Award-winning diner shortlisted for prize

The Real Food Cafe's Sarah Heward celebrates the award for best rural based business in 2019.

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The Real Food Café at Tyndrum has been shortlisted for a prestigious Catey Award to be revealed later this month.

The awards are organised by hospitality magazine The Caterer and are considered the ultimate mark of success for hospitality businesses and professionals across the UK.

The roadside diner is owned by Sarah Heward and Alan McColm.

Their award is in the best marketing campaign category for its Gluten Free Fortnight campaign and has seen them shortlisted alongside Marriott International and Café Rouge.

The Real Food Cafe celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, and specialises in fish and chips.

It has been serving the ‘gluten free’ version for over a decade – way ahead of the curve.

The diner set up an annual Gluten Free Fortnight in 2019 to celebrate securing an A Grade as a Coeliac UK Accredited Caterer for the 5th consecutive year.

Sarah Heward said: ‘I am elated that we have been shortlisted for this award. Honestly, to be up against international brands with huge budgets for campaigns is just surreal.

‘We created the Gluten Free Fortnight to showcase everything that is good about our trade and industry: delicious food, a well-trained team delivering superb customer service and collaborations with suppliers. It created a fun environment and added value for customers.’

The winners will be unveiled on Tuesday, November 24 at a virtual ceremony.

This year the café has already won the National Fish Fryers Federation’s Quality Award Champion at the National Fish & Chip Awards and was crowned Best Informal Dining Experience at this year’s Thistle Awards.