Last Updated on April 27, 2019 by Sophie Nadeau
Spacious and with a great vibe, Cafe 3 Sixty can be found on the fringes of central Bovey Tracey, a Devonian town most commonly referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Moor.’ Serving a wide variety of cakes, coffees, and even offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and food throughout the day, here’s a review of Cafe 3 Sixty, one of the market town’s newest food offerings.
Cafe 3 Sixty in Bovey Tracey
Housed in an early 1900s building, in time the structure has seen plenty of different uses. For a long while, it was in use as a garage, though what is now the cafe has also been used as a carpentry workshop, printers, ironworkers, and has even been used as an auction house! In transforming the building into a café, many local materials and traditional techniques were used, making Cafe 3 Sixty a unique blend of old meets new.
A tasty selection of vegan cakes and sweet bakes greets us as we approach the counter of the year-old establishment. Behind the register, a list of speciality coffees and teas is listed out on a chalkboard style menu, while mouth-watering dishes and delights are constantly being transported from the tiny kitchen.
The cafe, bar, and restaurant itself is set over several levels. All open plan, whereas ground floor has a spacious dining area, children’s play area, and bike repair shop towards the back of the store (and next to the entryway), the upper floor provides a more intimate seating area. Head upstairs and you can expect to stumble on comfy sofas, laptop-friendly workspaces, and a quiet space to sit and sip on your coffee.
How to visit Cafe 3 Sixty
You should know that Cafe 3 Sixty can get pretty popular! This is especially true of peak times, that is to say during the summer and school holidays, as well as at weekends, and during special events. Breakfast is served in the morning until 11:30 AM, when there is a half hour break before food is served again, right through up until 8 PM.
It’s worth noting that there is no free parking on site, though street parking can be found all across the town. Nearby, the Lower Car Park/Station Road costs £1.40 for 1-3 hours, providing the perfect amount of time to frequent the coffee shop for lunch and explore the wider area. It’s also in this car park where you’ll find the Bovey Tracey Tourist Information office.
Nearby attractions to Cafe 3 Sixty
Though you’ll predominantly want to visit Bovey Tracey for its ease of access into Dartmoor National Park, there’s no denying the charm of this sleepy Devonian town, which grows on you the more time you spend there. And if you’re in search of purchasing some local products, then we can’t recommend Wildmoor Deli (43 Fore St) enough!
Cromwell Arch: Though a little deceptively named, Cromwell Arch is actually all that remains of a monastery which once sat in what is now the Bovey Tracey town centre. In operation between the 12th and 16th-centuries, the ecclesiastical complex was eventually demolished and abandoned with the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII.
Devon Guild of Craftsmen: For fans of art, sculpture, and painting, a visit inside the Devon Guild is an absolute must. Located on the fringes of the main town, opposite a spacious park, and housed within a former mill, the art centre has been operating in some form or another since 1955. Today, the current premises are free to enter and display the artwork of some 260 South West based makers and crafts men and women.
Dartmoor Whisky Distillery: Recently opened to the public in Bovey Tracey Town Hall, the Dartmoor Whisky Distillery is open for tours at 11.00am and 2.00pm on days we are distilling. Further details can be found here.