Icing on the cake for cafe of the year

Ilkeston Advertiser Cafe of the Year winner The Old Schoolhouse Cafe and Deli. Pictured front is Advertiser reporter Sarah Bould with owner Alison Heath. Pictured back l-r is Marcia Blyton, owner Chad Mierzwa and Tracey Spindley.
Ilkeston Advertiser Cafe of the Year winner The Old Schoolhouse Cafe and Deli. Pictured front is Advertiser reporter Sarah Bould with owner Alison Heath. Pictured back l-r is Marcia Blyton, owner Chad Mierzwa and Tracey Spindley.
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A popular village eatery has been awarded first-prize in The Tisers’ Cafe of the Year competition.

We asked you to vote for your favourite place to enjoy a cup of tea and a brew and The Old School House Cafe in Stanton-by-Dale was awarded the winner.

The cafe opened almost six years ago and owner Alison Heath, who runs the businesses with partner Chad, prides herself on the fact that absolutely everything is homemade.

She told the Advertiser: “We are elated. We only got back from our holiday on Sunday and had an answer phone message when we got. We are well chuffed.”

Alison opened the cafe in 2009 after previously volunteering there as part of a social enterprise.

She said: “I approached the church and said I run it but I wanted to run it as something that generated money.”

Prior to opening the Old School House Cafe Alison made cakes, and has produced her ‘sugar sculpture’ goods for the likes of David Cameron and Katie Price.

Her baked goods were also used as part of the PR campaign for the Sex and the City Film.

Alison added: “Absolutely everything in the cafe is homemade, including lasagne, curries and cakes.”

There is a team of four that help make the cafe that success that it has become today.

They also produce veg boxes for people in the area, including tasty treats.