I must admit, I was pretty surprised to see the reviews on this page for Sands Cafe. My fiance and I spent the summer in Braunton visiting his family; we spent a lot of time surfing Saunton beach and we always looked forward to popping into Sands for a post surf indulgence - beer or cream tea or hot chocolate (LOVE that there are still places that load on whip cream!). We often ate lunch too and were never disappointed. I'm a vegetarian and no request for substitutions was ever queried or charged. The manager was particularly helpful with suggestions and one day organized the best salad I've ever been presented! Sometimes the place was hectic busy, which isn't surprising for the location; and you can see that the staff were really rushing around and sometimes we had to wait a little longer for food or hot drinks, but the staff and manager always shot by and offered more drinks while we waited and kept an eye on us. You just sit back and enjoy the view! We had our last night's meal there in the evening and were lucky enough weather-wise to be able sit outside, and it was just perfect! We were greeted like locals and even though we ended up hanging out on the deck til far past closing time nursing the last of our chardonnay, making the most of our last evening in the countryside, we never felt rushed out or felt we were keeping anyone...The food was excellent and the ambience is really charming! Looking forward to doing it all again next year... hopefully!