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The Elephant

3 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
+44 1803 200044
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
3 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My first time in Torquay and I sought out Simon Huddleston's Elephant Restaurant. What a joy eating my way through the tasting menu and the wine flight too. There are so many young genius in our country and this man is up there. Great venue,...More

Thank Smudla
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went on a voucher, made very welcome by lovely staff, all food explained, beautifully presented, tasted amazing. Great night out- a yearly treat!

Thank NettaR1606
Reviewed 2 days ago

Spent a few days staying in Babbacombe nearby, and this was the best meal of our stay. Service was really good, nothing too much trouble. Flavours, content and presentation of food impeccable - we really enjoyed it. Good wine choice too. Would go again like...More

Thank GW581
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit last week was one of those rare events when the reality is even better than the expectations. The food (tasting menu) was exciting, innovative and delicious, the wine generous, luscious and matching. The service was impeccable. This was not the cheapest meal...More

Thank BillytheQuiche
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the Elephant for lunch and had their set menu. Starter of asparagus with verbena was delicious. Main courses (one fish, one lamb) were both excellent. Lamb was cooked to perfection as was my husband's fish. Side dishes from own local farm were very...More

Thank katpat1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited at lunchtime and had the set lunch menu which is excellent value. Unfortunately we found the first course was tasteless,the second course was better, more taste but not wow as you would expect from a Michelin star restaurant. We traveled quite a few...More

Thank Beneyboy
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here whilst on holiday and took our 7 year old with us. We had the tasting menu which was excellent. The restaurant were very accommodating with my son and he thoroughly enjoyed his meal. I would definitely go again if we visited the...More

Thank Shelley W
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this restaurant for our wedding anniversary as we were staying in the area and it was recommended by the B&B we were staying in as somewhere special to go. When I booked, I asked if we could sit by the window, which they...More

Thank MrsCranny25
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose the 3 course dinner special which was very special indeed the only negative comment was there were no fans or air con which would have expected for this class of restaurant

Thank Anna88402
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I went here on our anniversary. What a wonderful place. Unknown to me, my partner had arranged to have some flowers delivered here and they were happy to do this. We even had a card on the table to wish us a...More

Thank finelady44
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Callum M
12 July 2017|
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Response from ElephantRestaurant | Property representative |
Sorry for the slow reply . You can wear what you feel comfortable in .
11 February 2016|
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Response from Jeremy S | Reviewed this property |
I am fairly sure only the brasserie is open in the winter, not sure when the Michelin starred restaurant opens
Lynne S
26 October 2015|
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Response from ElephantRestaurant | Property representative |
Hello Lynn, Most of our a la carte menu is gluten-free and we also have gluten-free bread. As long as we know of any dietary requirements when you book then we can cater for them, whether it's the a la carte menu or our... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 200044
The Elephant is a bright, informal restaurant which overlooks the beautiful Torbay harbour. It was the first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin star which it maintains today. We aim to source all our ingredients locally and sustainably, many from our dedicated farm in Brixham. Please feel free to ask our front of house team about anything you are unsure of. Run by chef proprietor, Simon Hulstone and his wife Katy. Food is cooked by a talented team of chefs and served by friendly, professional team of staff. Diners can enjoy a delicious à la carte menu and set menus featuring local and sustainable fish, meat and vegetables, sourced from the surrounding area, in an informal and attractive setting. For an extra special culinary treat opt for the tasting menu. Expect friendly and knowledegable service without the formalities. All our dishes change regularly depending on which locally grown and reared (many sourced from our dedicated farm) ingredients are at their best.
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