Relax, Indulge and Re-charge In Exeter
Judith and Terry want to welcome you to The Mulberry Tree – an independent business located in the Exeter Community Centre. Owners Judith & Terry Sanford, really liked the look and feel of the building and have created a Coffee Shop where, they hope, a visit will add quality and a sense of belonging for everybody. They feel three words describe their values – Relax, Indulge and Re-charge
Judith and Terry say
We use locally sourced ingredients, and Fairtrade products where we can, and have chosen a Farm Direct ethically sourced coffee from Ethical Addictions to serve in the coffee shop. Not only is it ethically sourced but we have been told by our customers that it is a really delicious coffee
They provide a range of freshly cut sandwiches, toasties, panini, local organic soup, jacket potatoes and various other light snacks. To go with these are the usual variety of coffees, teas including loose leaf, and a selection of cold drinks. Their speciality is Judith’s homemade cakes, which are always fresh and the selection changes on a regular basis.
Three Coffee Shops In One!
The Mulberry Tree Coffee Shop has 3 distinct seating areas. The first being a light, airy and welcoming internal space. The second is a Mediterranean style walled courtyard area and the third but not least a Tea Garden which is south facing and is a real suntrap in the summer.
From the Tea Garden there are views of St Michael and All Angels church spire, and this is home to a family of Peregrine Falcons which can often be heard, and seen by patient customers. The adjoining garden is owned by the Community Centre and has recently been replanted with a wide variety of plants and shrubs and is home to the Mulberry Tree, which is reported to be over 100 years old. There are views of the Cathedral from the garden’s highest point.
They have 3 regular gentlemen customers who are regular walkers and on their journeys visit various coffee shops and cafes. For their own entertainment they informally grade the places they visit. Judith and Terry were pleased ( no honoured) to recently receive their Six Seagull award for Excellence.
Mulberry Tree Coffee shop also likes to support charity events and have been involved with the Macmillan Coffee Morning in September and the Dreams Come True, Dream Tea in June.
The Mulberry Tree Story
Judith has wanted to start her own tea shop/coffee shop for a while. She used to produce cakes for other local coffee shops and farm shops in their home town of Taunton. Judith and Terry searched for about five years for suitable premises and then the opportunity came up in the Exeter Community Centre.
The Centre had recently undergone refurbishment creating office space for local businesses along with rooms to hire for events, classes and meetings. The result was pleasing to the eye and the coffee shop next to the reception was vacant. The idea of having an independent business whilst being part of the community and a hub where local people could meet was very appealing and fitted with what Judith was looking for.
Judith an Terry say:-
“Opening the Mulberry Tree was a new venture for us. We have both come from professional backgrounds and worked with people in customer service roles, and experienced environments where stress can be prevalent. To combat the stresses and strains that life throws at us, we wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere where customers could get away from it all – even if only for a while!”
- Mon9.00am – 4.00pm
- Tues9.00am – 4.00pm
- Wed9.00am – 4.00pm
- Tues9.00am – 4.00pm
- Fri9.00am – 4.00pm
- By Mattie Richardson
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