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“Great fish in a pub by the sea.”
Review of The Start Bay Inn

The Start Bay Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Restaurants in Torcross
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $23
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, British
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Start Bay Inn is a family run unspoilt pub right next to the beach which specialises in seafood.It has been run by the Stubbs family since 1977.We serve fish and chips to die for with a portion size to suit any appetite. We also serve an extensive choice of locally caught seafood which is displayed on our specials board. The scallops are hand picked from the Start Bay sea bed by Paul Stubbs the previous Landlord and dressed by either Clair, or Gail his daughters or Stu who are partners in the business. All the crab is dropped off live in the back yard where we dress it. We serve non fish choices with local steaks and burgers being favourites. Vegetarian options are also available.A children's menu is available and if you don't want your little ones having chips again then salad or jacket potato is offered as an alternative. Our sweets cabinet is always well stocked and local ice cream available year round.The bar has a good selection of real ales and local cider and a reasonably priced wine list.Seating is either in the bar where in the winter we have an open fire, the children's room or outside on the patio on the sea front.We pride ourselves on reasonably priced generous portions with good service by happy staff.We are not a restaurant or a gastro pub. We are an honest pub serving good food at reasonable prices which is why we are busy.
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Always make a point of coming here for fish and chips whenever we visit, mainly because we know the fish is freshly caught. Cod or haddock in small, medium, large or jumbo portions are the staple order. The jumbo size is too big for me but for a tenner you can't go wrong. It's just a pub by the sea that does good fish. Or you can choose from the selection of fish on the specials board, depending on what's been caught. .

There is a choice of chips or jacket; the meal comes with just a small salad garnish, but salad, mushy peas and other sides are available. There is a good selection of deserts, with the 'usuals' on the menu and a varied selection of cakes, pies and tarts in a cabinet - all served with a choice of double or clotted cream, ice-cream or custard. Portions were big enough to share between two! We had portions of white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, lemon meringue and chocolate biscuit cake - all very scrummy, priced at £4.95 each.
There is also a soft whippy ice-cream machine for children in cone or tub, or various flavours of the local Salcombe ice-cream.

It isn't a posh wine bar, no fancy decor, but is always very popular with locals and visitors. You can't book a table but have to take pot luck. If full, the staff take your name and call you when a table is free. It doesn't normally take too long. Children under 14yrs are not allowed to eat in the bar restaurant, but there is another 'family' area which is quite acceptable.

No real view of the sea from inside, but in summer we have just sat outside overlooking the sea watching the sun go down - with glass of wine in hand. Magical.

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1  Thank CarolAnnBucks
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Start Bay Inn is great, we always have fish and chips because it's superb, as with all fish these days it's becoming pricey but the service is always good and the beer excellent.

Whether your sat inside or out the staff always find you and the location is a joy. Frequently run in to people you know which is always a good sign.

Thank Nick B
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Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

I love this place. Last time I went there, I finished my lovely big portion of haddock, walked out to the car park, and had a heart attack. Yes, really. Four days in Torquay General.

I'd still go again, mind you. It IS good.

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5  Thank Fatherjackmart
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

I eat here most weeks and the service is excellent. Fish so fresh. A great dining experience

lizzie smith - slapton

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Thank slaptonliz
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Visited this place on a cold January afternoon based on trip advisor comments and a recommendation. First impressions were mixed. There was some building work going on and place had plenty of spaces. Nobody acknowledged us so we just took a seat. It looked clean if a bit tired but cosy just the same. We decided to overlook the ghastly laminated menu that exists in greasy spoons normally and ordered off the special board that had a number of choices. Wife ordered a trio of fish and I went for surf ,n turf. As one of her least favourite fishes was one of the trio (Gurnard) I asked at the order counter if it could be substituted. I was told it could'nt in a tone that suggested I was silly to ask. In the event it did'nt matter as they all tasted the same - butter!. Were they cooked in a bag we wondered?
My dish also tasted of butter and the "surf" was a kebab of prawns in a thick butter and garlic coating. Her salad side consisted of tired leaves with a couple of thick slices of cucumber - undressed and un-appetising. And then there were the oven chips.. I hate oven chips and places that serve them tell me they can't be bothered....especially a place prides itself on its signature dishes of fish and chips should at least ensure that half the dish is freshly cooked.
Very poor experience. The ingredients (apart from chips!) were clearly fresh but spoilt by the preparation. The information sheet claimed that this had been a family run restaurant since 1977. Unfortunately they seem to have stopped innovating in 1979. Probably spoilt by success. A shame but I do really feel cross when it appears that I am being taken for granted

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