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Lily Mays

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1 Castle Hill, Lynton, Exmoor National Park EX35 6JA, England
441598753972
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely food, great service, reasonably priced. Nice location with good views of Lynton. Good selection on the menu, would definitely visit again.

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Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

Hi Lullabel86 Thank you for taking the time to post a review regarding your recent visit to Lily Mays in Lynton. We are very pleased with your review it is much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again. Best regards Sue and Gordon More 

Essex, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This little cafe was a blessing in a time of need. My partner and I had a terrible night camping this night before with a storm leaving us with no sleep. We came to this friendly little cafe and had the best pot of tea I had all holiday! The full English we had was second to none, it came... More 

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Thank StephanieLouise24
Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

Thank you Stephanie for taking the time to review your visit to Lily Mays in Lynton. We appreciate your comments and are very pleased that your visit was enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you again if you visit Lynton in the future. Best regards Sue and Gordon More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very friendly welcome and a superb Teacake!.As we had done the Valley of the rocks walk early on a sunday,we found that Lily Mays were open when the other cafes were shut. A good find and will now use it as our usual stop!

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Thank andrew t
Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Lily Mays in Lynton. We are very pleased your visit was an enjoyable one and we look forward to seeing you again. Best regards Sue and Gordon More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

which means it is not so crowded. It felt good to support this quiet place especially as nothing was too much trouble. Our dietary requirements were heard and met. The building itself is a little tired and outdated, but clean and light. We will return.

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Thank Linda H
Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

Thank you Linda for taking the time to write a review after visiting Lily Mays in Lynton. We are very please that we catered for your dietary requirements. We look forward to seeing you again. Best regards Sue and Gordon More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived in Lynton and went straight into well positioned restaurant near, but not too close, to car park. Received a warm welcome and provided with good food, which was well cooked and a reasonable price. Would highly recommend eating here.

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Thank Philip N
Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

Thank you Philip for taking the time to review your visit to Lily Mays in Lynton. We are very pleased that your visit was an enjoyable one and apprecaite you have recommended eating here. Thank you again. Best regards Sue and Gordon More 

Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Reasonable prices, generous portion sizes, friendly owners, something to please everyone on good menu.

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Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us at Lily Mays it is much appreciated. We are very pleased with your comments and look forward to seeing you again on your return visit. Best regards Sue and Gordon More 

Berks, UK
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24 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Husband's crumble was fine but not enough custard for him. I had the cream tea. I was told that the scones were fresh but the tops of them were hard and crusty, more like a rock cake, and not like any scone I have had before. The fruit scone was a bit stodgy inside. I didn't find any trace of... More 

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Thank Peter&Sue
Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that your food was not quite up to your expectations. We are not sure what size of portion you would expect, but we can assure you that we have had numerous compliments on our generous food portions. As discussed with you regarding the scones we are sorry they were not up to your expectations. Again... More 

West Sussex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We made 2 visits to Lily Mays one for a light lunch and the second for an evening meal and were really impressed with the excellent service, they could not have made us more welcome and even stayed open late to accommodate us. They serve a wide variety of good quality home cooking at very reasonable prices, we will certainly... More 

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Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

Thank you Paul for taking the time to send a review for Lily Mays, it is much appreciated. Both Gordon and myself are very please that both your visits were enjoyable. I do hope you and your wife and daughter enjoyed the film at the Lynton Cinema. Hope to see you all again on your next visit. Best regards Sue... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by for morning coffee and scones, there were 7 of us, some sat outside on the sun terrace and the rest indoors. Friendly and efficient service. Our needs were calmly catered for as we all wanted very different things, coffees, teas, scones, sandwich, chips! Everything was plentiful and nicely presented.

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Thank BlueLorry
Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

Hi Bluelorry Thank you for your time to review your visit at Lily Mays it is much appreciated. We are pleased that you were happy our service and lunches. Please call in again when you are next in Lynton. Thank you again Best regards Sue and Gordon More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Having sat in the sun enjoying a wonderful cup of tea in Lily May's we extended this treat to try some good home cooking. A light lunch was perfectly presented and the quality of the food excellent. A few days later whilst still on our holiday we had to return to sample the delights once more only to find we... More 

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Thank SandraH1960
Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

Hi Sandra Thank you for your time to review your visits to Lily Mays it has been much appreciated. Both Gordon and myself are very pleased that we could make your holiday even more enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you again when you next visit Lynton. Thank you again Best regards Sue and Gordon. More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$5 - $20
Cuisine
British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Castle Hill, Lynton, Exmoor National Park EX35 6JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Exmoor National Park  >  Lynton
  • Phone Number: 441598753972
Description
We are a small, friendly licensed tea shop/restaurant. All our food is produced, wherever possible, with locally sourced ingredients.We have a large range of gluten free cakes and puddings, along with daily specials. We offer excellent value for money. We are very dog friendly and welcome families. We open every day. We offer a traditional Sunday lunch, gluten free available, with a choice of three meats and a range of traditional English puddings. Bookings are advisable.

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I have decided to reply to your review on Lily Mays cafe. First of all your comment about poorly wrapped food in the window,I would like to point out that this food is for display purposes only and not for human consumption.

I would also like to mention that Lynton is a very dog friendly town and when we are quiet I allow dogs into the cafe as long as they behave and don't disrupt other customers and yes I had a conversation with them about their dogs and yes Ii brought my dog out to see them but I had changed out my whites and was taking a break.After which I washed my hands as I always do before handling foods of any kind....our living quarters are next to the kitchen so at no time do I allow my dog or any animals into the kitchen area.The only reason I introduced my dog to your wife was because she was practically hanging off the chair looking at him with glee after all he is a little cutie.

Your comment about the food was rather strange because when I asked if you enjoyed the food your reply was yes and you certainly ate it all except for a small portion of quiche but it was a large serving.

Yes i agree with your comment about the carpet but as you mentioned we are new to the cafe and are doing what we can a bit at a time,we are a small family run business and are learning as we go but really Martin L you should get your facts right before you have a go at good hard working folks who are trying to earn an honest living.....but I'm glad you came into my cafe at least you were leaving someone else alone........thank you lily mays.....

over a year ago

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?