Meet the finalists 2019
Only 5 days to vote for your local faves in the Muddy Awards Finals. Check out the finalists then go VOTE!
Wowsers! Excuse me while I crawl out from under this digital pile of nominations – it’s been an incredible first round!
A massive THANK YOU for taking the time to support our awesome local businesses – you lot clearly love ’em, because we’ve seen an incredible rise of 100% of readers nominating on the Awards compared to last year. It makes me feel incredibly lucky to live here in Devon when you see so many wonderful, talented indies on the short-list.
Some of the categories are extremely hotly contested, so commiserations if you didn’t make it, the bar is sooo high – get in touch if you think we should be featuring you anyway, I’m all ears! – and congratulations to everyone who’s made it to through to the FINALS.
Now the Muddy bean-counter has declared and it’s time to announce your finalists – 120 local Devon businesses in 24 categories.
The Finals go LIVE from 9am Wednesday 15 and close midday on Wednesday 22 May. That means just 7 days to vote so it’s going to be fast and furious. If there is a local business you love make sure you VOTE!
So enough blather from me, do you want to know who made it to the finals…course you do! Meet your fantastic finalists, then go VOTE! Congrats to you all!
THE MUDDY AWARDS DEVON 2019: MEET THE FINALISTS
BEST ART GALLERY: Artizan Gallery (Torquay), The Burton Art Gallery (Bideford), Laura Wall (Teignmouth), Tidal Art Gallery (Kingsbridge), Words & Pictures (Teignmouth)
BEST BAR: The Barbican Botanics Gin Room (Plymouth), Ben’s Wine & Tapas (Totnes), Crocketts (Exeter), Honky Tonk Wine Library (Plymouth), The Cove (Hope Cove)
BEST BEAUTY SALON: The Retreat (Barnstaple), Undone Beauty (Totnes), Tan with Fox (Torquay), Lefroy Beauty (Exeter), Boho Beauty (Braunton)
BEST BOOKSHOP: Crediton Community Bookshop (Crediton), Dartmouth Bookseller (Dartmouth), Harbour Bookshop (Kingsbridge), Liznojan (Tiverton), Walter Henry’s Bookshop (Bideford)
BEST BOUTIQUE STAY: Driftwood B&B (Brixham), Leafy Fields Glamping (Cullompton), The Old Dairy (Dunsford), The Pig at Combe (Gittisham), The Three Crowns (Chagford)
BEST CAFE: The Coffee Cabin (Appledore), Fika (Kingsbridge), Finley Browns (Teignmouth), Storm in a Teacup (Ilfracombe), Treat Time (Barnstaple)
BEST CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Baby Bloom Development (Torbay), Blueberry Boo Kids (Brixham), Nurture Baby (East Devon), Boolins Organic (Ivybridge), The Thrifty Stork (Exeter)
BEST DAY SPA: Alchemist Spa (Woolacombe Bay Hotel), Elan Spa at Bovey Castle (Dartmoor), Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall (Plymouth), Source at Saunton Sands (Saunton), The Spa (Islington)
BEST DESTINATION PUBS: Black River Inn (Black Torrington), Farmers Arms (Woolsery), The Royal George (Appledore), The Thatched Inn, (Abbotsham), The Waterfront (Plymouth)
BEST FAMILY ATTRACTION: Cockington Court (Cockington), The Donkey Sanctuary (Sidmouth), Milky Way Adventure Park (Bideford), Pennywell Farm (Buckfastleigh), The Big Sheep (Bideford)
BEST FARM SHOP: Ben’s Farm Shop (Staverton), Dart’s Farm (Topsham), John’s (Instow), Ullacombe Farm (Bovey Tracey), Greendale Farm (Exeter)
BEST FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Chantal Moore (Torrington), Kaz Elphick (Tiverton), Mica Clark (Ilfracombe), Miriam Kimber (Torrington), Wendy Goldthorp (Exeter)
BEST FLORIST: Amy’s Flowers (Chagford), Blue Geranium (Totnes), Flowers by Sophie Millington (Exeter), Hannah Burnett (Plymouth), Sweet Peas and Sunflowers (Bideford)
BEST GIFT SHOP: Artisan (Chagford), Me and East (Totnes), Sunshine and Snow (Bideford), Rockpool Trading (Plymouth), Daisy Park (South Molton)
BEST HAIR SALON: David & David (Plymouth), Gem Rose (Newton Abbot), H & Co (Babbacombe), Love Hair (Barnstaple), Steven & Laurent (Bideford)
BEST INTERIORS STORE: Josie’s (Bideford), Vincent Trading (Salcombe), Nkuku (Totnes), Gosh! & Absolutely (Plymouth), Just Trio (Barnstaple)
BEST JEWELLERY STORE: By Imogen Rose (Bideford), Katie Ann Designs (Plymouth), Isabella Day (Cockington), Olympia Casting Studio (Exmouth), Wanderlust (Braunton)
BEST LOCAL FOOD/DRINK PRODUCER: The Cupcakery (Barnstaple), Joshua’s Harvest Store (Ottery St Mary), Brixham Gin (Brixham), Surfing Cow Devon Ice Cream (Holbeton), Veg in a Box (Exeter)
BEST NEWCOMER: The Crafty Beer Shop (Barnstaple), Fletchers Restaurant (Plymouth), Flotsam 50 (Brixham), Nourish (Topsham), The White Room Practice (Bideford)
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER: Barnes Photography (Bideford), Fraser Marchbank (Westward Ho!), Hannah Wilde (Dartmoor), Louise Eleanor (Wembury), Sarah Clarke ( Chagford)
BEST RESTAURANT: Fig Tree @ 36 (Plymouth), Harry’s (Exeter), La Petite Bouchee (Witheridge), Number 8 (Bideford), The Riverside (Braunton)
BEST THEATRE: Palace Theatre (Paignton), Plough Arts Theatre (Torrington), Queen’s Theatre (Barnstaple), Soapbox Children’s Theatre (Plymouth), Theatre Royal (Plymouth)
BEST YOGA/PILATES INSTRUCTOR: Imogen Palmer (Barnstaple), Rebecca Cunningham (Exeter), Sian-Marie Bartlett (North Devon), Stacey Weeks (Tiverton), Emma Saunders (Teignmouth)
BEST WOMEN’S STORE: Le Boudoir (Exeter), Amica Bridal (Plymouth), Chocolate (Bideford), Frocks in Swingtime (Exeter), Re-Love (Barnstaple)