Voting in Croydon’s Best Indie Café Awards 2015 closes at midnight on Friday 11th December

By - Tuesday 8th December, 2015

The judges would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken part, as Bernadette Fallon reports

And what a response we have had! We knew that Croydon takes its coffee – and in particular its cake – increasingly seriously, but we’ve been amazed and delighted by the numbers of votes we’ve received.

Just to re-cap: in celebration of Croydon’s emerging coffee culture and the stylish independent outlets springing up across the borough, we launched Croydon’s Best Independent Café Awards back in early November. Born out of a desire to acknowledge the efforts of independent businesses (i.e. no chains) and create a thriving café culture in the borough (great coffee, homemade cake, good atmosphere), a group of us formed on Twitter, called ourselves CoffeeNCake and visited every independent coffee shop that we could find within the borough boundaries.

In the interests of fairness and transparency, a marking system was devised to grade all establishments in several different categories. The judges prepared their shortlist (not everyone could be on it, or it would have been a very long list indeed) then we threw the competition open to the people of Croydon.

Voting closes on Friday 11th December. Two awards will be made, the Judges’ Selection and the People’s Choice. Results will be announced online and in the print edition of the Croydon Citizen in January.

So it’s your last chance to make your voice heard. If you haven’t supported your local independent coffee shop, or vote for one you use regularly and think is stand-out, you can do so here. Voting closes at midnight on Friday 11th December, then look out for the winner’s announcement online!

Bernadette Fallon

Bernadette Fallon

Bernadette has been a journalist since the age of 7 when she devised, designed and launched ‘Fallon’s News’ – much to her family’s delight. Brought up in Ireland, she was born in Addiscombe where she now lives, though it took her several decades to find it again. She works as a journalist and broadcaster. Follow her at

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