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The Start Bay Inn


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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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
US$5 - US$23
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for dinner tonight - a wet cold, blustery February night....and it was packed! The food was excellent - we all had cod, chips and peas. Great, huge portions be advised the small portion is big enough for most people! Would love to return and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank SuffolkCarol
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been using eateries in the South Hams on a regular basis for many years. The Start Bay Inn has always been popular and the food (especially the fish) has always and continues to be, very good. Sadly I must make the following comment....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Buttonhole
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have always found the food here to be excellent, the portions are huge and the staff very friendly. Would highly recommend this place.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Alan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always worth the trip, this lovely friendly pub offers well kept ales and generous portions of well cooked dishes.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank John4725
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

Fish and Chips is the speciality of this Pub/Restaurant. Portions are large even when they are listed as small or medium. I regret that I have not been here for some time, but consistency has never changed as far as the Fish and Chips dishes...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Kenty114
Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile

Popped in for a quick bite on a quiet evening. We both ordered off the special menu and were quite disappointed with what we got. The steak pie tasted overpoweringly of onion. The bean chilli was bland and dry and served with a mountain of...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 443evieb
Reviewed 2 January 2019

We visited in the evening for fish and chips and it was excellent! The pub was packed and yet the quality of the food was still superb.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Tealover626
Reviewed 1 January 2019

If you just want a basic, batter fried fish and chips then this pub is perfect, and there's no denying the location is superb if you mange to visit at the time of year and with the weather for an outside table. If you are...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jarfie
Reviewed 25 December 2018

Ordered fish and chips for both me and my partner, greasy and over priced, Feel that the food should be better and price lower, having travelled to many places and eaten at many, this food isn't as good as they price it , and is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 18 December 2018

I've been visiting the Start Bay Inn for years, I used to live nearby but have now moved away, however still visit when I am in the area. Last Monday lunchtime my friend and I met up here with two other friends for lunch. I...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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4 October 2016|
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Response from Janeen E | Reviewed this property |
We stayed outside and all those with dogs did so too. If you want to be inside there are other options in the area
21 January 2016|
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Response from LES N | Reviewed this property |
Others replies probably cover the issues raised well enough. I would only add that I would not consider the Inn as providing fully accessible service for the disabled especially as there are internal steps from the family... More
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