Moat & Turret ‘Cafe by the Castle’ in Nunney has been shortlisted in the category Best Newcomer of the Year at the 2017 Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards.
The cafe is run by Jane and Graham Harvey from Trudoxhill, who serve brunch, lunch, teas and cakes and refreshments six days a week.
Graham told Visit Nunney: “Jane and I are both born and bred in Somerset. We are both originally from South Somerset and both from farming families.”
The couple met and married 21 years ago. They were both working in tennis at the time, officiating as chair umpires and working at the Grand Slams, ATP, WTA and ITF events around the country and the world.
Jane was one of the first professional umpires to be hired fulltime by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). She umpired 5 Wimbledon singles finals and numerous others finals at Grand Slams events and also umpired 4 Gold medal finals at 4 separate Summer Olympics.
The Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards are designed to champion, highlight and offer a showcase to the good and the great from the region’s food and drink industry.
The judges look for the quality of the nominations rather than quantity, selecting three finalists in each category using strict criteria before visiting each venue to select a winner.
The Best Newcomer of the Year category is open to anyone in the food or drink business who has started a new business venture within the last 18 months.
The judges specifically want to know what impact they have made on the local community and whether they are helping to promote Somerset food and drink to a new audience.
This year, the awards will take place on 19 October at Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton.