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Cliff Railway Cafe

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10 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
+44 1803 324025
09:00 - 17:00
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

It was my husband that left a review with the above title but we can't see how to reply to your message to help you. As I was also there I can tell you exactly what happened to help you trace the info with your staff and confirm/solve the mystery. It was last Saturday around 2:30pm. I was served by... More 

Thank labrador-fizz
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for clarifying for me. On Saturday it was extremely busy and the lady you ordered from does remember you. I apologise if you waited longer than expected. the Scotch Eggs are my father in laws recipe and are rather good. There is now a debate about which of the ladies looks good from behind. I will not get... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Found this place with a great view whilst visiting the cliff railway. Upstairs window seats were full so we took a window seat downstairs. Drinks arrived quickly but it took 35 mins for already made scones to arrive that really didn't require a skilled chef to put on a plate. Perhaps if the counter staff could hand out simple food... More 

Thank amoorcro
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

I have to say i'm baffled by your review. Scones are not handled by the kitchen and are done by the counter staff immediately after taking the order. I can't understand how they could have taken anything other than a few minutes as the order would no longer have been on the system. If your scones took 35mins then surely... More 

Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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290 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

.. but stayed for lunch ... superb lunch served here from friendly staff .. in a clean dining room with outside eating areas ... I chose the Ham & Tomato sandwich with homemade chutney on granary bread .. it came slightly warm with a side salad and potato crisps.. mmmm and very good .. my partner had a local Crab... More 

Thank bhgoodwin
United Kingdom
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Nipped the 8miles from home to enjoy one of their very yummy ice creams,Honeycomb being my usual treat here,and in a waffle cone. But as a local Devon girl born and bred I was saddened to see a cream tea on a big board at the side of the cafe that had the cream and jam the wrong way around... More 

Thank judith e
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

But it looks better and the jam doesn't slide off! More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We wanted something light for lunch and had jacket potato. Lots of filling and decent size side salad. A bit more than we expected! The location is good because it is right on the sea front and the view is spectacular.

Thank Denise W
Arlesey, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We only ordered drinks at the cafe but were very pleased with the cleanliness and service. We sat outside and had wonderful views of the cliffs, beach and sea.

Thank katiepoxson
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Went here with the family for just a coffee​ but ended up having food desert and ice cream. The place was clean bright they even got a new balcony with the most amazing views. The food is great fresh and plenty of it. They even had 24 different flavours of ice cream and the same in milk shakes. The service... More 

Thank RacewayCornwall
Brixham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

We had the crab salad last year and didn't enjoy it as crab meat was grey and watery but were prepared to give it another go today - however it was no better and most of the lollo rosso lettuce had brown on it - it was going off, one piece was slimy, although possibly safe to eat it was... More 

Thank Lily12312
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

I cannot apologise for this enough. It is clearly not a standard that is normal for us, as you can see from previous reviews. Please can you contact me via our website so that I can arrange for you to come in again and enjoy a meal on us? More 

Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

I called into the cliff railway cafe this morning to try and book a table, for a special occasion in May 2017. My wife and I first met at this cafe on Babbacombe downs ten years ago this year. I thought I would organise a surprise gathering for my wife, with about 10 to 15 family and friends, at the... More 

Thank John G
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you feel that the manager wasn't interested in your request but she was right to tell you that we are unable to take bookings. Your review suggests you offered several options to work around us but this is simply untrue. When told we didn't accept bookings, but that we would try and fit you in on the... More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Cafe is very expensive for food and drinks, however the views are something else. Very nice outside sitting area.

Thank Chappellsford

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$10
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 324025
Open 364 days a year serving freshly cooked breakfast, lunch, homemade cakes and scones. Ice cream kiosk open all year with 22 flavours of icecream and milkshakes available. Uninterrupted views over Lyme Bay from floor to ceiling windows and a panoaramic view from our outside terrace. All meals are cooked to order and we use fresh locally sourced ingredients.

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