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Cafe goes from strength to strength with award

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: December 02, 2008

Miss Peapod's staff celebrate outside Fifteen restaurant.

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STAFF at a Penryn cafe enjoyed lunch at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant to celebrate winning its first Taste of the West award.

Miss Peapod's scooped the bronze award in the best cafe section.

This award comes hot on the heels of the kitchen cafe winning the Guardian's second best alfresco eating spot in the UK.

Run by Alice Marston, the cafe is in the £3 million Jubilee Wharf development, a project that champions sustainability.

It opened two years ago and uses local food, served at reasonable prices.

"We believe that good food shouldn't cost the earth, and source our food with a priority to local, organic and Fairtrade ingredients and lots of our menu is veggie or vegan," said Mrs Marston.

"We have tried to reflect its principles with our recycled china and furniture, even our floor – which had a former life in a club in London."

The cafe used pioneering techniques of eco-development with wind turbines, solar panels and super insulation.

Mrs Marston added: "The judges were looking for evidence of real commitment to local sourcing.

"Also to providing customers with quality, fresh, traceable regional produce, for excellence in hospitality and customer service and for commitment to the enhancement of the region's food and drink, hospitality and tourism industries." With a decking area, customers can watch the boats go by up the river.

De Wynn's Coffee House in Church Street, Falmouth won the gold award, which they took home in 2006.

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