Owners of Scarborough’s popular Eat Me Cafe are celebrating after winning two major national accolades.
The Hanover Road eatery has been named as the UK’s Cafe of the Year in the prestigious Good Food Guide and has been awarded the Best Cafe title in the Morrisons supermarket magazine’s Great Grub Awards.
It has also been shortlisted in the Newcomer of the Year category in this year’s Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards.
It follows last years success when the business was named the Best Restaurant in Northern Rail’s Hidden Gem awards.
Chef Martin Hyde, who runs the restaurant with partner Stephen Dinardo, said: “We’re really proud of our success, not just for the restaurant’s sake but also for the benefit of Scarborough because it’s good for the tourist industry that there are award-winning eating houses.”
Mr Hyde ran The Drunken Monkey restaurant in Thailand for five years after training at Sheffield College. On moving to Scarborough, he and Mr Dinardo decided to name the cafe ‘Eat Me’, inspired by the children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland.
They launched the business in Hanover Road more than two years ago, before moving the cafe to a bigger premises on the same street earlier this year and opening a delicatessen, which sells locally-sourced produce.
Eat Me is a cafe in the day and opens as a restaurant three nights. It provides employment for seven people, plus part-time staff.