They’re both so good you simply couldn’t separate them...
Two top cafes have come neck-and-neck in the The Star’s Cafe of the Year competition.
Cafe Creation in Millhouses, Sheffield, and Ferndale Garden Coffee Shop in Coal Aston, Dronfield, were named joint winners of the prestigious title after a vote by Star readers.
The popular eateries were singled out for delicious home-cooked food and, in particular, their signature scones.
Lisa Puckwell, who runs Cafe Creation with business partner Jenny Marples, said they were delighted and surprised to have won.
“The award is incredibly exciting for us considering we have only been open six months,” said Lisa.
“There are a lot of great cafes in the area so we knew competition would be strong. It was a welcome surprise to win.”
Lisa and Jenny opened Cafe Creation on Abbeydale Road in March after previously working together in the catering industry.
As well as serving breakfasts, lunches and snacks, the ladies have become known for their homemade cakes, which Lisa believes may have earned them the title.
She said: “We do get a lot of compliments about our cakes and scones.
“We’re always experimenting with different flavours of scones, such as lemon and sultana or cranberry and white chocolate, which go down really well with customers. Some say they are the best scones in Sheffield.
“We’ve put the award pride of place on the counter for all to see.”
Neil Grant, managing director of Ferndale Garden Coffee Shop, said their trophy is right by the checkout and he plans to take a photo of staff with the award to put up on the wall shortly.
Neil said: “We are really delighted to have won.
“The girls here work really hard so it’s great to get lovely comments from our customers, and this award lets us know that we are getting things right.”
Ferndale Garden Coffee Shop, on Dyche Lane, started out as modest 40-seater cafe when it was established 28 years ago.
Since that time the favourite haunt with local diners has grown to nearly four times that size and plans are in place for further expansion. “We are just about to sign-off plans for a kitchen extension that will take us up to a 200-seater cafe.
“It seems word of mouth recommendations from our loyal customers keep new people coming through the door. We try to keep an emphasis on our location, using local produce where possible, and we serve Pollards coffee from Sheffield.
“Our homemade scones are what we’re known for.
“As well as offering plain and cheese scones, we also offer a creative special such as raspberry and white chocolate.”