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Lily's Restaurant and Tea Rooms

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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9 Torquay Road, Paignton TQ3 3DU, England
+44 1803 557527
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my 12 and 14 year old children (as my daughter's also a Lily). Felt quite out of place as we were by far the youngest customer in there. Having said that, the staff were lovely and demonstrated good community spirit towards their regulars. Prices were reasonable and food well presented. Would visit again, but would take my mum and... More 

Thank Donna R
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

This is the second visit to this tea room restaurant. Very friendly staff always willing to accommodate. Very caring staff who enjoy their work . The food is outstanding. It is popular with the older generation as quoted in someone else's review , but that's not a negative . The restaurant is kept scrupulously clean and tidy . Worth a... More 

1 Thank Diana a
Paignton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Went today with my mum and young son. The place had an uncomfortable feel of a private members cafe which requires you to be over the age of 75. The staff weren't very friendly and they have no high chairs available - apparently you aren't meant to be able to go for a coffee if you have a child in... More 

4 Thank DEllison87
Brixham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We had lunch in here yesterday, it was almost full and several tables were reserved. It was like a trip back in time and reminded us of somewhere like Betty's in York, althoughj not as grand. The tearoom is elegant and cosy and if the ambience is important you will be satisfied . The food and service is good, lovely... More 

Thank mit1234
Devon, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

I was lucky this morning and decided to pop into Lily's for breakfast. I was not disappointed. Friendly, fast waitress table service and offered drinks straight away and swiftly received a great real coffee served as you like from very hot coffee and milk jugs, I had mine half milk and half coffee. Ordered the Lily's big breakfast at £7.95... More 

Thank Breakfastking1
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Mr Andy Crocker I hope I got the name right is one bloody good chef.We go here regularly and always for an English roast.Great menu choice of meats with roast potatoes and 4 veg.I'm American but if you don't like English traditional roast meals you must be dead.Two courses for £12 is I feel very good value.It caters more for... More 

Thank Phillip C
Torquay, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Been here for lunch twice this week and cannot speak more highly.The waitresses are very welcoming and aim to make your visit memorable which they do. The food is delicious and plentiful and the menu is varied something to please every palet. Now we have found this wonderful restaurant and will use it regularly.Its charm takes me back to how... More 

Thank James C
Torquay, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Cream tea, yummy fresh scone, cream and jam for mom. and buttered toast for me. The tea was beautiful. Friendly staff and the place was spotless.

Thank paulines728
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Excelent little restaurant staff brilliant homely atmosphere we ony had tea and cakes but the main meals they were bringing out looked really nice wished we hadn't had such a big breakfast would definately visit again

Thank SonyaWorcs
Paignton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Went in and found a traditional tea rooms, took me back in time to the 50's very quaint and pleasing courteous staff. Plumped for cream tea and jam, very Moorish beautifully baked scones. Hot meals coming from kitchen also looked appetising. Very clean

Thank Shirley P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Torquay Road, Paignton TQ3 3DU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Paignton
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 557527
A quintessential English tearooms - complete with clientele!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?