ACE Café of the Month

Want to get your café noticed? Then why not get yourself featured as the ACE Café of the Month! If you think your catering outlet deserves to be showcased in the ACE weekly e-newsletter, as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages, simply email explaining in one or two paragraphs what makes your café special. Don't forget to include two or three photos to illustrate your entry. Here are some points to think about when submitting your entry and choosing your images:-

  • How does your catering offer reflect your venue?
  • How does your catering offer fit your customer demographic?
  • What is your unique selling point (USP)?
  • Is your menu locally sourced, homemade, or particularly delicious?
  • Do you have green policies e.g. handling of food waste?
  • Do you attract visitors to you as a destination café?
  • Are you child friendly? Are you dog friendly?
  • Do you offer more than food and beverage in your space? 
Remember - all our monthly winners will qualify for the new BEST CAFE category at the 2018 ACE Best Product Awards


October Café of the Month
Edinburgh Castle Tea Rooms

The newly refurbished Tea Rooms at Edinburgh Castle take pride of place in Crown Square at the heart of the castle. The beautiful Queen Anne room has been redesigned with opulence and comfort in mind, with a tempting cake display on full view! Afternoon tea includes Scottish smoked salmon and fresh lemon scones baked in the castle kitchens, and the Taste of Scotland platter features meats, cheeses and fish sourced from around Scotland, served with Castle-made chutney and local soda bread. Income has almost doubled in the first two months since the reopening, and the new look continues to attract more visitors seeking a luxury afternoon tea experience.
The Tea Rooms at Edinburgh Castle

September Café of the Month
The Whitworth Café

The Whitworth Café makes the most of its fabulous setting with a striking floor to ceiling glass interior, immersing guests into the surrounding Art Garden and Whitworth Park. The food's pretty special too, with fresh seasonal ingredients sourced from local suppliers and personally handpicked at the market by Director and Chef Peter Booth. The Café regularly hosts special events with unique dining experiences celebrating the Gallery's artwork, and prides itself on offering the very best service every day to ensure that guests have a fantastic experience.
The Whitworth Café

August Café of the Month
The Treaterie at Waddesdon Manor

The Treaterie opened in March 2017 and is already a firm favourite with visitors. The menu offers delicious sweet or savoury crepes, waffles, cupcakes and a colourful selection of tasty fudge flavours, all made in house by Head Pastry Chef Craig Clarke and the Treaterie team. We especially love the Great Taste award-winning ice cream from local artisan producers Oliphant and Pomeroy, who took inspiration from the Waddesdon archive to develop a Rothschild Sorbet Collection, creating a lovely link with the venue.
The Treaterie 
Pascale Cumberbatch © Waddesdon Manor

July Café of the Month
The Espresso Bar at the National Theatre

Voted one of the top 50 independent coffee shops in London by the Evening Standard, the Espresso Bar at the National Theatre is a favourite with passers-by, staff and actors alike. The baristas use Mozzo’s 100% Arabica Red Label coffee beans, and as well as homemade lemonade and San Francisco Cold Brew, you could try The N-Tea, a National Theatre themed daily special. The team told us they love the smell of freshly baked cakes and pastries from the onsite bakery, and who can blame them!
The Espresso Bar and its range of summer drinks including The N-Tea

June Café of the Month
Thackeray's Café at the Charterhouse

The newly opened Thackeray’s Café by the Charterhouse Museum sits in one of the prettiest squares in Central London. Situated in the former drawing room of a Georgian townhouse, the café's recent renovation features a beautiful contemporary finish with subtle shades of Georgian grey. All food is prepared by the in-house team who also cater for the Brothers of the Charterhouse, and even the coffee is sourced, roasted and crafted in the heart of East London.
Thackeray's at the Charterhouse