Bula bowls back into town
When we started making ice-cream in Dartmouth about 20 years ago there were many similar 20/30-somethings starting up new businesses and a vibrant food scene existed in town. Over the years this has waxed and waned but now the town is definitely on the up with a new generation of young foodies taking over. One such bright spark is Kim Ryder who despite the challenge of Covid-19 has just re-opened her coffee shop in bigger & better premises.
Situated on Newcomen Road in the heart of the town, BULA (meaning “life” or “good health”) is a bright, welcoming space with more than a hint of the tropical. Cane and wicker chairs, lush plants, rustic wooden surfaces and rope-hung lights all contribute to the relaxed feel of the place and add to that plantation vibe.
As well as some old favourites (well you can’t really beat a bacon sandwich can you) the menu has a fresh and modern twist – something which will certainly attract the younger generation (and some of us oldies too …). The Bula bowl (a kind of smoothie topped with granola and seeds) on the next table looked delicious but being a simple kind of gal I plumped for a breakfast of peanut butter and banana bagel. As my other half runs White Sails Gallery opposite I’m going to insist he gets his lunch there as the salad bowls sound amazing – you simply choose your favourite toppings and dressings to add to a base of quinoa, slaw, fresh leaves, avocado, nuts and seeds. A damn sight healthier than his usual pork pie and packet of crisps!
You’d think that running a busy cafe would be enough for anyone, but no, Kim has also opened Mahalo, a lifestyle shop next door. Filled with sumptuous cushions, colourful baskets, stylish tableware as well as smaller items such as soaps, jewellery and stationery, you’d be hard pushed not to leave without something to add a splash of colour and style to your home.
With the current uncertainty facing many businesses in the South West (and beyond) it’s great to see new places opening (and more importantly thriving) and it’s nice to know that the food scene is safe as the next wave of culinary entrepreneurs take over.
GO IF: You want something delicious and nutritious.
MDD LIKES: The rather fetching spoons alongside their great coffee !