Whilst running errands this afternoon I passed one of my regular coffee shops in Exeter. The Devon coffee Company is run by a great group of friendly people. It is situated on Queen Street in the heart of the city. It’s a small shop with a few tables and it is always busy. They roast and grind their own beans which makes for a good coffee. They always have a couple of different coffee roasts on and you can ask for it however you like.. Latte, cappuccino, american I etc. They have a small breakfast and lunch menu but it’s mostly sweet treats.
Steve the owner called out my name as I was passing so I popped in to say ‘hi’. I happened to notice whilst chatting a few new cakes In the window that caught my eye.. ( I love a good cake! ) We got talking about a new local company called Okemoor from Okehampton that had been doing some baking for them. Steve and his wife then asked if I would try a new tart that they were thinking about selling. They had been given a few samples and I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to give my verdict. Steve put it in one of their bags and off I popped.
The tart had a crumbly pastry case and a very light ricotta and lemon filling. It sort of had the same texture as a New York style baked cheesecake with the same taste as a lemon tart but no where near as rich. We both agreed the flavours were quite subtle but fresh and clean. I personally think that it would be really tasty if it had just come out of the oven with a big dollop of mascarpone cheese or some extra thick double cream!!
Whether or not the Sicilian tart gets put on the menu or not the Devon Coffee Company is well worth a visit. Plus, a little birdie tells me that they are opening another establishment soon in the town selling wood fired pizzas.. I can’t wait!! Sounds divine!