16th July 2019

The Best Independent Cafes in North Devon

One of the most wonderful things about living here in North Devon (and there are a few!) is that there is an abundance of beautiful independent eateries. Eating cake is my favourite thing to do and as the South West is home to the cream tea, there are tons of wonderful little independent cafes dotted about, in really pretty and unique locations.

Here, I have rounded up my favourite independent cafes from all over North Devon that serve a variety of treats; home-made cakes, cream teas and hearty lunches!

If you have any questions about North Devon or are visiting soon, check out my other North Devon posts here.

The Cupcakery – Barnstaple

3-4 Butchers Row, Barnstaple, EX31 1BW

The Cupcakery is a small little cafe in Barnstaple, serving the most amazing range of home-made cupcakes in the cutest setting. There are only three tables, but you can opt for a takeaway treat instead! 

The shop has been open for a couple of years now, but the owner has been selling cupcakes on social media and at food festivals for several years. There are SO many amazing flavours, I am making my way through the whole selection! Peanut butter, white chocolate and raspberry, tiramisu, limoncello, Malteser, Ferraro Roche, Turkish delight – they are all *amazing*! The Cupcakery specialises in exciting and interesting flavours and her cupcakes are extremely good value, only £1.95 per cupcake – bargain! 

Tea on the Green – Westward Ho!

Golf Links Road, Westward Ho! EX39 1LH

One of the most popular local cafes, with locals and tourists alike, is Tea on the Green in the seaside town of Westward Ho! The reason it’s so popular? It’s bloody * marvellous*.

Tea on the Green is done up in a quirky 1930’s style decor, full of nick nacks and art deco posters. It’s a sensory explosion, with so much to look at and admire. They offer an extensive lunch menu which comes in super hearty portions, and they have an interesting range of milkshakes and hot drinks which will leave you unsure on what do have! (The toasted marshmallow milkshake is SO good!).

The real treat though? Their impressive cake selection. They have a display cabinet at the front, with a range of unbelievable looking cakes, cheesecakes, pavlovas and brownies – you will want to try it all! Their Victoria sponge is something else and their brownies and cheesecakes are always SO good. If you can’t decide what you want, then it may be worth booking yourself in for an afternoon tea where you’ll get to sample a little bit of everything.

The cafe itself is quite small and they don’t allow bookings for small tables (I think you can only book if its a party of 4 or more, but you would have to check!). The best thing to do is rock up and hopefully, they will have space! However, not wanting to disappoint, they have a system in place where they will take your number and will ring you when they have a table free.

The Riverside – Braunton

30 Caen Street, Braunton, EX33 1AA 

A relatively new discovery for me, only visiting for the first time at the start of the year – but I have sure made up for lost time having now been nearly every month! The Riverside is a quirky, innovative cafe and restaurant that serves a brilliant selection of home-made, seasonal food. All their food comes from local suppliers and everything is made from scratch, even the bread!

I would reccomend heading here for lunch as well as dinner, especially if you have any dietary requirements as they are fantastic and accommodating those with specific needs. Their home-made mezze platter is to die for – their hummus. OOFT. So good!

Storm in a Teacup – Watermouth Bay 

Watermouth Harbour, Ilfracombe, EX34 9SJ 

Storm in a Teacup is a little hidden gem, located on the shorefront of Watermouth Bay, just opposite Watermouth Castle. It’s a cafe set up in an old riverboat, with plenty of outdoor seating with fantastic views of the harbour.

It serves a good selection of what I call ‘classic lunches’ e.g jacket potatoes, sandwiches and toasties, as well as home-made cakes which can be chosen from the display cabinet inside the boat. They also do a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options.

Johns Of Instow

Marine Parade, Instow, EX39 4HY 

John’s is a local farmers-style supermarket, selling local Devonshire produce. They have two shops, one in Instow and one in Appledore and their Instow branch has a fantastic little cafe and delicatessen that overlooks Instow harbour. (They also have a cafe in the Appledore branch, but I think the Instow one is much nicer!).

It is quite a confusing system if it’s your first time visiting- the deli and the cafe are in the same place but are separate. You can’t eat anything from the deli in the cafe, you have to take it away with you. This is good if you want to grab and go, to have a cute little picnic on the beach. The deli has a range of salads, meats, pastries, olives and vegetables.

Alternatively, you can sit in the cafe where someone will come and take your order for you. Here, they do a much wider range of lunches, with good veggie options too. I would *highly* reccomend having a raspberry brownie when visiting, they are *divine!*.

Coffee Cabin – Appledore

22 The Quay, Appledore, EX39 1QS  

The Coffee Cabin is a cute and highly popular cafe on the quay front in Appledore. Again, it’s only small, but it has a cosy, intimate feel, and they serve a wide range of hot drinks and home-made cakes. It’s so cute! I’ve had breakfast here too, which is hearty and, if you get their early enough at the weekend, its a perfect setting to watch as this sleepy little town starts to come to life.

Celebrating local artists, The Coffee Cabin also decorates their walls with artwork, which you can buy.

I hope you enjoyed my round-up of the best independent cafes in North Devon! If there is any you think deserves to make the list, do let me know in the comments!