Food & Drink Awards 2018 Page 61 LUX 2018 Food & Drink Awards name but a few. The café also offers daily specials which are all prepared on site from scratch, including a selection of classics- done-well such as homemade fish finger sandwiches, mac and three cheeses, and a buttermilk chicken burger. Being aware of the ever-evolving needs of its diners, the cafe also recognises the growing population of vegan diners and has a selection of dishes to suit. There are always around six vegan cake options such as rose and pistachio, blueberry bakewell and an amazingly gooey brownie. Gluten free bread and cakes are also available to ensure that everyone can enjoy a delicious treat at Ten Hands Cafe Bar. The café’s focus on speciality coffee means that the venue has invested heavily in equipment used for the preparation of the drinks. La Marzocco are one of the industry leaders in coffee machines and this is used alongside three different grinders depending on the recipe being followed. All beans including the decaf are ground to order, measured by weight and brewed to time and temperature, this ensures each espresso- based drink is perfectly poured each time, giving the customer the true experience of speciality coffee at its best. Ten Hands Cafe Bar also offers the single origin beans as pour overs, provided in the form of V60 or Chemex. Whilst these drinks are time consuming, they are definitely a must for anyone who is a true coffee fan. Independently owned Ten Hands Cafe Bar is situated on the High Street in the Old Roman Town of Towcester in Northamptonshire. The Grade II building was lovingly restored in 2017 by the owners and today it is the perfect backdrop for a relaxed atmosphere in which they invite you to enjoy the company of loved ones, friends and family whilst having breakfast, brunch or lunch. The establishment has an alcohol license and offers a great range of specially selected spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks as well as an interesting cocktail menu - adding a twist on a few classics alongside some Ten Hands Originals. For those seeking something warming, the establishment offers a range of hand roasted, small batch speciality coffee beans, hand blended loose-leaf teas and single origin hot chocolates. Working closely with UK and local businesses ensures their products are made with fresh, quality and value ingredients, the café ensures that customers receive only the freshest, most delicious products. As such, Ten Hands Cafe Bar is proud to receive deliveries of artisan bread, freshly laid eggs and fresh produce every day to ensure the dishes have maximum taste and freshness. Thanks to these fresh ingredients the café offers a varied and delicious menu inspired by current trends and healthy living. Speciality egg dishes are available all day such as Shakshuka, Avo Smash with poached eggs and Huevos Rancheros, to A new contender on the market, Ten Hands Cafe Bar is a recently restored historic building that aims to offer customers an alternative to the café experience offered by bland chains. As part of our overview of a selection of the winners from the Food & Drink Awards for 2018 we profiled the café and explored the approach it is taking to changing the UK’s café culture for the better. Ten Hands Cafe Bar Best Independent Cafe 2018 - Northamptonshire Aiming to build upon its already incredible success, looking ahead Ten Hands Cafe Bar hopes to hold more events in the evenings, like the sell-out Quiz and Cocktail Night which it recently held. There are also plans afoot for a vodka launch cocktail masterclass and wine and food pairing, all of which will offer the establishment even more chances to host a wide array of guests. Eventually, the café will offer a more permanent opening time table for evenings, showcasing a new and exciting menu to cater for lighter dishes served with drinks. Ultimately, whilst there are so many areas to explore in the quest to enhance Ten Hands Cafe Bar, keeping the main focus and doing what they do best is at the heart of the business, and as such customers can rest assured that they will receive the same high- quality service that they have come to expect. Company: Ten Hands Cafe Bar Contact: Nicola Monk Address: 175 Watling Street, Towcester, NN12 6BX, UK Phone: 01327 351010 Website: Email: [email protected]