Tiffin Cafe, Clevedon Pier, North Somerset
The English seaside town of Clevedon in North Somerset is home to England’s only Grade One Listed pier which is open to the public. It attracts around 90,000 visitors a year and as soon as you go you quickly realise why, and with so many recent improvements and the restoration work that has been carried out, the visitor numbers are sure to rise.
In 1869 it opened to serve paddle steamer trips and continued to do so for the next 100 years.
During 1970 two substantial sections of the pier collapsed during testing procedures to ensure the structure was safe, and for some time there was talk of the pier being permanently demolished. Fortunately local fund raising and heritage grants meant the pier could be dismantled and restored and reassembled ready for reopening in 1989.
A huge number of anglers use the pier and it has become a well known popular destination for competitions.
In 2012 an appeal began in order to raise £1.6M for a new educational facility and visitor centre as well as a new cafe which is the subject of today’s review.
Thankfully huge sums were provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund along with numerous other contributors to the project, including the neighbouring developer of the former Rock House and Royal Pier Hotel when the buildings were redeveloped in to apartments.
Today, a fantastic new visitor centre is open on the top floor of the toll house which provides an fascinating interactive history of the pier, as well as in the basement area where you can look at the underneath structure of the pier through a porthole window, as well as look back at the history through an interactive photograph projection. There is also a small exhibition space which can be hired.
The cafe, which is at the shoreside end, is in a new glass building which gives a great feeling of space despite being relatively small, and is finished to a very high standard.
Operated by Tiffin, who are well known in Clevedon for having a larger cafe further along the seafront called Tiffin – The Beach, have created a great feeling cafe with simple but excellent seafood dishes and sandwiches as well as cakes and scones all available to eat in or takeaway. Of course there’s ice cream too!
In the evening there is no charge to go on the pier if you are going to the cafe, so you can take an evening stroll free of charge along the beautiful pier, having had something to eat and drink at Tiffin, especially as they are fully licensed so a nice glass of wine or a beer on a summers evening would be fantastic and something we will be doing very soon!
Today, we enjoyed a very tasty fish finger brioche from the daytime ‘Picnic on the Pier’ menu which was excellent and came with a lovely tartar sauce with fresh capers – absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced too at £5.50.
It’s worth noting that there is a separate tea room at the end of the pier so once you’ve strolled along all 1,020 feet of it you will more than likely be ready for a cup of tea!
Based on today’s review we give Tiffin @ Clevedon Pier Four Forks for exceptional quality, simplicity, friendliness, cleanliness and free wifi.
What we ate and drank:
2 Fish Finger Brioche sandwiches
1 Cafe au Lait
1 Still Mineral Water
Tiffin @ Clevedon Pier
Pier opening times – Please check clevedonpier.co.uk for any changes or call Tiffin for clarification before travelling as this information is correct at the time of publishing but may vary and the cafe may be open at times outside of those published by the Pier.
April – October*
Monday – Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – 10am to 6pm
November – March*
Monday – Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm
Christmas Eve – 10am to 1pm
Christmas Day – Closed
New Year’s Eve – 10am to 1pm
*Opening hours change on the Sunday at the start and end of British Summer Time
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