John's of Dawlish

We go the extra mile!

Family run, friendly cafe.

Situated in the heart of beautiful Dawlish, overlooking the iconic lawn where the black swans in Dawlish live on the stream and have been a major tourist attraction for decades, being used as the town’s emblem.

John’s offers outside covers for 29 with a further 30 inside covers. We are a family run café, that prides ourselves on offering and sourcing high quality local ingredients and exceptionally welcoming friendly customer service to all of our customers.

In the Summer we open from 08.00, 7 days a week with our menu consisting of delicious, freshly cooked breakfasts, lunches, afternoons teas, freshly baked homemade cakes on the premises and much more at very reasonable prices. We are also fully licenced.

Here at John’s we look forward to welcoming everyone, young, old and inbetween, and our furry friends are also welcome inside. We are fully disabled accessible with a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.

We are fully committed to supporting local farmers, producers and suppliers here in the South West and enjoy supporting all of the local events and activities.

What we do

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Our Breakfasts

If we have a reputation for anything, its our breakfasts. Rated on Tripadvisor as number 1 in Dawlish. 


Smooth locally roasted coffee

Voyager Coffee based in Buckfastleigh, Devon blends coffee from Brazil, Colombia & Peru for a superb coffee called “Road Trip”


Locally sourced ingredients

We actively use locally sourced ingredients where possible leading us to win Gold for the two years running from Taste of the West.

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We host regular events including quizzes and games as well as themed nights. Keep up to date with What’s On and John’s.

Friendly customer service

We will go that extra mile with a smile on our faces. We pride ourselves in being friendly and very customer focused.

Our business in numbers

Since 1st Jan 2019, we have sold;

hot drinks made
breakfasts made
Sandwiches made

What our customers think

  •   Fantastic breakfast, great service! As simple as that. Had the full English and it was everything you want in a full English and was served promptly. Very good value. It... read more

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  •   Didn't get a chance to try it, it said closes at 2.30 pm online that day but when we get there at 1pm it said closed but with plenty of... read more

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  •   Called in here for breakfast. This was our first visit to Dawlish and we had no idea where to eat. We came across this cafe by off chance and ordered... read more

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  •   Food was very good but one member turned up a little later to be told no sausages or bacon left so very disappointing. Of course there were but as we... read more

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  •   Lovely breakfast all piping hot. Coffee good too could not fault anything, excellent service. Very friendly

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  •   At first glance you might think this is a normal 'caff' but it is far from it. The food is lovely and local - if you are veggie, there is... read more

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  •   Went there for breakfast this morning, really nice staff friendly. I had vegetarian breakfast and my husband had a normal full English. Quick service.

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  •   The young man who took me and my hubbys lunch order was really good at his job ,he had so much patience with us oldies we were there on the... read more

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  •   Excellent cafe, does breakfast, brunch and lunch....very well.

    With good seating both inside and out, we opted for outside seating today due to the lovely weather. John's Cafe is... read more

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  •   We had English breakfast and it was one of the best we ever had! We were served very quickly by very friendly staff! If you are looking for a breakfast... read more

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