Toucan Wholefoods nestled in the centre of Minehead was one of the highlights of my trip there last week.
On quick glance you could be forgiven into thinking it was just a wholefood shop, full of Organic vegetables and suppliments, gluten free scones ( i brought some, forgot about them, went like bricks!)which being a veggie i love anyway, but i noticed a Reiki poster on the door the first time i was in Minehead running to the Costa at the top of the high street, because, well i had been trying to convince myself that i could get by on caffeine free and failed miserably and was going to combust if i didnt have a cappucino soon and being late sunday the Toucan was shut. So fast forward to last week..
I had arrived in Minehead to kill time before i was to meet a friend in her new house and decided to go and check out this Toucan looking for a loaf of Sourdough and some vegan friendly cake. As i was walking up the high street I went into a small bookshop as it had a tarot talk advertised on the front door, and a lovely lady battling to keep the outside books dry from the british rain and damp air with what looked like a pram cover, which is about as flexible as a plank of 2x4 wood, (I came up against them years ago when my kids were small and lost.) It turned out this lady (Margaret) was doing the talk for two hours if not longer for £3 up at the Toucan, after a lengthy chat about cards in general and the promise to keep in touch she recommended that I went up and had a coffee and a bite to eat in the café that they had upstairs and have a look at the community board they had for other Spiritual and holistic offerings that my friend and i could be potentially interested in.
There is a side door I hadn't noticed which was attached to the shop on the right hand side, you could enter the hallway from either the wholefood shop or the street into a foyer which housed a huge community board covered in leaflets, cards and posters covering threatre shows to clinical psychology, Reiki to Angels and everything inbetween. Stairs, (not a fan but worth the climb), upto the first floor where there was the kitchen and three large rooms, two had the usual cafe style table and chairs and another housing comfy sofas and soft lighting. i picked the first room, painted in sunny yellow and was awash with colour and vibrancy i nearly felt like a void of black sweeping into the sunny room of cheer! I sat in the corner as well...im funny about where i sit, aspergers and all that! i ordered my food, a Cheese and onion sandwich and a large cappucino (hahaha) which when it arrived was the size of my head. for £2.85 amazing, kept both hands warm from the cold and i swear probably used the entire contents of a kettle boil! the sandwich when it arrived was huge, on doorstop bread with a colourful side salad arranged like a posh chef had done it. i didnt get a fork because you know, a sandwich, so i didnt end up eating it, shame really the coleslaw looked amazing with celery, different types of leaves (cant tell you which im not a foodie lol) and carrot, cucumber and tomato. it was at this point i noticed as well as every herbal tea known to mankind i could get a large glass of organic prosecco for £4,25! Their menu was stocked to the rafters with gluten free, vegan options, and it had a lovely homely feel i could of stayed there all day.
We, My friend and I went back a few days later for yet another vat of coffee and Vegan carrot cake, where the owner, Sally showed us the therapy rooms available to hire above the café useful for all your holistic and spiritual needs.
It is no surprise that Toucan wholefoods has won Best Food Shop of vegetarian and Vegans, and a Best Independent Retailer Award, as well as awesome reviews on trip advisor.
I throughly recommend checking out their website and visiting when in the area, there is much to see around Exmoor and West Somerset but for now this is my new favourite place there!