Friday, 12 May 2017

Vegan Traveller : Real Food Store Cafe (Exeter)

The real food store is a health shop with a twist, not only does it have a bakery and upstairs cafe, it is run by the community.
There are over 300 members working in the cooperation and all of the produce comes from the south-west.

I'm sad to say on both my visits the shop has been pretty sparse, I'm wondering if the shop sells out quickly or could it be not a very well stocked shop?
Well after some research I realised that from publics photos it started off incredibly well stocked! I don't understand what changed....
The store is open Monday to Saturday 9 am - 6 pm

Upstairs the cafe is bright and airy with large windows letting in plenty of sunlight. The design is very appealing, the colour scheme reminds me of fresh vegetables and there is wonderful artwork by local artists displayed on the walls.
Roughly I would say there are around 15-20 tables, with an order at counter service. There are menus on the tables and a special board which lists at least two soups, two specials and one salad per day.
The cafe is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

One overcast and breezy Thursday, I took pleasure in finding warmth in the cafe upstairs. I ordered a simple green tea and hummus salad. When the salad arrived I had to ask about the dressing (it did not say it came with dressing on the menu). Luckily it was just a mix of mustard and balsamic so it was therefore vegan. The salad consisted of some very dodgy tomatoes, leaves, sprouting seeds and a bit of cucumber.
 I was also given one slice of their bread...otherwise known as Emma's bread. Sadly I wasn't impressed by it and thought it was no better than bread from a supermarket. For the price I paid, I was really disappointed by what I as given. I did notice however that both soups available had completely sold out so they must be extremely popular. 

I will return to the shop when I visit Exeter but I doubt I will ever return to the cafe.  :(


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