If you’re visiting Sidmouth for the first time you’ll find a lot of cafés to choose from. So how do you know where best to head for when it’s time for elevensies or afternoon tea? Well, these are the five places that are top of our list when we’re in need of a little something. It’s not a very scientific survey, but then again, we have tried most of Sidmouth’s coffee shops. It’s a tough job…

Looking over our shortlist I noticed that all our favourite places have a few things in common – they’re all unique to Sidmouth, not part of big chains (or even small ones). We like cafés with character set in interesting locations. We’re also more likely to keep going back when we get a warm welcome and friendly service. Combine all of that with proper fresh coffee, a nice cup of tea, home made cakes and scones and we’re happy.

So here are the five Sidmouth cafés that fit the bill (in no particular order):

  • The Loft because of it’s light and airy rustic environment overlooking Old Fore Street with a sunny roof terrace for summer days.
  • The Dairy Shop in Church Street because of it’s quirky retro interior and, if there’s no room to sit inside, there’s always the option to take drinks and snacks away to eat on the beach.
  • Selley’s Coffee Shop in Libra Court because we can hide away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre in it’s sheltered courtyard.
  • The Clock Tower Café because of the oh so generous cakes and scones, views across Jacob’s Ladder beach and sunny tables in the walled Connaught Gardens. Not to mention the enormous slices of home made cake (did I mention the cakes?).
  • The Pea Green Boat on the Esplanade (especially if we can get a table outside) ideal for people-watching and soaking up the sights and sounds of the seaside.
Photo: Sea view from the Clock Tower Cafe
Photo: Selley's coffee shop in Sidmouth
Photo: the Dairy shop
Photo: The Loft in Sidmouth

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