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Café Culture

Our selection of Devon’s top cafés offers the perfect excuse for taking an extended mid-morning coffee break, or making impromptu plans for brunch or lunch

Bacon and brie panini. The Old Java Coffee House, Teignmouth
A dish served at The Fig Tree @ 36 in Plymouth

The Fig Tree @ 36, Plymouth

This family-run, award-winning bistro serves locally sourced food in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Using local ingredients where possible, the menus – which change daily and cater for all tastes – are available from Wednesday to Saturday lunchtimes and Wednesday to Saturday evenings. Why not try The Fig Tree’s Do you Trust the Chef? Held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, this is a chance to immerse yourselves in The Fig Tree’s foodie journey. Three courses cost £36 – you choose either the meat, fish or vegetarian option and the rest is a surprise! Roasts are served on the last Sunday of the month.

figtree36.co.uk

Someday Something, Sidmouth

This popular café in Sidmouth is run by Jamey D’Amato, originally from Vermont, USA, with her second-in-command, Lois. It serves light lunches alongside coffees, cakes and scones, and is also licensed. With a glowing reputation for its cream teas, the scones are baked fresh every day, and available to eat in or takeaway/mail order.

The café is full of character and everything is made from scratch, mostly on site. Enjoy roasted coffee beans from The Coffee Factory, or Hogs Bottom jam and chutney, to name a few local products.

Try the Hot Spiced Apple Porridge – Vermont maple syrup is added as a nod to a New England favourite.

somedaysomething.co.uk

Nourish, Teignmouth

This tiny plant-based café in Regent Street is a welcoming hub serving delicious, nutritious dishes and top-notch coffee.

The fresh food is all made in house. Typical dishes include falafel beetroot wrap, pizza and full vegan breakfasts. There are healthy smoothies, a variety of teas and a salad bar. Gluten-free options and takeaway are also available.

Open Tuesday 9am-3:30pm; Wednesday to Saturday: 9:30am-3:30pm.

Dogs are very welcome to visit too.

facebook.com/TeignmouthDevoneatplants

The Ringleader Farmshop

The Ringfeeder Farm Shop & Cafe, Modbury

You will receive a warm welcome from the friendly staff at this farm shop and cafe. Enjoy the selection of homemade breakfasts, lunches and cakes, while taking in the farmland views from the large garden.

The team has updated its lunch menu, which now includes a small plates section ‘from the farm’ to showcase its own produce, cooked in different ways. Special picnic hampers are available – for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea – to take away or you can prebook to have one in the farm’s field. If you visit over the Easter holidays, children can meet the farm animals.

facebook.com/theringfeeder

The Hutong Cafe, Plymouth

This independent café close to Royal William Yard serves delicious fresh bagels and coffee by day, as well as hosting great music and art by night.

Although famous for its bagels, the bacon roll, poached eggs and salmon are equally delicious, as are the brownies, brioches and biscotti. The café also serves teas and coffees, and soft and alcoholic drinks, and the friendly, helpful staff provide great service.

facebook.com/TheHutongCafe

The Hairy Barista, Totnes

This is an independent speciality coffee shop with a passion for excellent coffee. The mostly plant-based menu includes high-quality dishes, made from organic and locally sourced ingredients. Options include avocado toast combinations and toasties, vegan cheese sandwiches, coffees, smoothies and other drinks with plant milk, as well as a tempting selection of vegan cakes.

This eco-conscious café has a zero/low waste approach.

facebook.com/thehairybarista

Cappuccino. The Old Java Coffee House

The Old Java Coffee House, Teignmouth

This popular cafe takes coffee seriously with over 10 blends available, including its own signature house blend and a delicious decaffeinated bean. Beans can be purchased whole to be ground at home, or the Coffee House will grind them for you at no extra cost, to use in a filter or espresso machine, or cafetiere.

Tea lovers should try the café’s Jing tea, with a range that includes authentic examples of Asia’s greatest tea from China, Taiwan, Japan, India and Sri Lanka.

Food-wise, choose from a savoury selection of sandwiches, panini and jacket potatoes, or for something sweet, there’s a range of cakes and flapjacks. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.

www.theoldjavacoffeehouse.co.uk

The Duck & Bean, Tiverton

This café prides itself on being committed to sustainability, integrity and supporting local.

The rustic establishment is known for high-quality local produce, prepared by its chef. All food is cooked to order and the café caters for all dietary requirements.

Whether it’s a coffee, brunch, lunch, or an afternoon cocktail, you and your four-legged friends will be made to feel welcome.

theduckandbean.co.uk

The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe-in-the-Moor

The café is open every day for breakfast, lunch and cream teas, serving organic, loose-leaf tea, blended in Devon, with coffee also roasted locally.

Freshly cooked meals and drinks are available all day, lovingly prepared on the premises by this growing team. Riders, bikers, hikers, dog walkers (and dogs) can all expect a warm welcome here.

There’s plenty of seating inside with two log burners for those cold/wet days, or sit in the garden that overlooks the village green and towards the church.

thecafeonthegreen.co.uk

The Glorious Arthouse, Exeter

The Glorious Art House, Exeter

This vibrant café bar and creative centre is located in the city’s independent West Quarter.

Inspired by the colours and patterns of Mexico, the café and building is a living work of art – you’ll notice something new on every visit. Three floors have become a hub for writers, musicians, actors and coffee lovers to get together for conversation, live music and work meetings. Exhibitions, workshops and children’s singalong sessions keep the café alive. The dog-friendly courtyard provides a secluded outdoor space.

Among the sweet and savoury options for breakfast and lunch are waffles, flapjacks, soups and croissants. A selection of coffees, teas, and soft and alcoholic drinks are also available.

thegloriousarthouse.com

Annie and the Flint, Ilfracombe

Breakfast, lunch, refreshing drinks and your daily caffeine fix are all served from this warm and inviting café. Fresh produce comes from Devon or Cornwall, where possible, alongside quality suppliers.

Breakfast includes homemade granola, bagels, banana bread with cinnamon butter, sourdough toast, pancakes and ‘breakfast pie’ – puff pastry baked with bacon, eggs, mushroom, tomatoes and cheddar cheese. Lunch is a variety of daily sandwich and wrap specials, homemade pizzas, salad bowls and soup. Sweet treats include millionaire shortbread, brownies, flapjacks, bread and butter pudding, rocky road and pastries.

facebook.com/annieandtheflint

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