Lucy’s Cafe and Deli in Mansfield has been voted cafe of the year in the Chad’s competition.
Owner Lucy Bartle’s Market Street eatery polled 161 votes from satisfied customers and was awarded a special plaque.
Lucy said: “I am really, really pleased - I can’t believe it! You always panic about a cafe - you hope you’re the best but you never know.
“I thought the award was fantastic. I am going to hang a banner saying ‘Cafe of the Year’ over the window!”
Lucy (35) paid tribute to her loyal staff, Kelly Cooper, Katie Duncombe, David Armstrong and Debbie Carrington.
The cafe on Market Street is very much a family business with Lucy’s mum, Linda, acting as marketing manager, and her stepdad Alan, as the cafe’s accountant. Her cousin Kate worked there over the summer and Lucy’s sister helped out until she left to have a child.
The cafe was opened on August Bank Holiday eight years ago.
Lucy said: “I am pleased about the amount of people who voted for us. I obviously don’t have much faith! It was really overwhelming! It’s a lovely thing to win.”
Lucy is the main cook and she tries to vary her offerings with new dishes. This week alone she has introduced goat’s cheese salad, duck lasagne and venison burgers to the menu.
Although the constant search for new foods is hard work, it does have its upside: “It’s good fun sorting all the new stuff because you have to taste everything!”
The cafe, whichi is set for a major refurbishment over the next few weeks, is open from 9.15am to 3.30pm in the week, and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays.
In total Lucy’s Cafe and Deli received 161 votes - 141 by post and 20 by text, with over 340 votes cast by Chad readers overall.