Passing by the other day we saw that Babbacombe Bay Hotel was now a boutique-style hotel with coffee lounge on the lower ground floor. Bi-fold doors were open, the whole place looked so inviting and therefore today, after a stroll across the Downs, we stopped for coffee and teacake.
While I cannot comment on the food available (a teacake could hardly be described as 'food') I am concerned about the diversity of the comments, so can only speak as I find: a great place, only one minor thing wrong: when my husband was offered hot or cold milk with this coffee, he requested hot but it was chilled milk that arrived. But no matter, this wasn't something we were fussed about.
The teacake (which we shared, not being particularly hungry) was spicy, and butter came in daisy-shaped butter pats (nice touch) and the jam was plentiful.
The place is fresh and modern, sea-grass style chairs (I think that's what they are?), wood floor, plain wooden tables, but all sparklingly clean. Simple décor (dark red drum-shaped overhead lamps, large ornately-framed mirror) and spotless loo.
Staff were friendly and attentive and we didn't have to wait long for our coffee or the tea cake.
We would certainly return and next time perhaps try this place for lunch.
From the reviews I've read, there may be some areas that need a little tweaking, but nothing seems insuperable. Everyone has different expectations, but we're quite fussy people and ours were certainly met.
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