A family at The Lizard has been left delighted after their business was named ‘Café of the Year’ in its first year of opening.

It’s a true family affair for the Wavecrest Café at Lizard Point, which is owned by Gary and Victoria Pollard, while their eldest daughter Jasmine is manager, middle daughter Poppy waits tables, and their youngest, eight-year-old Summer-Rose, is official ice cream taster.

Clearly her high standards are working, as Wavecrest was named Café of the Year at the South West England Prestige Awards for 2023/24, out of 200 nominated.

These were narrowed down to a shortlist of 75, ten of which then received a ‘mystery visit’ by an independent judge.

Local produce is paramount for the family, who live close by in St Ruan near Ruan Minor.

Fish sold in the café comes from Cadgwith and the all-important ice cream is made just down the roast at Treleague Dairy in Ruan Minor.

Falmouth Packet: Fish and chips is always a top seller at the cafeFish and chips is always a top seller at the cafe (Image: Wavecrest Cafe)

Speaking of the win, Gary told the Packet: “I thought it was a wind up at first. Then you research it and it’s a real thing, recognising small businesses.

“My wife and the girls are looking forward to a night out to celebrate!”

Gary added that the win would not have been possible without the hard work of the whole “amazing team” at the café, including head chef Alex Jane.

He also recognised the support of their loyal local customers and seasonal visitors, adding: “Our vision is for our customers to arrive as guests but return as friends, and make memories for a lifetime.”

The family only took over the café at the UK's most southerly point in March this year, and described themselves as “beyond proud and thrilled” to be recognised in this way.

Describing Wavecrest as “ocean view dining at its finest,” the award citation reads: “Nestled at the southernmost point of the Lizard Peninsula, Wavecrest Cafe is a remarkable destination offering breathtaking panoramic ocean views.

“The outstanding cafe takes pride in serving fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce in a spacious setting and garden terrace, creating the ideal atmosphere to savour traditional Cornish fare in a unique, unspoiled location.

“The judges were particularly impressed by the outstanding customer service and the menu on offer at the Wavecrest Cafe - a testament to variety and inclusivity - featuring gluten-free and vegan options alongside locally sourced Cornish meats, fresh seafood from Cadgwith Cove, homemade cakes, scones, and delightful artisan Cornish ice cream.

“A truly worthy winner as Wavecrest Cafe delivers ocean view dining at its finest.”