Secret Garden

Garden, tea, sea breeze, cake, scones,

Market Street Kitchen, Appledore

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Ah, Appledore, stunning estuary village, nestling on a hillside, with quaint pastel coloured cottages lining narrow cobbled streets, sloping gently down to the Quay.

The historic port of Appledore, North Devon is well known for its boatyard. However. Appledore has many secrets, one of them being the delightful hidden garden which forms part of Market Street Kitchen Tea Room.

Josie Gosbee. Proprietor of the said establishment, is, in Appledore speak, like myself, a “blow in”. Whether it is complimentary or not, I will leave for you to decide. But it refers to us newcomers, who have chosen to live and work in this beautiful part of North Devon.

Market Street Kitchen is situated just behind the Quay, in a quirky street inhabited by other small locally owned businesses. Josie, originally from London, grew disenchanted with the fast pace of life in the capital, had from time to time, holidayed in Appledore and made friends within the locality.

When the shop in Market Street became available, the premises which had been used as food related businesses, for well over fifty years. Josie bade farewell to the smoke. Having had no previous experience in catering, she opened the tea room which is now in its third year. As well as the Tea Room, Josie has created a little haven at the rear of the shop, a tranquil garden, which abounds with cottage garden flowers and fruits. Last year their Grape Jam, won an award at Appledore Horticulture Show. Their apples were also mentioned in dispatches.

Market Street Kitchen is run with a very strong local ethos., food is all freshly sourced from local suppliers and the staff all reside in Appledore. Josie has a very happy relationship with the local community, encouraging such activities as bunting making & crocheting as part of the in-house activities. While I was visiting a lively group of local ladies were enjoying their Monday morning breakfast club, in the dappled shade of the garden.

Mocha, coffee, breakfast, community, high tea,
Coffee in the garden
Breakfast, lunch, tea, functions, evening events,

Market Street Kitchen has a tempting menu of reasonably priced, freshly made dishes to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. Hearty Devon Breakfasts are served until noon when Light “Kitchen Specials” take over, these include grilled open toasties, Enchiladas and pate. Maybe a “Kitchen Classic” also served from noon, will tempt you? Fresh home made soup, sandwiches and jacket potatoes are offered. Who can refuse a Fresh Devon Crab Salad? or for the vegans amongst you, Lemony Lentil and Beetroot Salad – my mouth is watering as I type-. After a saunter along the Quay a Kitchen High Tea is a must, or if you feel like something less substantial why not try a Devon Cream Tea, either sweet of savoury. Children are also catered for with a “Kids Kitchen” meal deal.

Andy, the manager and trained Barista presented me with a delicious Mocha, when I visited and I must say, being a bit of a Mocha connoisseur it was the best I have ever tasted. Chocolatey rich, creamy and with that bitter hint of good coffee, which makes it so special.

Market Street kitchen is available for private evening functions and events. Christmas parties and high teas are also available, however, early booking is advisable, due to heavy demand.

I wish Josie, continuing success with her thriving business, although with her drive and enthusiasm it isn’t needed. This “blow in” has certainly made her mark. I must mention that most locals are friendly and welcoming, but, like all small villages, a few might need a slice of The Market Kitchens delicious homemade cake, to sweeten them up.

Market Kitchen, Meeting Street, Appledore, North Devon, 10-4pm daily. booking advisable. Email: Telephone: 01237 474168

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TRUFFLEicious was an independent business based at Great Chalfield, Wiltshire, in a stable we converted into a 5* hygiene registered kitchen, within the grounds of Great Chalfield Manor. Wiltshire In January 2019 I moved to Appledore, North Devon, UK, where as well as cooking I have also built & maintain a local food & drink blog web site for small businesses & visitors alike. My new site is a non-profit website. Having worked as a cook for more than 40 years mainly in private family houses for Polo functions and at Harrods. “My aim is to supply & blog about the benefits of 100% Homemade foods made from my own original recipes and containing fresh, natural, local ingredients, which contain NO nasties”. Visit my website: I have wealth of experience behind me, encompassing a broad range of cookery techniques & original own recipes. I also write a blog, giving recipes, cookery tips & dealing with what to do with your leftovers & also food & nutrition blog (Low FodMap Diet) "Paws for Thought" I was invited to The Great British Food Festival, Bowood House, Nr Calne, Wiltshire on August Bank Holiday Monday 2017 where I gave a cookery demonstration on Gluten Free Cakes. Media Interviews: BBC Radio Wiltshire Graham Rogers Morning Show. Love your leftovers 26.12.18 BBC Radio Wiltshire. The Social. Sue Kinnear & Tim Weaks 17.12.2018 BBC Radio Wiltshire. GBBO Tech Challenge. Rachel Houghton morning Show 27.11.18 I will also be on the Sue Davis show, BBC Radio Wiltshire, for 6 weeks in October 2017 sharing my recipes on food leftovers. The Marie Lennon Morning Show. BBC Radio Wiltshire. Tues 12th December 2017 talking about making chocolate Truffles for Christmas. Chatting with Holly Rattley about my blog in the Kitchen at BBC Radio Wiltshire on Thursday 28th December 2017 & demonstrating what to do with those Christmas leftovers. BBC Wiltshire also featured me on "The Social" with Sue Kinnear & Tim Weeks in Dec 2018 chatting about building my websites & social media. TRUFFLEicious/FoodiesDevon is registered as a food business with Torridge Council & our Scores on the Doors are 5*. We hold current public & product liability insurance & Food Hygiene Certificate. I am an avid user of social media & you can follow me any FB, five accounts, twitter five accounts, Instagram, four accounts. View my profile on LinkedIn.

5 thoughts on “Secret Garden

  1. Wow Jan, sounds like another outstanding find…. Will have to put it on the list of appledore establishments to visit… Great blog Jan as always 🌞


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