Over a tense few days between Christmas and New Year each of the winners of the 8 categories were tweeted on the Cake Crusader twitter feed (Cake crusader@cafecycletour) to an expectant public.
For fact fans 81 different cafes (some more than once) were visited in 2014. 65 in the UK and 16 in Europe so the winners had a lot of competition to beat.
Each winner received one of the coveted Cake Crusader winners certificates so they could display their achievement for all their customers to see.
So here is the list winners and their feedback
Best Effective Cake Selection went to Wiveton Hall Cafe (see Pizza oven envy) for what is always a large and tempting set of baked offerings, including my favourite choc jack (half flapjack and half chocolate).
|Part of the cake selection at Wiveton Hall|
Wiveton Hall were pleased with their award but to date no one has yet been able to send a photo of certificate, they are probably too busy making cakes.
European Cafe of the Year went to Hotel Vitranc in Slovenia. Over the summer an extensive search of 16 of the finest cafes anywhere in Europe (within a 25 mile radius of where I was staying on holiday) was undertaken to discover the finest. (see Laketastic)
|Hotel Vitranc winner of Norfolk Cafe Cycle Tour European Cafe of the Year 2014|
I contacted the Hotel Vitranc (via E-mail) and sent them one of the coveted Cake Crusader winners certificates but sadly to date there has been no response. This maybe because I used google translate to tell them the good news in Slovenian, which I thought would be a nice touch. However having just re translated back the email I sent it no longer makes any sense and talks about liking their pie (which they don't even sell) so maybe I just confused them. I have therefore arrange a return trip in the summer so I can deliver their certificate to them personally. I'm sure they will be very pleased.
Best Atmosphere and Ambiance went to the Hen House near Wymondham. There is always a warm welcome in a relaxing setting and it has the added advantage of a shed based seating area. If you want a nice relaxing stop (plus excellent drinks, cakes and eggs) during your ride then this is the place (see Eggcellent find)
|Part of the shed based seating area|
|Annabel showing off her coveted Norfolk Cafe Cycle Tours winners certificate|
|A selection of Tabnabs guest drinks and cakes|
(including cake of the year runner up Chocolate and Beetroot)
|An example of a Tabnabs guest hot drink with|
the coveted Norfolk Cafe Cycle Tours winners certificate
|Outside Poppy's cafe in lovely Coulsdon Park|
Cake of the year went to Every Days a Picnic in Hedenham near Bungay (see Celebrity ride). It was the closest contest with a lot of excellent cakes to choose from this year. However the Chocolate and Guinness cake had the perfect combination of moistness, chocolateness and icingness.
|Winning chocolate and Guinness cake|
|Mrs Picnic with winning cake and her coveted Norfolk Cafe Cycle Tours winners certificate|
It was also a decent temperature which customers are warned about on the menu.
Jester's thanked Norfolk Cafe Cycle Tour for the certificate which is proudly on display on their entrance.
Cafe of the Year 2014 went to Earsham Street Cafe in Bungay. Bungay is obviously the place to head for if you are after the best cafes in the region. Earsham Street Cafe topped the charts with a very high standard in every category. They also are very bike friendly allowing me and my guests to wheel our bikes to the outside seating area and off the street.
|Earsham Street Cafe. Norfolk Cafe Cycle Tours cafe of the year 2014|
Mike and Gemma were delighted with their award which is now on display.
|Some of The Earsham Street Saturday team with their|
coveted Norfolk Cafe Cycle Tours winners certificate