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The Elephant

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3 & 4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
+44 1803 200044
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12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went with my partner for our third visit and this time decided to have the tasting menu with the accompanying wines. All of the seven courses were truly special and beautifully presented. Our favourites were the hake served with seaweed and a smoked eel butter sauce and the the dessert which was rhubarb, lemon creme, champagne jelly white chocolate and... More 

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Thank adrianp1954
Exeter, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited The Elephant on a Travelzoo deal for my husband's birthday. The food was excellent & a real experience & my granddaughter loved the choice on the children's menu at a reasonable £6. My only reservation was having to pay extra for sides which made it seem quite expensive as we felt that we had already purchased a 3... More 

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Thank Marie S
England, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice experience ,we went for my wife's birthday.we had the taster menu,and went with the wine package,which was well worth it. Excellent meal and ambiance ,staff were exceptionally nice would recommend to all.

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Thank David N
Camberley, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this week with our 14 year old son we decided on a tasting menu as this was his first experience of one. The dishes were all delicious although the scallops were a firm favourite. We also thought that the wines were good value for money compared to other restaurants at this standard. Service was friendly and professional.

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Thank nfreeman2017
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A Travelzoo voucher bought the Elephant more within our budget so we booked a lunch in great anticipation. Downstairs at The Elephant is bright and airy with the tables well spaced on two levels. It has a bistro feel about it but without the polished brass lamps and Gitane stubs on the floor. We rather liked the painted tables and... More 

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Thank Peter E
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the set lunchtime menu, absolutely delicious. Beautifully presented by wonderful staff. Excellent lunch!

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Thank annetterelph
Oxford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a Saturday evening when the restaurant was busy, but not completely full. The restaurant was clean, bright, well decorated and with a relaxed vibe. The food was beautifully cooked and imaginatively presented. The service was friendly and efficient, but not intrusive. My crab starter was very tasty and venison main was wonderful. My husband declared his scallop... More 

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Thank sauvign0nblanc
Brixham
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380 reviews
357 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently got married and afterwards had a wonderful lunch at The Elephant. All of our guests said it was the best celebration lunch they had ever had. It was a special day for us and we wanted the guests to enjoy themselves which they certainly did. The front of house staff were so very good. The kichen staff delivered... More 

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Thank Clive F
Ottery St Mary
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good atmosphere Excellent imaginative food Wines good but running short. though due a delivery which we saw arrive/ Service excellent and with a good balance, not too quick & not too slow. Well worth another visit

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Thank Jeremy B
Malvern, United Kingdom
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197 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely meal in The Elephant on our last night in Torquay. Whilst we cannot fault the food or service - all dishes were beautifully cooked and presented, the restaurant was not even half full and therefore, we felt it lacked atmosphere. Maybe things would have been better on a weekend. The meal was also quite expensive -... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
Saturday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 & 4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 200044
Description
The Elephant is a bright, informal restaurant which overlooks the beautiful Torbay harbour. It was the first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin star which it maintains today. We aim to source all our ingredients locally and sustainably, many from our dedicated farm in Brixham. Please feel free to ask our front of house team about anything you are unsure of. Run by chef proprietor, Simon Hulstone and his wife Katy. Food is cooked by a talented team of chefs and served by friendly, professional team of staff. Diners can enjoy a delicious à la carte menu and set menus featuring local and sustainable fish, meat and vegetables, sourced from the surrounding area, in an informal and attractive setting. For an extra special culinary treat opt for the tasting menu. Expect friendly and knowledegable service without the formalities. All our dishes change regularly depending on which locally grown and reared (many sourced from our dedicated farm) ingredients are at their best.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?