Manor Gardens cafe open for business
PUBLISHED: 13:09 10 May 2013
Visitors to the Manor Gardens can now enjoy refreshments along with the view, after the opening of a new café.
Bumble and Bee, which is being run by Toby and Debra Quine, opened its doors at the weekend in the old Tourist Information Centre building, which has been totally revamped.
Debra said: “We’re going to be offering something very different. The place looks absolutely beautiful - you wouldn’t know it was the old TIC.
“We want to offer good quality food and good quality service, and create an amazing ambience and experience for our customers, because we’re in beautiful gardens, and now we’re open hopefully there will be a desire for people to enjoy a great café and the surrounding area.
“We hope to appeal to all age ranges as well.
“We’ve thought long and hard about how the café looks as we’re conscious we’ve got a broad spectrum of people in Exmouth, and it’s important it’s funky enough to bring in 30 to 40-somethings and cool enough for teens, but not scary for the older generation.”
To this end, before the café opened, Debra invited renowned Exmouth illustrator Moose Allain to decorate its walls with his distinctive illustrations.
Moose said: “She gave me an open invitation to draw all over the walls wherever I wanted. I have a graphic, slightly doodly style, and I didn’t plan it out – I just started drawing to see where it took me really.
“I’m going to go back and do some more, as once the furniture’s in place I can react more to what’s in there, and my plan is to find little hidden corners and put things on there that people can discover over time.”
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