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Ta-dah! Here they are: the finalists in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017

Raise your glass to the 135 finalists in 27 categories in the Muddy Stilettos Awards

Phew! The massive bean count is finally over and I can get some sleep, I mean, let you know the names of all the brilliant Somerset businesses who’ve made it into the finals of the Muddy Stilettos Awards. On our shortlist: 135 businesses in 27 categories, all vying for your love!

We counted up all the votes meticulously and it was the top 5 in each category with the most votes that go through to the finals – and it was really close in all of the categories.  I feel really conflicted today as I’m obviously delighted for the businesses who go through but seriously gutted for those don’t. If you didn’t make it through, then I hope 2018 is your year.

Thank you to those of you who voted already – and for the many businesses involved.

Anyway, check out all the finalists below and make sure you go and visit them – after you’ve voted, of course!

Voting starts at midday on WEDNESDAY 7 JUNE and goes for one week only until midday WEDNESDAY 14 June.

So here they are…

BEST ART GALLERY

  • ACEarts Gallery (Somerton)
  • Black Swan Arts (Frome)
  • Contains Art (Watchet)
  • Rostra Gallery (Bath)
  • Tinca Gallery (Portishead)

 BEST BAR

  • Brazz (Taunton)
  • Gallery Bar (Castle Cary)
  • Opium Bar (Bath)
  • Subhouse (Wells)
  • The Canary Gin Bar (Bath)

BEST BOOKSHOP

  • Bailey Hill Bookshop (Castle Cary)
  • Brendon Books (Taunton)
  • Hunting Raven Books (Frome)
  • Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights (Bath)
  • Topping & Company (Bath)

BEST BOUTIQUE STAY

  • Godney Arts House (Lower Godney, nr Wells)
  • Langford Fivehead (Lower Swell, nr Taunton)
  • Mount Pleasant Farmhouse B&B (Chapel Allerton, nr Cheddar)
  • Studio Farrows (Aller, nr Langport)
  • Swain House (Watchet)

BEST CAFÉ

  • Home (Castle Cary)
  • Living Pretty (Curry Rivel)
  • Railway Carriage Cafe (Lopenhead, nr Ilminster)
  • The River House (Frome)
  • The Shed (Taunton)

BEST CHILDREN’S BUSINESS

  • Amamaya Clothing (Taunton)
  • My Small World (Bath)
  • Spotty Herberts (Bath)
  • The FMLY Store (Bruton)
  • The Vintage Sweetheart (Glastonbury)

BEST COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH CENTRE

  • Nine Springs (Yeovil)
  • Pura Vida Holistic Therapies (Bath)
  • Rose Holistic Treatments (Bath)
  • The Well Being (Lower Durston, nr Taunton)
  • Wayside House (Curry Rivel, nr Langport)

BEST BEAUTY SALON

  • Another Little World (Corton Denham/Yeovil)
  • Bare Beauty (Combe Down, nr Bath)
  • Karen Christensen (Wells/Castle Cary)
  • Melanie Giles (Frome)
  • The Barn (Loxton)

BEST DAY SPA

  • Buff Urban Day Spa (Taunton)
  • Green Street House (Bath)
  • Lanes (West Coker, nr Yeovil)
  • Mount Somerset Elan Spa (Taunton)
  • Thermae Bath Spa (Bath)

BEST DESTINATION PUB

  • The Artisan (Frome)
  • The Halfway House (Pitney, nr Langport)
  • The Lord Poulett Arms (Hinton St George)
  • The Swan (Wedmore)
  • The Talbot Inn (Mells)

BEST FAMILY ATTRACTION

  • Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre (nr Minehead)
  • Haynes Motor Museum (Sparkford)
  • Puxton Park (Hewish, nr Weston-super-Mare)
  • The Frome Independent (Frome)
  • Tyntesfield House (Wraxall)

BEST FARM SHOP/DELI

  • Farrington’s Farm Shop (Farrington Gurney)
  • Pyne’s of Somerset (North Petherton)
  • Rumwell Farm Shop (nr Taunton)
  • Queen’s Street Deli (Wells)
  • Whiterow Farm (Beckington)

BEST FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

  • Carly Nicholson (Yeovil)
  • Deborah Welch (Clevedon)
  • Jo Beale (Frome)
  • Kelly Toogood (Weston-super-Mare)
  • Natasha Howells (Langport)

BEST LOCAL FOOD & DRINK PRODUCER

  • Bengrove Market Garden (Wraxall, nr Shepton Mallet)
  • E18hteen Gin (North Petherton)
  • Mr Filbert’s Fine Foods (Glastonbury)
  • Sweet Cumin (Clapton, nr Radstock)
  • West Country Water Buffalo (Chilthorne Dormer, nr Yeovil)

BEST FLORIST

  • Bespoke Blooms (Yatton)
  • Bramble and Wild (Frome)
  • Julia Moore Floral Designs (Castle Cary)
  • Little Thatch (South Petherton)
  • Myrtle Mee Flowers (Bath)

