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Meet your 2019 Muddy Awards Finalists

Check out the fantastic finalists in Warwickshire and beyond then go VOTE for your local favourites from 10am today!

First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in the Muddy Stiletto Awards this year – we’ve seen an incredible rise of 100% of readers nominating on the Awards compared to last year, so you’re clearly in love with local too!

Like other editors, I’m always a bit conflicted at this point in the Awards. It’s excellent to discover cool indie businesses, and see which village or town is having its ‘moment’! And  I love telling the excited Finalists they’ve made it through. But there are so many incredible businesses who narrowly missed out on the top 5.

The Finals start and voting opens on Wednesday 15 May at 10amThey come and go in just 7 days, so if you love a local business and want to give it a pat on the back, head to the Awards site and do your bit before it slips your mind (yeah, I know what you’re like) because the Finalist with the most votes will be crowned Winner.

 Time to meet the Finalists. Who gets your vote?


Art Gallery: Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, (Compton Verney); Rugby Art Gallery and Museum (Rugby); Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum (Leamington Spa); The Farthing Gallery (Kenilworth); The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum (Coventry)

Bar: Fizzy Moon Brewhouse (Leamington Spa); Drapers Bar & Kitchen, (Coventry); House Leamington (Leamington Spa); Bedford Street Bar (Leamington Spa); The Fuzzy Duck and Kitchen, (Nuneaton)

Beauty Salon: Esque Beauty (Leamington Spa)Hampton Clinic, Hampton Manor (Hampton-in-Arden)Georgina Emily Beauty (Leamington Spa); Wendy O’Hare Skincare (Stratford upon Avon); The Beauty Rooms (Leamington Spa)

Bookshop: Warwick Books (Warwick); Kenilworth Books (Kenilworth); Big Comfy Bookshop, Fargo Village (Coventry); Astley Book Farm (Bedworth); The Shakespeare Hospice Bookshop (Stratford upon Avon)

Boutique Stay: The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote (Stratford upon Avon); Baraset Barn, Alveston (Stratford upon Avon); Wootton Park Pods (Wootton Wawen); One Abbey Lane (Southam); The Old Coffee Tavern (Warwick)

Café: Coffee Architects (Leamington Spa); Orangemabel (Alcester); The Muse Coffee House (Leamington Spa); Gloria & Lil’s@The Tool Shed Café, Caldecott Park (Rugby); Temperance Café (Leamington Spa)

Children’s Business: Castle Small Puppet Theatre (Warwick); Calm Space with Jemma, (Rugby); Naturally Baby (Leamington Spa); The Baby Barn Pram and Nursery Centre (Marton); Mini Arts (Leamington Spa)

Day Spa: Ardencote Spa (Claverdon); Elan Spa, Mallory Court Hotel and Spa (Leamington Spa); The Welcombe Spa, Hallmark Hotels (Stratford upon Avon); Serein Beauty, Warwick; The Spa, Leamington Spa

Destination Pub: Arrow Mill (Alcester); The Red Lion (Hunningham); The Fuzzy Duck (Armscote); The Cricketers (Leamington Spa); The New Inn (Norton Lindsey)

Family Attraction: Mary Arden’s Farm (Wilmcote); British Motor Museum (Gaydon); Magic Alley (Stratford upon Avon); Coventry Transport Museum (Coventry); Jump In Indoor Trampoline Park (Warwick)

Farm Shop/Deli: Hillers Farm Shop (Alcester); The Farm (Snittersfield); Hilltop Farm Shop and Cafe (Hunningham); Farmer’s Fayre Farm Shop & Kitchen (Stoneleigh Park); Malt Kiln Farm Shop (Stretton under Fosse)

Fitness Instructor: Jess Ellmer – Beam with Grace (Halo Physiotherapy Clinic, Kenilworth); Lauren Gregory Fitness PT (Leamington Spa, Warwick & Stratford); Mari-Carmen Fitness (Leamington Spa); Sinead O’Connor – Back To It PT (Rugby); Edward Barber Fitness (Kenilworth)

Florist: Green & Wild Flowers (Warwick); Sarah Horne Botanicals (Leamington Spa); Suzanne Evetts (Southam); Running with Wolves Floral Design (Leamington Spa); Annita’s Floral Design (Rugby)

Gift Shop: Giftivity, Yew Tree Farm (Wootton Wawen); Home Barn Lifestyle (Hilltop Farm Shop & Cafe, Hunningham); Twinings Home Fragrance (Rugby); Bluebasil Vintage Store (Leamington Spa); Foxes Boxes (Coventry)

