Ludlow-based Cariad Cakes has been awarded Best Bakery in the 2019 Food Awards England.

The company, which produces cakes and biscuits for fine food stores, delicatessens, garden centres and tearooms across the UK, received the award at a ceremony held last week in Manchester.

Cariad Cakes managing director David Fletcher said the team were “incredibly proud” to accept the award.

“There is always hope for the little fish swimming in a very large and competitive pond. It’s great to have this recognition and we’re very proud to be up there with some of the leading bakeries in the country,” he said.

“This really is the icing on the cake for us – pun intended!"

The Food Awards England is a public-voted awards which celebrates the best in English hospitality, including restaurants, takeaways, pub food, hotel food, cafes and bistros, as well as the producers who provide their ingredients.