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Gin Gin! It’s the Muddy Awards Do

The Muddy Awards are over for 2021 - and what a year it's been! See what happened when our amazing local winners came together to celebrate.

Time to raise a Salcombe Gin (bucket-loads of it, actually) to the wonderful winners of the Muddy Awards 2021 at WeSUP in Torquay, sponsored for the first time this year by the fabulous Kitsons Solicitors.

WeSUP is a helluva place to party; a coffee and cocktail joint complete with harbourside gin terrace. It rocks quite the Monaco vibe. Forget carriages at midnight – take me to my Sunseeker!

Winners came from all over the county, including once again a big showing from North Devon, or, as we like to call them, the Mill Street Massive.

Green-fingered gurus flew the flag for Exeter, in the shape of Best Garden Designer, Urban and Rural Plants, and Best Florist, From the Wild.

And here’s Best Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Best Local Producer Lulu’s Bakery proving Plymouth sure rocks.

We tucked into handmade canapés smothered in local Sharpham Rustic, and moreish bakes from Tavistock’s finest, Flapjackery who have turned the humble flapjack into the most delicious of dark arts.

Once we’d crammed what remained of the flapjacks in our handbags, there was some speech-ing from your really-quite-sober editor, to remind everyone of their utter fabulousness and to share the news the Muddy Awards are now the biggest indie awards in the UK. Whoop!

Yes sirreee – over 75,000 businesses were nominated across the Muddy counties and a whopping 850,000 votes were cast, including 40,000 votes here in Devon.

Prizes on the night were courtesy of Torquay’s Lincombe Hall Hotel & Spa – a decadent Champagne & Truffles Deluxe Facial. (Laura Wall is in for a real treat – read the Muddy review here).

And liquid gifts from new Kingsbridge craft mead with a twist, Moonhoney (we likey!) and premium small batch Fossil Coast Gin, a marvellous new local tipple, celebrating Devon’s precious Jurassic coastline.

We adore WeSUP’s owners Harry and Sean (above ) who are pumping new life into this seaside town right now.

Ambassadors for Salcombe Gin, who kindly kept the drinks flowing, they’re fast becoming the town’s coolest hub for coffee and cocktails, and a buzzing paddle-boarding club from Torre Abbey Sands.

Sean shared their latest news – from October they have a new chef and exciting foodie offering. Book us in, pronto!

Best (make that only) stiletto of the night goes to Lulu’s Bakery

Huge thanks also to Jo Cunningham Photography, the brilliant Topsham snapper – who didn’t stop clicking the whole night, even when we tried to ply her with gin. Jo, you’re a star with willpowers of steel – mmmmmwah!

So here they are, the men and women who make Devon an ever more amaaaazing place to live… your wonderful Muddy Awards 2021 winners!

Till next year, amigos!

Best Art Gallery, Laura Wall Gallery
Best Local Food & Drink Producer, Lulu’s Bakery
Best Photographer, Amy Chapple Photography
Best Women’s Store, My Fabulous Things
Best Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Best Children’s Business, Beach Baby Clothing
Best Interiors Store, Josies Interiors
Best Garden Designer Urban & Rural
Best Florist From the Wild Florist
Best Bookshop, Dogberry & Finch

See the full list of Muddy Awards 2021 winners here.

Pictures by Jo Cunningham Photography

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