Stoke Newington eatery voted favourite café by Gazette readers
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The votes are in and Hackney Gazette readers have crowned a Stoke Newington eatery as their favourite café.
Stoke Newington's 215 Hackney restaurant and café won the majority of votes (55 per cent), as part of the Gazette's celebration of Hackney's 2021 Hospitality Heroes for National Hospitality Day, which falls on September 18.
The café, which used its kitchen to feed NHS workers for free during the pandemic, serves Middle Eastern dishes with an east London twist.
It was founded by two best friends, Cemal Polat and Ali Kalkan, who grew up in Hackney and both attended Tyssen Primary School and Stoke Newington Secondary School.
Cemal said after hearing the news: "It is amazing to know our locals have voted us to win such a lovely award."
He thanked "each and ever person who voted" for 215 Hackney and all that supported the business "during such difficult times".
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Adding: "We feel so proud and lucky to be part of such an amazing community in Hackney. Thanks a million."
The Bread Station in London Fields and Dilara's Cafe on Morning Lane were shortlisted for the award.
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National Hospitality Day has been organised by four charities after a challenging 18 months for the industry, during which thousands of jobs have been lost, businesses have closed and owners forced to shut their doors for weeks at a time.
Now, the borough's eateries and drinking spots are back open and we're encouraging everyone to support them by booking a table on September 18.