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Cliff Railway Cafe

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10 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
+44 1803 324025
09:00 - 17:00
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is the third time I've visited this great cafe. Had a fabulous crab salad. Such good value and wonderful friendly staff with amazing views.

Thank Trumpton_8
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch attracted by the amazing view. The food was excellent. Very reasonable prices and good quality. Staff are friendly and helpful. Definitely worth a second visit.

Thank sjrhill
United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! What a friendly place. Had a light lunch so we ordered a panini so tasty, very well presented. Lady behind the counter serving really made me and my family welcome by chatting to the children, holding back my sons hot chocolate so at least he would eat his lunch first! Dogs welcome outside, not sure about inside as it... More 

Thank GaynorB25
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review. Dogs are welcome outside on the terrace but we don't allow them inside. There is a bowl of water outside too. Please come and see us again soon. More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my husband that left a review with the above title but we can't see how to reply to your message to help you. As I was also there I can tell you exactly what happened to help you trace the info with your staff and confirm/solve the mystery. It was last Saturday around 2:30pm. I was served by... More 

Thank labrador-fizz
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for clarifying for me. On Saturday it was extremely busy and the lady you ordered from does remember you. I apologise if you waited longer than expected. the Scotch Eggs are my father in laws recipe and are rather good. There is now a debate about which of the ladies looks good from behind. I will not get... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this place with a great view whilst visiting the cliff railway. Upstairs window seats were full so we took a window seat downstairs. Drinks arrived quickly but it took 35 mins for already made scones to arrive that really didn't require a skilled chef to put on a plate. Perhaps if the counter staff could hand out simple food... More 

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

I have to say i'm baffled by your review. Scones are not handled by the kitchen and are done by the counter staff immediately after taking the order. I can't understand how they could have taken anything other than a few minutes as the order would no longer have been on the system. If your scones took 35mins then surely... More 

Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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289 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

.. but stayed for lunch ... superb lunch served here from friendly staff .. in a clean dining room with outside eating areas ... I chose the Ham & Tomato sandwich with homemade chutney on granary bread .. it came slightly warm with a side salad and potato crisps.. mmmm and very good .. my partner had a local Crab... More 

Thank bhgoodwin
United Kingdom
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nipped the 8miles from home to enjoy one of their very yummy ice creams,Honeycomb being my usual treat here,and in a waffle cone. But as a local Devon girl born and bred I was saddened to see a cream tea on a big board at the side of the cafe that had the cream and jam the wrong way around... More 

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

But it looks better and the jam doesn't slide off! More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted something light for lunch and had jacket potato. Lots of filling and decent size side salad. A bit more than we expected! The location is good because it is right on the sea front and the view is spectacular.

Thank Denise W
Arlesey, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only ordered drinks at the cafe but were very pleased with the cleanliness and service. We sat outside and had wonderful views of the cliffs, beach and sea.

Thank katiepoxson
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with the family for just a coffee​ but ended up having food desert and ice cream. The place was clean bright they even got a new balcony with the most amazing views. The food is great fresh and plenty of it. They even had 24 different flavours of ice cream and the same in milk shakes. The service... More 

Thank RacewayCornwall

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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
US$6 - US$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, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
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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