Set in the picturesque fishing village of Appledore The Coffee Cabin dishes up delightful cakes, hearty food and service with a smile as reporter Nicole Travers-Wakeford discovered.
What’s the vibe like?
My two-year-old son Joshua had just finished playgroup in Appledore and I was on the search for a quiet place to have something tasty to eat and The Coffee Cabin did not disappoint.
We were greeted by friendly staff at the till and we made our way upstairs.
A member of staff came upstairs immediately with a booster seat in hand so my little boy had somewhere comfortable to sit.
I appreciated this touch because staff were quick to think of how to make our dining experience as easy as possible with a toddler in tow.
What’s on the menu?
There is something to suit all tastes and appetites. There is a large breakfast/brunch option, doorstop sandwiches and baked potatoes.
The menu explained where their produce comes from. Their bread is sourced from Country Cottage Bakery in Bideford, fish from Dan the Fishman, meat from F.Heard’s Butchers in Westward Ho! and eggs from Black Dog Free Range Eggs. Even the flowers come from a local business called Blooms in Bideford.
The Coffee Cabin is well known for its “famous” Devon Crab sandwich which has had accolades in the national press.
Hot meals when we visited the cafe included slow cooked beef and Guinness stew and smoked haddock chowder.
There are also a lot of hot and cold beverages on offer including fruit smoothies, frappes and loose leaf tea.
Does it cater for vegetarians?
Absolutely. There are lots of vegetarian options including mushrooms with garlic and fresh thyme on toast, sliced pears grilled with stilton on toast and a range of meat-free fillings for jacket potatoes.
During our visit there was also a vegetable cobbler with two savoury scones on offer.
Is it child friendly?
I had a wonderful experience at The Coffee Cabin with my little boy. He was happy to pick at my food because he had already filled his tummy up with fruit at playgroup.
However, there are lots of choices for fillings for a child size sandwich.
What’s worth trying?
I can highly recommend the smoked salmon and Devon free range scrambled eggs on toast.
The eggs were creamy and cooked to perfection with just the right amount of smoked salmon presented beautifully on top.
A milky latte was the perfect partner to my hearty brunch dish. I appreciated the cute latte art too. It is these extra touches which makes The Coffee Cabin such a delightful place to visit.
My companion opted for a mango and banana smoothie with a generous slice of Victoria sponge.
I went for a slice of chocolate orange cake which I ended up taking home because I was so full from brunch.
The cakes were melt in the mouth delicious. They were light, fluffy and not too sickly.
How much does it cost?
Brunch, two slices of cake and two drinks cost £18.45.