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“Seaton Beach Cafe, Downderry, Cornwall”
Review of Seaton Beach Cafe

Seaton Beach Cafe
Ranked #2 of 6 Restaurants in Seaton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Falmouth, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Seaton Beach Cafe, Downderry, Cornwall”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

What a little gem! Main building extended with driftwood. Lovely outdoor log fire for chillier days, tables under cover or in the open. Great views of the beach / sea. Small bridge to take you over stream to beach. Dogs, children, walkers (even smokers!) welcomed. Service good. Home made food bistro style with owner / Nicola main chef and 'cheer leader'. Excellent value, fun place to visit with own car park.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Kay L
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English first
Horncastle, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“An unexpected port in a storm”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We visited this little gem of a cafe at the end of a walk on the south-west coastal path. The weather was closing in and we were in need of a hot cuppa. The place looked a bit scruffy - there were weeds growing in the flower tubs and car park, and the service area could have been tidier but we were served promptly by a very pleasant girl and we took the tea to a little glass "bay" which was furnished with plain wooden chairs and tables and was again a "no frills" place - but what a marvellous idea! The little "bays" were almost on the beach, and it's possible to sit protected from the wind and rain and look out across the beach to the sea. There were a number of these little seating areas, and upon exploration found that the furthest away from the serving area was the best of all - practically in the sea itself, with a wood burning stove and big comfy sofas as well as the wooden furniture. The views were terrific. The place seemed to do some good food as well - the downside of this observation was that the remains of someone's lunch was left uncleared on one of the tables - yeuk! However, I would recommend this place despite its "warts". It could be made absolutely stunning, but it's still a nice little cafe worth a visit. The cafe was open until 7 o'clock on the day we visited.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Susan T
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Midlands
Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“Surprisingly large, busy venue, reassonably priced”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

On a wild October day we were not expecting much from a beach cafe. The entrance had a really welcoming 'holiday chalets' feel to it, with the day's newspapers available to browse. The original wooden shack must have spread out over the years and the pulic toilet block is now obsccured and reached by weaving through the seating areas of the cafe. There is a comfortable seating area in the main restaurant attached to the kitchen. A live television image of the beach is showing on the big screen. Here patrons will not smoke or fetch animals in.

Clearly however, this is a dog owners' paradise by virtue of the many outer areas with glass windshields and electric or gas heaters. Sadly each outer shelter is also a smokers' paradise with always that stale ashtray smell around despite no-one smoking at the time of our visit. This was a flashback to the 2007 restaurant atmosphere, pre the smoking-in-public-places ban.

The venue remains busy thoughout the year and the food quality was good and very plentiful. The old folk couldn't get though the child portions. Splendid outlook - it must take a buffeting in a storm as it's right on the beach. It has its own car park

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank MidlandsAmigos
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Cornwall, UK
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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“A competent Beach Cafe”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Great view, dog friendly, plenty of shelter with good quality basic food. I would stick to the basics the main meals are a little expensive for the quality but the club sandwich is great! We visit and eat here relatively often throughout the year, the staff are fine but at times could be a little more cheery! Especially when not rushed off their feet and the weather is great.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Adrian P
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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“A Typical Beach Cafe - Great For Breakfast”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Good breakfasts here, massess of shelter for eating ourside if it is windy/raining, great access to beach

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Nicola P
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