Happiness is working with great people …and good food!
MEET THE TEAM
With direction from Nick and Sarah Smith and led by General Manager Jenny Thompson, we have a team of twenty-six lovely staff. The team of four Chefs headed by Tom Stewart, bake from fresh every morning. Whilst evening dishes are created, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea dance out of the kitchen.
Thank you for visiting our charming little café here at Parke We’re rather proud of our small team and the food they take pride in cooking and serving you. Please do speak to one of them if there’s anything you need – they’re a friendly bunch (even the Chefs) and always happy to help. Farmers, gardeners and food enthusiasts, we are passionate about Dartmoor and the West Country. All the café’s meat is sourced from farms right here on the edge of the moor with the rest of our produce as local as possible, favouring Devon where we can. We strive to make your visit enjoyable and offer a friendly, homely place to enjoy time with family and friends. Joined by our resident Parke Robin who flutters in every day, the focus on feeling at home is at the heart everything we do. We hope you enjoy your time with us whether it’s for brunch, lunch, a night out or simply that all important coffee and cake. Sarah, Nick & the Team x
Labour of Love
The Café began its journey in 2013, when it was created by Nick & Sarah’s good friend Stella West-Harling as a small tea room. The small tea room soon began to grow. The odd dog walker would wander in and we’d have soup, cake and hot drinks on the menu. Since then, the café has been our labour of love and with a brunch, lunch and evening offering, we are very proud of our team and the food that comes out of our small but perfectly formed kitchen! The café has become very popular with both locals and visitors, has achieved numerous awards, such as Gold Taste of the West, Gold for Best Café/Tea Room in South Devon, Gold for Visit Devon and has even achieved a Silver in the South West Tourism Awards in 2017. We believe that food is transformational, it has the power to change mood, create atmosphere and is a wonderful way to bring people together. Our food is hearty, full of flavour and is 85% locally sourced. The menu uses a combination of simple lunchtime favourites, colourful bowls of hot soup, crusty baguettes and salads. While our evenings show off creative, often slow-cooked dishes and delicious desserts.
5% Discount Card for Locals
Did you know that to our local customers we offer a 5% discount? Speak to a member of our team to find out how to get your Locals Card.
We are proud to support local West Country food producers and believe that the quality of the ingredients sourced reflects wholesome, delicious tasting food.
Many of our suppliers are based right here on Dartmoor and where we have to go further afield we try not to stray further than Devon if we can.
Find Out More about our Suppliers….
We’re pretty proud of
We are SO proud to have had some wonderful achievements over the years, which is a testament to our staff and to the support from our loyal customers.
Food and Drink Devon’s BEST CAFE 2018, Gold Taste of the West, SILVER Visit Devon Tourism Award 2018, Gold for Best Café/Tea Room in South Devon, Gold for Visit Devon and we even achieved a Silver in the South West Tourism Awards in 2017.
Our Sister Cottage
THE OLD FLOUR MILL
Did you know that also have a beautiful self-catering property in the heart of the Dartmoor landscape and only a 15 minute drive from the café?
The Old Flour Mill is located on a working farm, in a pretty courtyard and with views of rolling Devon hills and fabulous English countryside. The farm stretches out over a gorgeous landscape and with a fishing lake, tennis court and woodland/hillside walks on tap, this is the perfect place to get away from it all.
Sarah and Nick lovingly restored parts of the buildings. The cottage was the farm’s old flour mill. Grain would be sent down to the millstone to be rolled (the millstone still sits outside). The couple have retained elements of old by restoration and hope that you find the farm as magical as they always have.
With a herd of Devon red ruby cattle, sheep, chickens, bird life, one adorable dog (Coco) the farm offers nature at every turn. Find out more…