The reports from the first round of judging in the 2017 Golden Plate Awards for Websters Market and Cafe in Ballarat will be released soon.
The Finalists for the South West Victoria Territory will be announced in October.
The Winners and Highly Commended for the Victorian State Awards will be announced in November.
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2016 State Awards
- FINALIST Best Unlicensed Cafes sponsored by The Gordon
- FINALIST Best Coffee sponsored by Maxim PR & Marketing
2016 Regional Awards
- WINNER Best Unlicensed Cafes sponsored by Harwood Andrews
- WINNER Best Coffee Sponsored by Maxim PR & Marketing
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Harwood Andrews People’s Choice Award sponsored by Harwood Andrews
2016 Judges’ Comments
Websters Cafe and Market is small but comfortable and the display of cakes adds to the atmosphere – like a decorative feature. And what a great way to start the day! So many of the array of breakfasts small and large, with and without gluten and available all day would set you up for the day. It’s a lovely place to take a pause in the day, sitting over a coffee or pot of tea, watching the leaves rustle in the trees in the street, or for lunch perhaps a bowl of soup or a baguette. The food is imaginative, thoughtful, and well prepared; the atmosphere bustling and welcoming, and the coffee is very special. We were impressed by the list of suppliers of regional and Victorian produce. And the children’s menu is a sensible one that’s reasonably priced. The fruit with yoghurt, and the house-cured salmon were very good, and we loved the strawberries -full of flavour. Even when full staff were friendly, welcoming and make eye contact. It’s a busy and informal café but the attention to customer was good. Water is provided quickly, the menu brought quickly, and a well laid out menu that is contemporary in its style. Websters served an excellent range of coffees and styles, including filter and cold drip. The cups are beautiful – generous size, good to hold, nice to drink from. Presentation was very good and the coffee rich and full-flavoured. A great pleasure to drink. Websters delivers excellent value – not a cheap café but one that offers thoughtfully designed and imaginative food well presented. The option to sit and relax outdoors is a real plus too.