Ilfracombe, North Devon. An unlikely destination for a contemporary cafe and speciality coffee shop……
We have always loved Ilfracombe. As naturally beautiful a harbour town as you could imagine. An enclave built into the dramatic and rugged North Devon coastline. Picture postcard landscapes every which way you look. Imposing Victorian architecture built into the town’s naturally hilly disposition, granting harbour and sea views all the way across to South Wales to so many lucky residents. The UK’s best beaches such as Woolacombe and Croyde within walking distance via the stunning south west coast path.
And yet like so many British seaside towns, years of neglect and a growing inferiority complex vs. our warmer Mediterranean counterparts left Ilfracombe feeling a little run down. Tired amusement arcades, fish and chip takeaways and a hospitality industry focused only on price left this beautiful resort feeling progressively detached from the modern day travellers’ basic needs.
But things are changing. Damien Hirst has added world class art to the town’s list of attractions, with Verity standing proud at the mouth of the harbour. An improving restaurant scene focused around Fore Street is drawing more than passing glimpses from foodies across the South West. Independent pubs around the harbour are upping their game in light of competition from the national chains. Live music is abundant. Guest houses and hotels are being renovated across the town. Tunnels Beach offers one of the most popular and unique wedding venues in the whole of the UK. The yoga scene is thriving. And not forgetting the most amazing outdoor playground you could imagine, whether surfing, skating, sailing, hiking, running, cycling or any other active pursuit that takes your fancy.
And now Marjorie has arrived to sprinkle her good vibes around the town. Great coffee, cold pressed juices, a modern food ethos and all round funky feelings.
Time to join Marjorie in getting down to the ‘combe’.