Devon in the 1920s – Eating Out in Devon

Eating Out in Devon in the 1920s

During the 1920s more people than ever before began to enjoy going out to a café or tea rooms for lunches or teas or celebratory meals.  In Devon, these establishments served not only local people but large numbers of visitors and tourists.  Devon delicacies were a well-known draw – popularized in Devonshire dialect as Zoider, Junket and Crame, Ogs Pudden, ‘Ome Made Cake, Abble Dumplins … and then of course there was the popular Cream Tea or the more unusual Laverbread.

The number of establishments serving food and drink in Devon grew, and some of the places that were well-known in the 1920s are still there now. Our map illustrates popular spots around the county, and we’d welcome information about the cafes shown or any others with which your family might have had a connection, celebrating a wedding, serving farmhouse teas … whatever it might be.  If you can help please get in touch with the Project Manager, Julia Neville at