Started excellently, upgraded as normal, stayed here 4 times a year roughly for 3 years now and recommended to friends and family who have stayed on many occassions. It is a traditional hotel by the sea and in every way the name says it all. It is Grand. Friendly staff,dated but period traditional well sized rooms. I entertain clients on my visits in the rstaurant as it is, by there admission, one of the best places to eat in Torquay. However on this occassion, it was not to be.
Ike to add at this point, the staff were amazing and helpful. The bill was reduced due to the poor quality.
The food has taken a step back in quality. The steaks were greasy, served on a wooden platter and the chips were undercooked. The mushroom was earthy, the peppercorn sauce watery and overall was little better than what you would expect in a cafe.
Starters were small, there was no presentation to the dishes and the petit fours were similar to a pick and mix.
Only if the food returns to its former glory will I return.
PS breakfast, hard poached eggs, soggy toast and a poor display of buffet food. Great Hotel but needs to go back to its roots for repeat custom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Torquay's Historic Jewel For old world grandeur and traditional British charm, the Grand has been Torquay's landmark hotel for over 130 years. Overlooking one of the finest bays, this elegant Victorian hotel offers 132 individually styled bedrooms, The Grand spa, AA rosette restaurant 1881 and is surrounded by 22 miles of spectacular Devon coastline. ... more less
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