Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2018: Local Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year

PUBLISHED: 09:42 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:42 03 July 2018

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2018: Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2018: Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year


With so much competition, this was not an easy decision to make. But we’re pleased to announce we have picked a winner worthy of the ‘Best Local Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year’ title...

The Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards are one of the biggest events in the local calendar and it is hugely anticipated by the region’s food and drink industry all year round.

We champion the best local producers, suppliers and businesses that are passionate about the Cotswold countryside and the future of our local environment.

Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the ‘Local Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year’ Award, sponsored by Pamela Chen’s Asia.

This year’s finalists

Café au Chocolat, Tewkesbury

Café au Chocolat in Tewkesbury is well known and loved by locals and visitors alike, judges were particularly excited for it’s newly opened chocolatier next door where you can see the chocolates being made. The café has a lovely, relaxed feel to it and even welcomes well-behaved dogs. Savoury offerings include a seasonal soup of the day, plus paninis, bagels and croissants – all baked on the premises – and, as you’d expect, the sweet selection includes an impressive Belgian chocolate range. Definitely one for the sweet-toothed connoisseur.

Smiths of Bourton, Bourton-on-the-Water

Tucked away from the village’s bustling riverside, but just a moment’s walk, is the charming Smiths of Bourton. Judges commented that the bright and airy interior is very welcoming, with a traditional décor and boards displaying the day’s specials. Impressed by the delicious carrot and cumin homemade soup of the day, and the gentleman’s afternoon teas, these were all served by the chef who was very happy to chat. The helpings are generous; in fact judges took home a doggy bag what couldn’t be managed in one sitting!

And the winner is...

Café 53, Tetbury

Featuring a secluded courtyard garden and honest but quirky décor, Café 53 in Tetbury has a decidedly boho charm. Judges were keen to point out that the food is freshly prepared throughout the day, and the menu – sourced locally where possible – is incredibly varied, offering both sweet and savoury dishes, as well as a good range of teas and coffees. Unusually perhaps for a café, it’s also licensed and includes wines from the local Three Choirs vineyard. Judges commented that the chocolate and Guinness cake sampled is highly recommended!

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Click here to take a look at last year’s winners!

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