Gallery (Letchworth Garden City)
BAR: Hermitage Rd. Bar and Restaurant (Hitchin)
BEAUTY SALON: Skin & Tonic Beauty Salon (St Albans)
BOOKSHOP: David’s Bookshop, Music and Café (Letchworth Garden City)
BOUTIQUE STAY: Home Farm Glamping (Elstree)
BRIDAL STORE: Bustle & Bow Bridal Studio (Berkhamsted)
CAFÉ: Cedar Coffee Shop (Potten End)
CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Treasure Map Trails (Leighton Buzzard)
DAY SPA: Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes (Wyboston)
DESTINATION PUB: The Victoria (Hitchin)
FAMILY ATTRACTION: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (Whipsnade)
FARMSHOP / DELI: Lower Wilbury Farm Shop (Letchworth Garden City)
FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Ana Rodriguez (Ana Ro Fitness) (Ware, Hertford and Hoddesdon)
FLORIST: The Flower Stable (Stanstead Abbotts)
GARDEN DESIGNER: Jackie Gough Garden Design (St Albans)
GIFT SHOP: Treat Yo’ Self Gifts (Hitchin)
HAIR SALON: Mosaic Hair Studio (St Albans)
INTERIORS STORE: Cositas (St Albans)
JEWELLERY STORE: Kysam Jewellery (Ampthill)
LOCAL FOOD / DRINK PRODUCER: The Mad Batter’s Baked Goods (Stevenage)
NEW COVID BUSINESS: bagels + schmear (Bushey)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Stephanie Belton Natural Portraits (St Albans)
RESTAURANT: Tabure (St Albans)
THEATRE / ARTS VENUE: Broadway Cinema and Theatre (Letchworth Garden City)
WEDDING VENUE: Ashridge House (Berkhamsted)
WOMENS STORE: Rubarb (Hitchin)
YOGA / PILATES STUDIO: The Pilates Workshop (Dunstable)