We'd spotted The Fountain Cafe whilst exploring on a day trip to Exmouth. We were heading out for a walk and decided that would be our venue of choice for lunch/cream tea on the way back. A couple of hours later we'd walked up an appetite and just before the heavens opened we were at a table ordering a ham and cheese toasted sandwich and a cream tea for two!
Inside the cafe the furniture is fairly simple and there's a sofa and well-stocked play area for kids which a 2 yr old was making good use of while we were there. Several different generations of customers were in there, some tourists, quite a few locals. The staff, two lovely ladies had a friendly word for everyone so I find it hard to believe that after more than 13 years of running such a great place, noone had ever written a review on here! So I promised I'd be the first, and here I am!
Everything on the menu was standard cafe fare, sandwiches, breakfasts, salads, jacket potatoes, etc, but we got the impression that this was a labour of love rather than just a business. And the prices were very reasonable too, I don't think there was anything on the menu that cost more than a fiver, £6 tops. We had a choice of white or brown bread for the toastie, we chose brown. We decided to share it to leave room for the cream tea. So they served up half each of a wonderfully soft yet crunchy generous doorstep-ish toastie of melted cheese and succulent ham with side salad to us both which was a lovely gesture as many places would have served it on a single plate. A seaside-scene pot of tea and matching mugs accompanied our 'starter'.
A radio played gently in the background and we settled in ready for the main event...two plain scones apiece with a generous ramekin of strawberry jam and another one filled with clotted cream. The scones were clearly home-made, a bit rustic looking but absolutely delicious. We ate every morsel and felt totally stuffed but it'd been worth it.
The Fountain Cafe git it's name from the fountain in the middle of the little roundabout outside which we were told wasn't in use anymore which is a real shame.
So if you want a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a cuppa and a cake or lunch and watch the world go by then you must give this place a go. If we lived in Exmouth we d certainly be regulars.
Just one key point to note, at this point they only take cash but maybe if they get more reviews like this they might consider an EPOS system!
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