Southport’s A Great Little Place has proven once again that preparing award-winning food is their bread and butter, after picking up a Gold Award in the Independent Café Sandwich Retailer category at the British Sandwich Association (BSA) Awards.
Following a raft of awards won in 2014, the Merseyside cafe, which comes under the auspices of UK charity Autism Initiatives, has proven yet again that their food is up there with the best in Britain at this year’s Sammies Awards in London.
Sue Yarnell, Manager at A Great Little Place, said: “We are delighted to have won the Gold Award for the Independent Café Sandwich Retailer. It reflects all the hard work we’ve put in over the year and shows our commitment to offering delicious food, which includes fresh and interesting sandwiches.”
Gethin Evans, from the BSA, added: “With such a competitive market a Gold Award confers a sign of true quality and sets them above the competition.”
With Southport Food and Drink Festival just around the corner, discerning local diners are being encouraged to come along to A Great Little Place’s twin cafes, at 11c Hoghton Street and 43 London Street, to try first hand their award-winning sandwiches and other tasty dishes.
As if to underline their ability to cater for all tastes, alongside the winning cuisine A Great Little Place is currently serving up a varied menu of cultural activities to whet customers’ appetites. Just recently Wirral jazz duo, Modjango, wowed regulars with a sold out performance, as part of the Southport Jazz Festival.
Now, cafe staff are looking ahead to delivering a baking demonstration at the Food and Drink Festival, where lucky festival goers will get a behind-the-scenes look at their industry-leading cooking techniques. Plus, they have teamed up with Southport Contemporary Arts (SCA) network to exhibit the works of independent local artists, as part of the fourth annual Arts Trail from 1-16 June.
A Great Little Place’s most recent accolade is the latest in a long line of awards for the social enterprise. At last year’s Sammies they scooped top prize in the independent category, pipping Costa Coffee, M&S, Pret A Manger and Greggs to the platinum award. They also won gold at the Cafe Life Awards for ‘The Independent Cafe Award 2014’ and were finalists in the BSA’s Sandwich Designer of the Year awards.
In line with Autism Initiatives’ work in the community, A Great Little Place provides meaningful work and social experience for people with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). Much of their fresh produce is sourced from their other Southport initiative, WeGrowCo, and the artworks and handmade jewellery of service users are displayed and sold in the cafe all year round.
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