A café which opened less than a year ago in Reading has been named best in London and the South East.

Judges at the Prestige Awards were impressed by the consistency of every diners experience and the sweet spot the café has found “between glorious food and enchanting ambience”

Zak Khan and Dan Davy opened The Switch last September in The Triangle, Tilehurst, to bring a restaurant-style experience to breakfast and brunch.

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“An enormous amount of time and effort has been spent by Chef Antony and the owners to ensure the dishes reflect the local area, famous for its luscious fields and free range meats, which have been painstakingly incorporated into the food on offer,” wrote the judges for Prestige Awards London and the South East.

The Switch’s meat, fruit and vegetables come from Reading-based suppliers Vicars Game and Dudmans.

Judges praised a creative and modern combination of Texan and Mexican influences, making it a “must-eat destination.”

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“While this is all down to the meticulous planning and work behind the scenes by both the chefs and owners, it appears effortless to the customers.”

The business replaced the popular Village Coffee Shop, which used to stand on the same site in the Triangle, Tilehurst, leaving them with big shoes to fill.

They appear to have been successful, at least according to the judges, who described the customer service as first-class, including friendly staff, a menu catering for dietary requirements and modern décor.