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The Elephant

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3 & 4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
+44 1803 200044
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
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Wellington, New Zealand
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180 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was one of the two best restaurants from our food trip in Devon/Cornwall/Bath. We were there during midweek, at lunch time. Just happened to walk past and saw the 19.90 pounds 3 course lunch special. It was already 1:30pm and there were only 2 tables of diners, so we weren't sure whether we should go in at first. Very... More 

Thank travelyun
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here for an evening meal as we thought it would be good having a Michelin star. Nothing outstanding about it at all. Starter of mackeral was nice, Lamb main was about the size of a matchbox and tasted bland and chewy. Dessert was nice as were the petit fours.Certainly wasn't worth the huge bill. Waitress was attentive but leant... More 

Thank Rosie100
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reviewed in the past from memory but eaten here again recently and can't get the scotch egg starter out of my head! It was something else...... fabulous room to eat in and staff are exceptional. This place is an amazing find and we are trying to keep it to ourselves.....

Thank AH1969
Brundall, England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A celebration dinner with family - the food lived up to expectations. This restaurant had been recommended by a food critic friend, and we were very pleased we took up the recommendation. Excellent menu, apart from the vegetarian choice. When I booked over the phone I was asked if anyone in the party had any dietary requirements, and I said... More 

Thank Rory M
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great attention to detail has been put into every dish with exquisitely balanced flavours using a variety of locally sourced produce. The presentation is excellent, in fact, each dish is a masterpiece. Less formal than most Michelin star restaurants that I have been to, but the better for it. The jewel in the crown of Torquay restaurants, and surely one... More 

Thank Ian1970
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting for the weekend and had booked in advance Received a call the evening before to check the booking and asked if we had any food tolerances etc Arrived and seated by the window Asked straight away what we would like to drink and offered the wine list plus asked if we would like water Service all evening... More 

Thank Luisa T
Torquay, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant for dinner when visiting Chef Mark Poynton of Alimentum fame ruled the roost for this evenings offerings. We took the Full Monty with the 5 course menu with matching wines. First a roasted beetroot with goats cheese, lovage and Almond. The earthiness of the beetroot contrasting with the smoothness of the goats cheese. Delicious. Following was... More 

Thank dtredhead
Torquay, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was at the elephant for a first date, really really nice place to go for that. The staff really nice and attentive. The food was amazing. Pork terrine for started was tasty and the duck for main well cooked pink just to my liking. Thank you

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English riviera
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the tasting menu one guest was late so we waited for quite a time on top of being a late booking (8:30) as they failed to arrive however this did not affect the food or the staff we had spectacular food and wines served to us until the early hours by happy staff and lots of them taking... More 

Thank hugeholidayaddict
Totnes, United Kingdom
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180 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice welcome and shown to seat by window as requested. Bread and dipping oils were brought to the table. We chose a Prosecco each and some Chorizo sausage in honey prior to our starters. We had a 3 course lunch option for £15.95. Which included a glass of house wine. Food was all really tasty. Highlight being a lovely Scotch... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 & 4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 200044
The Elephant is a bright, informal restaurant which overlooks the beautiful Torbay harbour. It was the first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin star which it maintains today. We aim to source all our ingredients locally and sustainably, many from our dedicated farm in Brixham. Please feel free to ask our front of house team about anything you are unsure of. Run by chef proprietor, Simon Hulstone and his wife Katy. Food is cooked by a talented team of chefs and served by friendly, professional team of staff. Diners can enjoy a delicious à la carte menu and set menus featuring local and sustainable fish, meat and vegetables, sourced from the surrounding area, in an informal and attractive setting. For an extra special culinary treat opt for the tasting menu. Expect friendly and knowledegable service without the formalities. All our dishes change regularly depending on which locally grown and reared (many sourced from our dedicated farm) ingredients are at their best.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?