Cafe of the year: The pride of Knaresborough

The winning team at The Black Mulberry in Knaresborough
The winning team at The Black Mulberry in Knaresborough

After a hard-fought contest, we can finally crown our winner of Cafe of the year.

Knaresborough’s Black Mulberry opened only two and a half years ago and has secured regulars from across the region. The owners says its victory is down to them treating their customers like family.

Kasia Wojtczak and Anna Skibinska of Caffe Marconi with Avra Pred, Gabriela Mervova,  Maria Chiara Quilli and Emika Berry.

Kasia Wojtczak and Anna Skibinska of Caffe Marconi with Avra Pred, Gabriela Mervova, Maria Chiara Quilli and Emika Berry.

Alex Chaytor, owner of the Black Mulberry said:”I am so pleased that this was able to happen for a cafe in Knaresborough, many good things happen in Harrogate but I feel that we are a jewel in the crown for the area.

“My time working with the Emirates company has given me a philosophy to treat everyone like family. If a customer comes in my team think about how they would they want their family to be treated and it really makes a massive difference.

“We may not be the best at making coffee or food but we use fresh and local ingredients while adding to the customer’s experience with this philosophy.”

Thanking regulars for their loyal support our runners up, Caffe Marconi in Princes Square, Harrogate, have high hopes when they return for the contest next year.

Third place winner Sophie Jacob of Sophie's with staff members Nicola Beecroft, Jason Wood and Sandra Thompson.

Third place winner Sophie Jacob of Sophie's with staff members Nicola Beecroft, Jason Wood and Sandra Thompson.

Kasia Wojtczak, manager of Caffe Marconi said: “We are a bit disappointed at coming second but we are really happy to have been chosen and to make it to the final with all the competition in the area.

“We have got a lot of regulars and they are so nice, many have been coming since the cafe first opened seven years ago.”

The team at Sophies Coffee Shop in Hampsthwaite helped secure third place for the cafe and owner Sophie Jacob gave thanks to her customers.

Owner Sophie Jacob: “We do everything fresh here and it is made on the premises, we take pride that every cup of coffee is made to their taste. Our team is really good as well and they are always out welcoming people who get to enjoy our lovely garden.”

The runners-up making our top ten shortlist were: Cafe Divine, Christian’s Cafe Bistro, Honey Bee’s At Hannah’s, Palm Court Cafe, The Firs Tea Room, Tilly Peppers and Toft Gate Bard Cafe.

The Harrogate Advertiser Series would like to congratulate all participants, and thank readers for voting.