Given how well the year has been going our end (a 13-year high for votes and one million unique monthly visitors to our website), it certainly seems that spa-ing is back, and in no small way. As for Covid… what Covid?
This year’s restriction-free celebrations were hosted by acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor Jen Brister who - alongside hosting Live at the Apollo - has performed five solo shows around the world, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Norway Comedy Box Festival, Comedy Club Asia, Adelaide Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe.
The evening began with drinks in the bar – and, if we are honest, a peek at all the lovely outfits: from flowing summery numbers to stylish jumpsuits, and everything in between. Tables were laden with menus detailing the order of the evening, as well as our branded Good Spa Guide balloons which lit up as the sun went down.
As soon as everybody was seated, a light starter of beetroot, crumbled feta, cous cous, orange and red chard was served, together with red and white wines from South Africa.
Then it was time for Jen to woo the crowd with her sharp wit before announcing the first crop of winners – and here they are, congratulations to everybody in this section:
For the main course, diners had a choice of either chicken stuffed with wild mushrooms and leeks, confit carrots, grain mustard and cider cream or sweet potato, sweetcorn and black bean chilli with steamed rice and rice crackers. More wine whet our appetites for round 2 of the awards - hearty congrats go to this crop, too:
Dessert was a choice of a lip-smacking bitter lemon and lime tart or a fruit salad and vegan sorbet. Then it was time for dancing to covers band The Choice, which is when this particular Spa Spy hung up her kitten heels and called it a night.
Congratulations to our winners and finalists and - of course - a huge thank you to sponsors, without whom this event couldn’t happen. See you in November for the regional awards.