WINNER: Saltwater Restaurant owner Amy Kebby is ecstatic at winning the best cafe restaurant award.
WINNER: Saltwater Restaurant owner Amy Kebby is ecstatic at winning the best cafe restaurant award. Trevor Veale

Outlook never brighter at Saltwater

GREAT food and exceptional outlook are two of the reasons Saltwater Cafe and Restaurant can now lay claim to being the best cafe restaurant in northern NSW.

The local establishment was winner of the category at the 2014 Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Awards for Northern NSW this week.

Owner Amy Kebby took over the beachfront restaurant 18 months ago and was over the moon to take out the award.

"We knew we were in the running but I didn't expect to win - it was a great surprise," Ms Kebby said.

Ms Kebby placed an entry into the awards and was given a time from March to June where a mystery judge would come in, posing as a diner, to check out the service and quality of the food.

"Even though we like to keep the same quality of service all the time, it kept us on our toes for sure.

"If someone came in asking lots of questions about the food we were always wondering if it was them."

Ms Kebby was unable to be at the presentation night in Newcastle last week but will be given an official plaque to hang pride of place in the restaurant in the next fortnight.

She said she loved the restaurant.

"It's a beautiful place to work, overlooking the surf all day.

"And the majority of people who come in just love it and are really lovely - we have great customers."



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