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“Funky and great food”

Route 2 Cafe and Apartments
Ranked #1 of 2 Coffee & Tea in Topsham
Price range: US$4 - US$11
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Welcome to Route 2 Cafe and Apartments. This licensed eco-cafe, formerly the Steam Packet Inn, offers an alternative eating and drinking venue that appeals to young and not-so-young alike. However you reach us -- by bike, foot, car, or boat -- Route 2 is open from 8am every day. Join us for the famous Route 2 breakfasts, for morning coffee, lunches freshly prepared from locally sourced foods, fabulous Devon cream teas, as well as excellent local drinks, from tea, coffee and juices to a pint of local ale or a glass or bottle of superb wine. Closing time is 5pm Monday to Sunday. On events nights we close later. Route 2 Apartments In addition to our eco-cafe, we offer accommodation in four well-equipped and self-catered apartments that are available by the week or long weekend. Online Bookings taken.
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Friendly and lovely food. Nice atmosphere, orientated towards fun cyclists but equally welcoming to families and others! Posters of yoga retreats and walking tips abound making it feel like an active persons retreat whilst you eat your way through delicious food.

Thank Kate M
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Having decided to kayak from exeter to turf locks, we stopped in Topsham for drinks. Found this lovely "cafe" that is just off the quay. We only had drinks plus chips but the service was friendly and the chips cooked to order. If we hadn't packed sandwiches then we would have eaten here. The food looked very good - albeit cooked to order which made it not a fast food restaurant. We will stop here when we cycle to Exmouth.

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Thank Shaldon07
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Brilliant Breakfasts with good quality local produce, well presented. Lovely Coffee - And great, friendly staff

Thank Andy_Ward49
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We checked out the weather forecast and then booked a couple of nights in one of Route2's apartments above the Cafe / Bar. The apartment, Estuary, overlooked the Topsham Quay and the River Exe - Route2 is at the back of the Quay so it's a mid-distance view of the river and quayside activity.

The apartment was quite spacious and recently refurbished, with lounge/diner/kitchen room facing the quay. Two sofas, one of which was a sofa bed for an extra 2 guests. Large screen TV. Large round diniing table and well-equipped run of fitted kitchen units, including induction hob, oven, fridge, dishwasher.

Large double bedroom with window, plus modern ensuite shower room - with a great shower - completes the accommodation.

Lovely smells wafting up from the Cafe / Bar below at Breakfast time were matched by the great breakfasts that they serve. And really lovely coffee - I had to have a second black Americano each morning.

Very friendly and helpful staff at Route2 - and keen cyclists too. How many cafes do you know that sell spare inner tubes??

Topsham's a great place to use as a base if you're cycling. We arrived at Exeter St David's station with our Brompton bikes, straight on to the Cycle Trail down to 'The Quays' with a choice of eateries - try 'Mango' for a light snack and good coffee. A gentle cycle down river to Topsham with lots of activities, bird-watching and wildlife to see.

You'll find your own favourite places but Turf Locks pub we found was superb on the west bank of the Exe. Exmouth has a number of places - The Waterfront really *is* on the waterfront, with tables above the sea wall.

When the short section of Trail between Turf Locks and Starcross is completed soon, the Exe Estuary will have a great cycling circuit (at the moment, it's a short stretch of footpath but used by cyclists with mountain bikes).

We're looking forward to going back again in the Autumn sometime.

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Thank Andy_Ward49
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Lovely full English plus tea, but £10. Friendly, helpful, nice atmosphere and very good food, plus gluten free options, red bush tea etc. lots of cycling info and essentials to buy eg spare inner tubes. Tops ham is lovely too.

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Thank SuzyGallon
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