The Exploding Bakery, Exeter
The Exploding Bakery in Exeter specialises in delicious and ever so slightly special tray bakes like almond chocolate brownies, baked passionfruit cheesecake and lemon and almond polenta bake all made with locally sourced ingredients. They’re mainly a wholesale bakery (party in Devon anyone?) but have cleverly put a few chairs and tables in the corner of their open bakery so you can taste the freshly baked cakes, watch the bakers at work and take in the irresistable sweet smells. They do a cracking coffee too for all round deliciousness.
Cafe ODE, Shaldon
Nestled in the Ness car park overlooking the quaint seaside village of Shaldon is Cafe ODE, a sustainable eatery that serves quality regional and seasonal produce and delicious beer brewed onsite. Dishes such as Duchaller farm pulled pork, sustainable catch of the day served in ale batter and local teign mussels in cider cream are cooked to order in the open plan kitchen and served in recycled cardboard boxes perfect for take-away and a stroll along the beach or for eating in in the cosy eating area warmly lit by a wood-burner. If you can visit in the right season (pretty much now!), try the Haldon Forest Venison steak sandwich with sweet homemade chilli jam and finish with the prettiest lemon posset.
Me and my family have been visiting Willow in the lovely market town of Totnes for years. The fact that a vegetarian restaurant with a no phone policy can appeal to my whole family (even my meat eating i-phone loving brother!) is testimant to how good and wholesome the cooking is. There’s cheese scones you’ll dream about for days, vegetarian curries so full of flavour, quiches and tarts with melt in the mouth pastry and a selection of cakes that will have you fighting over every last crumb. It has a lovely selection of local drinks and often has a live band in the evenings too.