Food and Drink

Food and drink

The English Riviera certainly provides a feast for the senses with its stunning scenery and fabulous beaches, but it also has a well developed sense for the feast. With a number of truly top-class restaurants and some small but perfectly formed local favourites there is something for all tastes and budgets.

The foodie revolution has certainly not missed Torbay and its close relationship with the sea is reflected in most of the restaurants offering a wealth of delicious fish dishes. Here are a few of our favourites,

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Below Decks, Beacon Quay, Torquay (down at the Marina) – Menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner looks amazingly delicious – check it out online and if you eat there let me know what you think.

Fancy food

The Elephant, Torquay

Torbay’s only Michelin-starred restaurant certainly lives up to its top billing, now with a choice of two restaurants on one site. The Room in The Elephant is a fine dining restaurant on the first floor with stunning views of Torbay, while The Elephant Brasserie on the ground floor offers a Brasserie-style menu in a more relaxed environment. Named ‘Restaurant of the Year for the South West’ in the Les Routiers in Britain awards, Celebrity chef/proprietor Simon Hulstone is the culinary talent has recently followed in the footsteps of Gordon Ramsay by winning the Knorr National Chef of the Year award.

W:  T: 01803 200044

No7 Fish Bistro, Torquay

Torbay’s only fish restaurant and a real gem. The Good Food Guide Book called it ‘all very homely, unpretentious and honest, just like the cooking’ and that sums it up very well. Main courses begin at £12 and the fresh fish of the day will usually include lemon and Dover soles, plaice, skate, turbot, John Dory, mullet, brill and sea bass as well as locally supplied lobster and crab. Add a long and interesting wine list and it’s no wonder this place is such a hit with the locals.

W:  T: 01803 295055

The Orchid, Torquay

Situated on the first floor of the Corbyn Head Hotel head chef Daniel Kay’s eight years in charge have earned two rosettes, three RAC Ribbons and this year a place in the coveted Michelin Red Book. With wonderful views and only 24 covers this is an intimate and special place to eat.

W:  T: 01803 296366

The New Angel, Dartmouth

Definitely worth the short drive to the naval college town of Dartmouth where celebrity chef John Burton Race is in residence. Watch the chefs at work on the open ground floor, or eat in more relaxed surroundings of the first floor, or just enjoy cocktails upstairs. The menu, created by Burton Race, showcases the best of local and seasonal ingredients in a modern, French style. And if you miss the last ferry across the river there are six tasteful rooms located just down the street.

W:  T: 01803 839425

The Orange Tree Restaurant, Torquay

Winner of the Les Routiers Restaurant of the Year 2008, the Orange Tree offers an English European menu and an attention to such ‘old-fashioned’ virtues as courtesy, politeness, consistency and competency. Owners Sharon and Bernd Wolf greet guests and operate a single seating policy, so there’s just no need to rush

W:  T: 01803 213936

Oreston Manor, Maidencombe, Torquay

An AA rosetted, contemporary English restaurant priding itself on freshest and finest produce in a menu taking advantage of the hotel’s home grown herbs and vegetables as well as local seafood. Take afternoon tea on the lawn or in the relaxed surroundings of this small, intimate location.

W:  T: 01803 328098

Less pricey, still lovely

Hanbury’s Fish & Chips, Babbacombe, Torquay

South West fish and chip shop of the year for four years and consistently one of the best places to enjoy one of our national dishes in the area. Enjoy your meal in the relaxed restaurant with varied menu or indulge in the great British institution: takeaway.

W:  T: 01803 314616 (restaurant), 329928 (takeaway)


A Mediterranean menu in a restaurant overlooking the sea inside one of Torbay’s main tourist attractions. Open between Wednesday and Saturday from 7pm until 11pm and also for Sunday lunch, the restaurant can also be booked for functions of up to 50 for lunch. If you choose to go on a good night, you can take your free after-dinner coffee on the terrace to enjoy the wonderful views.

W: Azure@livingcoasts  T: 01803 202499

Edwards Brasserie

A popular local haunt with a varied menu, specialising in steaks and fish dishes which are sure to satisfy a big appetite.

T: 01803 290855

Kim Long Restaurant, Braddons Hill West, Torquay

A Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant right in the middle of town with great views over the harbour. A relaxed, friendly place to eat.

T: 01803 291577

Ocean View Brasserie, Torquay

Husband and wife team Neil and Justyna Fanous opened Ocean Brasserie in July 2004 before which they gained experience in some of Europe’s top establishments, including Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow. Here they offer a menu making use of the excellent local produce available with a strong bias towards seafood from Brixham and Plymouth fish markets.

W:   T: 01803 292359