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“Little bit of heaven” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Old Pump House

The Old Pump House
Ranked #191 of 702 Restaurants in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$9
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Set in the stunning location of Lopwell Dam. Offering homemade and locally sourced food.
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Little bit of heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

Took my mum out for lunch on Sunday. Had heard this place had good disabled access, which we needed as mum is in a wheelchair. That turned out to be the case. Great access and toilet facilities inside for disabled. Lunch was lovely. Everything was made to order and beautifully presentented. Even the sandwiched came out with dressed salad and crisps. But my advice is save room for the cakes. They are delicious! Huge! And all made there by the owner. We did have to ask for the recipe for the scones and it was handed over, they were really good. The view is spectacular from the cafe and in the summer when you could sit outside on the big terrace on the river I would guess it's amazing. Certainly plan on going back to find out!

Visited March 2014
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English first
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Love the Old Pump House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

It was one of the best things finding The Old Pump House. We visit often, not just for the fabulous food but for the great service and friendly atmosphere. We now look at Jayne, her family and Nicky and her daughters who works there when Jayne is off, as good friends.The Pump House is our favourite place to visit and the food is fabulous. I personally don't understand any of the moans about the interior when the atmosphere is friendly, the views are amazing, where else can you sit having a good meal or snack and watch a kingfisher, swans and their cygnets, ducks and their ducklings or Canadian geese flying in their V formation then land on the lake..... Absolutely amazing!! Thank you Jayne for making all our visits memorable and don't take too much notice of the moaners! Don't change a thing. You and your family and staff are doing a great job !x

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Debbie C
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
“Breakfast by The Water”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2014

This was our first visit to The Old Pump House and I had made contact before, because my Husband has to follow a gluten free diet.

Even in the winter this is a fabulous location and the lovely floor to ceiling windows give you an excellent view of Lopwell Dam and all it's wildlife.

As it was mid morning we decided on breakfast and my Husbands large breakfast had gluten free sausage and toast and the free range eggs from the very local farm,were simply the best,all washed down with a lovely latte.

When speaking to Jayne the owner,she said she is more than happy to try and help with special dietary requests if you ask.

We will certainly be returning very soon.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julespdevon
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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“An amazing find and such a lovely setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

The Old Pump House is one of my favourite places to visit when I want to escape from the world for a while and treat myself to a light snack or coffee and cake in beautiful surroundings.

Its setting is unsurpassed, situated as it is on the water's edge at Lopwell Nature Reserve where the River Tavy flows into the Tamar estuary. It might seem a long way from civilisation as access is via country lanes but in fact it's only about 6 miles from Plymouth and 8 or so miles from Tavistock.

I first visited Lopwell Nature Reserve a few years before the cafe opened and always thought what a great spot it would be for an eatery so I was delighted when The Old Pump House opened its doors and even more so when I first ate there.

Since then I've visited at all times of the year and have never been disappointed as the food is always delicious, so thank you to South West Lakes for allowing good use to be made of a building that was crying out to be used and congratulations to Jayne and her team for making Lopwell Nature Reserve even nicer to visit now that one can have a coffee or a meal there and at a very reasonable price .

In the summer there is nothing nicer than sitting outside at one of the patio tables enjoying the tranquility and the view across the river whilst having a delicious light lunch or coffee and a slice of one of Jayne's delicious cakes.

If you enjoy walking (and the tide is right), you can cross the river using the ford and either do the short stroll round the woodland or, if you're a little more energetic, you can walk to Bere Ferrers and back.

The walk to Bere Ferrers offers spectacular views across the Tamar estuary but hiking boots are recommended as the track through the woodland is uneven and can be quite muddy in parts. Be warned though - you do need to check the tide chart and allow plenty of time to get back across the river again as the ford is impassable when the tide is in.

If you'd like a stroll but don't have walking boots with you, you have the option of following the country lane that runs alongside the Tamar estuary to the boathouse and back and you get good views of the estuary from there.

Even at this time of year The Old Pump House is a wonderful place to visit, but the cafe isn't open every day during the winter. At the moment it's open from 10am - 3pm from Thursday to Sunday inclusive.

You can either opt for a leisurely breakfast or, if you time your visit for later in the day, a delicious light lunch followed by a walk and you might even be tempted to pop back in for afternoon tea and homemade cake to finish off the day.

The food is all freshly prepared and it's very nice indeed. Jayne and her staff are very friendly and will do their best to help if you'd like to opt for a slightly different combination of ingredients on your baguette for example.

This is somewhere you come when you're looking for a nice light meal or afternoon tea in a very beautiful setting. It's not a fast food outlet so, if you like to rush in, be served, gulp down your meal and depart at great speed, maybe it's not for you, but it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view or glance through some of the magazines from the table inside the door whilst your order is being prepared.

PS. Jayne also organises themed dinner evenings throughout the year so keep an eye on The Old Pump House's Facebook page for details. I'm hoping to be able to attend one of these evenings as they sound great.

In summary, if you want to take a drive into the countryside and feel like a delicious meal or tea and cake served by friendly staff in beautiful surroundings, this is definitely the place to visit!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sue O
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Didcot, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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“a hidden gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

found this quite by accident , the dam is at the end of a dead end road and unless you intend going there you will never know the cafe exists. On a cold but bright rememberance sunday we came across the cafe after walking the dog. Great looking fresh cakes and a pot of hot tea wre just what was needed. The owner and staff ( her son as it happened) were very keen and its great to see someone really enjoying their job

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank simonhippo
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