ROMSEY businesses celebrated in style at an awards ceremony for the best independents in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Kimbridge Barn, Lemon and Jinja, 108 The Bakery and Forest and Cove were all invited to pick up their certificates in Southsea after being named the best in the county by woman’s lifestyle publisher Muddy Stilettos.

Romsey made its mark in the annual Muddy Awards, picking up four titles across the 27 categories with Kimbridge Barn winning best wedding venue, Lemon and Jinja being crowned best sustainable business, 108 The Bakery best local food/drink producer, while Forest and Cove claimed the title for best art gallery.

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General manager of Kimbridge Barn, Kris Anderson, said: “I am incredibly proud to see Kimbridge Barn recognised as a jewel in the crown for this region. Our team strives to take couples on a unique and special journey for their big day, fine-tuning every detail to ensure all their requirements aren’t only met but exceeded.  This accolade means the world to us as it’s voted for by the public, so all the more rewarding.”

Hampshire Chronicle: Kimbridge Barn staff at the awardsKimbridge Barn staff at the awards (Image: Muddy Stilettos)

The wedding setting and tearoom, based by the River Test is part of the Ideal Collection group of hospitality venues in Hampshire and West Sussex. 

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Managing director, Oliver Weeks, said: “We were up against some fantastic competition, so to win for the second year running is an incredible achievement for our business. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the team who go the extra mile in creating unforgettable weddings and thoroughly deserve this recognition.”

All the Romsey winners got together for a photograph as they celebrated the success of the Hampshire market town at the ceremony at The Queens Hotel Portsmouth.

Manager of eco-refill shop Lemon and Jinja, Sophie Roe, said: “It was a lovely event and so good to meet the other winners of their categories. It was a proud moment for all involved.”

The businesses will now be in with a chance to be a national finalist to be named the ‘Best of the Best’ in the country.