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NZ cafes miss out on London awards September 23, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Dining Out.
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London magazine Time Out has passed over three Kiwi cafes in its annual Eating & Drinking awards, instead giving top honours to the Spanish-influenced Fernandez & Wells.

Sacred, Bullet and Flat White, all run by New Zealanders in the English capital, were three of the five finalists, having gained a loyal following for their top quality espresso and New Zealand-style cafe food.

In an environment where high street chains have long dominated the coffee market, New Zealanders have been instrumental in raising the standards of the once-dismal London coffee scene.

The judges from Time Out, which this year celebrates 25 years of informing Londoners on where to eat and drink, heaped praise on the Kiwi entrants, but Fernandez & Wells, supplied by Monmouth Coffee Company, whose roasters are largely New Zealanders, took out the top spot.