Local Businesses in Devon Take Top Spot in the Muddy Business Awards 2022

Now in their 9th year, the hotly-contested Muddy Business Awards 2022 have come to a close, with 27 brilliant local independent businesses winning the coveted lifestyle awards across Devon.


Readers of the award-winning Muddy Stilettos lifestyle website have been nominating and voting en masse 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, unique independent businesses in Devon.

The Muddy Business Awards Winners 2022

ART SPACE: The Burton at Bideford

BAR: Crafty’s Bar & Restaurant, Barnstaple

BEAUTY SALON: The Retreat Beauty Salon, Barnstaple

BOOKSHOP: The East Gate Bookshop, Totnes

BRIDAL STORE: Champagne & Charlotte, Bideford

BOUTIQUE STAY: Blatchford Briar, Milton Abbot

CAFÉ: The Curious Kitchen, Brixham

CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Merry Go Round, North Tawton

DAY SPA: Gaia Spa Boringdon, Plymouth

DESTINATION PUB: The Cricket Inn, Beesands

FAMILY ATTRACTION: Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh

FARM SHOP/DELI: Strawberry Fields Farm Shop, Lifton

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Zoe Bowden, Offbeat Dance & Fitness, Torbay

FLORIST: Amelia’s Flower Farm, Combeinteignhead

HAIR SALON: Forty Nine & Fifth, Barnstaple

HOTEL: Saunton Sands Hotel, Braunton

JEWELLER: Amy Eira Jewellery, Bideford

LIFESTYLE STORE: Sunshine & Snow, Bideford

LOCAL PRODUCER (FOOD/DRINK): Sharpham Cheese, Ashprington

NEW LIFESTYLE START-UP: Bud Houseplants, Plymouth

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jo Cunningham Photography, Topsham

RESTAURANT: New Coast Kitchen, Croyde

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS: Owens Coffee, Plymouth

THEATRE/ARTS VENUE: Palace Theatre, Paignton

WEDDING VENUE: Watermouth Cove Weddings, Ilfracombe


YOGA/PILATES STUDIO: Space to Move, Plymouth

Rhodri Davey, Managing Partner at Kitsons Solicitors said: “The Muddy Business Awards create a real sense of community spirit; a great way for customers to say ‘thank you’ to brilliant local businesses for all their hard work and for businesses to have an accolade to help them reach new customers. Kitsons are delighted to be sponsoring the Devon awards for the second year running.”

Hero Brown, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Muddy Stilettos adds: “I set up these awards 9 years ago to give local lifestyle businesses a chance to shout about how brilliant they are. After two years of multiple lockdowns and a hard climb out of such disruption, it’s been an honour to showcase the most amazing lifestyle businesses across Devon, sponsored by Kitsons Solicitors and in partnership with Healthily. The response to this year’s Muddy Awards has been astonishing – thousands and thousands voted giving such a fantastic boost and a well-deserved pat-on-the-back to so many. I hope it will give the winning businesses even greater confidence to keep persevering, growing and being creative.”

All of the winners will automatically be put through to the inaugural National Muddy Business Awards 2022, to be judged by the experienced Muddy Editors over the summer. Five successful finalists per category will be shortlisted to go in the National Finals to be announced in September, with the ‘Best of the Best’ Winners crowned in October.

*Photos by Jo Cunningham Photography, Topsham