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Cliff Railway Cafe

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10 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
+44 1803 324025
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Torquay, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016

Being a local to the area we spend slot of time at babbacombe and always stop off at a cafe somewhere on the downs for a cuppa and ice cream with my boys, so today we thought we would try the cliff railway cafe. We ordered a pot of tea and asked for a ice cream in a cone for... More 

1 Thank Clair R
Bristol, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

We are drawn to this cafe like iron filings to a magnet! Some of the most spectacular views in the Bay (the outside terrace is especially stunning) and an excellent food offering.As well as the printed menu there is also a small offering of specials on the blackboard. We paid another visit on a cold wet lunchtime last week when... More 

Thank Bob s
Torquay, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016

For a delicious cup of coffee & a naughty slice of cake, look no further. The staff are hard working, friendly & professional. Even on a wet morning in February, the place was buzzing. My friend & I had a teacake with our latte coffees, which hit the spot. A big thank you to the ladies who work so hard.... More 

Thank Cowperstowe
Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2016

The scones are really good. The place is very clean. In the main the staff are good, one in particular I did not care for, do not know her name ( wasn't interested enough to ask) However this negative feeling was wiped out by a member of staff who I was interested enough to ask her name - Sally. I... More 

Thank 34walkerlady
Torquay, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2016

visit here quite often as its local to me,lovely food, good service, friendly and helpful staff, good standard of cleanliness. and beautiful view out to sea, has outside eating area too grandchildren love to walk to here for scrumptious ice creams :)

Thank JancyMonteiro
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

Had a great two week holiday with the family in October and we spent a good deal of time here. Great service and great food and I'll be back soon

Thank Allan S
Paignton, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2016

Popped in here today after a stroll along the Downs with husband, son and grandson. Was met with a cheery, "Hello!" from a woman behind the counter (for me it's always a good sign when a customer is acknowledged in this way.) I ordered coffee for the three of us, and toasted tea cakes with jam. All arrived in next... More 

Thank MargaretTotnes
Paignton, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2016 via mobile

Went here for lunch with my mother who has mobility issues. Very easy access and staff helpful. Reasonably priced. The only downside was the female staff member (I think it was Lyndsay) could have been a little happier and spoken a bit more rather than just delivering the food to the table the wrong way round and not confirming one... More 

2 Thank iBosh1981
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments about your visit. I am sorry that a small element of the service was not up to standard. I assure you that your concerns will be addressed and Lindsay will be dealt with accordingly (despite being 6'2" with a beard). More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Brilliant fresh clean surroundings I love it because of the brilliant cliff and sea views And it's dog friendly It is also wheel chair friendly I noticed. Great choice of food and good service. Would have given top marks apart from I smoke and there is a no smoking sign on an isolated outside table. Perfect for getting away from... More 

Thank 945gary
Brixham, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2016

The window tables have lovely views and its a very pleasant cafe. The staff are very friendly and are keen to please. The food is nice but nice cafe food but the prices are on the high side for what you are getting.

Thank Dave S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $10
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 324025
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?