It’s important to us to use local suppliers where possible though we'll go further afield if we get great quality.
We use a whole range of suppliers, some of which are listed on this page.
Some help make our breakfast special and so tasty, others help our guests have a special time or have helped create The 25.
Many of these suppliers are local and you can visit them whilst you stay with us and also help support our local businesses.
DJ Miles Tea
Originally set up in 1888 by his grand-father, Derek Miles still tastes the tea every day.
Based in Somerset since 1961, they supply us with our in room beverages including a variety of teas, instant coffees and a heavenly hot chocolate.
Tours of the coffee roasting process are available if you are heading that way home. Alternately, you can purchase a gift box of teabags from us to take home with you.
Our local butcher is only round the corner, less than a five minute walk.
Providing us with all our fresh meat, John’s handmade sausages are made with locally farmed pork to their special recipe.
A small independent business for over twenty years, they offer a whole host of homemade and local produce.
Why not pop in there on your way home and take a taste of Devon back with you?
Black Dog Eggs
This family run farm in Black Dog, Crediton, in mid-Devon have been in free range egg production for over 20 years.
As poached eggs are notoriously difficult to get right. having such fresh eggs definitely helps. They are usually delivered within 24 hours of being laid. The breed is Lohmann Brown and they have 70 acres to enjoy. Tney even grow their own wheat to be made into their hen food.
Neil supplies our water from a source less than an hour from us and they are the only mineral water supplier in the UK to wash, sterilise and reuse its bottles, meaning they've won awards for their environmental credentials as pictured.
It costs three times as much to recycle a glass bottle, not including the energy to transport it to a recycling plant.
Terry Manning Upholstery are based in Paignton ten minutes away and have made curtains for us.
We've had various suppliers of curtains, fabrics and soft furnishings but having them made locally is preferable.
They are a family run business and as they're so local they're able to drop samples off to the door.
Unique Devon Tours
Alex was born in Devon and has an in depth knowledge of the area.
We recommend Alex if you are looking for a tour guide whilst staying with us and you'll find more information on the Tours page of our website.
From Agatha Christie to family history, Dartmoor to castles, Alex is your man. He's won numerous awards for his tours. Mention us for a special deal on the price too.
Fiesta Red Florist
Abbi and Sally work tirelessly from their family run independent florist creating beautiful bouquets for us whenever a guest requests flowers.
They're always keen to fulfill special orders and can often deliver last minute if you've left the order late.
They sell a nice range of plants and gifts too so why not pop in when you're shopping in St Marychurch (next to Babbacombe so it makes an ideal day out).
Lloyd & James Chocolates
Previously trading as Cockington Chocolates, new owner, Ian continues to creates an array of hand crafted chocolates and truffles.
You'll often see Ian busy making his creations as the chocolate is tempered on site at its new location in nearby St Marychurch.
We usually have some boxes here to purchase too.
West Country Baskets
Paul and Hazel create stunning baskets for us every year which make a real statement throughout the whole Summer and right into Autumn - so much so that the majority of our B&B neighbours now use them too!
Like us, they've won numerous awards.
All the plants they use are grown locally by them and chosen to flourish in the warmer than average temperatures we are used to on the English Riviera.
Another family run business, it's come a long way since Malcolm and Marilyn opened their first garden centre in Ottery St Mary in 1964, now having another six sites.
You can visit our local nursery which is only a ten minute drive, and on the way to Totnes.
They grow around 80% of the plants themselves that they sell, and also have an extensive range of shrubs, trees, equipment and gifts as well as a café.
South West Plumbing
A family run company set up in 1993 by Roger Mawson who initially managed single handed.
Since then the business has grown with nine vans and 14 staff. We like using a larger company as they have plumbers on hand 24 hours a day in case of emergency and they're based only a mile down the road.
SW Plumbing replaced our whole water system and boiler when we refurbished so you have them to thank for the great showers.
Based in Paignton, the next town along the coast, Oliver runs a small team of plasterers.
We like using them as they clean up well afterwards and their standards of work are high.
He is used to working with Georgian buildings like ours across Torbay and has built a great reputation over the last fifteen years.
We chose to work with Jane from Riviera Embroidery as she was based locally in Paignton. This meant she was able to pop in with samples of the garments we were thinking of putting our logo on and we could try the sizes on before ordering.
Jane even embroidered an apron which Julian wears in the kitchen to show us how our logo would turn out to check we were happy with that too.
She then delivered our items by hand - great service.
Although not Devon based, our jams and preserves are lovingly created in small batches, using only the finest natural ingredients to ensure that ‘home made’ taste and texture.
We love the fact that Val and Andy offer employment and work experience to people with special needs and/or disabilities.
If you love them, we also sell larger jars as a memento of your visit.
West Country Fire
Established in 2005 by Richard Rendle and Simon Mitchell, they now have a team of 18 across the South West.
They have replaced our fire system and we now have state of the art fire detection, along with sounders and the associated fire fighting equipment needed.
We hope we'll never need it, but it's good to have the confidence we do in their abilities and they come back every six months to service and maintain everything.
John was born in Lynton on the North Devon coast and founded Lyn Candles back in 1996.
All his products are hand made and if you walk into The 25 you'll notice the Signature scent we use for our reed sticks, along with Lemongrass reed sticks in the dining room. Candles are available too.
Rex and his daughter Kate are award winning blacksmiths based in Cockington Craft village, just a short walk from The 25.
As a traditional blacksmith, he particularly enjoys the challenges of restoration and conservation as well as embracing bespoke and contemporary commissions. He made our hanging rails in Goodrington and Torre as well as the wall railings at the front of the car park.
Willie Harcourt-Cooze set up Britain’s first bean to bar chocolate factory in Devon and now supplies our chocolate bars for the minibars.
He uses his own farmed cacao beans from Venezuela, roasted in antique machines. The chocolate is made with 100% natural ingredients to preserve the flavours and take up to 3 weeks compared to industrial chocolate that is made in a few hours.
Kelly, husband Matt and friend/chef Jordan live just round the corner from The 25 and supply our guests with delicious grazing boxes when they don't fancy eating out in an evening.
Using the finest ingredients, they include homemade items like cheese straws, sausage rolls and falafel balls along with a selection of cheeses, cured meats, hummus, olives, pickles, fruit and nuts served with artisan bread, crackers, olive oil and balsamic.