Olivers Win National Award

Bondholder Oliver’s café has won the Café Design of the Year Award from the Café Life Association for its innovative and commercially viable design.

Café owner and the woman responsible for the design, Lisa Bridge was presented with the award at a ceremony hosted by celebrity chef Theo Randall held at the Grange City Hotel in London.

The Café Life Awards recognise the very best café food, drink and design from both independently owned and café chains across the country and Oliver’s was the only café in the region to be shortlisted.

Lisa has previously worked on numerous commercial design projects, including fellow Bondholder Birchover Residences’ portfolio of luxury apartment-hotels, which she jointly owns with her husband Carl.

Commenting on the win, Lisa said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award. I always knew I wanted to use natural materials, warm colours and soft, comfortable furnishings to make Oliver’s as comfortable as possible. Our menu and interiors have been designed for customers to enjoy and it’s so exciting to be acknowledged in such a highly competitive industry.

“It is really important to me that the craftsmen who helped me make my vision for Oliver’s a reality get huge recognition for their work too. They have made Oliver’s what it is today.”

Sam Day, from the Café Life Awards, added: "Oliver's has a great back story and the design demonstrates the labour of love that owner Lisa has put in to creating the space. The judges loved the ambience that has been created with the cosy booths and intimate lighting.

"Winners like Oliver's showcase the developments within the industry and the need to demonstrate creativity. Oliver's has  a unique design that showcases the coffee shops' personality without compromising on comfort. The team at Oliver's have responded to the growing café culture and developed a business that serves the local community whether passing by for a quick coffee or enjoying lunch with a friend."