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The Elephant

3 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
+44 1803 200044
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (122 reviews)
“scotch egg” (20 reviews)
“samosas” (11 reviews)
Open Now
18:30 - 21:00All hours
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
3 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Relaxed non pretentious restaurant with great service and exceptional food. My 8 year old daughter, wife and myself have just returned from a fantastic meal. The starters were all mouthwatering (chorizo, lamb fritters and scallop). For the mains we both hsd the fillet steak. My...More

Thank Mr_B1G
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have never been to a Michelin star restaurant before and booked this as a birthday treat whilst on holiday in Torquay. We didn't know what to expect and thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. The staff were very friendly and the food was fantastic. Every...More

Thank Carole M
Reviewed 2 days ago

I dined at 'The Elephant' with my two adult sons. The decor and ambience was perfect. Pleasant, helpful staff. Good range of choice. We all chose different starters and all were outstanding. Lobster was large, beautifully served with gorgeous vegetables . Our sweets were to...More

Thank patricia h
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a truly excellent restaurant. The tasting menu was exceptional, the quality of food and presentation and the way the flavours progressed as you ate. Very imaginative but also very enjoyable. It is an exceptional place and I will make the effort to return...More

Thank Sue W
Reviewed 5 days ago

expertly prepared food and a very good price, I had the venison and was one of the best i've eaten. If you're in devon this little restaurant is well worth a look and definitely deserves there Michelin star.

Thank tom_tj2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first time in Torquay and I sought out Simon Huddleston's Elephant Restaurant. What a joy eating my way through the tasting menu and the wine flight too. There are so many young genius in our country and this man is up there. Great venue,...More

Thank Smudla
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a voucher, made very welcome by lovely staff, all food explained, beautifully presented, tasted amazing. Great night out- a yearly treat!

Thank NettaR1606
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a few days staying in Babbacombe nearby, and this was the best meal of our stay. Service was really good, nothing too much trouble. Flavours, content and presentation of food impeccable - we really enjoyed it. Good wine choice too. Would go again like...More

Thank GW581
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first visit last week was one of those rare events when the reality is even better than the expectations. The food (tasting menu) was exciting, innovative and delicious, the wine generous, luscious and matching. The service was impeccable. This was not the cheapest meal...More

Thank BillytheQuiche
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the Elephant for lunch and had their set menu. Starter of asparagus with verbena was delicious. Main courses (one fish, one lamb) were both excellent. Lamb was cooked to perfection as was my husband's fish. Side dishes from own local farm were very...More

Thank katpat1
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Questions & Answers
Callum M
11 July 2017|
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Response from ElephantRestaurant | Property representative |
Sorry for the slow reply . You can wear what you feel comfortable in .
11 February 2016|
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Response from Jeremy S | Reviewed this property |
I am fairly sure only the brasserie is open in the winter, not sure when the Michelin starred restaurant opens
Lynne S
26 October 2015|
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Response from ElephantRestaurant | Property representative |
Hello Lynn, Most of our a la carte menu is gluten-free and we also have gluten-free bread. As long as we know of any dietary requirements when you book then we can cater for them, whether it's the a la carte menu or our... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, 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 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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