Hitchcocks Business Park, Willand
Expect a warm welcome at Helen’s Diner – styled like a true American roadside diner with licence plates, movie posters and all sorts of stateside memorabilia adorning the walls. This family-run café has an impressive reputation for those in the know. A huge selection of thick and tasty burgers, hot dogs and mighty all-day breakfasts make up the majority of the menu, while extra-thick shakes and ice cream sundaes add the sweetness. Up for a challenge? The mega breakfast will test any appetite. What’s more, children eat free with any paying adult main meal every day of the week!
A38 – Haldon Hill, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XS
A303 – London Road, Yarcombe, Honiton, Devon, EX14 9ND
Harking back to the glory days of the great British car journey, new chain Brightside are hoping to bring new life to the roadside dining experience. The Kennford A38 diner was the first of many planned to pop-up in Devon, with Honiton’s A303 location the latest now up and running. The aim is to give visitors, particularly families, the chance to enjoy reasonably priced, quality food and drink, served fast enough to keep your journey moving. As well as the usual burgers and breakfasts, expect pancake stacks, Mediterranean inspired egg dishes, sourdough pizzas and plenty of vegan and veggie options too.
Roborough Down, Bickleigh, Plymouth, PL6 7BQ
Travelling across Dartmoor? The charming, stone-fronted Dartmoor Diner is everything you’d expect from a roadside café in such a picturesque national park. A welcoming sense of pride fills the air at this eatery, with the diner operating for nearly 20 years under the same daughter and dad outfit, with plenty of hospitality experience under their belts. Enjoy family recipes including Mousaka, homemade pies and much more. Don’t miss the popular Sunday carvery either. Pick a sunny day and enjoy outside seating looking out over the moors – you won’t regret it.
Greendale Business Park, EX5 1EW
The perfect place for petrolheads to grab a roadside bite. Expect honest breakfasts and burgers, jacket potatoes and toasties, plus a variety of homemade specials – all at reasonable prices. Why not take advantage of its location attached to Raceworld Karting? Just make sure to eat afterwards so that full stomach doesn’t slow you down!
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This manageable there and back route offers easy walking and wheeling along the eastern side of the reservoir and to the dams, plus additional access to the wildlife trail in the Burrator Arboretum