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Thames Ditton independent shops and businesses have done it again, winning FOUR out of the SIX categories in this year’s Elmbridge Independent Retailer of the Year Awards.


Says Cllr Tricia W. Bland, founder of the Thames Ditton High Street Retailers’ Association,  ‘we are thrilled that our Thames Ditton shops and businesses continue to be recognised for their fantastic goods and services by the people that matter - the local residents who vote for them. Winning four out of the six categories in this year’s Elmbridge Independent Retailer of the Year Awards, is proof of excellence of our wonderful High Street and also the very special service that commuters and visitors receive at Café Noir, at Thames Ditton Station.’


‘Katie and Jason of Paull’s won Best Deli or Grocer for the fourth year running, an incredible achievement while Stitchery won Best for Gifts for the second year running.  Alaa Habbooby of Café Noir situated on platform one of Thames Ditton Station won for the first time but not only picked up the top prize for Best Restaurant or Café but also the top, overall award for Best Independent Retailer in Elmbridge’.


Residents across the Borough voted for their favourite local independents throughout July with a record number of votes cast for shops, café, restaurants and service retailers across the Borough. The complete list of winners is as follows:


  • Best restaurant or café: Café Noir, Thames Ditton
  • Best for hair or beauty: Glitterati, Weybridge
  • Best for fashion: Rowena, Weybridge
  • Best deli or grocer: Paull’s Fruit & Veg, Thames Ditton
  • Best for gifts: Stitchery, Thames Ditton
  • Best Independent Retailer in Elmbridge: Café Noir, Thames Ditton


Pictured: (left to right) Connor, Katie and Jason of Paull’s; Alaa Habbooby of Café Noir; Cllr Tricia W. Bland; Jeremy Hamilton of Stitchery and Cllr Ruth Lyon.


For further information contact Tricia W. Bland