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“New menu in Compass Cafe Bar...”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Gainsborough - CLOSED

The Gainsborough
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Brixham
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378 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“New menu in Compass Cafe Bar...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

Another excellent lunch in the Compass Cafe Bar on 24 June 2013 with excellent service from Viktorija who has served us before and remembered us which was very pleasant considering how busy the cafe bar can be.
The new menu offers plenty of choice and we had a favourite the Grand Club sandwich and the new season Chicken Caesar salad both of which were wonderfully fresh tasting and plenty big enough.
We enjoyed a bottle of Jack Rabbitt Merlot; a litre of sparkling water and a pot of coffee.
From our table we had a wonderful view across the bay. We will return for lunch again soon.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Clive F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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English first
Scotland, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“A disorganised shambles with overpriced food and large tour groups”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

Upon arrival the four of us decided on pre dinner drinks in the bar.

We asked the waitress for the restaurant menus so we could peruse them over our drinks, she disappeared and came back a few minutes later and said the restaurant was too busy to give us menus.

Once we finished our drinks we asked for the bill to be to be transferred to our table - we were told this was impossible and we would have to pay now at the bar.

Once seated in the somewhat old fashioned and dilapidated restaurant it started to dawn on us what sort of place this was.

The breakfast buffet took up almost the entire length of the dining room and had been covered in table cloths to hide it. There were several large tour groups (either coach or train trips) on large tables who were very noisy and even had some sort of presentation with the hotel staff.

We were finally given our menus and were then pestered every minute by both the wine waiter and our table waiter for our choices.

When the wine arrived the wine waiter asked us each in turn which glass he should use as he didn't know and how much he should pour into each glass. Obviously not his fault - he just hadn't received even five minutes training.

The food was OK - I had mackerel pate which was sloppy and served with an anemic looking single quarter of toast followed by chicken which was unremarkable. For two very plain courses we were each charged £24.95 - no doubt the tour groups who were eating off the same menu were charged something more like £5 per head.

We couldn't face deserts or coffee as the noise from the large tour groups was now unbearable.

Overall the cost of the meal was more than a fantastic lunch at the Elephant the previous day.

Never visit this restaurant unless you're on a package deal.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Patrick P
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English Riviera, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great Sunday Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

I have had many Sunday Lunches at the Grand Hotel. The food is excellent, menu varied, served by staff who know their 'stuff' in beautiful surroundings. It is excellent value for money = why eat at home when its this good? .

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Scatcat
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Brixham
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378 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“New menu in Compass cafe bar...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013

We enjoyed lunch in the Compass Cafe Bar today Monday 4th Feb. It was a lovely sunny day and Loyd suggested a corner table with excellent sea views across the bay. He also advised us of a promotion on a bottle of Australian Shiraz (£12). It was full of fruity flavours and went well with our food order.
We have previously enjoyed the Grand Club sandwich and so had 2 of them today and as before they were excellent and a full portion size with salad garnish and crisps. We did have room for a dessert and we were very pleased with the Nursery pudding which was a plum frangipan with custard. We had 2 Americano coffees with hot milk to finish. Good menu choice and new menu. We were served by a number of staff during the meal and must say that everyone is always very friendly and efficient. We will certainly return and this is the ideal place to relax and take in the view and enjoy a very pleasant meal.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Clive F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Brixham
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378 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Post New Year lunch in the Compass Cafe Bar...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2013

We started off the new year with a trip to the Grand Hotel on the Seafront of Torquay and their Compass Cafe Bar where we had great service and tasty and substantial starters and salad mains. The homemade chicken terrine was the best we have had in ages and the fresh warm bread delicious. Our main courses were a Brixham crab salad and a smoked salmon salad and these were full of flavour and the crab in particular was so fresh and super. We had a bottle of Merlot and a bottle sparkling water and found that we we had to passion dessert because we were fully satisfied. the service and surroundings make this venue an ideal place for lunch and on all our visits we have been very pleased with our meals.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Clive F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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