Last weekend I was looking for something different to do than the norm. On a day off I like to explore new places when I can but it can prove difficult without a car. I have no need for one living in the heart of the city and can generally walk anywhere that I need to go on a regular bases. All of my ballet classes are within a twenty minute walk and it is actually quicker on foot to get there than hopping in a car most of the time.
I can sometimes get a little stuck with ideas on where to go either on the bus or on the train that doesn’t take an eternity to get there. So last weekend I put a tweet out asking for suggestions of places to go in the surrounding area that would be OK if the weather turned. A few people came back to me with suggestions. The one that stood out was from Ollie of The Exploding Bakery fame! He suggested a train journey to Dawlish Warren and a short walk to Forest Fungi. I was intrigued so had a quick look at their website and thought that it looked like a pretty cool place to go for a spot of brunch/lunch. A few travel plans were made and with Steve by my side, we headed off to the station.
We walked into an incredibly friendly family run cafe with lots of cheerful “hello’s” and smiles from all the staff. It was pretty busy in the cafe area at this point so we decided to have a quick look around the farm shop situated just at the back of the cafe in an adjoining large room. Lots of yummy things were on display for us to drool over. Fresh fruit and local vegetables, Langage farm and Trewithen Dairy milk, cream, yoghurt etc, Luscombe Drinks, Little’s coffee, homegrown mushrooms and lots of other local delights. We did a loop of the farm shop and then made our way back to the cafe where it was clearing out a bit.
As the name might give away Forest Fungi specialise in mushrooms. In fact they grow them on site in their “Shroom Room”. They supply all the top restaurants in the area with their wonderful produce as well as selling mushrooms in their farm shop and cooking with them in their cafe.