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“Lovely food but no atmosphere” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bumble and Bee

Bumble and Bee
Ranked #7 of 126 Restaurants in Exmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Set in the tranquil setting of Manor Gardens, Exmouth the Bumble and Bee provides a relaxing environment to enjoy hot drinks, fresh coffee, home made cakes and delicious sandwiches and platters.
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely food but no atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

I took my 90 year old mother for a cream tea and was unable to find a suitable table outside so went into the cafe. I waited several minutes to be served while the only person serving chatted to the other customer. When I did get served I found the cream tea to be delicious, although I had to ask for butter. The scones were warm and there was loads of cream and jam. At £6.50 it was quite expensive but I guess you pay for the location. I would go again but only for a treat as it is too expensive to make it a regular trip. On another note, the young boy who was helping was very industrious and helpful and a credit to the owners.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Bungalowannie
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Fuerteventura
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777 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 464 helpful votes
“Good coffee – potentially nice place – shame about the lack of warmth”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

I can agree with some of Annie 5555’s review of Bumble Bee. Like Annie 5555 we live in Exmouth. For many other posters it seemed to be their first Trip Advisor post! We have a coffee out almost every day so we are potentially quite valuable repeat business. Though there are many places to have coffee in Exmouth few stand out. We find ourselves frequently going to Otterton Mill. We were recommended to try Bumble Bee but were warned that we may have to accept some limitations with respect to service.
So what was our experience and would we become regular customers? There is outside seating both in the sun and shade which is good but the outside seating in the sun is not in an attractive location and the outside seating in the deep shade under the trees will be too cool in anything other than a warm summer day. . The coffee was very good – one of the best in Exmouth and the price was OK such a good large coffee. The interior is quite quirky and the design nice – I agree that the drawings on the walls are very interesting-, though the layout of the tables could be better and the two sofas seem to get in the way, especially when it is busy.
The main limitation was the lack of warmth on the part of the staff (owners?) and some other aspects of the service. My personal feeling was that they behaved at times like amateurs in this business and that they were not particularly interested in customers as evidenced by their coolness and lack of empathy. We have been there 5 or 6 times. Some staff are better than others however there is not a feeling of being welcome, there is a reluctance to smile and few acknowledge you when you leave.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank NomadicTraveller7
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Quirky little tea room”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

If quirky places are your thing don't miss this. Lovely friendly place with home made cakes etc. What makes it quirky? The wonderfully executed wall of cartoon drwaings. you can spot them hiding all over the place. Amusing for children which are well catered for with pencils books and more. The hanging lamps will make you smile ,they are made from tea pots!

Visited August 2013
Helpful?
Thank Valerica
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Cartagena, Spain
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“deliciously different”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

great choice of yummy cakes and scones all home made. generous portions served with a smile and a bit of banter. I will definitely be a regular here. Added bonus of live music in the beautiful gardens that surround the café.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank slugspain
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Somerset
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Bumble, rhymes with fumble and stumble”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

Rather disappointed at this little cafe. It was recommended by a tourist information staff member but we did not enjoy our meal very much. I felt it very poor value for money, a long wait -yes they were busy, and served on a very awkward board which was not easy to access food in small glass containers.there were also lots of errors on the counter , wrong order, overcharging (more than once) and thats when the customer noticed, so how many didn't? I noticed luckily and bill was reduced by the £7 overcharged!. We won't return but wanted to say why we felt very let down here. The service needs to be more organised with staff knowing their roles.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Llymwen
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