Wheatland Farm’s new favourite place to have coffee and cake is Catkin Blooms, in Winkleigh. Part flower shop, part coffee venue, it even has a lovely view of Dartmoor.
Catkin Blooms has grown too big for it’s old location off the square in Winkleigh, but it hasn’t gone far. Just head down the hill past the Winkleigh community centre and village hall, and you’ll see it ahead of you across Exeter road.
Yes, the cafe is now in the building that was once Bisset’s Garage. It still has the old writing above the door. But it’s unmistakably a flower and coffee shop now, and you’ll find a warm welcome inside. We love it for several reasons. First, it’s local, and local businesses deserve support as they underpin the community. But more importantly, it’s beautiful – because of all those flowers. And if you’re going to bother to go out for a coffee, the actual location is pretty important too, right? Otherwise, you’d brew up on your lodge veranda.
At Catkin Blooms you can admire all the flowers, drink in the smells, and not feel like you’re fraudulently posing as a customer…because you’ve come for coffee too. No kidding, whenever we travel we’re as likely to nip into a flower shop to enjoy the visual spectacle as we are to visit a museum or climb to a view point. And at Catkin Blooms you can plonk down in a leather armchair, or at one of the tables, and relax. The broad window at the back of this old garage has a far reaching view across this part of Devon all the way to Dartmoor. `
You’ll get your full choice of coffee – the way you like it. Non dairy milks don’t raise an eyebrow, and for our growing number of vegan or lactose-free guests, it’s worth noting that there’s usually a vegan option on the cake stands. Not all cafes can say that, at least in this part of rural Devon.
If you want to pick up some flowers, perhaps to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, Cath and her team’s strong emphasis on sustainability and local supplies will mean your beautiful gesture doesn’t leave an ugly mark on the planet.
And finally, it’s close. Everything we recommend on Wheatland Farm’s things to do pages are local in the sense of being less than 30 miles away from the lodges, but this is only 2 miles. It’s an easy bike ride (borrow ours – they’re free). That tips the balance. We still love our other watering holes, like One Market Street in Hatherleigh. But that’s an 8 mile bike ride away, and sometimes we’re not feeling that energetic! So Catkin Blooms currently holds the top spot in our affections!