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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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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Best place for fish and chips even though they have a large varied menu but the fish is out there f this world! I don't exaggerate! Always full and bustling and great service. Great restaurant to eat dinner with a roaring fire, good food and drink. Can't recommend it highly enough!

Thank Wanda G
Ottawa, Canada
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were at the Start Bay Inn Restaurant on 28 December 2016. We arrived pretty late, maybe around 8:30 pm and it was in the middle of the week so the restaurant was not so busy at all. I really wanted to come back to this restaurant for its famous Fish and Chips. Here are the best Fish and Chips... More 

Thank Violeta B
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here after smelling the lovely cooking aroma from the kitchen as we walked by. Had to queue for a few minutes to be served at the food counter. Chose to have the 'large' fish and chips instead of the 'jumbo' portion. Beautifully cooked fish and chips, only downside was the plastic sachets of sauce. Please please can you... More 

Thank Gary W
Redditch, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good! Staff were extremely rude over the phone and in person. They aren't dog friendly. In the middle of December they told us to sit outside as we had a dog even though nobody was inside the restaurant! Wouldn't recommend because of rudeness

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eaten here many times over the last 25 years, used to be massive portions of fish and chips, and great salads. But now sadly the food is very average. Skinny frozen chips, used to be chunky. Very dissapointed, won't be going back. The only thing that hadn't changed was the high prices.

Thank Trevdrive
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for lunch. Been here several times over the years and it used to be outstanding. The last couple of times have been disappointing and today we were served just average pub fayre. Chips were awful; just cheap standard frozen chips. Fish was OK but nothing compared to what it was. Side salad is much reduced to how it used... More 

Thank Sarah R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The four of us visited The Start Bay Inn and were pleasantly surprised to find that at around 5pm the family dining area was empty as in the higher seasons it would be very busy at this time as we have previously found. We had 3 fish and chips and 1 sandwich which the fish was the usual good quality... More 

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

Visited here last week for a family birthday. This place is just great, it has a lovely atmosphere, friendly helpful staff and good food. The steak was tender and the fish was excellent. Big on portions, small on cost, we loved it, and all topped off with a lovely walk on the beach.

Thank Loobeloo9
Devon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Have been to this establishment on many occasions, well kept Ales 'OTTER' and reasonable pub food, Service is very good and helpings are plentiful, Dogs not allowed when food is being served (not a bad thing)

Thank adamcoles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

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 

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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, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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