THE best takeaway in Bicester has been decided.

Over the last month we’ve asked our readers to nominate a top 10 before voting between them to crown the champion.

A variety of brilliant takeaways made the shortlist, and the winner is Bicester Bean Coffee Shop and Cafe.

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Owner Alyson Clifton said: “I’m so happy. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all my wonderful loyal customers that took the time out to vote for me and for all their support during lockdown. I’m chuffed to bits to win this award and I have the biggest smile on my chops.

"Really looking forward to welcoming you all back from April 12 for alfresco dining in our quirky pods and outdoor seating area. I’d also like to thank my fab team for all their hard work - without them, none of this would be possible."

Ms Clifton had only run the cafe for 18 months when she had to switch to takeaways last March.

She has sold home-made meals, sandwiches, cakes and hampers for special occasions.

Her Easter Egg cheesecakes were a hit amongst the locals.

She also offered free hot meals for children after the Government voted against extending free school meals to disadvantaged children into school holidays.

Residents who voted for Bicester Bean left comments expressing just how much they love Ms Clifton’s service and how she always does her best to make each delivery special.

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One resident said: “Excellent service and genuine desire to provide a quality product at an appropriate price point. She goes the extra mile.”

Another commented: “Such a great cafe and the owner really has put her customers first. Alyson can turn her hand to anything to put a smile on her customers’ faces. Heart of gold.”

Another resident said:“Bicester Bean has continued through this whole pandemic to think of all the people and community. They go above and beyond to make sure that the deliveries are on time and Ally always puts a special effort into her afternoon teas and every occasion to Ally is special, birthdays , anniversaries, baby showers, it doesn’t matter what occasion it’s all so special to her.

“She always adds the extra little touches for people and always thinks of them. She has also done amazing work for the key workers and NHS throughout this pandemic.

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"She works endlessly and her team to provide the greatest of customer satisfaction. And I think she deserves this award for simply being the best. She works endless hours to make sure like I said, her customers are first in everything she does.”

The Nightingale Pub came second and Outta the Smoke came third.

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