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Cheers! It’s the Muddy awards do!

Muddy reports back from the Winners Awards do at The Brickhouse Vineyard last week.

We had wine, we had song and we even had a baby, or at least one came along to join us at The Muddy Awards Do 2019! Most importantly, we had a whole lotta happy winners who came from all over the county to raise a glass and hear an over-excited speech from me.

A massive thanks goes to Matt and Jo of The Brickhouse Vineyard, our wonderful hosts, who told us how they came to buy and restore the amazing thatched roundhouse we were in and plied us generously with delicious home-grown wine, including a dangerously-quaffable 2016 Sauvignon Blanc.

It won Bronze in the South West Vineyard Association Awards in its first year of production. Very well deserved, we all agreed.

Jo kept it West Country by pairing the wines with yummy local cheeses, including a delicious nettle-wrapped yarg from Topsham’s Country Cheeses which went down very well with the white.

The vineyard setting is stunning and this is their first year of hiring it out for parties as an intimate wedding venue. Worth checking out if you’ve got a big day in the offing.

We also had a Muddy cake made by clever Laura from Angelchops. She’s a whizz whether you want buttercream flowers,  or a boho naked cake for your event. I’ve eaten far too many of her confections and they’re always yummy.

Tunes were from talented local songstress Louise Hart with her seriously cool up-do and partner, Jerri Hart who set up outdoors to croon in the sunshine and gave the night a lot of soul.

This year in Devon we had a whopping 32k votes for the finalists in the 24 categories and if the geographical spread of voting is anything to do by, then North Devon totally rocks – with half the winners from around Bideford and Barnstaple.

Jo did the honours and picked out the winners of the regional prizes: a one-to-one branding session with The Creative Business Network won by Sunshine and Snow, and a free photography session with Meg Hope of Mimosa Photography (who took these great pics) went to The Cupcakery.

So without further ado, here they are, your Muddy Awards 2019 winners:

L to R: Best Art Gallery: The Laura Wall Gallery; Best Bar: Honky Tonk Wine Library; Best Beauty Salon: The Retreat.
L to R: Best Café: The Coffee Cabin (Appledore); Best Boutique Stay: Three Crowns Inn (Chagford); Best Children’s Business: The Thrifty Stork.
L to R: Best Farm Shop/Deli: Johns of Instow & Appledore; Best Florist: Sweet Peas & Sunflowers; Best Gift Shop: Sunshine & Snow.
L to R: Best Interiors Store: Josie’s Interiors; Best Local Food/Drink Producer: The Cupcakery; Best Newcomer: The Crafty Beer Shop.
L to R: Best Photographer: Fraser Marchbank; Best Women’s Store: Chocolate: Best Yoga Instructor: Imogen Rose Palmer.
And award for the best late arrival and Restaurant: Harry’s, Exeter.

And the babe was very keen on those certificates. One to watch for the Muddy Awards 2040, I reckon.

Picture credit: Mimosa Photography

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