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Lily Mays

) #9 of 16 Restaurants in Lynton $$ - $$$, British
1 Castle Hill, Lynton, Exmoor National Park EX35 6JA, England
+44 1598 753972
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“sunday roast” (7 reviews)
“custard” (3 reviews)
“sandwich” (6 reviews)
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$$ - $$$
1 Castle Hill, Lynton, Exmoor National Park EX35 6JA, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a bit of a miserable day (rain and cold) so the place was desert, however we had a lovely lunch, with very tasty sandwiches and panini, both lovely prepared and presented. It is a cosy and welcoming place that also offers free Wifi....More

Thank Fabio G
Reviewed 26 March 2017

We had a lovely lunchtime cheese and ham toastie with salad. A baked potato with cheese. Salad and dressing. Freshly prepared salad as you could smell the cucumber. Coffee and hot chocolate was good as well.

1  Thank ANGELA T
Reviewed 4 December 2016

They stayed open just for us, which was very kind. We only wanted a light snack and we really enjoyed our freshly prepared egg mayonnaise sandwich. The decor isn't exactly our style, but we were very well looked after and came back the following day!

Thank MandSExeter
Management response:

Thank you for taking the time to review your visits with us. I hope your stay at Lee Abbey was enjoyable. Hope to see you again. Sue and Gordon

Reviewed 14 November 2016

We had just been to the Valley of Rocks and were looking for sunday lunch. Parked in the car park just down the road and walked back up the hill and found this lovely cafe. It said sunday roast outside so we went in. Nice...More

Thank Iain L
Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

Thank you for your time to write a review regarding your meal at Lily Mays it is much appreciated. We are very please you liked our Sunday roast and hope to see you again next time. Thank you again Best regards Sue and Gordon

Reviewed 14 November 2016

Popped in for lunch after a delightful walk. Both meals (ham, eggs and chips and jacket potato with tuna) were freshly prepared and cooked to perfection. Very good value. Worth walking round the corner for! Highly recommended.

Thank Libbylamps
Gordonsue1963, Owner at Lily Mays, responded to this review

Thank you for your time to write a review on your visit to Lily Mays it is much appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your meals and hope to see you again. Best regards Sue and Gordon

Reviewed 16 October 2016

I had the Prawn roll my wife had the Egg and Mayo roll,which both came with some crisps and a generous portion of side salad. Bothe rolls were fresh made and had a good amount of filling.

Thank BigJohn20
Reviewed 29 September 2016

My husband an I have visited Lynton for a few days and Went to Lily Mays for a meal.We had been there when we were staying at Lynton before and the meal was first class.So glad we went there again as the meal was enjoyable...More

1  Thank lin K
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We popped in here for a cup of tea and a teacake. They were promptly served and really good value for money. A nice cafe in a good location in Lynton, on the edge of the town.

Thank Ann G
Management response:

Thank you Anne for your review, we are happy that you enjoyed your visit to Lily Mays Hope to see you again. Best regards Sue and Gordon

Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Great cafe in a good location. Was really busy when we arrived but we were seated promptly. Good selection of food on the menu, I had an egg mayo sandwich on wholemeal bread and my wife had a bacon and egg sandwich. We shared some...More

1  Thank RJ30-AC28
Management response:

Thank you for your review we are very please that you enjoyed your lunch at Lily Mays yesterday. Hope to see you again. Best regards Sue and Gordon

Reviewed 5 September 2016

We are spending a few days break in North Devon ( Lynton & Lynmouth area ) and really wanted a good Sunday Roast ! Roast Lamb was our target and we asked at several places in Lynton only to find no one was offering lamb...More

Thank Nigel D
Management response:

Thank you Nigel for your review we are very please that your visit was an enjoyable one. It was lovey to see both you and your wife, sorry I couldn't spend more time with you both but we were a tad busy :) . If...More

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I have decided to reply to your review on Lily Mays cafe. First of all your comment about poorly wrapped food in the window,I would like to point out that this food is for display purposes only and not for human consumption. I would also like to mention that Lynton is a very dog friendly town and when we are quiet I allow dogs into the cafe as long as they behave and don't disrupt other customers and yes I had a conversation with them about their dogs and yes Ii brought my dog out to see them but I had changed out my whites and was taking a break.After which I washed my hands as I always do before handling foods of any kind....our living quarters are next to the kitchen so at no time do I allow my dog or any animals into the kitchen area.The only reason I introduced my dog to your wife was because she was practically hanging off the chair looking at him with glee after all he is a little cutie. Your comment about the food was rather strange because when I asked if you enjoyed the food your reply was yes and you certainly ate it all except for a small portion of quiche but it was a large serving. Yes i agree with your comment about the carpet but as you mentioned we are new to the cafe and are doing what we can a bit at a time,we are a small family run business and are learning as we go but really Martin L you should get your facts right before you have a go at good hard working folks who are trying to earn an honest living.....but I'm glad you came into my cafe at least you were leaving someone else alone........thank you lily mays.....
30 July 2015|
Response from onemorebreak | Reviewed this property |
We did not touch your dog or invite you to bring it to us. I think you have got the wrong people. However perhaps you should take note that others have commented on dogs in your establishment. Others have also been put... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 19
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Castle Hill, Lynton, Exmoor National Park EX35 6JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Exmoor National Park  >  Lynton
  • Phone Number: +44 1598 753972
  • E-mail
We are a small, friendly licensed tea shop/restaurant. All our food is produced, wherever possible, with locally sourced ingredients.We have a large range of gluten free cakes and puddings, along with daily specials. We offer excellent value for money. We are very dog friendly and welcome families. We open every day. We offer a traditional Sunday lunch, gluten free available, with a choice of three meats and a range of traditional English puddings. Bookings are advisable.