Shaldon Coffee Rush is in the quaint, yes I use the word unashamedly, fishing village of Shaldon (good pubs, pleasant enough beach, lovely clifftop walks, crab fishing, a couple of local shops, a pitch and putt golf course and a Wildlife Trust mini zoo with rare species). You can easily spend a day or two in this place.
The cafe is beautifully painted with soothing colours, it (sometimes) has free parking outside, it has friendly, welcoming staff, a buzzing atmosphere with plenty of locals popping in, appealing food and is just everything you would want in a cafe. A great place to meet a friend and have a catch-up.
They allow dogs in the back room (two comfy sofas with magazines) which isn't great for me as I'm really allergic to them, so I've learnt to sit at the front of the cafe which is lighter and airier anyway.
My biggest thumbs up is for their tea: real tea leaves in one of those clever teapots that doesn't require a tea strainer. They managed to serve it with fresh slices of lemon - just the thing for Earl Grey. We resisted the cakes, but the fresh croissants and Danish pastries looked superb. This cafe has the feel of a proper village cafe for locals and visitors alike. We heart Shaldon Coffee Rush - and we're not the only ones - they were Runners Up in 2009 Devon Life (magazine) Best Devon Coffee Shop!
Am I ever going to write a negative review of a cafe? I have realised that my blog postings, up until now, have been entirely upbeat, and positively glowing recommendations and yet, I pride myself on my honesty and independence. The problem being that I'm not really tempted to go into cafes that look overly fusty, musty or serving tired old pre-packed, factory-prepared food. And usually these first impressions from the outside, the decor, menu, the look and feel of the place - the customer's gut instinct are usually proven to be right.
My negative feedback about a local cafe will be directed at Global Aroma in Teignmouth. This is a singularly uninspiring place. Radio music in the background, uncomfortable seats, unattractive lighting and decor, a really substandard toilet and food that it is unappealing and unimaginative. I won't be going back there. There, I have made a negative comment. I feel a bit uncomfortable about doing it, but hey, it's just one person's feeling. There are often plenty of people in that cafe, so others must disagree with me.