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Cliff Railway Cafe

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10 Babbacombe Downs Rd, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
+44 1803 324025
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

From inside and outside seating you get a breathtaking view of Oddicombe beach and sourounding cliffs. Dog friendly inside and out. Very good range of food which is very good. Also good if you fancy an ice cream. Disabled entrance. Too.

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Thank 945gary
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Thankyou for such a glowing review. Just to clarify; we are very friendly inside and out but only dog friendly outside. We will look forward to seeing you again. More 

Derby
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86 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yum yum! Fresh home baked scones and tea! The sandwiches and panini were tasty and the views are stunning. Only down side was £1.95 for a can of Pepsi. Other than that.... A lovely tasty lunch overlooking the beautiful blue calm sea.

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

LannyB, Many thanks for your review. I hope you come and visit us again. Lindsay More 

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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the cliff railway up to Babbacombe Downs and stopped here for lunch. The cafe itself is spotlessly clean and very chic looking, but we sat on the terrace as it was a warm day. I had the prawn salad which is one of the best salads I have ever had! It was just so fresh and tasty. My... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Our salads are very popular this time of year. We hope to see you again soon. Lindsay More 

Bedford, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice café with a good selection of snacks and light lunches. It occupies a great position with a view of the sea and has seating inside and out.

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Thank Rosemary R
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Rosemary, Thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts. Please come and visit again soon, we are open all year. Lindsay More 

Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice variety of meals on the menu, salads,sandwiches,cream teas and hot food and some very large cakes.

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Thank Andrea R
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Andrea, Thank you for your very kind review. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Lindsay More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have ordered breakfast on a number of occasions only to be disappointed every time. Limp fatty. Bacon -even though we asked for it to be well cooked, overcooked fried eggs every time, sausages over cooked to the extent hard to cut and baked beans cold, tomatoes hard and barely cooked. The views are beautiful and as a local family have... More 

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Thank Ross M
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Ross, I am very sorry to hear you didn't get a good breakfast. I would be grateful if you would contact me on 01803 324025 so that I can find out how this happened as none of the staff have any knowledge of a complaint. Breakfast is very busy here and its extremely rare for us to have any complaints... More 

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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location for a café. Staff are very friendly and reasonably priced food, although the selection is just of your typical café sandwiches and sweets.

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

Thank you for your comments about the staff and cafe. I'm not sure why you didn't read the whole menu or the specials board; we certainly offer a lot more than sandwiches! At this time of year our homemade Quiches sell very well as do our fresh crab salads. We hope that you will visit again. More 

Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popped in for a coffee and was met by extremely helpful and cheerful staff .The cakes looked excellent but unfortunately I couldn't,t sample any as I am on a diet. Will go again next time to sample their lunches

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Thank Ann T
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Ann, Remember that as long as the sun is shining there are no calories in cake. Do come and see us again. Lindsay More 

Wales
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98 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

little rail down the cliff to oddicombe beach 2£ up £2;20 return well worth the money and a nice little walk along a rocky part of the beach

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Thank tonypandy
Hereford, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Located right next to the Cliff Railway this cafe has disabled access and sells a good selection of ice cream at a decent price.

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Thank Neil_Hanvey

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $11
Cuisine
Cafe, British
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Babbacombe Downs Rd, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 324025
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 from floor to ceiling windows and a panoaramic view from our outside terrace. All meals are cooked to order and we use fresh locally sourced ingredients.

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