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The Garden Café Newquay, based at the heritage cottages in Trenance Gardens, is delighted to have been awarded the Blue Ribbon Award in the National Good Food Awards. The café, under new management, has brought in a new look in 2023, and with new nostalgic menu development has been successful at appealing to locals and visitors to Newquay. A leading venue for traditional Cornish Cream Teas there is also a focus on high quality coffee, customer service and affordable light lunches with a Cornish twist leading to the café enjoying 5-star reviews and outstanding customer feedback that has led to this award. 



Founded in 2002, the awards aim to highlight eateries across the UK that go the extra mile and "strive for culinary excellence within their field". The independent awards are free to enter with winners chosen based on their food quality, service and value.


The Good Food Awards congratulated the café owners by saying; “Competition for this year's accolades has been incredibly fierce, with a historic number of participants and votes across our awards from readers, customers, and fans alike. Our prestigious awards, known as the Blue Ribbon for Delicious Dishes™, are bestowed upon those who excel in food quality, service, and value. We rely on customer feedback, votes, and online reviews to ensure that our awards are based on merit and accurately represent the opinions of real diners. We aim to promote and bolster local, independent businesses that create delectable food. We firmly believe that businesses, like The Garden Café, are the backbone of our communities and are deserving of recognition for their hard work and unwavering dedication.”


The café is located in stunning award-winning gardens with indoor and outdoor seating. The café is dog friendly throughout and visitors can enjoy the adjoining museum on a visit. The café has also catered for weddings and family celebrations held at the heritage cottages this year. The café uses local Cornish suppliers wherever possible across all their food and drink offers.


Café owners Louise and Karen explain; “We aim to be different. We are actively racing into the past with our food offering bringing smiles and memories and we focus on the details that make the difference. We have served thousands of scones with Roddas Clotted Cream and Halzephron Cornish Jam and it’s two scones the way it should be. The ‘wow’ as it is delivered to the table makes our staff smile as well. We have brought back Coke Floats and Knickerbocker Glories in the right glasses with the right taste from the 80s as nostalgic specials. We also pride ourselves on our food having a Cornish story that we tell on the menus as part of the Garden Cafe experience. We have resurrected Cornish ‘Thunder and Lighting’ with an elderly man coming to visit us specially by bus from across Cornwall as he had it at school as a boy. It’s been lovely to see the reaction to what we do and the kindness of our customers to leave their reviews. Our staff team are excellent with our customers and enjoy a chat with locals as well as telling stories of our food to visitors. We can get extremely busy, and our team work hard to maintain what we expect as a level of service and this award is for all of us”. 

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