Review: Curious Kitchen (Brixham)

The Curious Kitchen is a bit of a big deal in Vegan Torbay but as it’s the other side of the bay I haven’t had chance to go before. Famous for its good coffee and innovative menu I took the excuse to pop in on my way back from a visit. I thought just before lunch was a good time to go in. I was in a bit of a rush and thought it wouldn’t be too busy. I was wrong. The place was packed but I managed to squeeze in. And it was a squeeze. The tables where so packed together that I was back to back with the table behind me. The staff had to ask us to move to get through to the second row of tables and a very large dog kept nudging at my elbow for food.

I ordered Corn and Chilli fritters, delicious though I couldn’t taste much chilli. The radish, capers and cucumbers really lightened things up. I washed it down with a fresh green smoothie and ran out of the door. The cafe is located just across from my bus stop and the bus was about to leave. Whoops. Next time I’m going to leave myself a bit more time.

How Far Would You Go For a Sausage?

Admittedly the answer to that question is usually the six steps it takes me to get to the kitchen. If I wanted the best sausage sandwich in the bay though there is only one place to go and only one way to get there. Get on a ferry, take a little hike get yourself to The Guardhouse Cafe and order a Vegan Super Sausage. Which is basically two giant door stops of beautiful bread and half a packet of Linda McCartney’s Finest. HP and Ketchup are available.


What really impresses us about The Guardhouse is that it is in an amazing location. It’s right in the middle of a Napoleonic Fort, on a gorgeous headland. A lot of local cafes would use that as an excuse to put in very little effort. The Guardhouse puts on a great menu of cafe favourites, only better than you’ve ever had before, and specials. They are also, without a doubt, the most dog friendly cafe around. Vegan friendly too with soy milk and cake as well as the aforementioned Super Sausage.

If you are around Brixham pop in. You don’t have to take the ferry if you don’t want to.