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8 hidden gems on Devon’s industrial estates

Thought industrial estates were only good for parking practice and MOTs? Think again! We've found a clutch of super-cool cafés, bars and pop-ups you're going to want to visit.

Signature Strawberries, Faraday Mill Business Park, Plymouth

What started as a lockdown hobby for Cherelle has turned into a brilliant confectionary business making luxurious Belgian chocolate-covered strawberries and earned her a place in the Finals of the Muddy Awards 2021. She’s open every day except Monday with a pretty-in pink cafe offering freshly ground coffee from Devon Coffee Company, milkshakes, hot chocolate and a tempting counter full of eye-popping handmade treats. This spring, she’s expanding upstairs for afternoon teas and brides-to-be take, she makes favours for weddings.

Exeter Gin, Broadmeadow Industrial Estate, Teignmouth

Who’d have thought such a pretty gin school was here, nestled above the distillery and where you can take a tour, create your own bespoke botanical-infused tipple, or book out the adjacent Granny Garbutts bar for a gin-soaked soiree.

Wild Artichokes, Centurion Works, Kingsbridge

Guardian writer and Saturday Kitchen chef Jane Baxter’s and Sam Miller of Wild Artichokes were probably Devon’s first to turn their catering unit at the far end of Centurion Works into an occasional pop-up. Due to the elbow-to-elbow bench style seating, Covid has put a stop to it for now (boo!), instead the pair are they’re focussing on takeaway by collection, and private events at roomier places, such as Salcombe Yacht Club and The Sail Loft in Dartmouth. If you love the sound of Grilled Chermoulah Lamb, Fried Cauliflower with Kimchi Mayonnaise, fresh homemade bakes, and plenty of mouth-watering veggie and vegan options, keep a beady eye on their socials for where next.

The Almond Thief, Webbers Yard, Dartington

Locals love this near-legendary wholesale craft sourdough bakery, where you can click and collect your handmade loaf, open Tues/Fri/Sat/Sun 9am- 1pm. They also have pop-up at The Totnes Bakehouse on Totnes’ South St every Tuesday and Friday morning.

Just Like Mummas, Faraday Mill Business Park, Plymouth

Award-winning mother and daughter team, Suzie and Molly, make delicious homemade bread and bakes, along with to-die-for brownies and cakes by post. The pair owe their following, and their many-many Taste of the West, awards to the fact they make everything from scratch, even their raspberry preserve. It’s all takeaway but there’s a bistro table outside to perch if you can’t wait to tuck in.

Forest Fungi, Linhay Business Park, Ashburton

The mushroom-growing guys have branched out from their Dawlish farm shop and Grow your Own tours with a new premises in Ashburton for dine in or takeaway, plus freshly made sarnies and hot spuds. You can also get your mitts on Devon’s only home-grown ‘shrooms, including shiitake, oyster and lion’s mane. Open 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

The Hidden Coffee House, Exeter Trading Hub, Marsh Barton, Exeter

Once you’ve had a good old rummage around this award-winning hub for pre-loved furniture and retro finds, nestle into a sofa at the new and suitably vintage indie coffee spot on the ground floor. On the menu are sweet tray bakes, warming soups and toasties, smashed avocado on bagels, plus vegan and gluten-free options.

Coffee Factory, Unit 3, Shute Road, Axminster

Okay, not quite an industrial estate but this coffee roaster has the feel of an urban pitstop, less so if you’re sitting out front with the birds tweeting! It’s a wholesale coffee roaster who roast and blend their own coffee, with cakes and coffee-making gear on the side and with the added bonus of a wine store opposite. Off the beaten track so follow the brown signs for Lyme Bay Winery or you might up end up in Dorset.

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