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The Lifebuoy Cafe

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8 Lostwithiel Street, Fowey Pl231bd, England
07715075869
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Dessert
Description: Open for breakfast from 8.30 to 11.30 Monday to Friday and untill 12.00 at...
Open for breakfast from 8.30 to 11.30 Monday to Friday and untill 12.00 at the weekend. Also serving light lunches, crab sandwich,s, fish finger buttys, crab cakes, quiche, selection of salads, cakes and cream teas. Pots of tea and puro Cornish coffee. As far as we can all our food is from local suppliers.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 179
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fat Buoy

Best full English I have eaten out. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to life buoy cafe. On a wet day we popped into and got a seat. Previous reviews have mentioned it is a tight fit, this is obvious from sticking your head in, so accept it because the food is worth it. The staff are polite and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
BMWalker89
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South Cave, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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232 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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South Cave, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Best full English I have eaten out. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to life buoy cafe. On a wet day we popped into and got a seat. Previous reviews have mentioned it is a tight fit, this is obvious from sticking your head in, so accept it because the food is worth it. The staff are polite and friendly. I... More 

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Basic cafe with good basic food,very little space between tables so it can feel very overcrowded. Good for breakfast and small snacks

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Eastleigh
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My son and daughter in law to me there as it is one of their favourite eating places and I soon saw why. Food is beautifully cooked to order, generous quantity and "to die for" Worth the visit to Fowey on its own.

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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This cafe offers old world charm with great food and drink at affordable prices. The decor took me and my friend back to our childhood with the provision of games, toys, books etc, we had great scones and coffee whilst enjoying 3 games of dominoes!!

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We took refuge here from the rain and had a very nice lunch. There is a good vegetarian choice and I thought the savory cheese scones were excellent. Nice touches include the old school chairs with books in the back and a game of connect 4 on the table! Recommended.

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England
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Cathy's cafe is one of the key ingredients to making Fowey such a fabulous place. Another Lifebuoy breakfast please. Love it x

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Scotland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I wouldn't come to Fowey without visiting this lovely, quirky café. Food always excellent - delicious and good value too. The kids love the retro toys, which we adults love reminiscing about! I would recommend the savoury Cornish tea (I think that's what is was called) - 2 lovely cheese scones served with local cheese, chutney and salad...not the cheapest... More 

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devon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

A cosy little place with wonderful retro signs about the place! Tea served in proper china cups. The only down side was no toilets on the premises.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Breakfast at the Lifebuoy was fantastic. Friendly and helpful staff in pleasant surroundings. Space is at a premium as it is only a small cafe but quality and quantity is good at a fair price.

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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137 reviews 137 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Visiting Fowey on our final day of our 2 week holiday, we caught the bus down to the village and I spotted this café just as you are coming in. We walked back from the church bus stop and popped in and was made very welcome straight away. My son is 10 and has autism so sometimes we need things... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Lostwithiel Street, Fowey Pl231bd, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Fowey
  • Phone Number: 07715075869

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

Description

Open for breakfast from 8.30 to 11.30 Monday to Friday and untill 12.00 at the weekend. Also serving light lunches, crab sandwich,s, fish finger buttys, crab cakes, quiche, selection of salads, cakes and cream teas. Pots of tea and puro Cornish coffee. As far as we can all our food is from local suppliers.

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