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Cliff Railway Cafe

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10 Babbacombe Downs Rd, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
+44 1803 324025
Today
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee & Tea
Description: Open 364 days a year serving freshly cooked breakfast, lunch, homemade...
Open 364 days a year serving freshly cooked breakfast, lunch, homemade cakes and scones. Ice cream kiosk open all year with 22 flavours of icecream and milkshakes available. Uninterrupted views over Lyme Bay.
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Visitor rating
  • 104
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Superbe views and good service

The Good: Seating for both inside and outside, excellent home cooked baking. Sandwiches made to order. Excellent value fresh crab sandwiches. Even have an ice cream parlour with locally made ice cream Not so Good: Prices rise with the seasons

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Vennwood
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Torquay, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Scenic view
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193 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Great Malvern, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We stopped in here after a trip down and back again on the railway. It was busy but the service was swift and friendly so there was nothing to complain about. The veggie menu options were all too cheesy for me so I had to have chips which was a shame. My mum and sister enjoyed their meals and my... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Good: Seating for both inside and outside, excellent home cooked baking. Sandwiches made to order. Excellent value fresh crab sandwiches. Even have an ice cream parlour with locally made ice cream Not so Good: Prices rise with the seasons

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Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to us and that the view was good on the day you were here; there haven't been too many clear days this month. I want to clear up the point you have made about price rises. The café prices haven't risen since January 2014 and have never been altered... More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Excellent lunch at an outstanding venue, super views up the coast, although the owner seems a bit of a joker , telling me I could see France from his terrace ! Wonderful staff, always smiling, what more could you ask?

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Shaldon, United Kingdom
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368 reviews 368 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Friendly, enthusiastic staff and good service. Cakes looked divine and the view of the cliff railway and beach below is lovely. We had tea cake high was nice. Only gripe was my cappuccino was more like a flat white but nevertheless was OK. NIce watering hole.

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Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

I'm sorry your coffee wasn't as expected. Please come back and see us, ask for the shift manager and your next coffee will be on the house. More 

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We actually visited last July and realised we had overlooked doing a review. Talking about overlooking, the café is brilliantly placed overlooking the steep drop to the sea. Great for getting a good cup of coffee on returning, after lazing by the sea!

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Bath, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I came here with an elderly relative. The staff were particularly accommodating and warm and nothing was too much trouble for my aunt, who is wheelchair bound and took a while to order. She was also delighted with the view, as was I. Best service in the bay that we have discovered so far. Excellent food, fresh and hot and... More 

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

Lovely staff and cakes however the attitude of the male owner(?) was appauling. He came up to clear our table but when I told him I had not finished my tea he replied 'well I sugguest you drink it up fairly drink as we are closed' and said to look on the door to see they closed at 5! We... More 

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Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

I'm sorry you felt I was being rude. I simply came to the table 20 minutes after we had closed and asked if I could clear the dishes. The staff had already packed up the outside terrace and were about to start mopping the café floor. You obviously took offence at my polite request and said you didn't know we... More 

2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

First and last visit to this cafe unbelievably shocking customer service especially the man who seemed to be in charge with average food and drink. There are a lot nicer places to visit further along the downs with exceptional customer service. After reading the other poor reviews I look forward to the delightful response from the owners who seem to... More 

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

WOW fantastic views, fantastic food, fantastic staff. the views amazing cant fault the view or the food will try and fit in a return visit before we go home, very busy worth every single penny yum yum yum

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Rainham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Good quality coffee and brilliant cakes!! View over the bay from both inside the restaurant and from the terrace. Efficient staff.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 Babbacombe Downs Rd, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 324025

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

Open 364 days a year serving freshly cooked breakfast, lunch, homemade cakes and scones. Ice cream kiosk open all year with 22 flavours of icecream and milkshakes available. Uninterrupted views over Lyme Bay.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?