Bondholder Oliver's has been shortlisted for the prestigious national Café Design of the Year award.
The awards are run by The Café Life and celebrate the best aspects of café culture in the UK each year. Oliver’s is one of just five cafes across the UK in the design award category.
This category looks to encourage good design practices in the sector and this particular award recognises those people responsible for developing new concepts in the high street. Oliver’s was originally included by the judges in a wider shortlist and they then visited Derby to mystery-shop and see the design of Oliver’s, whilst experiencing the food, ambience and customer experience on offer.
The judges look for design which is innovative, but commercially viable – a design which provides an attractive and comfortable experience for all customers.
Lisa Bridge, Owner of Oliver's, said: “I always had a vision of using natural materials, warm colours and soft, comfortable furnishings to make Oliver’s as welcoming as possible. Each item of furniture and all of the fixtures and fittings were selected with the customer experience in mind. I’m thrilled that the judges feel that this works well.”
The awards take place in London on 21st September at The Grange City Hotel in London.
Gethin Evans of the Café Life Awards said: “It’s fantastic to be able to acknowledge Oliver’s and how their brand of coffee shop is changing the café landscape. Oliver’s is a cafe that soothes the soul, whether that be sipping a coffee and watching the world go by or tucking into something from the mouthwatering menu.
"Oliver’s is pioneering the fusion between coffee shop and restaurant - promoting a welcoming place that serves delicious coffees alongside a tasty menu. The judges loved the ambience, encouraging customers to stay. Cafe culture in the UK is one of the fastest growing lifestyle choices and Oliver’s is a cafe that delivers, offering a space where customers can enjoy spending time in a modern but cosy environment.”