Retailer Cook & Garcia has been named Best Independent Outlet at the Lunch Business Grab & Go awards.

The ceremony, which took place at the London Art House on 26 September, recognises those businesses which provide for the lunchtime “grab and go” market.

Maria Bracken, editor of Lunch Business and organiser of the awards, said: ’’Cook & Garcia is a great start up business, competing as one of the only independent operators on Richmond High Street. It is a worthy winner priding itself on offering quality, healthy food at an affordable price.’’

Richard Garcia, founder of Cook & Garcia, said ’’What we do is not complicated, but executed extremely well. We are uncompromising in our standards. Every cup of coffee, every sandwich, every customer experience has to be the best in can be. This is the only way to compete and survive on the high street. We are thrilled that all our hard work has been recognised with this award.’’

Other winners included Caffe Nero, with the founder receiving a Special Achievement award, and Marks & Spencer were named Group Operator of the Year.