Guard House Cafe


We are recruiting!

We are looking for 1-2 wonderful new kitchen assistants to work with us from May to October. This is a great opportunity to work alongside our talented chefs with an ever-changing menu in a wide variety of situations, from a busy breakfast service to a 3-course home-made evening meal. It would be a perfect role for any young chefs hoping…

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Easter Events at the Guardhouse

It’s just a week until Easter! And we have some special events going on all weekend on Berry Head…

Once again we will be hosting a FREE Easter Egg Hunt around Berry Head. All day Good Friday to Easter Monday, just turn up at the cafe to collect your instructions. Free chocolate eggs for all children. We don’t charge for this…

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More evening events!

We have three more evening events in early April. The menus will be announced nearer to the time, but we are now taking bookings for all three:

Friday April 1st: Brixham Fish
Friday April 8th: Brixham Fish
Friday April 15th: Indian

These events will be the first time our new chefs Vicky and Ben take command of one of our themed evening meals! Ably…

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An interview with Nigel Smallbones

Nigel Smallbones was the head ranger at Berry Head for 27 years between 1985 and 2012. We asked him to share his favourite memories.


Nigel, you lived and worked on Berry Head for half your life. What are your strongest memories?

My first visit to the headland still sticks out in my mind. I was driving in for an interview and I’d…

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Wildlife watching on Berry Head

With thanks to Mike Langman, local ornithologist and illustrator

Berry Head is one of the richest and most rewarding locations in South Devon for bird watching. The headland overlooks a wide sweep of deep ocean and contains a mixture of varied habitats, all of which combines to attract a wide variety of sea and land birds.

The guillemots are perhaps the headland’s…

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The Taste of England

We are delighted to announce another award for the Guardhouse. After our success in the Visit Devon awards we were encouraged to enter the national “Taste of England” awards. There isn’t a cafe category at this level so we were up against restaurants from all over the country. Incredibly we made it into the top 5, the only cafe to…

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A little bit windy!

We had some incredible weather on Berry Head on March 9th: 91mph Northerly winds, blasting up over the quarry and smashing into the Guardhouse! It was windy enough to have difficulty standing up, to be blown sideways when you jumped in the air, and for at least a hundred roof tiles to come flying off the roof. Sadly we had…

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A Gastronomical Giro D’Italia (2016)

We’re delighted to announce our 2016 Italian regional evenings. Following the success of last year’s events Lucy has been hard at work developing another group of evenings from different regions, inspired by her time working, travelling and living all over the country.

Each evening starts with a welcome drink and a short informative lecture about the region, it’s culture, food and…

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New faces at the Guardhouse

It must be Spring: we have two new employees at the Guardhouse! We are really excited to welcome Ben and Vicky to the team, until at least the end of the 2016 season.

Ben is a construction student, who is putting his skills to the test by overhauling a house in Furzeham. He has worked in a busy pub kitchen and…

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Recent awards success

This winter we have been repeatedly humbled and amazed by success in tourism awards. In November we won the Gold award for “best cafe / tearoom of 2015” at the Devon tourism awards. That award was down to the amazing hard work, customer focus and improvement mindsets within our wonderful team. We can’t believe we really are the best cafe…

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