Cafe of the year: shortlist revealed – time to get voting

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The Cafe of the Year competition is hotting up – could your favourite eatery be crowned winner?

This is when we ask readers of The News to vote for the best of the bangers, the cream of the cuppas, and tell us which cafe really takes the bacon as the best in the area.

Up until now it’s been about the nominations, but we have deliberated, cogitated and come up with a list of those you have judged as being worthy of the title.

Some were nominated for their outstanding food, while others were submitted because of their attention to detail and fantastic customer service.

We’ve received over 1,200 nominations and now we need you to do one more thing – vote for your winner.

All you need to do is pick your favourite entry, fill out the form and send it back to us, or send us a text message, by 10am on September 1.

Once the votes are in, a panel of judges will decide which cafe, out of the three with the most nominations, should be named winner.

The winning cafe will be presented with a trophy and be featured in The News.

Editor of The News Mark Waldron said: ‘We have some fantastic cafes in our area and it’s about time their hard work in keeping everyone going was recognised.

‘I don’t know how the judges will be able to make a decision, as just by looking at the list it’s obvious how tough the competition is.

‘I’d encourage everyone to fill out the form to support their favourite cafe.’


Pick up a copy of The News today and fill in the form on page 12, then send it back to us: Café of the Year, Promotions Dept, The News, 1000 Lakeside, Western Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3EN.

All entries must be received by 10am on Monday, September 1, 2014.

Photocopies won’t be accepted.


Simply send a text message starting with PENCAFE14V followed by the three-digit code number of the café you are voting for plus your name, house number (or house name) and postcode to 65550 by 10am on Monday, September 1, 2014.

The total message must not exceed 155 characters.

All text messages cost £1 plus standard network charge.

Messages received after the closing date will not be counted but still may be charged.

Example of message: PENCAFE14V 100 john smith 1 po1 23cd

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The contenders

101 101 Reykjavik, 1 Kent Road, Southsea

102 19 Fourteas, 68 West Street, Havant

103 Abbey Nurseries, Mill Lane, Titchfield, Fareham

104 Blue Bird Café, 9 Marine Parade West, Lee-on-the-Solent

105 Boswells Café, Cascades Shopping Centre, Portsmouth

106 Breezes Café, 66-68 Hill Head Road, Hill Head

107 Café Moka, 23c North Street, Emsworth

108 Café Nut Restaurant,81D London Road, Portsmouth

109 Capers, 59 Marmion Road, Southsea

110 Casa De Castro, 96 Albert Road, Southsea

111 Charlie’s Café, 240 Havant Road, Drayton

112 Churchills @ 25, 25 Marmion Road, Southsea

113 Delaney’s Sandwich Bar/Café, 77b Castle Street, Southsea

114 Flutes, 48c High Street, Cosham

115 Food Glorious Food Café, Southampton Road, Titchfield

116 Gracie-Ann’s Tea Room, Unit 15 The Trading Post, Port Solent

117 Harvey’s Café, South Street, Gosport

118 Highbury Café & Restaurant, 5 Highbury Buildings, Cosham

119 Kingston Café, 242 Kingston Road, Portsmouth

120 Lakeside Café and Bar, Walpole Park, South Street, Gosport

121 Laura’s Kitchen in the Park, 7 Park Road North, Havant

122 Mardin Café, 287 Copnor Road, Portsmouth

123 North End Café & Restaurant, 106 London Road, Portsmouth

124 Palace Café, 64 High Street, Cosham

125 Park Café, 117 Eastney Road, Southsea

126 Pure Ground, Milton Village Hall, 182 Milton Road, Southsea

127 Rita’s Tea Rooms, Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, Portsmouth

128 Roberto’s, 101 London Road, Portsmouth

129 Ruby’s Diner, 8 South Street, Gosport

130 Shenanigans Irish Café, 57 Osborne Road, Southsea

131 Smile, 49 Marmion Road, Southsea

132 Snookies, 82 Osborne Road, Southsea

133 Southsea Coffee Co, 63 Osborne Road, Southsea

134 Sweet, 70 Palmerston Road, Southsea

135 Tea on the Green, 2 The Green, Rowlands Castle

136 The Boathouse Café, Gosport Marina, Mumby Road, Gosport

137 The Hub, 39 Park Parade, Havant

138 The Lavender Tea Rooms, 8 North Street, Havant

139 The Spinnaker Café, 96 Broad Street, Old Portsmouth

140 The Tea Party, 144 High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent

141 The Tea Room, Milvil Road, Lee-on-the-Solent

142 TK Snax, Unit 1 Gosport Business Station, South Street, Gosport

143 Vanilla Bean Patisserie, 25 High Street, Gosport

144 Vintage Tea Room, 168 West Street, Fareham

145 Waterfront Café, Gunwharf Quays

146 Whistle Stop Café, 1a Portsmouth Road, Cosham