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“Convenient, inexpensive” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling
2, The Lawn, The Strand, Dawlish, England
01626 43 73 43
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Ranked #10 of 44 Restaurants in Dawlish
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Here at The Ugly Duckling Restaurant, we pride ourselves on the high standards of our mainly British cuisine and the friendliness of our personal service. Our speciality is our daily carvery, served from 12.00 noon, which also includes our home cooked "Dish of the Day", and on Sundays we have our famous "Four Meat Carvery". We are open from 8.00am daily,(10.00 on Sundays)for fine coffees, to drink in or takeaway, and traditional breakfasts. We currently open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6.00pm for dinner, complemented by some excellent wines. We look forward to seeing you, but you are strongly advised to book if you are coming for lunch.
Dawlish, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Convenient, inexpensive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is a small, busy restaurant where we have lunch once in a while, a simple menu, with what I consider to be traditional lunchtime fayre, inexpensive and tasty. On this occasion, I had the steak and kidney pie, tender beef, plenty of kidney and a tasty gravy topped with flaky pastry. Basic, nicely presented with chips, peas and carrots, and served piping hot, followed by steamed chocolate pudding with custard. There was a good variety of 'hot' desserts, lovely!

Service was prompt and polite, and the menu included a small carvery which we did not try.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Christopher J, Owner at The Ugly Duckling, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
It's very nice to know that you appreciate good "home style" cooking, which really is our stock-in-trade. We love to welcome returning visitors, and now that we have been here for over a year, we are starting to re-new acquaintances from last year. Please keep coming to see us when you are in Dawlish, we try to give the best of fare with excellence of service. Thank you for taking time out to write about us.
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English first
Exeter, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Excellent lunch but”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We received a friendly welcome from the staff who were extremely helpful with our mobility problems. The lovely family lunch was very enjoyable especially the carvery with lots of fresh vegetables & delicious desserts. We have eaten there a few times before so we know what great value for money it is. But today we were surprised to see 4 dogs in the restaurant at lunch time - not guide dogs - & as it was raining the smell of wet dogs under the table next to us was offputting. We like dogs but not in a restaurant serving food to paying customers

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Christopher J, Owner at The Ugly Duckling, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
We are so pleased that you have chosen to eat at our restaurant on a number of occasions. I am very surprised to learn that there were FOUR dogs in, particularly at lunchtime, especially wet ones. We occasionally have visitors who enquire whether we allow dogs. We do, of course, as we are animal lovers and there is no law preventing it, while no food is being prepared. We do, however, try to ascertain whether people on nearby tables object, try to be sure the dogs are not wet or smelly and are well behaved and will always seat the owners at the two tables by the door - well away from the bar area. Our normal maximum is TWO dogs at any one time and try to avoid having dogs in the restaurant during our busy lunch times. In fact, the presence of dogs in the restaurant occurs very infrequently. Perhaps a word to myself, my wife or one of the staff might have solved the problem, rather than to include it on this website. Please come in again, we are so sorry your experience on this occasion upset you.
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berkshire
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Good honest food at a reasonable price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I visited The Ugly Duckling with my wife on Easter Saturday. On arrival, we had not yet thought about where to eat and were only going to look at the menu in the window before deciding. We were greeted at the door in a friendly manner without pressure to enter. We decided, however, to go in. As we were the only customers at the time, attention from the staff was fantastic. This attention continued throughout the meal as the restaurant got busier. A 2 course meal with beer cost us less than £25. A lovely little place to dine with great prospects under this ownership. Keep it up guys!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Christopher J, Owner at The Ugly Duckling, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
Thank you very much for reviewing our restaurant. We are so happy you liked us and look forward to serving you again.
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Mothering Sunday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Good carvery, reasonably priced and great staff. Only downside is the tables are a bit close together but will return to eat again.

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Christopher J, Owner at The Ugly Duckling, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Thank you for your comments. We do try not to make people feel crammed in, but so many of our regulars like a particular table, we are reluctant to change the current arrangement. Nevertheless, we are delighted that you will be back, and are so pleased that you had a pleasant visit.
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“light lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Popped in for a light line. Great service very friendly staff. A popular restaurant with the locals which is always a good sign. Will definitely return when in the area.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christopher J, Owner at The Ugly Duckling, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Yes we are fortunate in having so many regular customers, but always enjoy meeting new ones. Thank you for your comments and trust we will see you again.
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