Emily Jane’s Café and Bistro on Abingdon Street got over 70% of the votes
A family run café and bistro in Blackpool received more 2,000 nominations in a competition set up to celebrate the easing of lockdown.
Emily Jane’s Café and Bistro on Abingdon Street has won a ‘Top Restaurant and Café award 2021’ as voted for by Blackpool residents.
The competition was set up by Blackpool South MP Scott Benton and saw entries from a huge number of venues.
The nominations were then then tallied to find the top five restaurants and pubs.
Emily Jane’s, which offers a selection of homemade breakfasts, lunches, cakes and afternoon teas, came top in the first category.
After opening the Thursday before the first UK national lockdown in March 2020, the cafe has been a labour of love for Ian and his son Allan.
“We opened and before we knew, Boris Johnson said we all had to close again on the Friday,” said Ian. “That was a chance to do the place up. Most of our business tends to come from local people rather than holidaymakers. We were over the moon when we found out that we’d gotten over 70% of the vote.”
“When I employ people I always say, it’s not just about serving coffee, it’s about acknowledging people, asking how they are, and communication. Don’t just take their order make them feel welcome.
“We have a lot of different type of people come in here, the LGBT community know that this is a safe place for them. We also have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options for people.
“It’s not just about serving food, we try to give the whole package.”
The four runners up were The Amazing Graze Food Court, Mr Basrai’s, Italio and The Beach House.
In terms of pubs, The Gallant Pioneer took winning place followed by The Spen Dyke, Number 13 Bonny Street were in the top five.
Mr Benton has paid a visit to both establishments to congratulate the winners.
The Blackpool South MP said: “Huge congratulations to Ian and all of his team at Emily Jane’s. It’s an incredibly popular café and it was a pleasure to meet the team this week to give them their award. Over 1,100 votes were cast in the best Café or Restaurant category with Emily Jane’s finishing first, the Beach House second and Amazing Graze’s food court finishing third.
“It was great to see so many people taking part in the competition which celebrated over brilliant local restaurants and cafes and I hope that people are able to explore everything Blackpool had to offer. ”
To find out more about Emily Jane’s Café and Bistro, please visit the Facebook page here.