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The 2019 Muddy Stilettos Awards

24th April - 22nd May 2019

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Food & Drink

Rockfish, Exeter Quay

MUDDY SAYS: If you like a better class of fishy on your dishy, come to Rockfish. The canal and riverside setting feel like you're eating outdoors on the quay all year-round and the fresh, flavourful seafood is to die for.

Fun Finder

Bearslake Inn, Sourton

Muddy says: Historic and moorsy, this 13th century inn off Dartmoor's Granite Way is THE spot for jaw-dropping views and slap-up Sunday lunches and pub classics; plus six cottage-style rooms.

Fun Finder

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Beyond Escapes, Berry Pomeroy

Muddy Says: A gorgeously secluded selection of luxury lodges, suites and apartments just outside Totnes, close to Torbay coastline, with a rather spanky spa and gym on-site, plus a relaxed restaurant, with views.

Baby Friendly

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The Fig Tree @ 36, Plymouth

Muddy says: Like your meals cosy, intimate and more than a bit delicious? You'll love the Fig Tree @ 36 then, an every-occasion restaurant located in a quiet backwater.

Family-friendly Restaurants

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Harry’s, Exeter

Muddy Says: We've a lot of love for this Exeter indie. Open all day, every day for casual dining in a buzzy atmosphere, with seasonal menus, huge variety and a naughty cocktail list to boot.

Bars

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Crocketts Gin Bar, Exeter

Muddy says: A cosy, elegant bar in Exeter's bustling cultural quarter, with so many artisan gins it would take months to work through them all (or just a really, really good weekend!)

Bars

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Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge

Muddy says: A super-pretty playground with a timeless charm, this family-friendly hotel will have you yearning for a staycation (not least because of *that* spa).

Baby Friendly

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Southernhay House, Exeter

Muddy Says: In a city where bland chain hotels dominate, what a relief to discover a small, indie, boutique hotel that should be on everyone's 'must-stay' list. Exeter's best-kept secret. 

Bars

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Home Farm Cafe, Bovey Tracey

Muddy says: Every Dartmoor walk needs a cosy cafe at the end of it; every town needs a twinkly restaurant; Home Farm Cafe, on the National Trust's Parke estate, is Devon's little delight.

Cafés

Thatched Inn Ilfracombe

The Thatched Inn, Ilfracombe

Muddy says: You voted, we totally agree! Cosy and with the warmest welcome in town, everyone needs a pub like 2017's Muddy Award-winning Thatched Inn in their lives.

Family-friendly Restaurants

Whitehouse Chillington

Whitehouse, Chillington

Muddy says: Brought to you by the people behind two of the area's most stylish foodie destinations, we're bowled over by this glam bolthole near the south Devon coast.

B&Bs

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Paschoe House, Bow

Muddy says: Romantic, relaxed, super-stylish and the ultimate in fun and luxury. As Devon's destination hotels go, Paschoe House, the newest bolthole on the block, takes some beating.

Dog Friendly

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Ashburton Cookery School

Muddy says: Intimidating? No. Hard to follow? Nope. Fun, engaging and confidence-inspiring? Yep, yeppity-yep! There's a reason why this super-welcoming cookery school on the edge of Dartmoor has awards and accolades coming from every direction. In fact, there's at least ten, if we're being honest.

Cookery Schools and Courses

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Exeter Cookery School

Muddy says: aprons on and mixing spoons at the ready! This exciting new school on the culinary block is brilliant for people of all ages and abilities wanting a cookery course that's fun, relaxed and tasty! *disclaimer: calories involved. Good ones.

Cookery Schools and Courses

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Wicked Wolf Gin

Muddy says: If you like gin, you'll love the taste of Wicked Wolf, produced on the banks of the River Lyn, in the wilds of Exmoor National Park. Launched in 2015, it's a premium spirit carving quite a reputation for itself. See if you can spot it on the shelves of some of Devon's top bars, restaurants and hotels...and then make sure you order a double.

Drinks

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Turtley Corn Mill, Avonwick

Muddy says: This is one of the South Hams' prettiest places to hang out. Gorgeous gardens where peacocks wander and cosy corners for delicious dinners, plus six stylish bedrooms.

B&Bs

The Cheese Shed

Muddy says: Love cheese, but feeling bored by the same old blocks at the supermarket deli counter? You're guaranteed to broaden your cheese-tasting horizons at this super online shop, based out of Bovey Tracey, specialising in some seriously tasty Westcountry artisan cheeses.

Artisan Cheese

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Jaded Palates

Muddy says: two lovely stores in pretty Dartmoor towns, one passionate wine expert who knows his grapes (and spirits!) and a cracking website, making the personally curated selection of top-notch wines and spirits accessible across the country. Jaded palate? Not a chance.

Food & Drink

Le Vignoble Wine Lounge and wine merchant interior

Le Vignoble Wine Lounge & Retail, Plymouth

Muddy says: If you've a love of the vine, then you'll be in great company at this sophisticated indie wine lounge and merchant based in Plymouth's historic Royal William Yard.

Bars

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