Clock Tower Tea Room, Sidmouth, Devon

Clock Tower Tea Room, Sidmouth, Devon

High up on the clifftop at the western end of Sidmouth’s main beach, The Clock Tower tea room was a lime kiln in the 16th century; lime was brought onto the beach below by boat and then pulled up the hill by donkey. But that’s only part of the building’s fascinating history; the actual clock tower was added in the early part of the 18th century, as a folly in the grounds of what was then a large country house.

In the 1930’s the property was put up for sale and purchased by the local council who had the grounds redesigned for use by the townsfolk as a public garden. Much of the essential character and original features were retained, including the high stone walls and the clock tower. With such a prominent position overlooking the sea and the coastline, the clock tower was requisitioned and used as a gunnery in the Second World War.

In the 1990’s the building was sympathetically restored to keep as much of the character as possible – the thick, uneven stone walls and the quirky windows now add to the charm of a popular tea room and café. A conservatory has been added and there is outdoor seating with the wonderful backdrop of Connaught Gardens, so it’s a good place to go for a bite to eat when you’re in Sidmouth, especially if you’ve ventured up the steep wooden steps known as Jacobs Ladder, from the beach.

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