A café and coffee shop just outside a small village in Cumbria has been named as the best eatery in the country.

Orton Scar Café were triumphant at the England's Business Awards, which took place in Birmingham on Sunday night.

The award was made possible after they were named the best eatery in Cumbria at the regional awards ceremony in Carlisle in October.

Kate Parsley, owner of the café, said: "It was a brilliant night in Birmingham for the final.

"I went down with my husband and three members of my staff, and none of us expected to win as there is a lot of competition out there."

For such a small business in a secluded part of the country to win big against national rivals made the award all the sweeter for Mrs Parsley.

"We're over the moon that we won because there would have been over 700 people there, so it's lovely that a café in a little village in Cumbria can be the winner," she said.

"The café just keeps getting better and better."

This was a reflection shared by the owner after their regional win earlier in the year, looking to use their success to build upon the homemade food and warm atmosphere they already provide.

This has obviously proved fruitful, with the business standing shoulder to shoulder with the best in England.

The news also comes at a tricky time for all small, local businesses, which made the award win feel even more deserved in Mrs Parsley's view.

She added: "To be recognised is a brilliant achievement for the café as it is really hard being in catering at the moment."