Like most things, there are good things and bad things about the Burlington Hotel in Torquay. The bad first. The food was a poor quality. One was asked at breakfast for your choice of dinner that night. I think most of the food was frozen and therefore the staff had to know how much to take out of the freezer for each meal. If you didn't like your choice, that was tough because there was nothing else. I had the risotto one evening and I love that anywhere else. But DON'T even attempt to eat it here. It was a portion of frozen mixed veg with some cooked rice in some very yellow sauce. It was vile. The breakfast was OK but if you had cereals you couldn't have fruit juice. The poached eggs were the best and they were cooked very well, nice runny yolks and firm whites. The bread was the plastic variety. The bedroom was not dusted and the valance on the bed hadn't seen a washing machine in some time. There were clean sheets but NO mattress cover. Now, come on, we all know what goes on in beds but we don't want to wallow in it. They did have clean and lovely and white sheets and towels. If you are over 10 stone, don't bother with room 23's shower. It is SO tiny that neither of us could get in. We are not monstrously overweight but I agree we are not lightweight either. The other part of the bathroom was fine,nice loo and clean and a nice big wash hand basin. The bathroom would have been better as a wet room. Rubbish toilet paper, the type that is a false economy, once in contact with water it disintegrates not having being used for the purpose it was intended for.
A good point of room 23 was the patio doors leading to a private garden. That was lovely as we had the most wonderful weather. The odd thing was the curtains. Although they fitted properly, and were the same background colour, one was plain and the other patterned, very odd. The tv was of the old type, not flat screen. I know one is not on holiday to watch tv, but the entertainment wasn't for us although others said there was a good variety and of course the ubiquitous bingo. I know this was a budget trip, but we have had many budget trips but this was the worst as far as food and cleanliness were concerned. As I said, good and bad points. If it wasn't for the weather being so good, it would have been awful having to stay in for most of the day.
One really good thing was Cafe 26 in Teignmouth. Wow. I asked a local where to go for a light lunch and he suggested Cafe 26. We had the crab sandwich with dressing and crisps and the home made scones and cream tea. To die for. Well worth the money. Again in Dartmouth I asked a local where to go for a snack and they said Saveurs a French cafe where they make everything, bread, cakes, chocolate. It was also sublime. Also across the road from Saveurs, there is a market and as you walk in, turn right and at the bottom on the right is a wonderful cafe that again everything is home made and their scones are superb. Plenty of choice and same sort of prices. The local told me to avoid the Station restaurant, he said it was minging! I always trust a local.
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- Hotel Burlington Torquay, Devon