The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication.
Just a few miles west from Haytor, you will come across the pretty Dartmoor village of Widecombe in the Moor. You can’t miss the Café on the Green, it is right opposite the huge Parish Church and it is on the green! It has recently been taken over by an entrepreneurial young couple who discovered by chance that it was on the market last summer. They hadn’t planned on running a café, at least not then, but took the plunge, worked their magic and what a wonderful welcoming place they have turned the cafe into.
I have visited the café here before many years ago when my children were a lot younger, for tea, cake and ice cream but I can’t remember what it was like. From the outside, it’s had some TLC and a lick of paint for sure. Inside, it’s lovely, light and spacious; the high ceiling makes it feel quite grand, plenty of tables and chairs, cosy with the alcoves, a few comfy sofas and wood burning stoves. It’s tastefully decorated with fabulous clocks, prints, lights and antiques.
We were heading over the Moors for breakfast on this occasion, so we set off reasonably early having packed our walking boots in the car. There is parking adjacent to the café, it’s a great place to stop for breakfast, a post walk brunch, lunch, drinks, cake and cream tea. A popular spot for tourists, walkers and dogs are very welcome too.
The Breakfast Menu is very inviting. My 21 year old son had willingly got out of bed earlier than usual to come with me was quite hungry so he chose the Full Dartmoor. I went for the avocado and poached eggs. Also on the menu was smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, a Dartmoor breakfast bap, for the non-meat eaters a Vegetarian Dartmoor (like the Full Dartmoor but with veggie sausages and halloumi) and buttermilk pancakes.
I had not long poured my refreshing cup of proper leaf tea when our breakfasts arrived. The Full Dartmoor was a plate of a freshly cooked breakfast feast, with two chunky sausages, bacon, hogs pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans, fried eggs and toast. Ashley tucked into this and really enjoyed it.
The tomato sauce from the jar on the table was particularly tasty, so much more full of flavour than the red sauce he is used to having when away at University or at home. Ashley said it was one of the best breakfasts he had eaten in a long time. I was just as happy with my plate of lightly toasted sourdough, creamy avocado and perfectly poached eggs.
The dusting of chilli flakes added a pleasant kick. We meant to buy a jar of the tomato sauce we spotted amongst local produce for sale from the little shop on our way out.
We will be going back again for a tasty breakfast or even for lunch. The owners take care in sourcing their produce as much as they can locally and this shines through in the quality of the dishes we ate. The whole experience was really quite delightful. We’re then headed out to climb Haytor to work off our yummy brekkie.
Café on the Green
Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park, TQ13 7TA
Tel: 01364 621720
Opening hours: 10am – 4.30pm every day