Earlier this year we popped in to have a tea and coffee in the Driftwood Coffee Shop. I had spotted this cafe on our previous trip to town (unfortunately after visiting an overcrowded high-street establishment) and thought it looked inviting.
Driftwood is small and family run by husband and wife team Geoff and Sam James, who pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients (such as local fruit and meat products). Coffee is ethically sourced and is organic from farm assured producers (ensuring fair pay). The cafe first opened in summer 2011 and has become a popular choice for locals and visitors.
Artistic 'antique' fins as shelf decoration, copyright H. Winlow April 2013
As implied by the cafe name there is a seaside/ surfing theme. Three longboards hang from the ceiling and driftwood has been used in the artwork. The cafe is light and airy, with large windows and light-wood chunky tables and chairs.
Unusual ceiling decorations, copyright H. Winlow April 2013
On our visit we ended up sampling a frozen yoghurt with fruit, a chocolate brownie, a coconut flapjack and a cappuccino (oh, and a cup of tea...). Ingredients are fresh and the prices are reasonable. We are definitely going back for the frozen yoghurt. Other options include milkshakes, smoothies, jacket potatoes and panini and there is also a deli counter.
Fresh and tasty frozen yoghurt, copyright H. Winlow April 2013
Service is efficient and staff are very friendly and accommodating. For those with small children booster seats are available - a sensible option, instead of traditional high chairs, as space is limited.
Next time you're in Barnstaple, ditch the high street chain and visit Driftwood Coffee Shop. You won't regret it - we didn't.
Light and airy with a seaside theme, H. Winlow April 2013