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The Ugly Duckling

2 The Lawn, Dawlish EX7 9PW, England
+44 1626 437343
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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British, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2 The Lawn, Dawlish EX7 9PW, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had tea with the family...child's fish and chips, spaghetti with meatballs from their new Italian menu, scampi and veg and by special request from the lovely chef a marguerita pizza with baked beans! The people who run this place are very friendly and they were...More

Thank Ruth O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the carvery on 6th May, awsome meal, hot and delisious. If your in Dawlish The Ugly Ducling i'd recommended.Good menu good food. Good value for money.

Thank SamanthaBollington
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great welcome and good traditional menu choices. Attentive service and our choices of carvery roast and puddings were enjoyed by all (especially the home made bread and butter pudding!).

Thank stevecurtis2017
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Sorry this is a bit late in posting: I made a 'late' booking for Mothering Sunday lunch. The staff were very accommodating and even ensured an appropriate alternative 'dietary' dictated' desert was available. On the day we found the staff welcoming and friendly. The food...More

Thank hepa
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Visited the Ugly Duckling again on this visit to Dawlish as we have been pleased in the past. Had Steak & Kidney pie and the Rump Steak, it was cooked to perfection, by the very pleasant husband and wife owners. Reasonable priced and plenty of...More

Thank PaulTheOldGoat
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Thank you so much for welcoming us Late Lunchers into your wonderful restaurant for a delicious meal! We were the last table in on Tuesday 28th with my in laws and poorly little boy. Each and everyone of you made us feel in no rush...More

Thank LoubyLeopard
Christopher J, Owner at The Ugly Duckling, responded to this review

How very kind of you to take the time to write us such a lovely review. I have to tell you that Catharine doesn't give one of her little ducks to everybody, so she must have quite taken to your little chap! So pleased that...More

Reviewed 26 March 2017

sorry for late review.we went to ugly duckling last sunday.catherine and chris are very welcoming(also look after disabled/unabled customers).happy friendly atmosphere,staff are attentive polite and happy.we have always enjoyed good food.well worth driving an hour and 30 minutes for a lovely carvery,the veg is lovely...More

Thank Maria C
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Good foods and also family business are friendly!!! Also I went there a few times!! Last time I went there for pot of tea with 2 scones with clotted cream and jam yummm

Thank janebplumley
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Called in here for a light lunch. We did not try the carvery this time but it did look quite nice. We had a mixture of toastie, baked potato and soup. All were tasty and well presented. Staff were very friendly and attentive, so no...More

Thank Andrew J
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We came across the restaurant by chance and saw that there were a lot of full tables (always a good sign). We were given a very warm friendly greeting. The restaurant was very tidy and clean and well laid out. We had a carvery meal...More

Thank Jenny R
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Is the restaurant open on Christmas day and are they doing a Christmas meal. If so are there any spaces please?
24 December 2016|
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Response from Kernowgirl24 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry only just found your comment...27.12.16
Can you cater for a vegan diet?
4 September 2016|
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Response from Lisa B | Reviewed this property |
No idea I was a customer.
Are you doing Christmas Day lunch for 2016 ? If so, when do you take bookings ? What is the price per person ? What are the service times ?
4 August 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 The Lawn, Dawlish EX7 9PW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Dawlish
  • Phone Number: +44 1626 437343
Here at The Ugly Duckling Restaurant, we pride ourselves on the high standards of our mainly British cuisine and the friendliness of our personal service. Our speciality is our daily carvery, served from 12.00 noon, which also includes our home cooked "Dish of the Day", and on Sundays we have our famous "Four Meat Carvery". The Carvery is in addition to our comprehensive, all day menu. We are open from 8.00am daily,(10.00 on Sundays)for fine coffees, to drink in or takeaway, and traditional breakfasts. We currently open every day except Mondays, and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through to 7.00pm. We are fully licensed and stock some excellent wines. Look out for our special evenings which include a French night to welcome the Beaujolais Nouveau in November and Burns Night in January. We look forward to seeing you, but you are strongly advised to book if you are coming for lunch.