The owner of the Gazette Café of the Year 2015 puts its success down to a strong team of staff and a focus on homely food.
The Copper Kettle Tearooms in the heart of the picture-postcard village of Bamburgh scooped the readers’ vote and finished ahead of a strong field of 18 shortlisted cafés.
Owner Annabel Dobson, 40, said she was delighted with the accolade: “We’re really pleased, absolutely over the moon and quite shocked because we’re in a very tourist-based location.
“We pride ourselves on our customer service. It is a real team effort here and we get on so well together.”
One of her waitresses, Amy Brauner, has been working at the tearooms for more than 10 years, since she was 14 years old.
“A lot of people think we’re sisters,” said Annabel.
The café prides itself on sourcing local produce –seafood comes from Swallow Fish at Seahouses and meat from Farm to Freeze in Wooler.
“I make all of the pies myself and they have gone massive,” said Annabel.
Cakes, too, are a speciality and many holidaymakers call in to buy some to take home with them when they leave.
Annabel took over the Copper Kettle in November 2002 and doubled the size of the existing café, converting what was living quarters into a dining area.
“It is the overall experience that people like – this is not an ordinary, run-of-the-mill café, it has olde worlde charm that suits Bamburgh.
“We are very lucky to be in such an amazing village and I am so pleased that Bamburgh is getting more recognised nationally.