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Driftwood Coffee Shop & Deli

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by Heather Winlow (subscribe)
I live and work in Bath and have done for 12 years. I hope to inspire visitors and those new to Bath to explore the city.
Published December 20th 2013
Seaside theme and yummy yoghurts
cafe, family friendly, beach theme, locally sourced ingredients
Driftwood Cafe interior, copyright H. Winlow April 2013


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.

cafe, family friendly, beach theme, locally sourced ingredients
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.

cafe, family friendly, beach theme, locally sourced ingredients
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.

cafe, family friendly, beach theme, locally sourced ingredients
Fresh and tasty frozen yoghurt, copyright H. Winlow April 2013


cafe, family friendly, beach theme, locally sourced ingredients
Frozen yogurts, brownies and flapjacks are just some of the offerings at Driftwood, 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.

cafe, family friendly, beach theme, locally sourced ingredients
Light and airy with a seaside theme, H. Winlow April 2013
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Why? Not a high street chain. Family run using local ingredients.
When: Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Phone: 01271 440632
Where: 11 Gammon Walk, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1DJ, United Kingdom
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