New award for Darling’s

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An Arbroath social enterprise cafe has been recognised by a national baking contest for its work with people with learning difficulties.

Darling’s Coffee Shop on the High Street was presented with the inaugural Special Outstanding Achievement Award at the Scottish Home Baking Awards at the Mar Hall, Glasgow, on Saturday.

The ceremony highlighted and promoted the best in Scottish homebaking by both individuals and venues and Darling’s received the Outstanding Achievement Award for their work supporting people with learning disabilities to experience work and training in a retail environment.

Melanie Andrews, founder of the Scottish Homebaking Awards, said: “These awards really help to raise the profile and recognition of home bakers across the whole of Scotland.

“It’s an increasingly tough marketplace with supermarkets and well-known, branded venues taking their lion’s share. The independent and private home baker is an untapped resource in Scotland.

“These Awards are a great platform to showcase outstanding talent that is making people sit up and take stock.

“All the winners are amazing and are rigorously and strictly assessed, but the Darlings Coffee House is a truly outstanding winner not only because of the quality of its food and coffees, but because of its inspirational community welfare work.”