All aboard! For a tempting treat, delicious crab sandwich or thirst quenching coffee this famous quirky ‘boat cafe’ is a firm favourite of ours and is situated in the delightful Watermouth Harbour, located between the touristy seaside towns of Ilfracombe and Combe Martin.
It’s the perfect oasis for a mid-ride caffeine fix to watch the world go by and soak up the stunning sea views directly from the seated and undercover terrace. What’s more their menu makes a refreshing change from the norm and includes crab sandwiches, loaded pretzels, a treacle & raisin scone cream tea and unusual pasties.
Everything served here is either homemade or locally sourced and is all made to order on the boat, a lovingly restored and converted rescue boat originally from the River Severn, now known as ‘Teacup’.
Breakfast is served until 11:30 and ranges from their large ‘full English’ bap with everything you’d expect it to contain (a lot – see our menu!), alongside ‘boat butties’ (egg, bacon, or sausage), avocado on toast, overnight oats in non-dairy yogurt with berries & maple syrup, crumpets, toast or tea cakes.
Lunch options include their popular ‘Harbour lunch’ featuring smoked mackerel fillets, crusty bread, horseradish, mango chutney and side salad, in addition to their equally fishy delicious crab sandwiches. Other delights; a hot ham & cheese pretzel melt, ‘boat ploughman’s’, Mexican beans with tomato & avo and range of toasties and sandwiches with homemade coleslaw.
They’re also a stockist of nearby Phat Pasties, who make superb savoury snacks ranging from a Kerelan (cauliflower, chickpea & onion bhaji) or butternut squash, spinach & vegan feta pasty, to a spicy Mexican bean or pork & apple sausage slice to name a few.
As for sweet treats their unusual treacle & raisin scones are a great variation on the traditional cream tea. Homemade cakes range from a large slice of Victoria sponge, carrot cake or coffee & walnut to equally tasty yogurt or caramel flapjacks and millionaire shortbread slices.
With plenty of seating in their undercover harbour side seating area alongside numerous public benches overlooking the harbour. Cycling groups of all sizes will have no trouble finding a spot to enjoy their mid-ride feast here.