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“Great location and good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sands on the Beach

Sands on the Beach
Saunton Sands Hotel, Saunton Rd, Braunton EX33 1LQ , England
01271 890212
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Ranked #25 of 35 Restaurants in Braunton
Cuisines: Bar
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
London
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great location and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We've been here several times and always had great food and service. Prices are not particularly cheap, but the quality is good and portions large. The outdoor tables have fantastic views over the beach but can be quite exposed on hot days. Also they don't take reservations and occasionally they'll be fully booked for events or weddings. If you're staying at the Saunton Sands Hotel, don't be too surprised if you're served by the same staff you had at breakfast as they belong to the same company.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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240 reviews 240 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Great location, the food was served well, and the staff were only too pleased to discuss the food served and the source of the ingredients. It was delightful to meet people who were so proud of their work (deservedly so).
The view across the beach is superb, almost mesmerising!
Would love to stay here in the future.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“Wonderful site”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Right by the beach of Saunton Sands, alongside the huge carpark, so very convenient. There's good choice on the menu and a first-floor terrace giving a view of the beach and sea. While the food is sometimes very good (e.g. monkfish with panacetta; mussels in a spicy Thai sauce with lemongrass and chilli), it can also be disappointing (e.g. an Eton mess ruined by having chocolate sauce poured all over it). There are cheaper options, such as hamburgers, but it is always over-priced in comparison with some other local restaurants. One is, however, paying for the situation as much as for the food, so perhaps this is justified. The service is also variable, sometimes attentive and helpful, sometimes slow and careless, sometimes embarrassingly over-familiar. On a nice evening, when one can sit on the terrace and relax, it's a lovely place to eat. At such times, pre-booking is essential.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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North Devon Westcountry England
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Sands on the Beach Cafe - don't expect a lot”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

As a local we had a family gathering and chose here for a lunch after the walk on the beach. What a huge disappointment, would not ever bother going again. the restaurant tables and floors were unclean, lots of dropped food, the tables had very badly scratched surfaces, chairs strewn around, it was very poorly presented.It was a cold windy day, and only table available was by the door to the terrace, which the staff liked to keep open as it made their life easier taking trays of drinks to outside customers, no good for us eating by it! Given the prices of the food were not cheap, the food was a disappointment, in quantity and presentation. My only recommendation to go to this cafe would be to enjoy the view from the outside terrace, Huge disappointment all round, Treat this place as it is, simply a cafe on a beach.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Rochefort, France
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“Great place !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

In September, with two friends of mine, I went for a surftrip in North Devon. After a perfect surf session at Saunton, we decided to go for a meal at the terrasse of the Sands Cafe, with a wonderful panoramic view on the beach and the surf.

At the time we went in for lunch, the Sands Cafe was fairly busy. Nevertheless, we were welcome by a friendly waitress who, at our request, placed us at a table in the sun on the terrasse.

We had a drink whilst waiting for the meal which was served within ten minutes. I had a delicious plate of mussels with fries, my friends went for fresh open sandwiches which you choose your own fillings... Great ! For dessert, two of us chose a very tasty chocolat tart, the third of us had delicious Devon strawberries... Yummy yummy !!!

Relaxed atmosphere, amazing view, good food, efficient and lovely staff... I highly recommand the Sands Cafe... We loved it !!!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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