A little bird told me that the old Chine café in Seaton had been revamped so one warm Sunday in July we wandered along the sea front to discover ‘The Hideaway’.

By far and away the best thing about the Hideaway is it’s location – tucked away at the far Western end of the Chine (Seaton’s esplanade) out of sight of the town centre. In fact, you can only get there on foot. And, whilst the re-designed modern interior is very pleasant, the best tables are outside on the Chine itself, with uninterrupted views across Seaton Bay. Possibly one of the best café locations in this part of Devon.

We arrived at lunch time and picked a table overlooking the pebble beach. The food was tasty and just enough for a light lunch. It’s freshly prepared so service could be slow at busy times and the prices reflect the home-made quality. They’ll be offering a children’s menu, although it wasn’t quite ready when we were there (much to my son’s disappointment – he really fancied the fish goujon sandwich). There was a tempting cake selection including several gluten free options. They’re licensed and serve evening meals on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Hideaway combines a cracking sea side location with quality food and friendly service. I think it’s highly likely that we’ll be heading back there the next time we’re in Seaton.

How to get there

  • By car: Seaton is about 20 minutes drive from Sidmouth along the A3052, there are several car parks in the town, and metered parking along the Esplanade.
  • By bus: take the Jurassic Coast X52 bus which passes through Sidford and drops off on Seaton Seafront, 5-6 buses per day.
  • By tram: travel in style on a restored tram from Colyton tram station on the Seaton Tramway.
  • From Seaton seafront: keep the sea on your left and walk along the sea front to the far end of the West Walk.

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