BFP Cafe of the Year results: Bury St Edmunds’ top three cafes named

Bury Free Press Cafe of the Year  winner - Baileys 2

Bury Free Press Cafe of the Year winner - Baileys 2

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The public voted, the results were counted and, finally, the Bury Free Press Cafe of the Year can be revealed.

Baileys 2 in Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds, has taken the competition’s top spot for the second year running.

Harriets Cafe Tearooms win 2nd place. Pictured: Natassja Chandler, Donna Walker, Hannah Brown and Kayla Wade

Harriets Cafe Tearooms win 2nd place. Pictured: Natassja Chandler, Donna Walker, Hannah Brown and Kayla Wade

Dean Foster, who opened the popular cafe with his wife Louise six years ago, said: “It’s nice to get the gratification from our customers. It means a lot to have won it twice and is a credit to our customers who spent the time and money voting for us.”

“I’m going to feel all warm and fuzzy for the rest of the day,” he added.

Dean credited the cafe’s success to its hard working staff, valued customers and freshly prepared food.

“We make everything right down from the vinaigrette to the teacakes and the brioche and I think people understand the difference between homemade and bought in.

Cafe Kottani  wins 3rd place. Pictured: Sertis Chalilogou, Aise Tachiroglou and Moutzos Zoumpoul

Cafe Kottani wins 3rd place. Pictured: Sertis Chalilogou, Aise Tachiroglou and Moutzos Zoumpoul

“I think we just do something good, not fancy and flash, we just do what we do well,” he said, giving special thanks to his second in the kitchen, Kate Neale.

Harriets Cafe Tearooms in Cornhill and Cafe Kottani in Buttermarket secured second and third place respectively.

Chris Poole, general manager of Harriets, said: “We’d like to thank our customers for the nomination and for voting for us. We’d have liked to have come first but obviously someone better has won.”

Aise Tachiroglou opened Cafe Kottani three years ago.

She said she had built a loyal customer base on word of mouth, adding that she would be aiming to win the competition next year.