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Review of Lakeside Cafe - CLOSED

Lakeside Cafe
Price range: $11 - $11
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery
Description: *** We are currently closed until the reserve opens again in spring! *** Ratty's Tearooms (aka Lakeside Cafe) is in a tranquil and pretty setting looking out over the first of five lakes within a 20 acre nature area. There are also views of the gently sloping Axe/Coly valley and the steep slope up to Musbury Castle. The cafe serves freshly made coffee, a wide variety of teas, and a selection of juices and soft drinks. The menu covers breakfast, lunch and cream teas, all of which are available all day. Many ingredients are sourced locally, and all quiches, cakes and scones are made on the premises. There is always a good choice of vegetarian dishes, and some gluten-free treats too. There is seating for 12 inside the small cafe, but outside there are picnic benches in the open or under willow trees, and there is a large covered seating area for 25+ people under a pergola newly established with vines, honeysuckle and clematis. There are toilet facilities and parking for visitors, and the nature area itself is on a gently sloping site where the mowed grass paths allow access to both walkers and wheelchairs. But please note that the going may be heavy after a period of wet weather. Please note: we regret that to protect the existing wildlife, dogs are not allowed in the nature area.
Reviewed November 7, 2013

We're really sorry you're closing Sue, but delighted you will continue catering for individuals and parties.
We'll miss your hospitality and willingness to adapt menu's to our various needs!!
The setting is delightful, but without your welcome there is not the same incentive to visit the lakes .....a walk round Seaton Marshes is free!

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is our very favourite breakfast / lunch / afternoon tea or coffee spot in the local area. There's a small number of covers inside, some small suntrap tables just outside the door & plenty of outdoor bench seating under a wooden gazebo. The cafe overlooks the lake and it's lovely to watch the ducks and other bird and fish life while lunching. Sue who runs the cafe (there's a seperate owner for the Nature Reserve) is really Superwoman...when we visited this week on a sunny Thursday she was very busy but you wouldn't have known it, she had our four meals out in no time (2 quiche & salad, 1 big breakfast & one salad made specially to be gluten free). Other orders seemed to whizz out of the kitchen as tables were taken both inside & out and she did it all single handedly, still finding time to stop and chat to all her regulars.

Sue is a wonderful cook, who serves delcious food in a lovely atmosphere at amazingly good value prices. She has a regular menu, along with a daily specials board, she can cater for gluten free diets, including a good choice of gluten free deserts and there's a good range of soft drinks & hot drinks including herbal teas.

In the cabinets there's a number of delicious homemade preserves and jams for sale and Sue will make large party sized quiches etc for catering requirements if requested. Last Christmas we bought the most delicious Christmas Pudding she had made...mouth watering just thinking about it!

Thank you Sue :-)))

Thank vwhappiness
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SueLS, Owner at Lakeside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2013

Thank you so much for such a brilliant review. I am blushing! You have come in over the past couple of years in various delightful combinations of sisters and mothers and husbands and it has been a pleasure to serve you all.
Am so sorry that it has to end this October with the closure of the cafe, but will be very happy to cater for your every requirement when you have any sort of gathering. Thank you, you have my number!

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

The most beautiful, magical, stunning place to visit for breakfast, coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. Sue is the most perfect hostess, nothing is too much trouble for her & her food is delicious & of good value.
After visiting the cafe the nature reserve is certainly worth walking around & each time of visiting we find something new :)! We have been on holiday this week & have visited every day & each time it has been a pure pleasure!!
We are SO lucky to have it on our doorstep x

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Thank Sharon H
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SueLS, Owner at Lakeside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2013

Thanks Sharon for your reviews, I am chuffed to bits! It was lovely to see you so often, and hopefully you will get back when we have some lovely autumn days. I will be at the cafe every day until the end of October*, and five days a week during November and December - only closing on Tuesday and Wednesday.

*Closed on Tuesday 08 October
Closed Monday 28 October to Friday 01 November.

Sue

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Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

I come here on a regular basis and each time the food never disappoints. Top quality home made food at great prices. The area also has beautiful views. Looking forward to my next my breakfast already.

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Thank Peter H
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SueLS, Owner at Lakeside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2013

Thank you for such a brilliant review! Sadly I have been unable to renew my lease and the cafe will be closing at the end of this month Oct 2013. Please check on the cafe website or facebook page to see what I am up to next! Still available for private catering, and with christmas coming up, I could fill your freezer for you!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Last Wednesday the other half and I went out for a scoot around the area we live in. It was a beautiful day and driving through the country lanes of Devon we felt like a nice cuppa. We had been told about the old fishing lakes at Musbury and thought that we would give it a try. Very, very good decision. We parked up in the car park adjacent to the Lakes and Nature Reserve and a little walk away was the cafe. We walked in and were made very welcome by Sue, the proprietor. There was a lovely choice of menu. We were only looking for a cup of tea but were very tempted by the Devon Cream Tea it was just what we needed. At £1.50 for a beautiful fruit scone and some delicious clotted cream and tasty jam it was sufficient, no over indulging with two scones. It was very pleasant sitting in the shade watching the ducks on the lake and listening to the trickle of water falling from one lake into the other. There were quite a few people there having a lunch. The menu is not vast but there is something for everyone, Soup of the day, served with mini cheese scones or a bap. Greek Salad with olives, cucumber, tomato and pine nuts with mixed leaves and olive oil/lemon dressing, filled baps, omelettes, big breakfast with vegetarian sausage or bacon all the usual bits and 2 slices of toast, mini breakfast which is any two items from the big breakfast and 1 slice of toast. Filled baps and salads There is a good selection of gluten free items also so for a small place quite varied. Everybody was made to feel welcome by Sue as we were leaving I asked her about the jam which we had with the cream tea, it was really nice and not overly sweet, Sue told me that it was Strawberry and Elderflower it was more like a conserve than a jam. Really looking forward to my next visit. There is a charge for visiting the Nature Reserve and walking the lakes which is payable at the cafe but there is no charge just to sit at the cafe and enjoy the home cooked food. There are jams and preserves available to buy at the cafe so that you can take some of the tastes home with you.

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Thank Lizi B
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