Four spots for a cup of tea in Tavistock

Uncovering some of our favourite hidden gems for you to go enjoy a pot of tea and slice of cake the next time you are in Tavistock.


When you are out enjoying your day whether you’re on your own or with loved ones, one of the more favourable activities is to enjoy a spot of tea, a slice of cake or light lunch. Sometimes the simplest things, truly are the best. We will be exploring the hidden treasure that we have stumbled across in West Devon.

First up we have the delightful Mime, they are situated in the town of Tavistock. An independent family run business. A short walk along the cobbled streets of Paddons Row, you’ll stumble across the two-storey café with its beautifully restored outside decking area. A perfect space to take elderly relatives, guests or treat for the children. They offer the most amazing homemade bakes, delicious light lunches/brunches and offer an incredible catering service for events and gathering. The graze table is our favourite!

When entering the café, you are greeted with the most incredible array of sweet treats – the smell fills the air. The staff are ever so friendly and welcoming, Mime is a little on the cosy side, which might make it difficult for guests with wheelchairs but simply ask for help and the staff will do everything they can to help. The toilets are located on the ground floor and are a generous size, room for wheelchairs and access is available to all. On a colder day you can find a log burner upstairs on the second floor, this is a great way to spend some time, admiring the view over the looking the cobbled streets.

The Kitchen Cafe

Another independently owned coffee shop you can find in the beautiful market town of Tavistock is, The Kitchen. Situated right on the edge of Russell Street a stone’s throw away from a local car park, you can be sure of a very warm welcome.  With its quirky interior, vintage cups and saucers hanging from the ceiling, wall-paper off cups and pastel colours, you will feel at home immediately.

Having hosted many Home Instead clients and Care Professionals over the years, The Kitchen understands great customer service and attention to detail.  Fiona, the owner, and star baker of all their delicious homemade cakes, has made sure that The Kitchen is also accessible for those with walkers and walking sticks. After getting to know one of the regulars who used a walking a stick, Fiona made sure to add a walking stick holder at the counter, to make it easier for this customer and others to look at the cakes and chat to the staff. Fiona jokes that they often get older gentlemen come in for a pot of tea and cake whilst waiting for their partners at the hairdressers!

The Kitchen staff cannot be praised highly enough for their kindness and hospitality. All the staff go above and beyond to make sure their customers are treated respectfully and with care. The staff have on regular occasions helped walk or drive customers home who live in and around Tavistock. This is one of the reasons The Kitchen is rated so highly by our staff at Home Instead. Their level of care for the local community is so heart-warming and something we feel a strong affinity with.

The Lemon Grove

The Lemon Grove Cafe specialises in pancakes!  Another independently owned café on the main drag in Tavistock, you can be assured of a good feed!  This café is a great place for multi generations where grandparents can watch their grandchildren enjoy the wide range of ice cream flavours or a sweet pancake combo.

The Eastgate Cafe and Brasserie

The Eastgate Cafe and Brasserie is a perennial favourite with all our clients with its outdoor area overlooking the River Tavy, in Tavistock.  This outdoor terrace is a must in the Summer, allowing you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the river as you enjoy a yummy meal.  An easy walk from the on-street parking behind the Pannier Market, makes this café very accessible for those whose mobility does not allow them to walk a long distance.  The café is wheelchair friendly and dogs are welcome inside and out.