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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
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Lunch
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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  • 109
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    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
Cliff Railway Cafe

Lovely view can sit out or in Food very good cakes yummy coffee very good also they sell ice cream always busy but that is a good sign

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Elaine248
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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  • Scenic view
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Lovely view can sit out or in Food very good cakes yummy coffee very good also they sell ice cream always busy but that is a good sign

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit you can sit inside or out and the sea views are fantastic.We had fresh crab sandwiches which were the best we had eaten.Everything was tasty one of our party had a fish finger sandwich all complete with a salad.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Nice little cafe for a cuppa and sandwich or a very nice cakes,nice staff,friendly and obliging,toilet facilities,parking can be a bit awkward,according to season.

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West Midlands
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Ate here last week with husband and daughter. The views from the café are fantastic, overlooking Babbacombe Bay. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, even gave my daughter some crayons and colouring sheets which was thoughtful. Good menu choice, especially for vegetarians. Food was freshly made to order and tasted delicious - best chutney I've tasted in a long... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Not one of my favourites, but my wife loves this place. The views are superb, the service friendly and efficient, but the menu is limited, does not appeal to me, and is not cheap in comparison to other venues. But it would be a strange world if we all liked the same thing.

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

Thank you for your review. Your wife clearly has very good taste; she likes us and she married you. You can't argue with that. More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Ordered fish and chips, the presentation was okay but the cod fillet looked and tasted no better than a frozen bird's eye fillet. Our group also took a crab salad which was okay if lacking in favour. I would suggest that the chef focus on flavour and ingredients rather than presenting naff-caff food as mid-tier.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Visited here as time was getting on, just before 5. The main cafe was closed but the hatch was still up, the man more than happily served us 2 delicious ice creams, would visit again. Lovely cafe and even nicer ice cream!

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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205 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

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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Additional Information about Cliff Railway Cafe

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