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Winners Drinks – Muddy Awards 2018

Meet Warwickshire's wonderful Muddy Award winners 2018 in all their glory!

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On Tuesday we climbed the spiral staircase of chic Parisian-style Cafe Vin Cinq, Rugby (2017’s Muddy Award winner – Best Restaurant, if you haven’t been yet, check it out) to Bar Twenty-five on the top floor, to celebrate our 24 Muddy Award winners. We popped a few corks, quaffed fizz and nibbled on some delish canapes created by their talented chef.

To see so many brilliant indie’s come together and celebrate gaining such recognition from so many Muddy readers was really fantastic.  It was a room filled with hugely talented entrepreneurs and creatives, many with the most incredible personal stories.  All definitely worth a visit – do try and pop along and use their services over the coming months. I know they’d be delighted to see you. That goes for all our finalists too, as voting was very close in some categories. I loved the sense of community spirit as towns came out in force to support their nominated businesses. If felt like the whole of Alcester was behind OrangeMabel (2nd, Best Cafe) Camilla Jones Jewellers (2nd, Best Jewellery Store), 5 a Day (2nd Best Farmshop/deli) – narrowly pipped at the post this year.

There were winners from all over Warwickshire from big towns like Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Rugby, but also smaller outlying villages like Alderminster, Hunningham, Hatton and Armscote. Notably a particular hot bed of talent was Leamington Spa, which clinched the most Muddies this year. And without further ado…



Sam Avery and daughter Jordan, Coffee Architects – Best Cafe (2nd year running)

Gurdip Chatha, MD of Esque – Best Beauty Salon (2nd year running)

Abbie, Mo & manager Nicky, Fizzy Moon – Best Bar

Sarah Horne – Best Florist

Amelia Fewtrill, Castle Small Puppet Theatre – Best Children’s Business

John and Caroline Ellis, Hilltop Farmshop, Hunningham village, nr Leamington – Best Farmshop/Deli



Tara Osborne Jewellery, Ettington Park, Alderminster – Best Jewellery Store

Harriet Evans, Hevans Hair Salon – Best Hair Salon

Harriet and her partner

Peter Monks, Shakespeare Distillery (Stratford Gin), Alscot Country Estate, Alderminster – Best Local Food/Drink Producer


Mog and Pauline Giacomelli-Harris, Warwick Books – Best Bookshop (2nd year running)

Lisa Jordan, Little Beanies, Hatton – Best Photographer


Carrie Twining and husband Paul, Twinings Home Fragrance – Best Gift Shop

Isobel Smith, Izzy Loops, Best Interiors Store

Isobel with partner Dan and member of staff Laura. Her team are celebrating a double whammy. It’s their first birthday in Rugby on Sat June 2 – do join the party there’ll be Pimm’s, goodie bags and canapes!

Caron Lindley, Red Hat Yoga – Best Yoga/ Pilates Studio

And finally a huge Muddy merci beaucoup to everyone who made a special effort to join us for the evening (we missed those who couldn’t make it), to Cafe Vin Cinq for having us, particularly Nikki, bar manager Jamie and Barnaby who looked after us so beautifully, and to talented creative freelance photographer Joe Bailey, who took the pics.

See a full list of winners here and look out for posts on these fab local businesses coming to the site soon.

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