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“Swiss Cottage Ilfracombe - Potential but Old Fashioned”
Review of Swiss Cottage Cafe

Swiss Cottage Cafe
Ranked #67 of 120 Restaurants in Ilfracombe
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Rutland, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Swiss Cottage Ilfracombe - Potential but Old Fashioned”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Okay, I visited this place last month for the third time. While I'm currently on late holiday (London) the contrasts in catering and streets seem laughable.There is a lot to say about the Swiss Cottage. It's welcoming from the outside, and the locals appear happy there. This is good but....this is also a big mistake > never cook just for locals or friends, in business. Unfortunately, it's often pointless telling people, even if you're professionally experienced.The cafe is less than welcoming for strangers - why? Because on our very first visit, and fifth visit last month, we were not welcomed. At first glance this Cafe appears promising, but it has outdated values, sorry. On to the positives: the menu has a lot of choice, but it's outdated.

The food is okay and home-cooked. The quality is fine, it is totally acceptable and reasonable but over-all the Swiss Cottage is just okay and if you have expectations - it is nothing more than average. Outdated because they are still cooking traditional food, family orientated fayre. Reasonable, because of the prices, the breakfast is affordable but boring. Start adding side orders or experiment, and you'll be paying around ten pounds apiece, which is way above family budgets.

The kitchen set up, cook, and staff do not engender confidence.In summary they are living and working out of date, in a bubble thinking "we are right, do not argue with us". To push this point home, we asked for a more interesting lunch - this was refused. Wetherspoons will offer a far better selection and a better menu. I think the Swiss Cottage needs to invest in itself, its kitchen and in its customer service. It seems it just won't. However, they seemed friendly and personable, while not offering a welcoming and exciting experience

There is much more to be seen and had in Barnstaple but that's about ten miles away. All in all, the Swiss Cottage (along with all the High St. small restaurants) is okay, but they are way behind the times (ditto) and in my humble estimation, they need to revamp their kitchen restaurant, and what they call their menu - because their nemesis is getting built on Ilfracombe sea front: Wetherspoons "will be opened this Easter" and probably rocking along by the Summer.

Verdict: Average

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great little cafe!”
Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Lovely little cafe, very warm, cosy. (although you can't get much network signal!).The food is great, they definitely make the best coffee- there's different types from all around the world which is very unique!

  • Visited September 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Best breakfast in North Devon”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

At £5.50 the breakfast on offer here is unbelievable
Fresh bread toasted and buttered accompanied by fine tea with extra tea bag proferred a dozen different coffees on offer including Jamaican Blue Mountain...
And then a fine beautifully cooked breakfast with good quality locally sourced bacon eggs and sausage,
This is also a fine high quality bakery so a take away cake is a bonus!!

  • Visited August 2013
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Trellech
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“High hopes dashed”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

We read the reviews and the info for this cafe before heading off on our day out to ilfracombe. We found the cafe easily enough, there was a proper coffee machine inside with a coffee roasting machine in the window - we had high hopes.

How soon they were dashed. The waitress was slow to take our order. The 2 cappacinos arrived, half in the cup and the rest in the saucer. The foam was thin and floated on top of a milky beige liquid. The the drink was too hot and totally tasteless, if it had a single coffee bean in it let alone a single shot I'd be amazed.

So if you like coffee don't try here.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Karen C
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