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Banff Cafe shortlisted for Coffee Customer of the Year

A CAFE in Banff has been nominated for an award at the Scottish Cafe Awards.

From left to right ; Mattie Verster, Marion Martin, Rose Martin, Cameron McDonald and Andy Martin…Delight Cafe Gallery have been nominated for Cafe Customer of the Year at the Scottish Cafe Awards 2022…Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Delight Cafe Gallery was nominated in the Customer Cafe of the Year category after regulars voted for the local favorite.

The cafe’s nomination came as a shock to owners Andy and Marion Martin who were unaware their customers had voted for them.

“It totally came out of nowhere,” Andy said.

“We didn’t even know the awards were happening. I heard we were in the final and our customers voted for us, which was new to me. I don’t know how I missed that.

“It’s an honor though and we’re grateful to be nominated.”

Andy and Marion opened the cafe in 2018.

Previously, Andy worked as a forester and photographer after moving to the area 33 years ago from Edinburgh.

The cafe has quickly become known in the area for its cheese and paprika scones and monthly coffee specialties which are particularly popular with locals.

“We have the cafe, a gallery and a gift shop and I think that’s a combination that has worked for us,” Andy said.

“We have one of the highest ratings in the region on Tripadvisor and I think that shows that people appreciate what we do.”

The cafe was nominated alongside eight other locations in the northern awards category.

To win, David and Marion will need to submit evidence showing why they deserve the award by June 15. This may include customer reviews.

The evidence will then be considered by a jury before the winners are announced at a ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow on June 27.

“We’ve only been open for three years, so we’re not really used to these things yet,” Andy said.

“It’s a black tie dinner, so it will be a first for me as well.

“One of the things you can do is offer reviews, so we hope to have some more good ones under our belt before then.

“It’s hard work running a cafe, but you do it for times like this.”


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Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement