National award on the cards for Stokes of Lincoln

Local coffee provider, Stokes of Lincoln, has been selected as one of the finalists in the Taste of England Award Category for this year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Stokes Tea and Coffee stood out among many businesses across the country to become one of five companies nominated for the national award, which will be presented at the Sage, Gateshead on May 11.

They are guaranteed to walk away with either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended.

The company, established in 1902, is a fourth generation, family run business, specialising in freshly roasted coffees and fine teas.

From their early days, they have occupied the 16th Century half-timbered building on the medieval High Bridge which spans the River Witham.

The Stokes cafe on Lincoln city centre.

The Stokes cafe on Lincoln city centre.

The business is unique as everything takes place under one roof, the sourcing, blending, roasting and packing.

Jean-Sebastien Braën, General Manager for the cafés said: “We are absolutely delighted, humbled and amazed to be nominated for this award.

“It is an honour to be considered a finalist, especially within a highly competitive industry such as catering. We have a fantastic, hardworking team. We are dedicated to excellent customer service.

“2015 is such an important year for the City of Lincoln and we are more than happy to help put this small but beautiful city on the map!”