If you’re visiting South Devon, you ought to kick start your day off exploring the coast and countryside with a hearty breakfast; after all, it’s the most important meal of the day!  

When it comes to breakfast, we all like different things; some like to tuck into a full English with sausage, bacon and eggs, other prefer a sweet treat such as pancakes or waffles. With a region full of gastronomic delights, you’ll be able to find your ideal spot easily, but we’ve put together this guide just in case you need a helping hand. Find out our top pancake and breakfast spots in South Devon below.  

Pancakes:  

The Dock, Plymouth 

Situated in King Point Marina in Plymouth, The Dock is a family-run café and restaurant with stunning coastal views and an even better menu! This venue is a great spot with a relaxed environment, making the perfect place to begin your day whether you’re fuelling up for a long walk, or simply just catching up with friends in the morning. 

Using the very best locally sourced ingredients, The Dock offers a range of pancake and breakfast items; from the classic pancakes with maple syrup combo, as well as a Nutella or summer berry toppings, to tantalising coconut vegan pancakes. Of course, if you prefer a savoury breakfast, they offer full English and even New York-style waffles with bacon, cheese and BBQ sauce – yum!  

Bumble and Bee, Exmouth 

If you’re looking for a pancake spot in East Devon head to Bumble and Bee in Exmouth. Located in Manor Gardens, this relaxed and airy café offers great pancake options and use organic, locally sourced and seasonal produce where possible. They also offer vegan and gluten free pancakes on request.  

Monty’s Café, Plymouth 

Monty’s Café on the historic Barbican in Plymouth offers a fantastic all-day breakfast selection including pancakes! Choose pancakes with grilled bacon, fresh fruit and syrup or stuffed with mushrooms, spinach and cheddar – sounds tasty!  

Brightside Diner, Various Locations  

For a pancake spot en-route to your day out head to Brightside Diner, conveniently located on the A303 near Honiton, or on Haldon Hill on the A38, close to Exeter. They have some terrific breakfast options as well as serving granola and berry pancakes complete with Greek yoghurt and berry compote, and triple-stacked pancakes with smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup. 

The Salcombe Crêperie, Salcombe  

This spot is somewhat an honourable mention as they’re only open in the evenings from April – October in Salcombe, but if your idea of pancakes is much less American and more European, The Salcombe Crêperie is the place to go for dinner or desert. Ran by an authentic French crêpe chef from Brittany, they offer a massive range of delicious sweet and savoury crêpes.  

Breakfast: 

Valley View Café, Loddiswell 

Overlooking the stunning South Hams countryside, Valley View Café is situated between the riverside market town of Kingsbridge and the quaint village of Loddiswell. A hotspot for foodies come rain or shine, Valley View Café serves a fantastic breakfast with all the trimmings. Enjoy the stunning vistas of the valley from outside on the terrace or inside their quaintly decorated café if it’s a bit drizzly.  

Valley View Café’s meat is sourced from their sister business next door, Aune Valley Meat, so you know you’re going to get the freshest quality bacon and sausages available, plus their fruit, salad and veggies are home-grown wherever possible on their farm!   

Venus Café, Various Locations 

With venues at Broadsands, Bigbury-on-Sea and East Portlemouth, you won’t be far from a Venus Café if you’re holidaying in South Devon. The Venus Company have an environmentally driven ethos with a focus on providing tasty, wholesome food delivered with an ethical and sustainable approach.  

Jump start your day with a full English with the option to make it veggie or vegan. They also have eggs benedict, breakfast baps served in an artisan floured roll, sourdough toast, porridge and all-day breakfast burritos on offer too.   

The Kitchen, Sidmouth 

Located at the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, The Kitchen serves farm-fresh food with unparalleled views across donkey paddocks, Devon’s rolling hills, and the Jurassic Coast. Their colourful menu packed with fresh, local and seasonal produce offers dishes made on site by expert chefs.  

Their breakfast menu served between 9am – 11am so why not stop off before you say hello to the rescue donkeys and explore the rest of the sanctuary. Choose a vegan, veggie or full English breakfast with a pot of tea or an Americano, or for something a bit lighter, they have breakfast sandwiches available or tasty pastries.  

As a passionate animal welfare organisation, all meat dishes are responsibly sourced from producers with high standards of farming and welfare, plus they have a prominent and varied veggie and vegan selection. What’s more, all the profits from The Kitchen goes towards helping the animals in the charity’s care and other communities around the world, so not only are you eating good, you’re doing good too! 

Café ODE, Shaldon 

Café ODE, located in Shaldon on the South West Coast Path, offers family friendly food that’s cooked with a conscience; they’re truly passionate about sustainability, but also want to provide affordable food using South West bounty from land and sea. As they’re situated close to Ness Cove and Shaldon Beach, it makes a wonderful stop before a day at the beach or a walk along the coast path!  

Their menu changes often because of their focus on sustainability and use of fresh, seasonal produce, but you can certainly expect some tasty breakfast options such as freshly baked pastries or sourdough toast or organic farm eggs.  

The Curious Kitchen, Brixham 

If you’re in the English Riviera area, start your day off at The Curious Kitchen in Brixham. They have a huge breakfast and brunch menu offering baked eggs and avocado toast, breakfast burritos and French toast for those who have a sweet tooth! You’re certain to find something to suit every taste and preference. 

And there we have it, our top spots; from quaint seaside cafés to rustic farm kitchens. Whether you're craving a leisurely brunch with friends or a hearty morning meal to fuel your coastal adventures, the breakfast scene in South Devon promises to delight your taste buds and leave you craving more. 

Be sure to check out our food and drinks page here to find a variety or other eateries in the region for lunch or dinner.  

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