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SA cafe named small employer of the year at national awards

My Kingdom for a Horse has added another accolade to its name, taking the national title of ‘small employer of the year’ at the 2021Australian Training Awards.

Award-winning city cafe, My Kingdom for a Horse has added another accolade to its name, taking the national title of ‘small employer of the year’ at the 2021 Australian Training Awards (ATA).

Homed in the newly updated Wright Street strip, the long-loved cafe is known for its specialty roasted coffee and delicious food offerings.

Off the back of their win at a state level, the cafe has now claimed the national ATA title, adding to its list of awards that include ‘Best Breakfast, Adelaide’ & ‘Best Cafe Dining, Adelaide’ for five years running.

The Australian Training Awards annually acknowledge the achievements of the countries best and brightest students, trainers, training providers, schools and employers.

My Kingdom for a Horses’ commitment to sustainable and ethical practices across a scope of categories is what helped them achieve this acknowledgement from the state, including employment and training, waste management, plus community and social engagement, all done within the framework of a viable hospitality operation.

The cafe recently underwent a revamp, and boasts bright colours, greenery, retro wall art and Art Deco-style lighting across its bright and spacious venue.

Priding themselves on carefully curated coffee blends, their chief roaster Genie Chee will bring you a delicious, seasonal brew that’s no less than their specialty grade blend.

Their delicious coffee is paired with their fresh, locally sourced menu that includes their huevos rancheros, a crispy tortilla filled with smoky house baked beans, fried egg, smashed avocado and sour cream, as well as their healthy and hearty pickled Asian mushrooms, charred broccoli, cucumber, carrot, Kim-chi and rice bowl.

Owner and chef, Emily Raven has a Masters in Gastronomy, experience as a lecturer at Le Cordon Bleu and William Angliss, and has previously owned and operated the award-winning Café 54.

When asked about the origins of the name of the cafe, Emily says, “My Kingdom for a Horse is a line from Richard the third, my favourite Shakespearean play”

“I played around with lots of names and was keen to get away from anything to do with coffee beans or brewing equipment”

“I think it’s also become a great metaphor in modern times for a missed opportunity, which resonated with me having been back and forth in hospitality and it’s many changes over the years”, Emily says of the name.

“The cafe’s name was my nod to the opportunities that I turned down in the past”.

With the pandemic affecting many businesses across the industry, their new title has been a major win for the cafe, with there never being a hospitality winner in the category in years gone by, providing inspiration to other businesses looking to bounce back.

Emily is confident that with the ease in restrictions, and people increasingly returning to work that her cafe will continue to flourish, “we’re ready for people to come back to the city”, she says, while hinting at a new project in the pipeline for the new year.

My Kingdom for a Horse is open every day through the festive season (except Christmas Day), from 7am-4pm Monday to Friday and from 8am-4pm on weekends and public holidays.

Find My Kingdom for a Horse at 191 Wright Street & check out their coffee outlet at 11 Waymouth Street, City.

See the full menu and offerings through their website.

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