Matt Felgate and Jenny Lock of Bunty’s Tea Room in Steep Hill were thrilled when they heard they had beaten off UK-wide competition to win the best events/service provider category prize in the National Vintage Awards.
Their success comes just three years after the pair took the plunge and launched their business in one of the best-loved parts of the city – award-winning Steep Hill, which was named Britain’s Best Street by the Academy of Urbanism in 2012.
Location is obviously everything and the tea room – which is opposite the Harding House gallery – attracts everyone from locals to tourists, particularly those in need of refreshments and a breather after walking halfway up the hill to Bailgate, Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral.
The Vintage Awards showcase, celebrate and reward excellence in the work of vintage performers, shopkeepers and yesteryear-inspired businesses. Matt entered the competition after a customer mentioned it to him.
“We are thrilled to have won this award. It is particularly appreciated because the winners are chosen on the basis of a public vote, so it shows we are doing the right things,” says Matt.
“When we started out in September 2012 we didn’t have a business plan, but we did ask people what they liked and didn’t like about eating out.”
“Our first priority is to give people a warm welcome and to ensure they receive a really good service, which makes them want to come back.”