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South Cafe

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Church Lane, Manaccan TR12 6HR, England
+44 1326 231331
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch last week after a long walk and the food was truly excellent! We dined in the garden at the rear of the cafe on a very sunny day which is very peaceful and relaxing. Highly recommended.

Thank Gary B
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51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely place, elegant but unpretentious food and setting, good value too. However, it has limited opening hours, currently Wednesday to Saturday daytime only, sometimes some evenings in high season. Best to phone ahead therefore.

1 Thank smudgecirencester
Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I enjoyed a lovely morning in their sunny courtyard here with a coffee and divine flourless chocolate cake. We were so sad to not have time to stay for lunch but it's definitely on our to do list next time we are in Cornwall. Definitely worth the drive to this secluded spot.

1 Thank MMMcGrath
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

Another delightful return visit today, where we enjoyed fresh Helford crab salads, mackerel and crisp white, not overpriced wine, followed by Affagato, perfect brownies and ice cream. Fantastic friendly relaxed service. We can't wait to repeat when we are next in Cornwall.

2 Thank Anthony C
South-Cafe, Owner at South Cafe, responded to this review

It was lovely to see you and thanks for the lovely review. We look forward to your return and hope you bring the sun with you again! More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

I have been meaning to leave a review about South Cafe for ages as My family have now visited three times and really enjoyed each meal. The interior is well designed and very welcoming, the staff friendly and the food delicious! When we visited on Wednesday the log burner was lit, creating a warm comfortable glow. Everyone enjoyed their food... More 

1 Thank Seth I
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 19, 2016

Fantastic to have such a great meal, now the weather is cooler the Thai Curry was perfect. I didn't even get to taste the Carrot Cake we took home, it was gone before I knew it. Thank You.

1 Thank Emma G
South-Cafe, Owner at South Cafe, responded to this review

Promise there will be some more Carrot Cake if you want to drop by and grab a piece again (hopefully you will get to try it next time) and thanks for such a lovely review! More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2016

We only stopped for a coffee but had a lovely piece of carrot cake to go with it. The staff were great at giving us advice on where to go and what to do this side of Helford river. Thanks!

1 Thank shepsley
South-Cafe, Owner at South Cafe, responded to this review

A pleasure! We look forward to seeing you when you are on the South side again. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2016

After a swim in the creek we decided to visit South cafe for a coffee however, after realising they are open for more than just coffee and cake now we couldn't resist exploring the lunch menu and plumped for the mackerel burger in a brioche bun. Wow, just delicious followed by a perfect brownie. We love the decor and the... More 

1 Thank Jocelebritymumma
South-Cafe, Owner at South Cafe, responded to this review

So happy you enjoyed the mackerel burger and brownie. We serve lunch every day that we are open, along with homemade cakes and coffee. We look forward to seeing you again next time you have a dip in the creek! More 

Guildford, Surrey
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

We happened upon this whilst doing a walk around Helford and what a gem it is. The interior is large, spacious and beautifully decorated liked a bistro but we decided to sit outside because the weather was gorgeous. Outside seating is around the back of the cafe in a courtyard area. The menu looked great with lots of delicious options... More 

Thank KirksOnTour
South-Cafe, Owner at South Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such a lovely review - we are so glad you happened upon us! More 

2 reviews
Reviewed August 25, 2016

We have popped in a couple of times now and absolutely love this place! It is a hidden gem in the village of Manaccan with a delicious menu and great location.

Thank Sophie H
South-Cafe, Owner at South Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. We think our customers are all lovely too! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $24
European, British, Cafe
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Church Lane, Manaccan TR12 6HR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Manaccan
  • Phone Number: +44 1326 231331
Open seasonally from Easter to November for lunch, homemade cakes, coffees, cream teas, wines and a full license, with fresh fish and shellfish our speciality. A South facing garden is great for sunny days, with a wood burner when chilly. Please telephone for more details, extra opening, dinners, Christmas opening and reservations.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?