The Hideaway Café in Seaton

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), I do enjoy a cuppa.

So when The Hideaway Café in Seaton 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.

Flip Flops or Wellies Hideaway Cafe
Flip Flops or Wellies Hideaway Cafe

Coffee, Cakes and Light Lunches

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.  I am hoping to return for one of the special evening menus being help over the summer.

Flip Flops or Wellies Hideaway Cafe
Flip Flops or Wellies Hideaway Cafe

Seafront Walk

The view from the café is straight out to the sea. Look right for Seaton Hole or left towards the main Seaton Beach.  Enjoy a walk all along the Esplanade which is easy and accessible with pushchairs or for wheelchairs.

If you feel the need for a longer walk,  then time your visit when the tide is out.  Then you can walk out along the beach to the cove at Seaton Hole.  From there take the steep steps up and join the South West Coast Path  to Beer  (see my post about walking to Beer). Alternatively loop back round on the coast path diversion and return to the Hideaway Café via the Seaton Cliff Top Gardens.

Flip Flops or Wellies Hideaway Cafe
So back to Lyme Bay Ladies
Last autumn during after volunteering to pick grapes for Dalwood Vineyard Wine (an amazing little local vineyard), a group of very soggy ladies started chatting over lunch.  Many were strangers or friends of friends, but we soon realised that we had a range of skills or interests we could share with each other (from cooking to social media knowledge).  Well one particular lady that day decided this was an opportunity not to be missed and so Lyme Bay Ladies came about. Lisa Eastwood set the ball running and now over 600 women from all across the local area linked via a Facebook Group. Many were already friends, many have still to meet each other and many have since made new friends. Some get together in small groups for social coffee mornings, craft activities, marketing training or wine tasting. Members can organise anything and if relevant they promote their businesses to each other.  It’s free to join in, there are no obligations and I have discovered it’s a great a way to make new friends. It’s lovely meeting people for the first time in 12 years as “me” and not as “mum of…..”  So if you are local or moving to the area and like the sound of this then take a look at the Facebook page Lyme Bay Ladies.
My company on the day were four lovely ladies with a diverse mix of backgrounds:  Wendy from Brogan Buzec,  Jennifer from the Owl and Pyramid Book Shop (both in Seaton), Sophie acomplimentary therapistand Lyme Bay Ladies head honcho Lisa. Lisa is a business owner who has been helping lots of locals save money on their utility bills through Utility Warehouse.  Me, well my day job is as a marketing manager and book keeper at Andrewshayes Holiday Park.