Totties – Win Gold at Free From Eating out Awards 2018!
PRESS RELEASE – 21st November 2018
We are delighted to not only have won a GOLD award at the Freefrom Eating Out Awards yesterday (Cafes & teashops category) but we were ALSO runner up in the Best Overall Award!
These awards recognise local shops to multi-chain restaurants all with the same goal… SAFE, and DELICIOUS food for diners with any food allergies or intolerances.
A special thank you to our fabulous kitchen and front of house teams for embracing our ethos with such passion and enthusiasm.
The mission of the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards, now in their fifth year, is not just to raise awareness of ‘freefrom eating’ within food service but to set a standard of excellence to which freefrom eateries can aspire.
The awards believe that when an eaterie is not only super allergy aware but also offers both delicious food and good service, they should be awarded. And so excellent was the offer in all three departments this year that judges handed out a record number of gold awards.
FreeFrom in food service has grown dramatically over the last five years. But there is still a long way to go – as the recent inquests into the deaths of two young girls from eating foods to which they were allergic in catered situations has shown. So raising awareness and setting standards of excellence remain crucial tasks within the industry.
Runners up, who, as awards Director Michelle Berriedale-Johnson said, all deserved to be overall winners themselves, included Totties Garden Centre in Holmfirth near Hudderfield, Café Nouveau in Somerset, Indigo at One Aldwych in London’s Covent Garden, Leadbelly’s Kitchen and Bar in London’s Docklands, and Knife and Fork in Banbury.
‘The overall standard of entries this year was extraordinarily high. It appears that if an eatery decides to go ‘freefrom’ they do it 110% and nothing is too much trouble to ensure that their food sensitive guests are not only kept safe but have a really enjoyable eating experience.’
The judges commented:
Totties Garden Centre – Holmfirth
‘Top restaurant quality in a garden centre café with helpful, well trained, friendly staff who are rightly proud of their cafe. The flavours were exquisite and the portion size just right. A gem…’
All gold, silver and bronze winners appear on the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards Google map which gives links both to the eateries and to a page on the awards site with the judges’ comments. All winners have been visited by our secret diner-judges all of whom are coeliac or are food intolerant themselves so are indeed expert judges.
Full details of the 2018 winners are below and on the awards website.