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The Driftwood is a licensed 1930's beachside Cafe and Restaurant alongside the Coast path, with the West Somerset Railway running directly behind it, with the station only 50 metres away. We have seating inside, outside and a sheltered verandah, to suit the weather and seasons. We are renowned for our breakfast offering served throughout the day, our fish and chips and other fish dishes and our ice cream Kiosk during the warmer months. The menu also includes many other options from a children’s sandwich to a homemade Spinach & Feta filo pie. If it is just a quick stop, then we have much to offer to drink with either a cream tea or one of our home-made cakes. We are just a short drive from Minehead
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Cafe, British
Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Street Parking, Waterfront, Beach, Dog Friendly, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants
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All reviews fish and chips cake ice cream salad scones walk along the beach overlooking the sea all day breakfast great little cafe dog friendly cafe sea front full english breakfast good quality food outside seating quick service dogs driftwood
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Returned for the first time in a while. Food here just gets better and better. The choice is good and includes a great choice for veggies. I had the beetroot, chickpea and goats cheese burger - it was fabulous & I’m not even a veggie!...My wife had a great bowl of soup with a freshly baked roll. What a great lunch. Good prices and great service as well. All with amazing views across the water to the welsh coast.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely food and service was quick. Plus side is it is dog friendly so don't have to worry about leaving the dogs in the van

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wanted to treat my wife for her birthday. So we popped in here as it was sunny with fantastic views. We sat outside in the front garden and had a very excellent double egg ham and chips. The eggs were lovely, orange yokes, well cooked....The chips were lovely, double cooked I reckon. The ham was lovely. My only moan would be their process. You have to queue to order. Only one person makes the coffee which can be lengthy. They have to cut cakes etc and deal with dithery people. So you can be queuing a long time. Prices are a little high but make hay while the sun shines. Very polite staff and the food came quickly once ordered. Nice experience.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 12 September 2021 via mobile

The fish and chips may be ok. But avoid the ‘soup of the day’ which - when we visited - was a tiny bowl of what tasted like watered down Heinz tomato. The salad was outrageously over priced. The view is nice, mind you.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 2 September 2021

Ordered cheesy chips and a sandwich with some hot drinks. We had our dog which knocked the waiter whilst he was putting our food down. This spilt all the cheese off the bowl with some chips. The waiter didn’t bother to say anything and walked...off. This is very poor service as he could at least offered to bring out some more cheese as a top up. The ham sandwich was very bland and not worth £6.50 as well. The cakes and warm drinks were nice. Customer service could be improved greatly!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 26 August 2021 via mobile

Popped in for coffee and ice cream after walk on the beach. Lovely coffee and ice cream in tubs although there looks to be a wooden hut selling ice cream which isn’t open at present. Didn’t eat so can’t comment but looked at menu and...plenty of choice if a little pricey probably because of lack of alternative places.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 25 August 2021

Visited aug 2021 for morning coffee and lunch while visiting the beach for the day. Ordering on both occasions was lengthy to say the least. They do not appear to have a system in place to cope with the obvious numbers one would expect at...a location with few dining options. I understand the restrictions (now virtually lifted to be honest) but none the less, queuing for 25 mins before placing an order and then them completely forgetting one complete meal out of only 3 ordered, was a bit much. Food was ok, the fish of the day mediocre to say the least and not worth the £11 charge. Have fish and chips (which was good) and be done with it. It's a very basic cafe but serves a purpose. Only one toilet shared for both male and female visitors. Lovely views across to Minehead and the other way. Would visit again purely due lack of choice to be honest.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 16 August 2021

This is a excellent place to eat. We sat outside on table 1 on Friday the 13th August and it was our lucky day! The food was excellent and the service was excellent. We travel around in our motorhome a lot and this is the...best cafe we have visited. The fish and chips are just the best. Fantastic batter.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 15 August 2021

I have been visiting Blue Anchor for 15 years and have been to the Driftwood on many occasions and have enjoyed it. It has beautiful views across the sea and a pleasant outdoor area. However, the last few times I have been it seems to...have a different atmosphere. I have heard staff rudely shout across the cafe to a number of customers asking them where their masks are and to keep the doorway clear (there is no where else to queue). One was a man who had battled the steps with a pushchair in the rain and had just clearly forgotten! Covid restrictions are easing but not at this cafe!! There are signs everywhere telling you what to do as well as the staff acting like the Covid police! I understand they want to keep themselves and the customers safe but be polite, respectful and keep it in perspective. The rest of Blue Anchor and Minehead are! It all felt a bit clinical and unwelcoming. The food wasn’t great either, cold beans, undercooked bacon and a very tough skinned sausage! Certainly nothing special! They have also always been very obliging when we’ve asked to swap certain items on the breakfast too but today I was told that it would cost and extra £1.50 if I swapped!!! The girl serving was not the slightest bit interested or apologetic when I said this had never been the case before! The staff seemed very pleasant and chatty with regulars/locals but need to remember all customers pay their wages and keep this cafe open. We all deserve to be spoken to kindly and with respect. I took my friend today who hadn’t been before and I have to say I was embarrassed by the service and the food. I don’t think I’ll be visiting again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 13 August 2021

3 of us visited especially to have breakfast before setting off home. Sadly, we will not be visiting again despite being regular visitors to this area for the past 20 years. Our comments can be summarised this; - Air conditioning on (Door wide open so...defeating the object of the air con) despite it being a cold day. We asked if it could be turned down (or off) but assistant did not acknowledge us, turned it off for approx 2 minutes and then turned it back on again. We were still eating. - Food very expensive and lacking in quality. £7 for a breakfast with tea being £2.50 extra. £9.50 for a basic breakfast is too much. - Some staff quite unfriendly/unpleasant in manner. Although seemed very welcoming to locals that they obviously knew. - orders arrived not as paid for eg Mushrooms missing despite having paid extra £1.50 for them. - used to always be very obliging and more than happy to swap items on a breakfast but was told today that it would cost £1.50 more. This was an attraction to this cafe for us as the children don’t always like everything on a set breakfast. - very clean but cold and clinical in atmosphere - directive signs everywhere and customers asked to wear masks in a loud, unpleasant manner. Very disappointed ☹️More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Roy N
14 September 2018|
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Response from Persephone_Rose12 | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty of free parking on the seafront outside the cafe.
25 February 2018|
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Response from Mandidebt | Reviewed this property |
A bit late but yes. They have a kiosk with yummy ice creams too
Paul S
30 September 2017|
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Response from 909darrent | Property representative |
Hi, the Driftwood has both highchairs and booster chairs, Thanks
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The Driftwood Cafe & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4