Here’s a tip for a Devon eatery you might not otherwise find – the Boatyard Bakery on the western side of Exeter Quay. Exeter is the nearest big town / city to Wheatland Farm, and makes a good day out by train, bus or car.
Boatyard Bakery and Cafe is just off Piazza Terracina, on the West side of the River Exe, at the head of the Exeter Canal. It’s both a cafe and a bakery, with a relaxed ‘shabby/industrial’ vibe, but when the windows are open onto the water front, or if you sit at a little table outside, you might be mistaken for thinking you were far further south than Devon!
Expect coffees, cakes, lovely bread, sandwiches etc.
There’s ramped access to the counter, and the loos at the back cater for people with disabilities and those needing to look after babies and toddlers.
But you’re not in Exeter just for a coffee are you! You’ll be wanting entertainment too. A stone’s throw away from the Bakery you’ll find the Quay Climbing Centre, also with Clip’nClimb for kids. Or maybe you want to hire kayaks and go for a paddle? You might start your day out on the Exe Estuary Trail from near here, or go exploring into historic Exeter for museums and the Cathedral.
Other good independent places to eat nearby include the Welcome Cafe, and if you want a walk down the canal, try the Double Locks Pub.
Transport options from Wheatland Farm to Exeter
Exeter is entirely doable without the car – take our Wheatland Farm bikes to Winkleigh, and catch the 5B bus (about 5 a day). You’d probably want to get off at the main bus station in the city centre, a 10-15 min walk from the Quayside. If you’ve arrived by train, either get out at Exeter St David Station and walk down the riverside, or stay on for Exeter Central.
If you’re driving, the long stay car park at Haven Banks, 2 min walk from the Boatyard Bakery, is as good a deal as you’re going to get in terms of parking.