APPROACHING its first birthday, the Ilkley Cake Boutique is still the new kid in town, yet it has already won a prestigious national award, The Good Food Award 2015.

This award recognises the very best in the UK and was set up to improve food standards in the catering industry and The Ilkley Cake Boutique has been recognised as one of the 101 best places to eat in the UK.

As you walk through the door, you receive a warm welcome from Italian owners Stefania and Simone. The Ilkley Cake Boutique on Wells Road is a café/bistro that caters for all tastes.

Stefania and Simone believe in serving good, honest food that is moderately priced, from soups, paninis and focaccias, to breakfasts, pasta, salads, dishes of the day and heavenly cakes, complemented with a wide selection of quality leaf teas and fresh coffees. They are also fast gaining a reputation for their made to order cakes, especially for those with allergies, and their twice-monthly fine dining club with its dedicated following.

Stefania said: "Ilkley Cake Boutique has brought a new kind of dining experience to Ilkley, and indeed to the Wharfe Valley. It is pioneering in the future of gluten-free and dairy-free friendly eating places, consistently offering a wide selection of food that caters for a many dietary needs; such as coeliac disease and milk allergies. Many dishes are seasonal and all the food is freshly made."

Stefania added: "We love making people happy through our passion for good food at a fair price This award came as a complete surprise and really encourages us as we introduce our new take-away service."