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Fun, fizz and frolics! The Muddy Awards Do

I’m not sure Painshill quite knew what hit it last week as we staged a Muddy Takeover of the Abercorn Room and various parts of the stunning garden for the Surrey Muddy Stilettos Awards Winners’ Party! All I know is that everyone seemed to have a great time, enjoyed delicious fizz and nibbles, and made some new friends. And most importantly, amidst all the doomy, gloomy, oh-so-rainy weather reports… the SUN SHONE… well for most of the day!


Nearly all the winning businesses made it to the party (for those of you who were off on glamorous buying trips abroad, we missed you!) and once we’d all got over the gob-smacking gorgeousness of the gardens, we relaxed and had a really fun couple of hours.


Photographer Kate Hutchings, from Kaptured by Kate, was fantastic and the fizz was deeeeelish! The fabulous Felicity from Taurus Wines – our winning Wine Store – turned up early with five cases of fizz and then just kept pouring (uh, despite it being just noon). And what a gorgeous drop it was too!

All this, while quaffing the good stuff and chatting to the winners… I almost forgot I had to actually do a bit of work and throw a speech together! If you call a bit of stuttering and blushing a speech, that is…


Although the show was utterly stolen by Morris – dapper in a silk scarf. (That’s him below!)


In case you missed it, here is the full list of ALL our wonderful winners. Please make sure you pay them a visit and use their services over the coming months. I know they’d be delighted to see you, and they are winners for a reason! That goes for all our finalists actually, because there were some brilliant last minute tussles for first place.


So that’s it, the first Muddy Stilettos Surrey Awards are over! Thanks to Painshill for letting us host the event in such a glorious setting, and to all our wonderful Surrey businesses who took part, and to the thousands of you who voted for them. It really has been a true testament to how much you value our wonderful independents by making the first Muddy Stilettos Surrey Awards such a success.


Same again in 2017? Just let me have a little lie down first… *clonk*.

Amber x


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