Cafés are the coolest places to eat, drink and interact on the UK High Street. Celebrating all that is great from the best in food and drinks to venues big and small, the Café Life Awards are the awards to win.

The Awards celebrate the best new products, the finest cafés be they independent or chains and all that goes into this sector. Gethin Evans, from the Café Life Awards, said: “We’ve fallen in love with our café’s again in 2016 – city centre rooftops have been taken over; brunch is the thing to do; niche and bespoke are critical terms and we Britons can’t get enough. “It’s been a great period for product development and retailers alike with such a flurry of diversification in the last 12 months.

The summer is always a great period for our industry and the culmination of it all is a fabulous awards evening held in conjunction with lunch!

Independent Café/Coffee Bar of the Year

Innovation Award:

  • Ziferblat – Edge St, Manchester

Platinum Award 

  • Timberyard Soho – Noel St, London

Café/Coffee Bar Chain of the Year

The Regional Chain of the Year

  • Coffee #1 In the

National category

  • Caffe Nero

In-Store Chain category:

  • Caffe Pausa – Weston-Super-Mare

The 'Free-From' Product Innovation Award


  • Snowbird – Fully Cooked & Frozen Gluten Free Mini Koftes


  • Pidy – Gluten Free Neutral Tartelette 8.5cm

The Café Food Award


  • Italia Formaggi – Groksi Novello


  • The FoodFellas – Individual Crumbles – Apple, Apricot and Raisin

The Café Beverage Award


  • Hampstead Tea – Energy Chai Organic Spiced Black Tea, Green Tea and Herb Tea


  • Cawston Press - Sparkling Mint & Cucumber

New Product (non-food) of the Year Award


  • KeepCup – Keepcup Brew


  • La Marzocco – Strada AV

The Café Design of the Year Award

Independent Category:

  • Elephant Coffee – Parkgate, Neston, Cheshire

Chain Category:

  • Boston Tea Party – Bath

In-Store Chain Category:

  • Asda – Eastlands Supercentre, Manchester

The Café Society Award

In recognition of their place in the UK Café Industry and the outstanding contribution made in 53 years of business, the winners of the 2016 Café Society Award is equipment manufacturer:

  • Fracino.