John's of Dawlish

We go the extra mile!

Family run, friendly cafe.

Situated in the heart of beautiful Dawlish, overlooking the iconic lawn where the black swans in Dawlish live on the stream and have been a major tourist attraction for decades, being used as the town’s emblem.

John’s offers outside covers for 29 with a further 30 inside covers. We are a family run café, that prides ourselves on offering and sourcing high quality local ingredients and exceptionally welcoming friendly customer service to all of our customers.

In the Summer we open from 08.00, 7 days a week with our menu consisting of delicious, freshly cooked breakfasts, lunches, afternoons teas, freshly baked homemade cakes on the premises and much more at very reasonable prices. We are also fully licenced.

Here at John’s we look forward to welcoming everyone, young, old and inbetween, and our furry friends are also welcome inside. We are fully disabled accessible with a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.

We are fully committed to supporting local farmers, producers and suppliers here in the South West and enjoy supporting all of the local events and activities.

What we do

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Our Breakfasts

If we have a reputation for anything, its our breakfasts. Rated on Tripadvisor as number 1 in Dawlish. 


Smooth locally roasted coffee

Voyager Coffee based in Buckfastleigh, Devon blends coffee from Brazil, Colombia & Peru for a superb coffee called “Road Trip”


Locally sourced ingredients

We actively use locally sourced ingredients where possible leading us to win Gold for the two years running from Taste of the West.

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We host regular events including quizzes and games as well as themed nights. Keep up to date with What’s On and John’s.

Friendly customer service

We will go that extra mile with a smile on our faces. We pride ourselves in being friendly and very customer focused.

Our business in numbers

Since 1st Jan 2019, we have sold;

hot drinks made
breakfasts made
Sandwiches made

What our customers think

  •   Highly recommend! Great service! Great quality! All covid safe and very clean! Definitely worth a visit!

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  •   As a former frequent visitor to John's over several years, I couldn't wait to get back once lockdown was partially relaxed.

    Pleased to say that, despite statutory relegation to... read more

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  •   We had breakfast here on the strength of the reveiws already left on trip adviser. Unfortunately it didn't stand up to what we expected. The food was just average fare... read more

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  •   Breakfast was excellent. 5 of us all ordered the full English with some crazy altercations and they smashed it. Would definitely recommend.

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  •   The all day breakfast was excellant we were down in dawlish 4 2 weeks we ate there several times we had scampi sausage chips and beans as well as the... read more

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  •   5 Stars just doesn't cut it! Need an Exceptional button! First class service after a 5 hour drive, everything was piping hot, exactly as ordered and perfect! What a Gem!... read more

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  •   Lovely brunch! Very tasty and hot. The bacon was the best I’ve tasted. Great service would def return!

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  •   This has got to be the Diamond in the heart of Dawlish, fantastic little cafe/ restaurant, with the best staff we have come across. Been here a few times now... read more

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  •   Lovely friendly service, all goods are locally sourced and very reasonably priced. Best breakfast by far!

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  •   We decided to head into Dawlish to get breakfast before we drove home after our camping trip. We drove down the high street and saw Johns and thought we’d give... read more

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