Hair Salon: Hair at Hatton (Hatton Country World); Illumi (Studley); Headmasters Salon (Leamington Spa); Mack Hair & Beauty (Rugby); Regal Hair & Beauty (Stratford-upon-Avon)

Interiors Store: The Barn Antiques Centre (Long Marston); Bonds Lifestyle (Stratford upon Avon); Chalk and Linen (Coleshill); Truly Lovely Candles (Warwick); Stacey’s Shabby Shack (Fargo Village Coventry)

Jewellery Store: Tara Osborne Jewellery (Ettington); Wild & Fine (Shipston-on-Stour); Alice Stewart Jewellery (Stratford upon Avon); Love, Pieces of Eight by Carly Natasha (Rugby); Rocks ‘n’ Chains (Balsall Common)

Local Producer (Food/Drink): Caking and Baking (Leamington Spa); Pinnock Distillery (Kineton); Fanny’s Fancies Home Baking; Church Farm Brewery, (Warwick); Claire’s Creative Bakes (Rugby)

Newcomer: The Farm (Snittersfield, Stratford upon Avon); In Bloom Workshops (Farnborough); Zero Store (Coventry, Rugby & Leamington Spa); Foreverlie (Leamington Spa); Meraki Nutrition (Warwick and Leamington Spa) 

Photographer: The Tall Photographer (Stratford upon Avon); Kirsty Fairweather Photography (Warwick/Leamington Spa); Little Beanies Photography (Warwick); Isobel Murphy Photography (Stratford upon Avon); David Fawbert Photography (Warwick)

Restaurant: Oscar’s French Bistro (Leamington Spa); Loxley’s Restaurant and Wine Bar (Stratford upon Avon); The Dining Room, Mallory Court Hotel and Spa (Leamington Spa); The Barn at Berryfields (Meriden); Dough and Brew (Warwick)

Theatre/Arts Venue: Macready Theatre (Rugby School); Belgrade Theatre (Coventry); Warwick Arts Centre (University of Warwick campus, Coventry); The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), (Stratford upon Avon); Royal Spa Centre (Leamington Spa)

Women’s Fashion Store: Urban Shore (Leamington Spa); Celebrity Closet (Knowle); Sass (Rugby); NV Her (Warwick); Sofya & I (Hatton Shopping Village, Warwick)

Yoga/Pilates Instructor: Caroline Skinner (Stratford upon Avon); Caron Lindley (Rugby); Leigh McLellan (Rugby); Kate Taylor (Southam & Rugby); The Loft (Stratford upon Avon)

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13 comments on “Meet your 2019 Muddy Awards Finalists”

  • Michelle Dowler May 15, 2019

    Oh really sad that Glo-Babies didn’t make it to the final. 😭

  • Ryan Kinnie May 15, 2019

    Sad to not see Deli on the hill in Kenilworth up there. Such a great little place , fresh and new on the scene .

  • Michelle SD Squire May 15, 2019

    So happy that The Loft in Stratford and Wendy O’Hare got through!

  • Sam Dee May 15, 2019

    Fantastic – love Hillers Farm Shop!

  • Stephanie Annis-Tate May 15, 2019

    Thrilled ILLUMI made it to the final. This Hair Salon is like no other offering 5* spa treatments and wellbeing rituals with AVEDA skin and hair care. Perfect!

  • Adam Woodyatt May 15, 2019

    Nice to see The New Inn at Norton Lindsey on the destination pub list. Such a lovely community owned pub

  • Paul Griffin May 15, 2019

    Absolutely amazing to see The Muse Coffee House in the final. It deserves your vote as it offers Royal Leamington Spa something different and is a very special place!

  • Lin Armstrong May 15, 2019

    We are all so excited at Wootton Park today to see Wootton Park Pods are through to the finals!
    If you’ve stayed with us and loved it, please remember to vote for us!
    If you’ve never stayed with us before, please check out our Glamping with Hot Tubs at
    Good luck everyone!
    The Accommodation Team at Wootton Park xx

  • Avril Leigh May 15, 2019

    Glad to see Rebecca at Foreverlie in the newcomers finalists; her shop gladdens the heart and is a joy to visit.

  • Sue Sherlock May 17, 2019

    I would like to see The Cricketers Leamington spa win the award please. Thanks.

  • Claire May 18, 2019

    I vote for Warwick Books

  • Jenny Hobday May 19, 2019

    I vote for the Barn at Berryfields

  • Nicki Woodward May 21, 2019

    Delighted to see The Spa in Leamington as finalists, fantastic recognition for a fantastic team of people, good luck! x


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