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Review: Quay Cafe

Looking for a modern beach cafe with a relaxed, laid back vibe? Why didn't you say! Muddy's Rachel Nichols has found one that's right up your street.


Slap-bang between the Tarka Trail and the gateway to Braunton Burrows, the recently opened Quay Cafe is quickly becoming a hotspot for everybody. Dog walkers, cyclists, remote workers, music fans, you name it!



Taking inspiration from the history of Braunton, there’s plenty of cool surf photography and art hanging on the walls.

Check out this picture of Saunton Sands in 1929, taken back when people used to surf using only a plank of wood. The low hanging lights, wooden tables, and the vintage surfboards all give this place a modern, laid back vibe.



It’s a classic menu of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, burgers and pasties, with a separate menu for stone-baked pizza.

Try out one of the Buddha Bowls from the specials if you’re feeling healthy, they’re packed full of the good stuff. Locally sourced cakes from the South West like lemon drizzle and chocolate orange are on offer to satisfy a sweet-tooth.

The cafe is big on coffee too, with the beans supplied from Voyageur, a Dartmoor based company at the forefront of Devon’s coffee scene.

The alcohol menu is all that you’d want from a cafe, with local beers, Tarquins Gin, wine, and rum on display. There’s even prosecco by the mini bottle if you’re feelin’ fancy.



With a dedicated “For the kids!” section on the menu, The Quay is more than child-friendly. Fish finger sandwiches, chicken nuggets and pick ‘n’ mix lunch boxes ranging from £2.95-£4.95. If the kids need tiring out, pop into Quay Soft Play next door, an indoor play area run by the owners.


You might be surprised to find that The Quay Cafe isn’t just a cafe. Come Friday nights the open space transforms into a live music venue. The fully stocked bar and high ceilings are a music venue’s dream.

The owners are trying out everything and anything, with food festivals and yoga classes soon being added to the mix. It’s not all play though: with plenty of plug sockets and loads of natural light, The Quay is the perfect spot to catch up on some work or have a quick business meeting.



Only a five minute walk away from the centre of Braunton, a village packed with a variety of shops from surfwear to jewellery. Check out the health food store, Nourish, which is taking on the fight against single-use plastics with their refilling station of foods, beauty products and household items.



Good for: Nature lovers on the Tarka Trail, families, dog walkers, live music-goers and workaholics. 

Not for: Outdoor seating, with space limited to three benches you might be fighting for a parasol on a hot day. 

The damage: Good value, most meals under £6, jacket potato with chicken, pepperoni and red onion £5.95. Pizzas coming in at around £9.95, smoothie for £3.95

The Quay Cafe, The Quay Cafe Unit 4, Velator Dr, Braunton EX33 2DX. Tel: 01271 268180 . Open daily 10am – 6pm.


Words by Rachel Nichols.

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