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.
Farmers at heart and with a team of Dartmoor lovers, we are a lovely bunch (even if we do say so ourselves!). Our strong team of chefs is led by Head Chef Tom – you’ll see him most days, unless he’s off with his partner Daisy (regulars will remember – she’s one of the original team!) and their gorgeous baby boy. Also a dedicated dad and dessert chef extraordinaire is second-chef Charlie. They are supported by our Scone-King Simon, plus new arrival and River Cottage Apprentice Alex. Front-of-house is mostly fueled by girl-power, led by the wonderful Bovey girl Maddie, Plymouth University photography student Lily and the always bubbly aspiring opera-singer Katy. Supporting the team with anything they or the business needs is General Manager Jenny Thompson, a keen organic gardener.
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.
Our 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.
LOCALS DISCOUNT & LOCAL PRODUCE
Did you know that to our locals we offer a 5% discount? Speak to a member of our team today to find out more!
We are proud to support local food producers and believe that the quality of the ingredients sourced reflects wholesome, delicious tasting food.
With 85% of our ingredients locally sourced, we recycle, reduce food miles and support sustainability wherever possible.
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Our Sister Farm Cottages
WELCOME TO LURCOMBE FARM COTTAGES
Did you know that we have two beautiful self-catering properties in the heart of the Dartmoor landscape and only a 15 minute drive from the café?
The Mill Cottage & The Granary Barn are 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 and the barn was the old farm granary. 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, birdlife, two adorable dogs (Holly & Scruff) the farm offers nature at every turn. Find out more…
AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS & MEMBERSHIPS
We are SO proud to have had some wonderful achievements which is a testament to our staff and to 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.
We are proud members of Taste of the West, Devon Food and Drink, Devon Restaurant Month, Muddy Stilettos and Tastebuds Magazine.