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The Start Bay Inn

Torcross, Torcross TQ7 2TQ, England
+44 1548 580553
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (179 reviews)
“crevettes” (10 reviews)
“monkfish” (25 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:30All hours
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Torcross, Torcross TQ7 2TQ, England
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1 - 10 of 795 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

We stayed in Torcross for a week with our tall but well behaved dog and so wanted places to eat where we could take her. We tried several evenings to eat here but as we couldn't take her inside and there was no room outside...More

Thank JaneStourbridgeUK
Reviewed 1 week ago

The service and welcoming atmosphere was great. The food didn't let it down. Great value for money.would go back again.

Thank 115sara76
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a glorious Day in June I found fish & chips on a par with typical West & North Yorkshire Chippies, (without doubt the best counties for fried fish & chips) my wife & me each chose medium sized cods (which in most chippies would...More

Thank Stuart A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove to Slapton for a visit and stumbled across the Start Bay Inn. Stopped for a drink on a sunny warm day, ordered lunch. The crab sandwich at £8.50 was full of crab meat accompanied by a substantial salad garnish, the coleslaw and jacket...More

Thank Claire T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great meal here, even on a busy sunny Sunday afternoon. The deserts were amazing and so big we had to take a doggy bag home !

Thank Llama-Lover-1
Reviewed 1 week ago

went for birthday dinner on arrival in area. not disappointed. The Pub is old style and mad busy most of the time and the reason is the excellent quality fish used.

Thank NorthwichSteve
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best place to get all types of fish on the special menu, it's delicious fantastic for families good value for money.

Thank Christine G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here for Lunch after visiting the restaurant next door but they were disappointing in their lunch menu. But in the Start Inn they did a decent Ham sandwiches with lovely Devon Ham and great desserts we shared a slice of the Diam...More

Thank Rhys P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Busy constantly which says a lot. If you like fresh fish cooked perfectly with no frills this is for you. One day we saw the fish arrive, watched it filleted and then a few minutes later ate it. Great sea side experience. The Turbot was...More

Thank TONY P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We opted for a mid afternoon meal at Start Bay Inn, there's plenty of bench/tables overlooking the beach/sea. The menu provided plenty of choice & we chose seafood platter which was very good and also Garlic Crevettes with thick fries. A really good meal, very...More

Thank Sharon S
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Are small dogs allowed in the pub
4 October 2016|
Answer Show all 11 answers
Response from Janeen E | Reviewed this property |
We stayed outside and all those with dogs did so too. If you want to be inside there are other options in the area
Do you have full disabled access? Is all your fish and sea food from sustainable sources? Do you allow children and or well behaved dogs?
21 January 2016|
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Response from LES N | Reviewed this property |
Others replies probably cover the issues raised well enough. I would only add that I would not consider the Inn as providing fully accessible service for the disabled especially as there are internal steps from the family... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$23
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Torcross, Torcross TQ7 2TQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Torcross
  • Phone Number: +44 1548 580553
  • E-mail
The Start Bay Inn is a family run unspoilt pub right next to the beach which specialises in seafood.It has been run by the Stubbs family since 1977.We serve fish and chips to die for with a portion size to suit any appetite. We also serve an extensive choice of locally caught seafood which is displayed on our specials board. The scallops are hand picked from the Start Bay sea bed by Paul Stubbs the previous Landlord and dressed by either Clair, or Gail his daughters or Stu who are partners in the business. All the crab is dropped off live in the back yard where we dress it. We serve non fish choices with local steaks and burgers being favourites. Vegetarian options are also available.A children's menu is available and if you don't want your little ones having chips again then salad or jacket potato is offered as an alternative. Our sweets cabinet is always well stocked and local ice cream available year round.The bar has a good selection of real ales and local cider and a reasonably priced wine list.Seating is either in the bar where in the winter we have an open fire, the children's room or outside on the patio on the sea front.We pride ourselves on reasonably priced generous portions with good service by happy staff.We are not a restaurant or a gastro pub. We are an honest pub serving good food at reasonable prices which is why we are busy.
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