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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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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Have been here many times and it's always very good food at good prices the portion sizes are huge and fish nice and fresh. Will be coming back soon.

Thank James T
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been going to this pub for many years and we were really disappointed how much the food had gone downhill. Renowned for its fish and chips now this appears sadly a thing of the past. The salad has disappeared, the chip were like cardboard basically fried from frozen to just about cooked. We ordered a kids sausage and... More 

Thank Zaleda
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went there two weeks ago and got in at 1800 when they start to serve dinner. Skate was so dried up it had no taste. My haddock was good in the middle but very very dry on the outside. Chips could well have been left over from lunch and re heated as they had no taste and were dry and... More 

Thank Nick F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped in for a quiet pint or two with my wife.. The place is rammed, staff running around like crazy and alot of happy people eating and drinking. The food and service is excellent. Highly recommended this place...

Thank Peter S
Wishaw, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called in at lunchtime today after a breezy walk on the Devon coast. A lovely welcoming pub with good selection of ales. All three of us had cod and chips which was lovely and plentiful to say the least. Great fish selection on the menu to try next time. Well worth a visit.

Thank Robert1991
Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a take away on sat 4th feb One large cod and chips Two regular cod and chips The large cod had 7 bones in it and the chips tasted more like oven chips we were very disappointed and went else wheref

Thank martin19502016
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked specifically 5 miles to visit this pub for lunch with a group of people but unfortunately dogs were not allowed in even into the bar area which at the time was very quiet, there was the outside option but on a cold Feb day this was not appealing. This was a shame but we took our custom for... More 

Thank Aaron S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stop here when visiting Torcross and Slapton Sands - always a good variety of fish dishes - best pint of prawns - Addlestones Cider - heavenly combination. Good to sit out in the summer too but the draw of the roaring fire in the winter is what it is all about. Always popular - confusing ordering method but always prompt... More 

Thank Helen H
Michigan, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very tasty meal here on a wet and windy evening. The smoked mackerel was really excellent and the fish pie was well put together with just the right amount of fishiness. Service was very cheerful, and beer and wine selection was just what was needed. There were a good choice of desserts too, but not for us on this... More 

Thank 1805bob
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a visiting friend for lunch on the last day of January. A dull, wet, miserable day outside but the open fire & pub atmosphere cheered us up. We all had fish and chips, the medium portions were quite large enough for us. Good standard, as always( we have been coming here for over 20 years) efficient staff and... More 

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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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