Muddy Stilettos Award winners 2023

Now in their 10th year, the hotly contested Muddy Stilettos 2023 Awards have come to a close, with 27 brilliant local indie businesses winning the coveted lifestyle awards across Essex. Readers of the award-winning Muddy Stilettos lifestyle website ( have been nominating and voting in their thousands for their favourite independent businesses across 27 different lifestyle categories – from Best Destination Pub to Yoga/Pilates Studio, Boutique Stay to Wedding Venue – and shining a light on the most creative, indie businesses. 77,000 businesses were nominated across the country with 800,000 votes cast in total as part of this much coveted lifestyle awards nationwide, making it the most popular Muddy Awards to date.

Muddy Stilettos logo The list of Essex Winners are as follows:
ART GALLERY: Chelmer Fine Art (Chelmsford)
BAR: Number 92 (Braintree)
BEAUTY SALON/CLINIC: JK Beauty (Mountnessing)
BOOKSHOP: Red Lion Books (Colchester)
BOUTIQUE STAY (UNDER 30 ROOMS): Essex Stays (Great Baddow)
BRIDAL STORE: Abigail's Collection (Colchester)
CAFÉ: Table (Earls Colne)
CHILDREN'S BUSINESS: Green Earth Learning (Chelmsford)
DAY SPA: Lifehouse Spa & Hotel (Thorpe le Soken)
DESTINATION PUB: Lion and Lamb (Little Canfield)
FAMILY ATTRACTION: Call of the Wild Zoo (South Woodham Ferrers)
FARMSHOP/DELI: Nanny Kay's Farm Shop (Wickford)
FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Lorna Cole, Fitness Fever (Chelmsford)
FLORIST: The Botanical Shed (Great Dunmow)
HAIR SALON: Lipstick & Locks (Braintree)
HOTEL/INN (WITH 30+ ROOMS): Down Hall (Hatfield Heath)
JEWELLER: The Luna Edit (Chelmsford)
LIFESTYLE STORE: Little Boat Gifts (Brightlingsea)
LOCAL FOOD/DRINK PRODUCER: The Hungry Tribe (Gosfield)
NEW LIFESTYLE START-UP: Artisans Hub (Braintree)
RESTAURANT: Fête Grays Yard (Chelmsford)
THEATRE/ARTS VENUE: Thameside Theatre (Thurrock)
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: A* Photography & Film (Clacton on Sea)
WEDDING VENUE: The Boundary (Southend on Sea)
WOMEN'S FASHION: Number Six (Chelmsford)
YOGA/PILATES STUDIO: Totally Yoga (Laindon)

All regional winners of Essex, along with winners from the other Muddy counties, will go through to the National Muddy Stilettos Awards 2023. Five businesses in each category will go through to the National Finals, with the 'Best of the Best' Winners crowned in July. The Muddy Stilettos Awards always creates a real sense of community spirit and are a great way for local readers to say 'Thank you' to their favourite local business and for those businesses to use the accolade of a Muddy Award to grow their businesses further.

Hero Brown, founder and Editor-in-chief of Muddy Stilettos adds: "I set up these awards 10 years ago to give local lifestyle businesses a chance to shout about how brilliant they are. It's been an honour to showcase the most creative, innovative lifestyle businesses across Essex, in partnership with our local sponsor, Chelmsford City Racecourse. The response to this year's Muddy Awards has been incredible with many thousands voting to support wonderful local businesses and their own vibrant communities."

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