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Cliff Railway Cafe

10 Babbacombe Downs Rd, Torquay, England
+44 1803 324025
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Ranked #47 of 264 Restaurants in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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.
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English first
Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Called in at the Cliff Railway Café this morning and had a delicious slice of mincemeat shortbread with our coffee. If your in Babbacombe this Christmas its a must. Highly recommended.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I can't believe the last reviewer (October 2014). I have been going for many years and the owner/manager has been thoughtful in the extreme....including coping with my relative with dementia. The food has always been good, the cakes excellent and the service brilliant. Thank you

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I love to drink my tea here and gaze out over the great blue yonder of Oddicombe bay. As I munch on their delicious sandwiches and cakes I dream of the nautical life, the crack of the sails in the wind and the cold spray of salt on my face. I imagine the heat of the wooden deck in the... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words. We never tire of the view; even on wet cold days in the winter. You are more than welcome to sit outside with an ice cream and many of our customers do just that. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

this place sets the benchmark for a great breakfast in Torquay- especially the sausages. Views over Babbacombe Bay and easy to park outside.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I arranged to meet a friend and this cafe, with its great views and relatively easy parking fit the bill for a simple lunch before a walk. The service was excellent, particularly because my companion had already eaten earlier in the day and did not want a full meal - the staff member who served us was very flexible and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This cafe that has been there for decades has been fully renovated in the last 10 years. You sit, inside or out, taking in the breathtaking views of Lyme Bay from the top of the Cliffs. Great fresh sandwiches made to order with crisps and salad garnish. Homemade hearty soups in the winter and a selection of superb homemade cakes,... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Got off Cliff Railway at 4.30 walked the 50yards to the cafe (doors were open, customers were seated lights were on) and were told in no uncertain terms that "you can't come in we are shut" by an unpleasant woman behind the counter. We took our business elsewhere.

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

I apologise if your reception was not polite. I have spoken to the staff who seemed genuinely surprised that you were offended by them. Our opening hours are clearly displayed in the window and the customers inside were simply finishing off their food and drinks. Please visit us again soon and experience our usual excellent level of service. More 

Stafford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Just one of those things you must do to say I went down and up on the railway. As an OAP not to good at climbing up and down this gave us easy access to the beach below so we were able to explore places that we would not normally be able to get to.

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Senior Contributor
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16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Staff very helpful and friendly, can get busy but nearly £25.00 for three sandwiches tea coffee and glass milk is way expensive, it's not the sort of places you could go with large family it would cost a fortune. It would be ok for couples who like to eat in peace and can afford the prices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The only let down for me about The Cliff Railway Cafe is how difficult it can be to get a table because it's so popular - the food is tasty (I have only had scones and cake), the place is clean, the staff are friendly and the views are spectacular - go for those alone!

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Additional Information about Cliff Railway Cafe

Address: 10 Babbacombe Downs Rd, Torquay, 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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