Savvy diners have voted for a much-loved coffee to win a prestigious award for the second year in a row.
The Weymouth Football Club Café has been crowned winner of the Dorset Echo’s Café of the Year 2022 competition.
The cafe came out on top after hundreds of votes and nominations for cafes in the area.
Owner Matt Avant said he was “delighted” to have won the competition for the second time.
He said: “I think people voted for us because we offer value for money and consistency. They know exactly what they’re going to get.”
The cafe, in the grounds of Bob Lucas Stadium near Radipole Lane, has been open for 13 years and can serve 65 people.
Matt said his success was due to his hard-working team, whose full English breakfasts are in high demand. The most popular items on the menu are the giant breakfast at £7.95 and the standard breakfast at £6.95.
Vegetarian options are offered and people can modify their breakfasts to their liking, Matt said.
Other dishes on offer include bacon sandwiches, omelets, toast, fish and chips, and mouth-watering puddings such as sticky caramel and hot fudge brownies.
The cafe has a changing table highlighting different products, such as information on the sausages used in the breakfasts with a choice of ‘the meat one’ or ‘the herb one’ and offers such as two slices of black pudding for £1.
You could say the dog-friendly cafe is a bit of a “locals secret”.
Matt said: “We get a lot of locals and during the summer we get a lot of people with caravans and motorhomes because of the large car park.
“I guess because of our lack of visibility, a lot of people don’t know we’re here.
“In a way, I guess we’re a bit back in the 1970s.
“We have been tenants of the football club for 13 years and when I took over it was quite run down and we didn’t have as much space for as many blankets as we have now.”
The football club café is open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday from 7am to 2pm, Saturday from 7am to 1pm and Sunday from 8am to 12.30pm.
For more information visit www.wfccafe.co.uk