Cafe of the year winners announced

Pontefract and Castleford Express Cafe of the year'Winner'The Tea shop'Elaine Walker, Sarah Ramsey, Sarah Bugg, Helen Skelding, Colin Dean, Betty Dean
Pontefract and Castleford Express Cafe of the year'Winner'The Tea shop'Elaine Walker, Sarah Ramsey, Sarah Bugg, Helen Skelding, Colin Dean, Betty Dean

Readers have voted for their favourite cafes in the area.

And the Express can now reveal the winners.

Pontefract and Castleford Express Cafe of the year'2nd place'Sarah Wallbank and Jessie Young

Pontefract and Castleford Express Cafe of the year'2nd place'Sarah Wallbank and Jessie Young

The Tea Shop at Shoe Market, Pontefract received the most votes and is this year’s winner of The Cafe of the Year award.

It received a trophy and certificate.

Owner Helen Skelding said: “We are really overwhelmed by the response and how much customers went out their way to support us. We can’t believe it.

“Without them and the hard work of every single member of staff, the cafe wouldn’t be where it is today.”

Pontefract and Castleford Express Cafe of the year'3rd place'Philippa Brooksbank, Beryl Hartland, Clare Brown, Vicky Fenton

Pontefract and Castleford Express Cafe of the year'3rd place'Philippa Brooksbank, Beryl Hartland, Clare Brown, Vicky Fenton

Flavours Coffee Shop at Salter Row, Pontefract and Belles at Beastfair, Pontefract were runners up.

Rachel Snell, manager of Flavours, which came second in the competition, said: “We are really happy to have won and want to say a big thank you to all the customers that voted for us.”

Marnie Smith of Belles , which came third, said: “We were very pleased to be nominated and achieve third place. We send our congratulations to The Tea Shop and Flavours.”

We launched our Cafe of the Year competition earlier this year, asking people to nominate the best cafe and tea rooms in the area.

Nine cafes made our shortlist and readers then had two weeks to vote for their favourite.

The Express congratulates all winners.