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The Grand Hotel | Sea Front, Torquay TQ2 6NT, England
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This restaurant is at The Grand Hotel
Today
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 1
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Beautiful Torquay

Only spent 1 day in Torquay but loved the beach and the gorgeous beach huts. Dined out in the old pub looking out to sea.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
ralph_judy
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Only spent 1 day in Torquay but loved the beach and the gorgeous beach huts. Dined out in the old pub looking out to sea.

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Thank ralph_judy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Food disappointed. Service was excellent. Room reflects the history of the hotel. Note now called 1881.

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Thank Joy Hazel W
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

bad service, disgusting food, over priced and a total waste of my life. refused to pay and will never ever return !!!!!!

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Thank Englishblokeuk
Brixham
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292 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Visited the Compass Cafe bar at The Grand Hotel after a morning in Torquay. Enjoyed 2 different sandwiches both of which were excellent freshly made and with crisps and garnish. Cafetiere and delicious orange drizzle cake to follow. As always a pleasant experience with good staff service and a welcome. Good value and one of the only places you get... More 

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Thank Clive F
Brixham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The Grand Club sandwich is the best in the bay. Likewise the choice of wines on offer are excellent. The service in the Compass cafe bar is always excellent. We dine here for lunch often.

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Thank Clive F
Torquay, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I liked everything and disliked nothing the food is very good and plenty of it good suroundings and some tables with sea views warm and friendly staff waiting on you and a good price to it truly is value for your money so check it out when you are next in Torquay

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Thank Stewart B
Brixham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Compass Cafe Bar at The Grand Hotel is the ideal place for a relaxing light lunch with the added bonus of a great sea view. Today, 3rd September we enjoyed a gorgeous bottle of prosecco along with the best Grand Club sandwich we have had in ages. The potato wedges which we had as a side order were slightly... More 

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Thank Clive F
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

After visiting the Grand Hotel on Friday evening 30th August I felt I had to make a comment regarding my visit. On arrival we sat down& waited for at leased 10 minutes to be served by a girl who was obviously under pressure noting this we looked at the male staff behind the bar they looked very stern no smiling... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

My partner and I went to the Marina Restaurant last night thinking of saving the best to last at the Grand Hotel with it having two AA Rosette Stars. BIG MISTAKE fish cake starter only tasted of lemon and just edible. More than can be said for the mussels for main course. To be polite.. i would have enjoyed drinking... More 

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Brixham
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292 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Another excellent lunch in the Compass Cafe Bar on 24 June 2013 with excellent service from Viktorija who has served us before and remembered us which was very pleasant considering how busy the cafe bar can be. The new menu offers plenty of choice and we had a favourite the Grand Club sandwich and the new season Chicken Caesar salad... More 

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Thank Clive F

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Grand Hotel | Sea Front, Torquay TQ2 6NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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