During this time of uncertainty, it is important more than ever to support local businesses. For this week’s #FinditinExeter we visited The Little Orange Café on South Street. This welcoming foodie spot, which was opened by an 18-year-old entrepreneur just five years ago, is remaining open until advised otherwise, by offering you the chance to eat its hearty meals in the comfort of your own home through takeaway by collection or Deliveroo.
Shaida, who was born and bred in Exeter, lives and breathes food. Having always loved cooking, she went on to train at the Michael Caines Academy at Exeter College. Whilst qualifying as a chef, she worked in a city centre café that was in fact where her grandparents first met in the 1960s. When this café went up for sale five years ago, Shaida and her mum took it over and that’s when The Little Orange Café began. Jump forward to 2020 and the café is no longer in its original Fore Street premises, but instead has made its home for the last three years on South Street.
Alongside her team of five, Shaida creates honest, wholesome and affordable homemade food for her loyal customer base in her “good, ol’ fashioned café”. Alongside weekly specials, the menu is full to the brim with breakfast and lunchtime classics. These include variations of the full-English, paninis, toasties, jacket potatoes, omelettes, salads, wraps, main meals, burgers and a separate children’s menu. Ingredients for these dishes are sourced fresh and from local, small suppliers as much as possible.
Why the name The Little Orange Café you ask? Well, it’s simply Shaida’s favourite colour and this is evident when you step into this friendly, city centre eatery.
If you would like to tuck into a home-cooked meal from The Little Orange Café, you can view their menu here and either order online through Deliveroo for home delivery or give the café a call on 01392 27177 for collection.