A short while ago we decided to go exploring and looked for somewhere we could get to by train in about 30 mins. Totnes it was. As we got off the train the first thing on our mind was breakfast. Mainly because it was the first place we stumbled upon and because the menu board outside looked yummy we headed into Tangerine Tree Cafe. We sat upstairs, the decor inside was really lovely and had a real homely feel. I had eggy bread with bacon and honey while Ben tucked into the maple syrup pancakes with bacon. It was all very yummy and gave us a good start to the day.
Eggy bread with bacon at the Tangerine Tree Cafe. Yes. It tasted just as good as it looks.
With our stomachs satisfied, we went for a wander down the town and came across the market. So many amazing stalls crammed full with well priced antiques. I'd been looking for a tin to store my buttons in and found the perfect one. I managed to get it for £2.80 - bargain! There are so many wonderful little shops in Totnes. Lots of independents which is really lovely to see. There is a large health food supermarket which sold pretty much everything you could ever want for leading a healthy and eco-friendly life. Lots of quirky little shops enticing you in with pretty window displays. Totnes is without a doubt a place full of artistic and creative people. It's got its own thing going on and is quite unlike a town I've been to before, the closest I can think of would be Stroud in Gloucestershire.
As if I wasn't already falling deep for Totnes we stumbled along a cat cafe. A cafe that does what it says on the tin. This wonderful little cafe is more like a cosy front room. Upon arrival you make your order (a nice simple drinks menu and a few cakes on offer too!) and you can then purchase some optional cat treats. There are six cats that spend their days at the cat cafe - Rolo, Glee, Lilac, Mango, Felix and Jet. Cat cafes aren't a new thing, there are already cat cafes in Japan, Hong King, Vienna and Moscow, but this the first UK one. The cats wander around freely, love people and quite frankly they made my
day week year.
Felix just chilled on this chair next to us the whole time. Just about managed to lift his head for a treat!
The cats are all rescues and the idea is the cafe is a feline therapy lounge, the cats providing therapy to those who visit. I am a great believer in pet therapy and think that this is such an amazing idea. I was speaking to the lady and she said the clientele vary greatly. There are those who just love cats, they cater for groups with learning difficulties, those who maybe cannot have a pet for whatever reason, those who have partners allergic to cats and also students who are missing their pets back home. These cats are clearly well loved, toys strewn across the floor and genuinely happy to be in the presence of people. You can read more about Totnes Cat Cafe on their website. I will, without a doubt, be visiting again and I urge any of you who visit Totnes to visit this wonderful little place.
Glee was a lovely little cat. Very handsome!
Mango. He had the fluffiest tail. (He was my favourite - shh!)
I really enjoyed Totnes and am itching to go back there again soon. Maybe go for a boat trip down the river next time. We ran out of time to go everywhere we wanted to and we had to leave the castle unexplored so that's definitely on the list for the next visit. I can imagine there is always lots going on in Totnes so each visit will be a bit different. Totnes gets a thumbs up from me!