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Places To Eat In Sidmouth: The Clocktower

It has been almost a month since we went to The Clocktower in Sidmouth for my birthday but I am finally getting round to writing up about it - and preparing myself for my return visit there. My husband was actually the one who had recommended that we go to The Clocktower for my birthday lunch as he had worked a few shifts there with an agency and was really impressed by the food and location. My husband isn't a big foodie and doesn't care all that much for cake or pretty interiors so I just took his word for it. But I was pleasantly surprised - he was right, it is a lovely place.

To get to the café, you have to climb up a bit of a hill which means that it has a great outlook from the café over the beach and sea. It is situated inside an old clocktower (hence the name) and it really makes the most of the location. The garden area looks like a Spanish orangery with the leafy canopy at the end of the gardens and white tables and chairs on the cobbles. The inside of the café has quite a modern with light, airy colour and some copper accents. There are flowers on the tables and dotted around the windowsills. There are plenty of blackboards displaying specials and lunch menu items which gives it quite a homely vibe. It is mega instagrammable too.

So, we decided to sit at one of the tables upstairs. As I assume it is a listed building, the upper part of the café isn't very accessible (meaning Isaac had to carry the pushchair up a flight of stairs) but the view is really worth the effort if you can manage to make it upstairs. We chose a sticky toffee apple cake to share and two hot chocolates after much deliberation. They even did homemade lemonade which really tempted me. And we were right to decide to share the cake as it was a huge portion - definitely enough for two people. Although my husband did pick up some crisps on the way out after so much sugary food. The cake was so light and fluffy with a real toffee flavour. The centre was toffee flavoured buttercream and, my gosh, it was heavenly. I felt like pushing my husband's fork away and having this delicacy all to myself.

The Clocktower is such a gorgeous café and they do a whole lot of cakes that all look amazing. Whether you feel like a cream tea or a slab of Bruce Bogtrotter style chocolate cake, they really have you covered. And with a view to die for, this is the perfect location to settle down with a mug of tea and just chill out and take in the view.

What is your favourite cake flavour?

1 comment

  1. Will definitely try here! Going in November now so hopefully view will still be as stunning!


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