21st March, 2018...
The Remarkable Cuppa award was won by T C Patisserie, of Beverley. Pictured, from left, are: Dominic Love, of sponsors Strawberry, Catherine Green, Nicky Condette, Thierry Condette and Katie Blake...
A Beverley cafe has been named the best in the whole of Hull and East Yorkshire in the region’s annual tourism awards.
T C Patisserie, in Lairgate, Beverley, picked up the “Remarkable Cuppa” award at the ninth Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards, organised by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire.
TC’s is owned and run by French patissier Thierry Condette, who moved to Beverley from France after marrying local girl Nicky. He had previously worked as a head chef aboard a holiday cruise ship sailing on France’s inland waterways.
Judges at the REYTAs, regarded as the “Oscars” of the local tourism industry, described T C Patisserie as “stunning” and providing what was described as “a lovely little taste of authentic France in East Yorkshire”.
Everything served, including croissants and delicious cakes alongside breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas, is made by Thierry and his team on the premises.
For the past eight years T C Patisserie has also organised two speciality dining evenings each month, giving Thierry an opportunity to given full reign to his culinary talents. Dishes vary from traditional French cuisine, including escargot, boeuf bourguignon and filet mignon de porc, to wonderful steaks, mixed grills or delicate sea bass.
A second local business, just down the road from Beverley town centre, was named as providers of the best self-catering accommodation in Hull and East Yorkshire.
Broadgate Farm Cottages, run by Elaine Robinson and Stephen Holtby, are multi-award winners, receiving a REYTA for the fourth time.
Judges described Broadgate Farm Cottages as providing “spacious eco-friendly 5 Star Gold self-catering in a perfect location with views across the Wolds yet close to historic Beverley and Hull.”
Elaine and Stephen bought the farm in 2006 and have since spent more than £1 million developing their 5 Star Gold accommodation.
The first cottages to be developed were the Forge and the Stables which opened in September 2009, the Barn House and the Granary followed in May 2010 and Foldyard opened in September 2011. After a bit of a break we developed another cottage the Cart House in the summer of 2015.
Each holiday cottage has been converted from charming period farm buildings and sleep from four to nine, while two of the cottages link to sleep 12 in six bedrooms.
They all have toasty eco-friendly central heating and a private garden/patio area, the farmstead is set in 19 acres of grass & woodland with lovely views across the fields.
Alongside these successes, Beverley was the most nominated location for awards, with finalists in almost all of the 13 categories.
Two other Beverley cafes were shortlisted alongside T C Patisserie in the Remarkable Cuppa category - Kavanagh’s Cafe and Tea Rooms in Toll Gavel and Lempicka Cafe in Wednesday Market.
Beverley Racecourse and Bishop Burton were finalists for the Remarkable Business Tourism Award while Butt Farm Caravan and Campsite (a previous winner) was nominated in the Remarkable Holiday Park category.
The Pig & Whistle in Sow Hill, Beverley, was a finalist in the Remarkable Restaurant category as well as being nominated as a remarkable Newcomer; while White Rabbit Chocolatiers, of Dyer Lane, were competing for the Remarkable Taste of East Yorkshire award.
Finally, Beverley Food Festival, Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival and the annual Lambing Sunday event at Bishop Burton College were all nominated as remarkable Tourism Events.