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Top Award for Woodside Tearoom
Woodside wins top National award for its Birdhouse Tearoom.
The tearoom at Woodside, near Ancrum, Jedburgh has been crowned as "The Greatest" at a recent Catering Awards Ceremony.
The Greatest Awards are all about teams of people, for catering teams that excel in garden centres. On the 9th June during the inaugural Horticultural Trades Association Conference Dinner at The Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield the results of The Greatest Catering Awards were announced. Co-presenter Trevor Pfeiffer said "from the many teams we met on our judging journeys it is clear that garden centre catering standards are being pushed higher and higher – with teamwork and the drive for excellent customer service giving our customers some of the best dining experiences in the UK.
Woodside received a Bronze award for their home-made afternoon teas, and scooped the top Gold award for "The Greatest Catering Team" under 150 seats. Woodside owner Emma Emmerson said "We are absolutely delighted with this award. We didn't even know we had been nominated until one of the judges appeared in the tearoom. The next thing we knew we had a phone call to say that we had won an award. As we were unable to attend the awards ceremony we had to wait to find out exactly what we had won, and we couldn't believe it when we were told we had won the top award for a catering establishment under 150 seats"
What particularly impressed the judges was the use of seasonal and local ingredients including using home-grown fruit and vegetables, the home-made jams and chutneys and the excellent quality and selection of home-made cakes. They also enjoyed the use of edible flowers, the bird-feeding station and the composting facilities.
"Congratulations to my whole team on winning this award", said Emma. "Particular praise should go to tearoom manager Naomi Fouracres for her hard work, dedication and enthusiasm".
The Birdhouse tearoom at Woodside is open every day 9am - 5pm
Top Award for Woodside Tearoom, Scotland