10 of the best coffee stops in Devon, UK

Winter is the ideal time to explore the South West and its many beautiful walking routes, which are somewhat quieter than during the tourist season. Putting on your walking boots during the coldest months of the year can seem less appealing, however – but if there’s the promise of freshly made organic coffee, you’ll be much more inclined to set off on your adventure.

With its own roastery based in Ivybridge, South Devon, here Owens Coffee share their 10 favourite coffee shops in the county that can be found near lovely walking spots.

The Guardhouse Café, Berry Head, Brixham

Located on a National Nature Reserve. Stunning and far-reaching coastal views with the historic fishing town of Brixham a short drive away.

The Bridge at Mount Batten, Plymouth

Sited on a marina with walks to the breakwater, or a short ferry ride across to the Barbican, in Plymouth.

Dartmouth Castle Tea Rooms, Dartmouth

Next to the English Heritage castle on the sea wall of Dartmouth, with a view across to Kingswear, which is just a short ferry trip away.

Valley View Café, Loddiswell, near Kingsbridge

Fabulous views across the valley with a family-run farm shop and butcher’s attached. After breakfast, set off on a walk along the River Avon through classic English woodland.

Gara Rock Hotel, East Portlemouth (between Salcombe and Kingsbridge)

Cliff setting on the South West Coast Path. Spectacular ocean views with walks in every direction.

Ocean View at The Dome, Plymouth

Situated next to Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth’s Hoe, this restaurant offers panoramic views overlooking Plymouth Sound with access to the historic city of Plymouth.

Mime, Tavistock

A little gem of a café tucked away on a cobbled street in the market town of Tavistock. A nearby walking route takes you along the River Tavy and Tavistock Canal, or head to the edge of the town for a walk on Whitchurch Down.

Bearslake Inn, Sourton, near Okehampton

A wonderful country pub in the heart of the granite way; fabulous moorland walks in every direction.

Castle Inn, Lydford (halfway between Tavistock and Okehampton)

Chocolate box-style pub close to the popular National Trust’s Lydford Gorge, the South West’s deepest river gorge.

Meadfoot Beach Café, Torquay

Situated on the Blue Flag Meadfoot beach in Torquay. The café sits just off the South West Coast Path and offers a calming spot to take a break before more steep climbs in both directions.

Comments (5)

  1. Roger says:

    Nothing better after a winter walk than a steaming hot cup of good coffee.

  2. Jenny Parker says:

    I read somewhere that the UK is edging towards becoming a nation of coffee drinkers more than tea drinkers. One of the causes has to be that the quality of coffee keeps on improving in the UK.

    • Hamish Brown says:

      Suddenly we are a nation of baristas. So many of my friends have got fancy coffee machines and they’re talking the talk when it comes to coffee.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      I understand tea drinkers are still considerably further ahead than coffee drinkers in the UK, although the gap has closed significantly.

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