New café near the beach is open to all
OPENING up its Jurassic coastline sea view to not just visitors but also locals who haven't had access to its half-mile private beach before is Exmouth's Devon Cliffs Holiday Park.
As part of a £2m investment to make Sandy Bay's beach even more accessible, Haven has built the South Beach Café overlooking the bay below.
The informal and relaxed eating spot is versatile for either being a place to enjoy a coffee, to enjoy an ice cream on the sun deck or choose from a snack to a three-course meal for lunch or dinner.
The cafe has been designed to include a driftwood bar and barrel tables to be in keeping with its location, but the decor isn't the only thing that's unique about the cafe.
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The menu offers dishes specifically found in the region which means lots of tempting fish dishes. All the ingredients are fresh and only the highest quality products sourced from local suppliers are used.
Turning those top ingredients into mouthwatering meals is chef Seldon Curry, former head chef at the Hix Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis, owned by celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix.
Seldon said: "We believe you can really taste the difference as all of our food arrives daily and is sourced from local farms and fishermen in a 30-mile radius of the park.
"We make everything fresh each day in our kitchen, even the mayonnaise. We also offer a selection of local wines and ales and other local produce for people to enjoy.
"It's great as we get to meet our suppliers when they drop off their produce and they love to get the feedback from our customers too".
The menu includes a delicious fresh brown crab caught just off the coast at Brixham, a selection of fresh fish including deep-fried pollack from Lyme Bay, and handcut chips with mushy peas and homemade burger made with beef from the cows at Burrow Farm in Exeter.
Desserts are also a locally sourced treat with delicious Devon Ice cream from Otter Valley Dairy farm and home-baked pastries. The theme also continues with the range of drinks the café serves including local ciders and real ales from Red Rock and Teignworthy Breweries. These can be enjoyed either inside or on the decking.
There is also plenty of outdoor space around the café where visitors can relax and take in the view throughout the day. Its location makes it an ideal spot for those walking the South West Coastal path from Budleigh Salterton to Exmouth.
Families can enjoy its beach-style playground and nearby sandy area with comfortable sun loungers from where adults can supervise.
A newly built pathway leads gently down to the beach below where there are plans for a smaller beach café serving ice creams, drinks and snacks.
The new South Beach Café is the first of its kind for Haven, who have 34 other holiday parks around the UK. It is open seven days a week, serving food from 9.30am to 9pm.