BEST GIFT SHOP

  • Eustace and Arthur (Langport)
  • Flamingo (Bath)
  • Mary Kilvert (Frome)
  • The Emporium Somerset (Wellington)
  • Wilfred & Alice (Clevedon)

BEST GLAMPING

  • Dimpsey Glamping (Chard)
  • Huntstile Organic Farm (Goathurst, nr Bridgwater)
  • Middle Stone Farm (Brompton Ralph, nr Taunton)
  • Secret Valley (Goathurst, nr Bridgwater)
  • The Yurt Retreat (Crewkerne)

BEST HAIR SALON

  • Buff Urban Day Spa (Taunton)
  • Chavela More (Wincanton)
  • Melanie Giles (Frome)
  • Number Three (Bath)
  • Phylosophie (Bath)

BEST INTERIORS STORE

  •  Alchemy (Bruton)
  • Home Front Interiors (Bath)
  • Lafleure (Langport)
  • Life Interiors & Antiques (Somerton)
  • Kin Lifestyle (Wellington)

BEST JEWELLERY STORE

  • Alex Appleton (Wincanton)
  • Alexandra May (Bath)
  • Annette Gabbedey (Frome)
  • Nicholas Wylde (Bath)
  • Polkadot Gallery (Taunton)

BEST MEN’S STORE

  • Assembly (Frome)
  • Bow Street Barbers (Langport)
  • Merchant Menswear (Taunton)
  • The Dandy Lion (Frome)
  • Top Notch Vintage (Somerton)

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Danielle Reeder (South Petherton)
  • Kerry Bartlett (Street)
  • Sophia Veres (South Petherton)
  • Storybox (Bridgwater)
  • Tessa Chapman (Ilminster)

BEST RESTAURANT

  • Celandines (Ilminster)
  • Roth Bar and Grill (Bruton)
  • Sam’s Kitchen Deli (Frome/Bath)
  • The Olive Tree (Bath)
  • The White Post (Rimpton nr Yeovil)

BEST THEATRE

  • McMillan Theatre (Bridgwater)
  • Merlin Theatre (Frome)
  • The Brewhouse (Taunton)
  • The Octagon (Yeovil)
  • Theatre Royal (Bath)

BEST WINE MERCHANT

  •  At the Chapel (Bruton)
  • Independent Spirit (Bath)
  • Somerset Wine Company (Wincanton)
  • The Grape and the Good (Wells)
  • Vine Wine (Fivehead, nr Taunton)

BEST WOMEN’S STORE

  • Allotment (nr Taunton)
  • Deadly is the Female (Frome)
  • Ellie Rose Bridal (Bath)
  • Instant Vintage (Bath)
  • Sisi and May (Bath)

BEST YOGA/PILATES STUDIO

  • Anna Davies Yoga Somerset (nr Bridgwater)
  • Focus Pilates (Frome)
  • Pilates & Barre (Taunton)
  • Pilates Body Aligned (Wells)
  • The Wellbeing Studio (Clevedon)

 

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8 comments on “Ta-dah! Here they are: the finalists in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017”

  • Stacey June 5, 2017

    Anna Davies is by far the best yoga instructor, she is friendly and adapts to suit you on a personal level. Anna works so hard to make sure each student has the best opportunity to achieve their goals.

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    • suetucker June 6, 2017

      She sounds fab! Don’t forget to vote in the finals from Weds 7 June!

      Reply
  • Jane Young June 5, 2017

    Anna Davis Yoga Somerset without a doubt! I have been a pretty bad time with breast cancer. I started with Anna whilst I completed my treatment.
    Without her I would not have coped.
    I also know there are 1 or 2 ladies in my class who are having a difficult time with issues – Anna’s warmth and kindness and dedication are helping them too.

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    • suetucker June 6, 2017

      She sounds totally amazing.

      Reply
  • Lorraine Beale June 9, 2017

    Amanda McCallum’s Pilates & Barre Studio is a very relaxing & peaceful environment. Her Pilates classes are varied & set at the right level for individuals to make them harder or easier working at their own level. She explains well , keeps an eye on individual postures , changes the exercises regularly to make sure each part of you gets its turn! She is a lovely lady & just generally an excellent teacher.

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  • Laura Valentine-Slack June 11, 2017

    Anna Davies Yoga, Somerset. Absolutely awesome. Love going to classes, Anna doesn’t just teach a class Yoga, she embraces the principles and reaching as well and shares her knowledge as well. Everyone is welcomed with a hug, and leaves with a hug. A really warm and vibrant experience. My sister has started coming with me. Needless to say, she loves it too!

    Reply
  • Emily May June 14, 2017

    I vote for life interiors somerton I love their shop! 🙂

    Em

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  • Mary Mullineux June 14, 2017

    Vote for Eustace and Arthur in Langport , a very special little gift shop with interesting presents and super cards.

    Reply

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