The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey
Who would think that this building so dark, grey and formidable on the outside could possibly
house such a wealth of colour, warmth and interest on the inside ?
Rob and I nipped down to say hello to Anna the girl who runs the Guild's website. We've often
e-mailed each other, and I wanted to visit the quilt exhibition which is showing there up to 26th.
We didn't set out to carry out a food review, but naturally at coffee time we nipped
up to their cafe and the biscuits looked most tempting.
Yes, they get the thumbs up, and I add them here just to say, that if you are wanting a good
place to rendezvous with friends or to take the children, then the cafe, free
exhibitions and the shop full of fascinating crafts is just the right place.
The town car park is on one bank of the River Bovey and the Guild is on the other.
Here's Rob, as ever working out how it's done. The stunning lace fan is a real eye catcher.
My favourite of the crafts on show is always the ceramics by Amanda Popham.
Quirky, beautiful blends of colour and every piece unique.
This grey pattern with crosses on is a close up of one of the quilting exhibits.
It's a great space and so good to be able to get up close to inspect someone's fine work,
such at the red dress (above and below) which must have taken ages to complete. A study in collage,
machine stitching and fine detail.The closer you get, the more you appreciate the work.
There's always something to engage young children. With a table set aside for kids
to "have a go". Boxes of fabric, scissors for little fingers and a few simple instructions. Great !
Should you need a special gift for someone, the shop
has hundreds of crafts on offer along with
birthday cards and quality wrapping paper.
The cafe serves coffee lunch and afternoon
teas with a changing blackboard of goodies.
Today they offer a slice of spinach and feta pie
served warm with mixed salad and chutney at £7.25
Chicken Chasseur, in rich red wine sauce with roast
potatoes and red cabbage for £8.25
Poole Farm Pork and Apple burger with fried onions
in a granary wedge with salad for £7.25
A beef, mushroom and coconut curry with Basmati
rice again at £8.25
Vegetable Ragout topped with goat's cheese
Creamy mushroom and Dill Pasta Bake
with a side salad at £7.25
All good stuff including a kid's menu.
The Terrace Cafe is open 7 days a week from
10 to 5.30 Summer + 5pm Nov to February.
Telephone 01626 831959 for the cafe and 01626 832223 for the Guild general. Visit the Devon Guild Website