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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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Chichester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Stephen H
Worcester, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank SimonCarter1973
Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank ralph_judy
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

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

Thank Joy Hazel W
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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 !!!!!!

Thank Englishblokeuk
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330 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Clive F
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330 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Clive F
Torquay, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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

Thank Stewart B
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330 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Compass Cafe Bar at The Grand Hotel is the ideal place for a relaxing light lunch with the added bonus of a great sea view. Today, 3rd September we enjoyed a gorgeous bottle of prosecco along with the best Grand Club sandwich we have had in ages. The potato wedges which we had as a side order were slightly... More 

Thank Clive F
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

After visiting the Grand Hotel on Friday evening 30th August I felt I had to make a comment regarding my visit. On arrival we sat down& waited for at leased 10 minutes to be served by a girl who was obviously under pressure noting this we looked at the male staff behind the bar they looked very stern no smiling... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Cafe, European
Lunch, Dinner
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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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