When you wake up in Devon, it doesn’t matter if you want a massive fry-up, bowl of porridge, fruit, pastries or an entire Devon cream tea.
Why? Well, you know that you’ll be able to find whatever you fancy – there’s an abundance of cafes and restaurants in the county that will cater to your every breakfast need.
Because, as the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
What’s more, for all that Devon has on offer – hiking, surfing, swimming and more – you’ll need something to give you energy!
We’ve compiled a list of the places ranked top on TripAdvisor. Think they’ve missed off your favourite? Tell us all about it in the comments below, or by emailing email@example.com.
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1. Biffen’s Kitchen
Where is it: Ocean Pitch Campsite, Croyde, Braunton, EX33 1FF
Located at the Ocean Pitch Campsite between April to the end of October, we may have missed Biffen’s Kitchen for this year, but it’s one to watch for next time.
What the reviews say: One reviewer, visiting in October 2020, wrote: “So impressed with the gorgeous breakfast!
“I had the overnight oats with berries, banana and peanut butter and they were delicious and a beaut view to go with it. Couldn’t ask for anything better!”
A second said: “Great breakfast – lovely coffee and possibly the best bacon roll I’ve ever had…..and what an incredible spot to enjoy it from!
“We will definitely go back another time to try the evening menu.”
2. The Daisy Cafe
Where is it: 98 Fore Street, Exeter, EX1 2RS
This award-winning cafe has been featured in BBC’s Good Food Magazine and serves locally sourced, home cooked food – including vegan, veggie and gluten-free options.
You can sit inside or out in the ‘Secret Garden of Heavitree’, the cafe is fully licensed and also welcomed for-legged friends, too..
What the reviews say: One review said: “Myself and my fiance stopped for breakfast in July on our way down to Dawlish Warren.
“We chose the Daisy Cafe after seeing some great reviews on TripAdvisor and we are glad we visited!
“The locally sourced big breakfast & veggie breakfast ticked all the boxes and the garden was lovely & peaceful to sit in.
“We got some brownies to take away and they are some of the best I have eaten!
3. The Snack Box Cafe
Where is it: 7 Market Way, City Centre, Plymouth, PL1 1PD
The Snack Box has been offering takeaways throughout lockdown, with delivery options set to start soon.
All dishes are freshly made and the cafe has been awarded a five star food and hygiene rating.
What the reviews say: One reviewer, who visited in October 2020, said: “Had the mega breakfast. Was absolutely delicious and a great price too.
“With a free tea/coffee thrown in. Honestly was probably the best place in town for a breakfast.”
Another review from July 2020 read: “Found The Snack Box through TripAdvisor when looking for breakfast with friends.
“When we arrived, the cafe has been marked out well for social distancing with clear floor marking and tables separated, very well done!
“The staff were both incredibly friendly and chatty and made us feel more than welcome. We ordered the mega breakfast and the vegetarian breakfast and they were well worth the money!
“A full plate with a free drink and it went down a treat. Once we were finished, the staff working both asked us how it was and even apologised that they didn’t have their usual sausages (which were fantastic anyway) which was of course not a problem but it was nice to see!
“We will definitely be making this our usual spot for breakfasts and other meals as it has a nice atmosphere and is really nice inside!”
4. The Courtyard
Where is it: 128 High Street, Sidmouth, EX10 8EE
The Courtyard describes itself as a “cafe restaurant with an emphasis on sustainability and the environment”.
With single origin speciality coffee, tasty food and vegan options aplenty and the chance to sit either in the botanical cafe or out in the sunny courtyard (when Covid allows).
What the reviews say: One reviewer praised the warm welcome, love of dogs and extensive meat-free menu, writing: “We visited The Courtyard for breakfast after a walk with our little dog. The two chaps were so welcoming and friendly and made a big fuss of Nacho!
“I chose them for breakfast because of their extensive veggie/vegan menu and they didn’t disappoint.
“They even let me try a bit of scrambled tofu on the side of my poached eggs.
“My partner had the full courtyard which he thought was brilliant (big black pudding fan).
“Coffee and tea also excellent (and again really nice to find places that offer Oat milk!)
“Thanks very much! Ps rocky Road went down a treat!”
Another wanted to return for more food, saying: “Visited here this morning for breakfast ahead of our journey home from our holiday.
“We weren’t disappointed – the breakfast was absolutely delicious, top notch.
“Warm inviting atmosphere even on a stormy wet windy morning.
“We will 100% return when we are next on holiday and said we will also return for their highly recommend Sunday Roasts.”
5. Finley Brown’s Cafe
Where is it: Charlton Court, 24 Bank Street, Teignmouth, TQ14 8FN
Another award-winning cafe on the list, this time in Teignmouth, Finley Brown’s has a large menu, offering homemade cakes and nibbles, freshly cooked breakfasts, lunches, snacks and waffles and a vast drinks selection.
What’s more, they’re dog friendly and boast gluten free, dairy free and vegan options, too.
What the reviews say: One reviewer was very satisfied, writing: “Lovely spot, very friendly staff and dog-friendly with lots of attention lavished on our pooch.
“Breakfasts, either vegetarian or not, are very hearty and kept us going well into the afternoon.
“The mushrooms are particularly fab and the dog enjoyed his sausage pot.
“Excellent gluten free bread was available.
“Coffees were very good and there are many tempting cakes on display.
“Sadly, we had no room on this occasion.”
Another said: “Have just been for breakfast here. My wife is gluten-free and they had a full range of GF food on offer and very knowledgeable service.
“At the end of the meal, they even gave her a free frozen tea-cake from a local GF bakery to take home and try.
“The breakfast was great – cooked well, presented well and not greasy at all! High quality coffee.
“The service was friendly, informed and timely.
“Couldn’t recommend this place more highly.”