What a fantastic transformation of the site of the Seaton Tramway Station and the newly built Seaton Jurassic Visitor Centre! It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Seaton. When visitors come to stay, one of our many ‘grockle’ places to take them is ‘to the trams!’ But I’ve obviously not been for a wee while.
We were invited along to the launch of a new food and drink venture under the joint collaboration of Taste of the West and Devon Wildlife Trust.
Over the last seven weeks, the existing Café has been transformed, with the kitchen having a complete change around, into a light and welcoming venue by Carolyn Bellinger, new franchisee and Director of The Devon Spotted Pig, together with her energetic team of helpers.
“Seaton Jurassic is a new franchise which ensures that all food and drink served by venues is top quality and sourced from the immediate locality or from the wider South West area. The aim is to support the regional food industry and offer superb West Country produce to customers.”
Having sampled many of the delicious savoury and sweet canapés Carolyn and her team had made for the launch, visitors to the centre will be in for a treat when they see what is on offer here in the café. The daily menu will offer hot savouries, snacks, lunches, cakes, cream teas and ice cream along with drinks both hot and cold. The homemade hummus and chutneys were particularly good. I’m hoping that next time I visit I can buy a tub of the beetroot hummus to take away! What I like to see when visiting places to eat is a list of the local producers and suppliers and these are chalked up on a board.
If it’s not homemade in the café, being under the banner of Taste of the West, you know the fantastic produce will be sourced locally and you might be able to get to eat and drink some of your favourites. Some of the meat comes directly from Carolyn’s farm (pigs), and having chatted with her I can see the passion in her love of farming and food that she is the perfect lady to be at the helm of this ship.
The café is open to non-visitors to Seaton Jurassic, so it will be an ideal pit stop if visiting the nearby wetlands, trams, Seaton town or for walkers tackling this section of the South West Coastal Path. It’s easy to get to by car and bus, plus there is plenty of secure parking for bikes nearby.
The Underfleet, Seaton EX12 2WD
Taste of the West
Devon Wildlife Trust