Surrey's best café, hotel, and farm shop crowned among raft of winning businesses at awards

The Discovery Trail at Priory Farm in Redhill, voted the best family attraction in Surrey
The Discovery Trail at Priory Farm in Redhill, voted the best family attraction in Surrey -Credit:Surrey Live / Darren Pepe

Surrey’s best café, bar, destination pub, hotel, restaurant, farm shop, boutique stay, and family attraction has been named after a shortlist of 105 businesses that was rigorously whittled down in a public vote. Winners were crowned across 21 categories in the 2024 regional Muddy Stilettos Awards.

Many have taken to social media to share the news with their community and customers and to thank them for their support. Owners of the best bar in Surrey - The Ewell Tap in Ewell - described themselves as “so humbled”, while the count’s top café - Basil and Blue Courtyard in Chobham - hailed winning the award as a privilege.

What’s on know-alls at Muddy Stilettos and organisers of the awards commented: “Well, that was fun. The cocktail glasses were overflowing as the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2024 romped to a close last week.” They continued: “It’s as thrilling as ever to shine a light on brilliant lifestyle indies that make our lives so much more fun and vibrant.”

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The regional awards ran for the 11th year in 2024 and are said to have reached 10 million people across the country. More than 500,000 votes were then cast nationally in the space of just eight weeks.

The gongs have been described as the “most coveted awards” that set out to celebrate independent lifestyle businesses across the UK. Categories also champion local food and drink producers, lifestyle and arts venues, and fitness providers.

The regional winners from each category can progress to the national finals which will crown the best of the best on July 11. Every Surrey restaurant, hotel, business, and everything in between shortlisted in 2024 can be found here.

Full list of Surrey 2024 winners and their reactions

  • Bar - The Ewell Tap, Ewell

“We are so humbled! Thank you for voting for us as the best bar in Surrey. We couldn’t have won this without your amazing support.”

  • Destination pub - The Red Lion, Chobham

“We are thrilled and honoured to have won Muddy Stilettos’ best destination pub. Thank you to all who voted for us. We hope to see you all soon!”

  • Café - Basil and Blue Courtyard, Chobham

“We won!! How thrilling!! What a huge privilege to win such an incredible award. Best café in Surrey. We are absolutely nothing without our team, our customers, our amazing suppliers, and our brilliant community of supporters, so thank you to each and every one of you who voted for us in the Muddy Stilettos awards. Now let’s plan a party.”

“We won!! Thanks to all our guests and everyone who voted us the best hotel in Surrey - we are ecstatic and so honoured! The Muddy Stilettos are one of the most coveted awards for small independent businesses across the country - and it means all the more to win when it’s been voted for by the public.”

  • Boutique stay - Ranmore Rise Retreat, Westcott

“Absolutely over the moon to have just won the ‘Best Boutique Stay in Surrey’ award!!! A huge thank you to all of you who nominated and voted…I appreciate it so much.”

  • Farmshop/deli - Hyde Orchard Farm Shop, Hindhead

“I still can't believe it... we won! We have been awarded The Best Farm Shop in Surrey 2024! From the absolute bottom of my heart, thank you to all of you who voted and have supported us through our ever-growing journey! We couldn't have done it without you! Dreams do come true.

“So once again, to our little and always growing Hyde Orchard Community, thank you. We are in the running now and off to the National Awards in July! I'm off to pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly.”

  • Family attraction - Discovery Land at Priory Farm, South Nutfield

“We are thrilled to announce that Discovery Land has been crowned the winner of the Muddy Stilettos Best Family Attraction Award! This achievement would not have been possible without the overwhelming support from all our amazing visitors and loyal customers.

“Your votes have shown that Discovery Land has captured the hearts of our local community, making it a go-to destination for memorable adventures and quality time spent together. From all of us at Discovery Land, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continuous support.”

  • Local food and drink producer - Silent Pool Distillery, Albury

  • Wine and beer specialist - Taurus Wines, Bramley

“We won! Best Wine & Beer Specialist in Surrey in the Muddy Stilettos awards! Unlike industry-focused awards, the Muddy Stiletto Awards are voted for by our lovely customers, and so it means a huge amount to us that so many of you voted for us, not once but twice - to get us into the final, and then to win!

“We last won this award in 2018, and then it was removed from the categories, so to be the winners again as soon as it was reintroduced is fabulous. Thank you for voting for us, it means the world to all of us here at Taurus.”

  • Event venue - Somersbury Barn, Ewhurst

  • Arts, culture, and theatre venue - Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh

“We won!! Best Arts, Culture & Theatre in Surrey at the Muddy Stilettos Surrey Awards 2024!! Thank you to all of you who voted for us - we are thrilled to win. The support of our community here at Cranleigh Arts means everything - we couldn't do it without you.”

“We did it!! Best Florist in Surrey. Thank you all so so much!! You guys got your Mum’s best friends neighbours dog to vote for me and everyone else, I’m so, so thankful. It was so close the whole way through and I couldn’t be happier right now!”

  • Lifestyle store - The Lost Sheep, Caterham

  • Hair salon - Collection Hair Club, Weybridge

“We have something to share with you. Thank you to everyone who voted us best Surrey hair salon. We truly believe we have the best and hardest working team in Surrey, so this means a lot to our collections family.”

  • Beauty salon/clinic - Serendipity Health and Beauty, Merstham

“The news we have been waiting for… we did it!! Serendipity has won for the second time Best Beauty Salon on the Muddy Stilettos Surrey regional finals! We are all ecstatic!

“We couldn’t have done this without you so to each and every one of you who voted for us, a massive thank you! And to my team… what can I say? You’re all amazing! Thank you all so so much for being awesome!”

  • Children’s business - The Bady Service, Chobham

“Just wanted to let you know the amazing news. We’ve just heard back from Muddy Stilettos and we have won the regional award for Best Children’s Business in Surrey. We’re so pleased, so happy. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, truly.

“You’ve actually got us here, so that means so much to us and we’re very very grateful and very excited to have the award. It’s such an achievement for our small business and thank you so much. “

  • Fitness instructor - Emma Simarro - Building Body Confidence, Bookham

“I am the very proud winner of the Muddy Stilettos award for the Best Fitness Instructor in Surrey. Thank you so much to everyone who voted. I know many of you went above and beyond for me and I couldn’t be more thankful.

“I love what I do and seeing my small business growing every day means the world to me. But even more than that, I love seeing women getting stronger and feeling more confident every single day."

  • Women’s fashion/accessories - Belle and Mack, Weybridge

“Wow!! We’ve won! We can’t quite believe it. We won the Muddy Stilettos Best Fashion Accessory brand in Surrey. We are so, so grateful to all of you who voted for us. We are so chuffed.

“Thank you. There is a presentation on May 23 and then there’s a chance we get put forward to the national finals. So exciting.”

  • Yoga/pilates studio - The Pilates Movement Studio, Guildford

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