Community Café in Stockton Wins National FreeFrom Eating Out Award

Community Café in Stockton Wins National FreeFrom Eating Out Award

Python Properties' tenant, The Labyrinth Holistic Café, a community café in a deprived area of Stockton, has been named the winner of the third national FreeFrom Eating Out Awards.  

The café, which is run by Deb Bailey-Knibbs and is based at The Townhouse Building on Skinner Street, is run as a not-for-profit community enterprise.  Labyrinth wants to welcome everyone, from all walks of life, and decided that to do so they also needed to cater for all diets from gluten-free, all allergens, veggies, vegans and halal.  

The Coeliac UK Accreditation café trained all staff everything there was to know about catering for those on restricted diets.

Martin Johnson, Python Properties, said: “We are delighted for the team at The Labyrinth Cafe; the community benefit and service they provide through their cafe in The Townhouse Building in Stockton is exceptional.” 

“We have a number of local and national award-winning tenants in all of our properties in the area, which is great to see Teesside leading the way.”

 “I have never seen such an extensive menu,” reported one of the judges, “and the food is amazing. The plate was attractively arranged, and the food was colourful, of varied textures and flavours and fillings, all freshly prepared. The idea is that it can all be tweaked at the last minute to accommodate different diets and allergies. It is also incredibly good value.”

Award’s director, Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, said: “The FreeFrom Eating Out Awards exist to encourage and award excellence in every branch of ‘Freefrom’ food service from the top West End restaurants, such as our Pathfinder Awards winner, Indigo at One Aldwych, to local community enterprises such as the Labyrinth Café.  We are delighted that this year successful entrants included a great collection of fish and chip shops, gastro pubs and the 960 branches of Wetherpoons, fine dining restaurants which seat 12 to Centre Parcs and wonderful all-inclusive school caterers such as Hampshire CC Catering Services.”

“The food service industry has definitely got its head round the concept of catering allergen free; we look forward to a very exciting year next year.”

Caption: Deb Bailey-Knibbs of winners Labyrinth Holistic Café being presented with the winning salver by Executive Chef Dominic Teague.


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