The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Warwickshire Edition


21 Apr 2017

Drum Roll please!

Dig out your Dior, polish that crystal and put the champers on ice, because the Muddy Awards are rolling into town. We want to shout from the rooftops (hard in heels, but we’ll give it our best shot) about Warwickshire’s indy businesses in all their quirky, unmissable, glorious erm, glory – from food producers to destination pubs, cool kids theatre to pop-up supper clubs. Ever been bowled over by a small business that you think deserves recognition for being brilliant?  Well, now’s your chance to do your bit.

The awards are the bees knees, the dogs… ahem, you get my drift.  They’ve been going for five years in Bucks and Oxon and this year they’re running simultaneously across 18 counties including, for the first time, Warwickshire and rural West Mids (south). Muddy Stilettos is all about quality and curation, so to win a Muddy Award is a real achievement.

Anyone can nominate a business and entry is gratis, and, free as a bean.  Here’s how it works:

Nominations open at Muddy Warwickshire from midday, Weds May 3 and are open until Fri May 26 2017. During this time there will be a special online voting form on the website so you can place your vote during this first round.  If you’re a business who’d like to get involved ask a friend (or better still, all of your customers!) to nominate you and you’re away.

We then count up the nominations we’ve received and produce a top 5 under each category based on the quantity of votes received in the first round.  Then we enter round 2 which runs from Weds June 7–14, and we invite all readers to go into a refreshed voting page and cast your vote for your Muddy Awards 2017 winner of each category.

Many of the 26 Muddy Awards 2017 categories are niche, deliberately included to help the cool, small indie businesses who don’t get a look in during bigger, more traditional awards, so *please-please-beg-weep-please* take time to scroll through them and vote in as many categories as you can. It could make all the difference to a brilliant local business.

The v glam Northants ed Anna-Lou handing Will Reid of Friars Farm his Muddy Award for Best Local Producer (Food/Drink) last summer

Winners will be announced on Weds June 14 (eek! I’m excited already).  They will receive a unique Muddy Stilettos certificate, Awards window rosette and trophy (an optional extra), as well as lots of Muddy help gaining coverage in regional and social media. And if that wasn’t enough, an exclusive Awards Drinks for winners will be held, details of which will be announced soon  (goes without saying there will be fizz will be involved, though). Please see below for the full list of categories.


Best… Art Gallery; Bar; Beauty Salon; Bookshop; Boutique Hotel; Café; Children’s Store; Complementary Therapy Centre; Day Spa; Deli/Farm Shop; Destination Pub; Family Attraction; Fitness Instructor; Florist; Local Food Producer; Gift Shop; Hair Salon; Interiors; Jewellery Store; Mens’ Store; Photographer; Restaurant; Theatre; Wine Shop; Women’s Store; Yoga/Pilates Studio

Muddy Northamptonshire’s fab Muddy Awards drinks-do, 2016

Muddy Stilettos, what’s that then?

Muddy Stilettos is the most influential lifestyle blog in the South of England. Started in 2012 by ex Independent and Red journalist Hero Brown to cover events and businesses in Bucks & Oxon, the blog has since expanded into a further 16 counties – Berkshire, Cambs, Cornwall, Devon, Glos, Hampshire, Herts, Kent, Leics, Northants, Norfolk, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire & Wiltshire.

Muddy Stilettos is currently one of 8 Finalists in the Best Arts & Culture category of the UK National Blog Awards 2017.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Warwickshire Edition