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Meet the Muddy Awards Finalists!

It has been a massive task of bean counting to work out the finalists in this year’s Muddy Stilettos Awards but we have our shortlist. Raise your glass to 120 brilliant businesses in 24 categories.

First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in this year’s Muddy Stiletto Awards. There are loads of brilliant businesses in Glos, and we’ve received thousands of nominations across all 24 categories – so you’re clearly in love with local too!



I’m always a bit conflicted at this point in the Awards.



It’s super-fun to discover cool indie businesses, and see which village or town is having its ‘moment’! And I love telling the Finalists they’ve made it through. But there are so many incredible businesses whose journey stops today (though get in touch if you think we should be featuring you anyway – we’re all ears!).


The Finals start and voting opens on Wednesday 15 May at 10am. They 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.

Right, that’s enough blather from me. Time to meet the Finalists. Who gets your vote?


Art Gallery: Chapel Arts, Cheltenham; Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway; Tetbury Goods Shed, Tetbury; New Brewery Arts, Cirencester; Sam Wilson Studio, Stow

Bar: Montpellier Wine Bar, Cheltenham; Liquor and Chow, Gloucester; The Prince Albert, Stroud; The Beehive, Cheltenham; The Grape Escape, Cheltenham

Beauty Salon: Absolute Beauty, Cheltenham; Mayfair & Grace, Tetbury; Revelation, Gloucester; Beauty Box, Gloucester; Hepburns, Cheltenham

Bookshop: Suffolk Anthology, Cheltenham; Stroud Bookshop, Stroud; Octavia’s Bookshop, Cirencester; Jaffe & Neal, Stow; Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Tetbury and Nailsworth

Boutique Stay: Dormy House, Broadway; The Manor House, Moreton-in-Marsh; Court House Manor, Painswick; The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach; Wanderlust Camper Co, Dymock

Café: The Canteen, Nailsworth; The Find, Cheltenham; Lynwoods, Lechlade and Fairford; Temple Guiting Pantry, Temple Guiting; Belles Kitchen, Dursley

Children’s Business: Dizzy Rhino, Nailsworth; Cotswold Baby Co, Cirencester; Lola + Blake, Longford; Babel Babies, Cheltenham; Pedal Car Parties, Cheltenham

Day Spa: Cowley Manor Spa, Cowley; Barnsley House Spa, Barnsley; Elan Spa at The Greenway, Cheltenham; Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, Chipping Camden; Hatherley Manor Spa, Gloucester

Destination Pub: The Five Alls, Filkins; The Frogmill, Shipton Oliffe; The Royal Oak, Tetbury; The Stirrup Cup, Bisley; The Bell, Sapperton

Family Attraction: Cattle Country Adventure Park; Giffords Circus; Puzzlewood; Cotswold Farm Park; All Things Wild

Farm Shop/Deli: Daylesford, nr Kingham; Court Farm Shop, Cheltenham; Over Farm Market, Gloucester; The Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester; Forest Deli, Coleford

Fitness Instructor: Personal Best, Woodchester; Love Life Ladies, Stroud; Dance2fitjduk, Cirencester; Infinite Balance, Cheltenham; Urban Kickboxing Centre, Gloucester

Florist: Bluebell Wood Florist, Tewkesbury; Daisy Bell Floral Design, Dursley; Cotswold Flower House, Sherborne; Louise Pritchard Country & Formal Flowers, Gloucester; Rebel and the Rose, Cheltenham

Gift Shop: Made in Stroud, Stroud; Fourteen Lifestyle, Stroud; Moot, Coleford; Maison Coco, Thornbury; Inside Out Gifts, Cheltenham

Hair Salon: Ashley Paul, Gloucester; Kate Bloom Hair and Beauty, Cheltenham; Browns Boutique, Stroud; Bohemia Salon, Lydney; Mark Blake, Gloucester

Interiors Store: French Grey, Cirencester; Betty and Beatties, Nailsworth; Casa Interiors, Newnham; Truce, Nailsworth; Folia Planting, Cheltenham

Jewellery Store: Armed & Gorgeous; Georgina Bywater; Aneata Boote; Bates Goldsmiths; Audrey Claude

Local Producer (Food/Drink): Salt Bakehouse, Stroud; Twisting Spirits, Tewkesbury; Sugar Bowl Bakes, Cheltenham; The Sugar Rose Kitchen, Churchdown; Hetty’s Kitchen, Gloucester

Newcomer: Float in the Forest, Lydney; Fluid Pilates Bootcamp, Cheltenham; Dinky Street, Bishops Cleeve; LJ Bridal Collection, Upton St Leonards; Purelands Acupuncture, Cheltenham

Photographer: Little Cheltenham, Cheltenham; Chui Photography, Cheltenham; Inspire Photography, Gloucester; The Rose Photography Co, Northleach; Summer George Photography, Fairford

Restaurant: The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie, Cheltenham; Malt & Anchor, Cirencester; East India Café, Cheltenham; The Corner House, Stroud; Wild Garlic, Nailsworth

Theatre/Arts Venue: The Everyman; The Roses; The Playhouse; The Barn Theatre; Tetbury Goods Shed

Women’s Fashion Store: Daisy Jane, Nailsworth; Law and Company, Stow and Cirencester; Bodega Womenswear, Cheltenham; Jackeroo Boutique, Cheltenham; Sassy & Boo, Cirencester, Tetbury, Winchcombe

Yoga/Pilates Instructor: Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud; Quay Yoga Studio, Gloucester; The Body Workshop, Cirencester; Cheltenham Pilates and Yoga, Cheltenham; The Yoga Glow, Stroud

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5 comments on “Meet the Muddy Awards Finalists!”

  • Nick Fanstone May 22, 2019

    My vote goes to fourteen lifestyle in Stroud! Wonderful shop! Denise is the best stockist of inappropriate cards😂

  • Sonia Hiley May 18, 2019

    I would like to submit two votes, please! The first for Aneata Boote, jewelry designer and silversmith. Aneata has designed and made the most exquisite earings and matching ring to complement a wedding outfit, has repaired old favourites and created a beautiful pair of earings for an 18th birthday present within an hour! Nothing is too much trouble and her warm, friendly, upbeat personality is as inspiring as her work.

  • John Moloney May 16, 2019

    How do I vote for the best business venture?

  • Jean Jones May 15, 2019

    I would like to vote for Aneeta Boote Silversmith and Jeweler

  • Lucy Helliker May 15, 2019

    Law & Co. in Stow has been my favourite boutique from the day it opened and I had my wedding list there. Not only are the assistants welcoming and relaxed, they are also extremely good at advising me on how to wear something and what suits. Nowhere else have I found such a collection of cleverly put-together pieces.


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