Food, Glorious Food, Accommodation and Cycling.
Don’t you just love it when you find a hidden gem, nestled in a quaint historic town with wonderful sunsets above an estuary? A place that not only serves the most delicious breakfasts, lunch and home-made cakes but welcomes your four-legged friends, gives you a bed for the night and a chance to explore the most beautiful cycle route on one of their many bikes.
Route 2 Café & Apartments, located on the Exe Estuary Trail in Topsham is the most delightful spot for a day out or a weekend away. With a strong local food ethos, Route 2 pride themselves on using the best local suppliers and producers, serving outstanding food and drink with the friendliest customer service. Virtually everything is homemade on the premises with a great selection for meat lovers and vegetarians. They even have their own ice cream, ‘Topsham Mud’ being the firm local favourite. Their famous breakfasts are so popular they’re served all day (who doesn’t love a full English after dark?) and head chef Ryan serves up the most incredible daily specials.
The café walls proudly display local artists work. While we tucked into our full English and fluffy American pancakes with fruit, we found our gaze drawn to the pieces on display by local artist Annie Haigh. Inspired by the sea and the beautiful Devon countryside, the colours of the rocks, reflections of the sky on the water and ever-changing weather patterns were beautifully captured to create her amazing paintings. Behind us was the most inviting open fireplace, perfect to sit beside on the cooler days with a hot chocolate and freshly made gluten free brownie.
With a full belly your next stop is the Route 2 Bike Shop, offers a full service to keen cyclists. There are hybrid bikes, road bikes, electric bikes, kids bikes, trailers and bike seats. Route 2 is so named because is it located directly on the National Cycle Network Route 2 that is being developed by Devon County Council, Exeter City and Sustrans. Once completed this will form part of a major thoroughfare for cyclists from Kent all the way to Cornwall! The cycle route is currently in place from Exeter to Exmouth via the lovely riverside village of Lympstone. You can take in the sights of Powderham castle, Turf Locks and stop for a look around the beautiful Exeter Quay.
When you return to Route 2 it’s time to check in to one of the four beautifully refurbished self-catering apartments to relax with views overlooking the estuary. Comfortable beds and all the amenities you need to feel like a home away from home will ensure your stay is most enjoyable.
We’re sure you’ll love Route 2 so much we’ve got some incredible offers for breakfast, overnight stays and bike hire!