Best Devon Brunches
Devon’s Best Brunches
Late riser? Here are our favourite cafes and restaurants for a delicious late breakfast in Devon
The Birdcage, Chagford
One of our local favourites, this cheery and stylish bird-themed cafe on Chagford’s main square serves delicious all-day brunches in a cosy and friendly setting. The Birdcage’s options include a full English, bacon and egg muffin and smoked salmon with poached egg and avocado salsa. Bag the table outside for a spot in the morning sun. Closed Wednesdays.
The Old Forge, Chagford
Set in central Chagford, the friendly Old Forge serves a limited, but delicious breakfast all day. On the menu is a Full English, French toast with streaky bacon and a fried egg, and smoked salmon with grilled croissant and scrambled eggs.
The Old Library, Ashburton
Run by a pair of passionate chefs, the Old Library’s brunch menu offer something unique. The Thunderball sees a bagel topped with slow roasted meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce, rocket, homemade garlic ail and melted Swiss cheese. The Get Your Freak Corn is a sweetcorn fritter with spring onions, chilli and coriander and poached egg, finished with smashed avocado.
Rust and the Wolf, Ashburton
Serving some of the the best coffee on Dartmoor, this industrial-chic cafe and restaurant is one of Dartmoor’s hippest hangouts. Rust and the Wolf opened in November 2018 in a former car garage and doubles as a lifestyle store selling vintage homewares and design books. The brunches are sublime - smashed avocado & poached egg, chilaquiles eggs, tortillas & salsa roja Ssauce or multigrain pancakes (Buckwheat, Spelt, Rye & Polenta) with maple butter & crème fraîche.
The Almond Thief, Dartington
The sourdough bread at craft bakery The Almond Thief is legendary, but they’ve also just branched out into a cafe business, serving a cracking artisan breakfast. The menu changes weekly, but look out for Bob’s dynamic poached eggs from neighbouring Huxham’s Cross Farm, served on sourdough with Rust Pig 24-month cured ham and asparagus. Wash it down with a cup of Crankhouse coffee.
The Curator, Totnes
This Italian cafe has a cult-like following with Devon coffee aficionados and is lauded for its espresso. The brunch menu runs all day. Go for poached eggs served with either crispy prosciutto, house-made sausage or roasted peppers and avocado. Another favourite at The Curator is the Italian BLT, served on freshly-made focaccia.
There’s breakfast, and then there is breakfast from Mangetout. Take up a seat out the front to watch Totnes wander by, take over the small interior, or better yet, find a seat in shaded courtyard out back. Their smoothies are incredible, as is the smashed avocado on sourdough, with a poached egg on top and a side of bacon.
The Pig and Pallet, Topsham
If you like your breakfast packed with protein, head to the Pig and Pallet on Topsham Quay. Owned by the guys behind Good Game, the emphasis here is on high-quality, ethically sourced meat with no nasties - the bacon and sausages are all made in house. Go for the Hail Mary - black pudding sausage, bacon and egg toasted sandwich served on a Bloody Mary, down-under style.
Turtley Corn Mill, Totnes
A pub in the middle of a rather fabulous garden on the way to Totnes, Turtley Corn Mill is a wonderful place for some al fresco brunch dining in the Devonshire sunshine. The menu is good and has everything you can expect from a breakfast and brunch menu, and everything tastes absolutely fantastic.
Alf Resco’s, Dartmouth
Something of an institution in Dartmouth, everything at Alf’s is fresh and locally sourced, with warm pastries being delivered from just up the road. Its best seller is the Classic Alf’s Breakfast - a full English made with locally sourced sausages and eggs. For a higher option, choose homemade granola packed with gluten-free oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruit, served with yoghurt and fresh fruit. Bloody Mary’s and champagne are also served from 7am for this in a celebratory mood (or nursing a hangover)
Venus Beach Cafe, Blackpool Sands
Set on the stunning Blackpool Sands near Dartmouth, the Venus Beach Cafe is an ideal place to kick-off a day trip. Fill you boots with the Sunrise breakfast, served between 8am-9am every day, which includes bircher muesli, the Full Venus Breakfast, organic coffee, sourdough toast and marmalade. For lighter appetites, the eggs Benedict is also a winner.
The Curious Kitchen, Brixham
It’s all about the brunch at this trendy Brixham hotspot. We love the range of baked eggs on offer, particularly the Nicoise, which comes with hot smoked salmon, potato, black olive and sun-blush tomatoes, and the Shakshuka, eggs with tomato , harissa and coriander. Also check out the Scotch pancake stack, with added bacon and maple syrup. > The Curious Kitchen
Forest Fungi, Dawlish
The canteen at Forest Fungi is a contemporary affair and also pumps out the freshest of ingredients from just outside the door. The ingredients are seasonal, and meals are often filled with mushrooms which have been grown on the farm. The breakfast menu has everything you can ever expect, but be sure to order a coffee too – it is exceptional.