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The Gainsborough

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The Grand Hotel | Sea Front, Torquay TQ2 6NT, England
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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44 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

As described in my hotel review this restaurant which is now named 'The 1881 Restauran't and no longer the Gainsborough Restaurant is quite elegant, extremely well managed and serves quality food. The staff are very friendly and highly efficient. The food is very good. Soft music plays, and the restaurant overlooks the sea.

Thank Frederick32
Torquay, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Words cannot express how grateful we all were to the staff at The Grand Hotel on the evening of my Dad's 70th Birthday party on Saturday 15th October. The Restaurant Manager pulled out all the stops and changed our reservation from the restaurant to the conservatory - so that my Dad could enjoy the sea view. All the staff we... More 

2 Thank 186259Donna
Chichester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

food and service excellent. A good reasonably price wine list.Service a bit slow but food prepared to order

2 Thank Stephen H
Worcester, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

The Grand Hotel consistently delivers the best cream tea I have ever tasted. Two beautiful, homemade, large, light scones with ample amounts of strawberry preserve, clotted cream and a pot of tea, all for £6.50. Quite simply, neither the cream tea nor the price can be beaten! I have been coming to The Grand Hotel for many years and the... More 

2 Thank SimonCarter1973
Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2015

Only spent 1 day in Torquay but loved the beach and the gorgeous beach huts. Dined out in the old pub looking out to sea.

2 Thank ralph_judy
Bristol, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2015

Food disappointed. Service was excellent. Room reflects the history of the hotel. Note now called 1881.

2 Thank Joy Hazel W
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2015

bad service, disgusting food, over priced and a total waste of my life. refused to pay and will never ever return !!!!!!

2 Thank Englishblokeuk
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369 reviews
346 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

Visited the Compass Cafe bar at The Grand Hotel after a morning in Torquay. Enjoyed 2 different sandwiches both of which were excellent freshly made and with crisps and garnish. Cafetiere and delicious orange drizzle cake to follow. As always a pleasant experience with good staff service and a welcome. Good value and one of the only places you get... More 

2 Thank Clive F
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369 reviews
346 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

The Grand Club sandwich is the best in the bay. Likewise the choice of wines on offer are excellent. The service in the Compass cafe bar is always excellent. We dine here for lunch often.

1 Thank Clive F
Torquay, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

I liked everything and disliked nothing the food is very good and plenty of it good suroundings and some tables with sea views warm and friendly staff waiting on you and a good price to it truly is value for your money so check it out when you are next in Torquay

2 Thank Stewart B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Grand Hotel | Sea Front, Torquay TQ2 6NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
  • This restaurant is at The Grand Hotel

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?