Cafe review: Ilfracombe

Taking tea in Ilfracombe, Devon

Why Ilfracombe?

Last week I was meeting friends on holiday in North Devon, and Ilfracombe was a good spot to meet. Plus you can park near the harbour for £3 a day. So we arranged to meet at the Aquarium cafe.

First cafe of the day

Ilfracombe Harbour
Ilfracombe harbour from the east

The cafe at the Aquarium has a small outside area looking across the harbour. We sat out there and the benches around the edge give extra seating and space to put coats etc. They can also be used by small boys as a racetrack until the boy in question slipped over!

The verdict is friendly staff and good fairtrade coffee. It seemed used by locals too which I think is a good sign. We didn’t try the food so can’t comment on that.

We’ll go there again. Have to admit we didn’t go in the aquarium though – we went for chips so did see some fish that day …

Later that afternoon

Having done many holiday type things we were in need of tea. By the way, we recommend Tunnels Beach and seeing the Victorian wedding cake collection at the local museum. So we decided to try the Landmark Theatre cafe.

Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe
Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe

The Landmark Theatre does look like a couple of cooling towers from a distance but is a standard modern building inside. The cafe is quite big and has tables and benches outside with a sea view.

We had cream teas, well one of us had coffee instead of tea. The service was friendly and efficient. The scones were very good and nice fresh cream. The jam was mass produced in plastic containers so let things down a bit.

Happily go there again and the cafe had a photography exhibition one whilst we were there.

By Rick Lawrence

Making models and playing tabletop games since the late 1960s, and still enjoying it! Now working in heritage and dabbing around with photography, with quality cafe time when I can.

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