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Where to Eat in Torquay - From Fast Food to Gourmet Seafood

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From its picturesque seaside location, Torquay has many gastronomic options to suit every palate and budget. Pubs, cafés, and restaurants work with high-quality ingredients from fresh fish caught each morning to the produce of the rich Devon farmland. You'll find a wide range of global cuisine, including Japanese and Mexican, as well as that hearty English staple: fish and chips.

Typical dishes

 

Devon is known as the home of the cream tea: afternoon tea served with scones, clotted cream, and jam. The Cornish pasty hails from neighbouring Cornwall and is a popular savory snack with diverse fillings.

Seafood by the marina

 

Before Torquay was anything else, it was a fishing village. Today's visitors can still enjoy the fresh catch of the day, brought straight from the harbor to your table. Fish options usually include sole, turbot, cod, and monkfish, while shellfish fans can savor lobsters, scallops, and crabs fresh from the ocean.

 

 

Outdoor dining

 

Restaurants with terraces are always very popular on warm days, when diners can enjoy meals with a refreshing glass of wine while the sun sets. It's often worth making reservations, given the popularity of alfresco dining, but once you're settled at your table you probably won't want to move. Restaurants with outdoor dining are dotted all around the coast - some of them are well-hidden and offer superb views.

 

  • Le Bistrot Pierre, Abbey Sands, Abbey Crescent, Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5FB ; Tel: +44 1803 221213; Website: Le Bistrot Pierre
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  • Babbacombe Bay Café, Babbacombe Bay Hotel 33-35 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LN; Tel: +44 1803 323509; Website: Babbacombe Bay Café

 

City centre fast food

 

English seaside towns are traditionally associated with fish and chips, wrapped in paper and eaten while strolling along the pier. A number of establishments in Torquay lay claim to offering the best fish and chips, and the only way to find out is to try them all. Gourmet fast food is available too, with restaurants such as Meat 59 offering innovative twists on the humble burger.

 

  • Meat 59, 59 Abbey Road, Torquay TQ2 5NQ; Tel: +44 1803 431 221; Website: Meat 59
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  • Hanbury's Famous Fish & Chip Shop, Princes Street Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3LW; Tel: +44 1803 314616; Website: Hanbury's Famous Fish & Chip Shop

 

Fine dining in St. Marychurch

 

This neighbourhood to the north of Torquay is something of a dining oasis, with several quality restaurants serving fine food to visitors and locals alike. It's worth making the trip if you're looking for an exceptional meal away from the main areas, though it's definitely worth booking before you set off.

 

  • Memories Bistro, Memories Bistro 68, Fore Street, St. Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4LX; Tel: +44 1803 322224; Website: Memories Bistro
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  • Silver Goose Café and Restaurant, 9 Fore Street, St. Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4PU; Tel: +44 1803 325 254; Website: Silver Goose Café and Restaurant