A double celebration is in order for a Mansfield family this week as they secured the top spot in Chad’s Cafe of the Year award on their first birthday.
Siblings Phoebe and Charlie Shetliffe, of Little Barn Lane, run Bakers at Queens, which is owned by their parents, Amanda and Mark Shetliffe.
The cafe, on Queens Street in Mansfield town centre, came first in the race against The Shiny Spoon, which secured second place, and Lucy’s cafe, which came third.
Mum, Amanda, 47, said: “It’s fantastic news - and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“We are absolutely over the moon.”
Amanda, who was originally a cook, and Mark, 49, who was originally a baker, now own a few different cafes throughout the area since they first went into business together 15 years ago.
Bakers at Queens also employs seven other staff as well as the family members.
Amanda thinks Bakers at Queens got the award because they made a “real statement” when they first arrived.
She added: “There’s a really unique vibe to the cafe - because we get old and young customers coming in.
“And everything sold in the cafe has used locally produced goods or is made right here in our bakery.
“It’s the gateway to Mansfield.”
Daughter, Pheobe, 24, recently left her job at an estate agents to work at the cafe when it took off.
She described herself as the “business head” of the family.
Phoebe said: “It’s so lovely for the people of Mansfield to appreciate everything we have done, but this is just a taste of what is to come - we are going to do so much more.”
Bakers at Queens, which sells everything from sandwiches and salads to tea and cake, is also planning to open as an evening bistro three nights a week.
The bistro, which is due to be open at some point in the next few months, will also be available for private hire and hold theme nights.
They are also thinking of setting up an afternoon tea area, where customers can enjoy a pot of tea with a cream scone.
Phoebe added: “With us being a family, we all bring different ideas to the place.
“But we never expected the cafe to be as big as it is now.
“It’s down to the hard work of all the staff here that we got this award - especially my brother Charlie.
“He is on a first-name basis with all our regular customers
Charlie, 20, is described as the “friendly face” of the cafe.
He said: “I love it working here.
“Everybody who works here gets along, we are like one big family inside this place.
The Bakers at Queens team are now looking forward to their big anniversary event, which will also raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support, on October 25.
More information can be found on the ‘Bakers at Queens’ Facebook page.