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Not Worthy Farm, but Hilltop…the Muddy Awards Drinks

Taking a leaf out of Michael and Emily Eavis' book, we held our Muddy Awards Drinks, pre-Glastonbury, on Warwickshire's own answer to Worthy farm...

We may not’ve had tickets for Glastonbury but we had our own festival vibe going on at the inaugural Muddy Warwickshire Awards 2017 drinks on Hilltop Farm in Hunningham, near Leamington, with Laura Marling, The xx and Toots and the Maytals on the playlist, surrounded by fields and gorgeous summer views over Shakespeare county (after all the sun, wellies were definitely not needed).

You can see Coventry in the distance…

The day before it was sweltering hot, so we had a pink vintage ice-cream van and hay bales on stand-by, but it was cool and breezy as you can see from the windswept hair-dos in the photographs.  Our marquee was a buzz of excitement as winners collected their certificates/window stickers, quaffed champagne/Prosecco and tucked into nibbles, crackers and local cheeses from Hilltop Farm Shop and home-made cake. Then it was outside for fun, farmland frolics and photos.

Lotte Ellis by one of the bell-tents at Muddy award-winning Hilltop Hideaways – Best Glamping

A heartfelt Muddy recommendation for Lotte Ellis and the lovely team at the family-run Hilltop Farm Shop & Cafe, Hayloft Restaurant and Craft Studio, who also won Best Glamping for Hilltop Hideaways – an inspiring enterprise and a truly unique Warwickshire venue. The Ellis family run everything from beer and cider festivals to summer BBQ feasts and glamping festival-themed weddings.

Speeches at the ready: Muddy Marketing Mariel Murphy

So, a great big Muddy thank you to Hilltop Farm for having us, to our very charming and talented photographer Jamie Gray (founder of Rugby’s stylish online lifestyle mag, Hologram) and to all the winners who very kindly gave up their lunch hour to join us for some bubbly. It was brilliant to see so many indie’s coming together and to meet everyone in person. Apologies to those who were unable to attend (& thanks to Bernadette from Aromatics of Kenilworth who sent her two bemused sons as honorary ‘stand-ins’).

Congratulations to these beautiful Warwickshire- based businesses – all ‘worthy’ winners. A big up to our very deserving Finalists too! They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so here’s some lovely images of this year’s winners…

Best Cafe (Coffee Architects), Best Complimentary Therapy (Aromatics of Kenilworth) & Best Florist (Stemsations)

Clockwise from top: Best Art Gallery (Compton Verney), Best Hairdresser (Indigo Hair Salon) & Best Bookshop (Warwick Books)

Clockwise from top: Best Spa (Elan Spa, Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa), Best Jewellery Store (Rocks ‘n’ Chains) & Best Beauty Salon (Esque Beauty)

Clockwise from top: Best Destination Pub (The Old Lion), Best Fitness Instructor (Lauren Gregory PT ) & Best Farmshop/Deli (Pumpkins Deli)

Clockwise from top: Best Boutique Stay (The Fuzzy Duck), Best Interiors Store (The Dog House and Home) & Best Local Producer (Springfield Kitchen)

Successful Rugby mother & daughter teams: (top) Best Children’s Business (Jaide’s Stage Studios) & Best Women’s Store (Terracotta Boutique)

Clockwise from top left: Best Bar (The Drawing Board), Best Photographer (Missy P Photography) & Best Men’s Store (Albert’s Menswear)

Here’s a reminder of all our 2017 Muddy Warwickshire winners. Do check them and our runners up out for yourself. They clearly have a lot of fans already!

Art Gallery –Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park

Bar – The Drawing Board, Leamington Spa

Beauty Salon –Esque Beauty, Leamington Spa

Bookshop –Warwick Books, Warwick

Boutique Stays – The Fuzzy Duck. Armscote nr Stratford-upon-Avon

Café –Coffee Architects, Leamington Spa

Children’s Business – Jaide’s Stage Studios, Rugby

Complementary Therapy Centre –Aromatics of Kenilworth, Kenilworth

Day Spa – Elan Spa, Mallory Court Country House Hotel, Leamington Spa

Destination Pub – The Old Lion, Harborough Magna

Family Attraction – Hatton Adventure World, Hatton, nr Warwick

Farmshop/Deli –Pumpkins Deli, village of Brinklow

Fitness Instructor – Lauren Gregory PT, Founder of Run Like a Girl, Leamington Spa, Warwick & Stratford-upon-Avon

Florist –Stemsations, Frankton

Glamping –Hilltop Hideaways, Hunningham nr Leamington Spa

Gift Shop –Etcetera, Rugby

Hair Salon –Indigo, Leamington Spa

Interiors Store –The Dog House and Home, Warwick

Jewellery Store –Rocks ‘n’ Chains, Balsall Common

Local Producer (food & drink) –Springfield Kitchen, Bilton, Rugby

Men’s Store –Albert’s Menswear, Rugby

Photographer – Missy P Photography, Stratford-upon-Avon

Restaurant – Café Vin Cinq, Rugby

Theatre –Rugby Theatre, Rugby

Wine Merchant – The Leamington Wine Company, Leamington Spa

Women’s Store – Terracotta Boutique, Rugby

Yoga/Pilates Studio – The Loft, Stratford-upon-Avon

Until 2018, adios!

Catherine x

Heading to the bar: Muddy Warks editor Catherine (left) and Muddy Marketing Mariel (right)




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