It will not take you long following my blog to realise that I need little excuse or encouragement to find a reason to stop for a cup of tea or coffee, whether I’m at home, at work or out and about (tea first thing, coffee mid morning, tea again in the afternoon just incase you’re offering)!
So when somewhere on my list of places to go also popped up as a Lyme Bay Ladies coffee morning I jumped at the chance. Now you may ask me who are the Lyme Bay Ladies, well I’ll come back to that in a minute.
The Hideaway is the perfect name
Set at the western end of Seaton Esplanade, past a long row of colourful beach huts, this cafe is indeed hidden away under the red cliffs of Seaton. It used to be called the Chine Cafe but that closed a few years ago. The recent transformation is fantastic, opened up, it’s now light and airy with an amazing view. On a sunny day you can sit outside, gaze at the sea and watch the world go by. On offer are a great selection of home-baked cakes, coffee, light lunches and a new special set menu on some evenings.
To be honest on this occasion I didn’t sample enough food to give a proper review – the coffee was good and I love the little milk bottle and sugar in a mini kilner jar. My friends ate cake with absolutely no complaints and I am hoping to return for one of the special evening menus being help over the summer. Looking online there are already plenty of good reviews. This café is a real asset to Seaton.
The view from the café is straight out to the sea. Look right for Seaton Hole or left towards the main Seaton Beach. If you feel the need to walk off a cake (or return to enjoy one) then time your visit when the tide is out, then you can walk out along the beach to Seaton Hole. From there take a walk to Beer and back (see my post about walking to Beer), or loop back round on the coast path diversion and return to the Hideaway Café via the Seaton Cliff Top Gardens. Here’s the link to the café.