Shamefully, it took me living in the UK for two decades before I finally made it to Devon for a weekend getaway. And what to do when it the county famed for cream tea and scones? Visit tea rooms of course, which is exactly what we did last Sunday.
Travelling with a pooch means you are restricted to just the dog-friendly venues which can sometimes be really limiting. However, we soon discovered that Devon is one of the most dog-friendly counties and a venue that can accommodate your four-legged friend need not be a dingy bar area of a decrepit pub.
While dogs are not allowed in most tea rooms in the delightful village of Babbacombe, Angels Tea Rooms on the seaside is on to a trick by welcoming furry guests. Not that they need any tricks up their sleeves. The interior is a delight, the food delicious, the views to die for. Fine bone china and loose leaf tea with home made scones, local Jams and Devonshire cream make this a must stop for cream tea lovers every where. And All Day Breakfast is a big bonus for those us late risers which is exactly what we opted for.
Everything is locally sourced and fresh, hence every bite is sinfully tasteful. What is more, you can the stunning views of Lyme Bay – if it’s warm enough to dine al fresco or if you’re lucky enough to bag a table by the windows.
But beware, the locals and tourists all seem to be in on this charming venue. Even on a dreary and grey day off season, the place was bustling.
As for Doodles, she was right at home, lounging on the wooden floors and enjoying the occasional fuss from fellow diners. The downside? It was a murky, drizzly Sunday off season. The upside? We can always, and we shall, visit again.