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The Start Bay Inn

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Torcross, Torcross TQ7 2TQ, England
+44 1548 580553
11:30 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 23:30
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here after a day out on the beach and just wanted something to put us on until we got home, we ordered a Jumbo to take away found it was enough for the three of us, and that we couldn't eat when we got home! The fish was lovely and fresh, the batter was crispy with no soggy... More 

Thank Danny F
Tiverton, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We met friends from Cornwall for lunch at this lovely pub. We all ate fish and each dish was excellent. My haddock was large, a medium piece would have been ample, and the monkfish and crevettes were also ample portions. The seafood is all recommended but be aware that the portion sizes are large but so delicious that you will... More 

Thank fredthepaddocks
Aveton Gifford, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met up with friends visiting from Somerset, so the first thing you do is look over the seawall - fairly choppy today but the inn and its neighbours have experienced much worse. So it's good to get inside the unexceptional but cosy interior. Food is the main business here, specifically fish, and most specifically fish and chips, which comes... More 

Thank Anne F
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made a special trip for lunch at what is our favourite restaurant for fish dishes. As usual there was a wide range apart from the standard cod/haddock/plaice as well as non-fish dishes so you can safely visit with friends who are more into steaks etc. On this occasion we stuck to our normal plaice and as usual it tasted... More 

Thank Rogerplym
Pontneddfechan, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gorgeous location, very popular, choice of seating in either the Traditional Pub lounge with open fire or in the lighter more cafe-like Family room. Lots of Fish choices but also Steaks & Chicken dishes. My Partner gave his steak 10/10. I loved the Fish n Chips. Really generous portions

Thank FoodloverKaren
Baslow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We popped in for a quick "sarny" and a good point of Tribute! Spotted the amazing menu with a whole host of different fish dishes on the specials board. As we are only in Slapton a mile or 2 away we will be returning to savour the specials during the week.

Thank CPBF
Devon, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Whilst out for a leisurely motorcycle ride on some great Devon roads with my partner we stopped here for a late lunch. The location overlooking the sea is great and there is a decent sized car park. Inside is a warm cosy pub which also has a family room. Be warned though that the full lunch menu is only available... More 

Thank RichardS253
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

It was during the school holiday when we visited and it was extremely busy, not sure if it would normally be this busy especially as it was a Wednesday night. The opening times for food is dinner and evening not all day and you cannot book a table so you may have to wait or not get a table which... More 

Thank Derren D
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Looks like a typical Devon country pub, in a unique position right by the sea and beach. But you'll realise when you see the menu and chalk board this is a fish pub. You are given a fantastic choice of local fish, and your choice in preparation, not just batter ( which is great beer batter). When your order arrives,... More 

Thank John B
Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

It doesn't get better than this! Having walked here from the central car park on the beach the batteries needed recharging and we certainly got this here. Try the ice cream with ginger - lovely! Daighter got a whippy ice cream too.

Thank DGD3020

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$23
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Torcross, Torcross TQ7 2TQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Torcross
  • Phone Number: +44 1548 580553
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.

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