The gorgeous community coffee shop named best cafe in Essex

Market West Coffee in West Street, Rochford
Market West Coffee in West Street, Rochford -Credit:Google

A small, independent Essex cafe where "community is everything" has been named as the best in the county. Market West, based in Rochford, has won best cafe at this year's Muddy Stilettos awards - and is now in the running to be named the best in the UK.

Set in West Street, Rochford, the cafe sells everything you can imagine from your classic British coffee shop, including all manner of hot and cold drinks, pastries and other meals. The cafe also hosts various events including wine tasting evenings, which often sell out.

The cafe joins 20 other businesses to receive such accolades from Muddy Stilettos, a UK-wide women's lifestyle platform. All regional winners in Essex, along with winners from the other counties, automatically go through to the 2024 National Awards.

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Five businesses in each category will be picked by the Muddy Stilettos Editors to go through to the National Finals, with the ‘Best of the Best’ Winners crowned in July 2024.

Market Street have since shared their thanks to their supporters on their social media, highlighting seven things they have learned. They said they have "surrounded themselves with the best suppliers" highlighting Allpress Espresso, Blendsmiths and Wilma's Bakery.

They continued: "The people who go between Android and Apple phones for work are actual geniuses. Andy has learned a lot about Android phones over the last few months helping some of our older customers navigate the voting pages.

"Not everyone will vote for you, and they will tell you that to your face. But they will still drink your coffee as it’s convenient ‘because you’re the only place open’ You can’t win them all."

They added: "Our team are absolutely incredible and we are so proud of how every single one of you rallied for votes in the last few weeks. We love you lots.

"And finally, COMMUNITY IS EVERYTHING for any small business. Without all our amazing customers, friends and family, absolutely none of this would have happened. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping us out and hopefully putting Rochford on the map."