A SOUTH Lakeland coffee shop is now classed as ‘exceptional’ after scooping a national award.

Cartmel Coffee, in Cartmel, won the Four Cup National Accreditation in the Beverage Standards Association (BSA) annual awards – the Michelin stars of the coffee industry.

The win means the shop is ‘exceptional’ in terms of customer service and ambience, and just 17 outlets were awarded the gong across the country.

Paul Settle, who runs Cartmel Coffee with wife Phaedra, said: “I’m over the moon. This is a fantastic achievement.”

The shop serves a full range of speciality coffees using its own house blend, and is open from 10am – 5pm seven days a week.

They also serve gluten free goodies and snacks.