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Cliff Railway Cafe

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10 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
+44 1803 324025
09:00 - 17:00
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Torquay, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we've been now quite a few times to the cafe and couldn't fault it.Its exceptionally clean and the staff are very attentive.This last visit we opted for jacket potatoes as we didn't want anything too heavy . When the meals arrived all I can say was there was more than ample.Its good to know for us that we can visit... More 

Thank michaelD539KB
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Our portions are generous and I think thats part of the reason we remain so busy, even in the winter months. Come and visit again soon and you'll be able to enjoy our new balcony and downstairs seating area. More 

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here for a milkshake and cream tea with my mum and kids. The milkshakes were absolutely divine and made with ice cream, rather than the schmoo rubbish a lot of places serve these days. My mum and I have a cream tea. I have to say they are possibly the worst scones I've had out before. They were so... More 

Thank sldoyle1985
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

I'm surprised that you didn't mention this to us. Why go to the effort of putting this on trip advisor when all you had to do mention it on the day. We sell a lot of homemade scones and bake several times a day. If one wasn't right we could have replaced it for you. I have built this business... More 

Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great views and friendly staff. The food and cakes looked good, unfortunately the luxury chocolate which sounded so nice, fell well short of expectations. The chocolate was powdered, the mug was only three quarter full with a bit of squirty cream on top and a flake, which for £3.35 was disappointing and seriously not worth it.

Thank N H
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

We make our hot chocolate using an italian chocolate mix, dairy cream, marsh mallows and a cadbury's flake. It's a shame you didn't mention on the day that it wasn't to your liking as we could have rectified it for you. We aim to please all our customers so if you visit again and are in any way dissatisfied then... More 

Bishopsteignton, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

A regular coffee stop for me and my boss and co-workers - great coffee, cake and sandwiches... perfect on a sunny day but alas this week the weather was a bit poor - still nice to sit in and natter

Thank Ruth H
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Sorry about the fog. I promise it was nothing to do with us. You will have noticed that we are building at the back of the cafe so that we will soon have a sea facing balcony. Please come and use it on a nice fog free day. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our way to the model visit. The views are spectacular from the cafe. We had a breakfast and the food was fresh and hot. The staff were very welcoming and helpful.

Thank SarahHa9
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your breakfast visit. Our building works are well under way so we will soon have a new level of seating and a large seaward balcony for you to use. Come and see us again. More 

Hereford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Lovely cup of coffee cake very tasty fabulous views very polite staff can't think of a better way of passing half an hour or so

Thank 1205VCJ
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review. Only three stars though? More 

Paignton, United Kingdom
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20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Met my cousin and his daughter for coffee after a morning stroll. Good coffee with excellent chocolate brownies. Light lunches and super looking breakfasts served (breakfast from 9 till 12) available. Superb sea views from the windows and a outside terrace in use during summer months. Good service and reasonable prices.

Thank tuckercs
Torquay, United Kingdom
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263 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Hadn't been here for a while so decided to try it again and we weren't disappointed. The place is much better now there is additional seating downstairs. Great sandwiches for lunch and a very nice coffee. All reasonable with young and friendly staff. A real gem with a great view of the cost and convenient parking nearby.

Thank Sean C
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your second review. The downstairs seating is due to be substantially extended this winter so please come and watch the progress. More 

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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Last minute decision to eat at Cafe was a great one. It was Sunday lunch time when we went for a walk into babacombe, unfortunately we found nothing exciting in the main town. We decided to go to the cliff railway cafe as the options there were a lot better than other places. Luckly we found a table next to... More 

Thank Rene H
Grockledevon, Owner at Cliff Railway Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for such a great review. We are here all year and have some great winter specials coming up. We are also about to start building an extension with more sea facing seating. Come and see us again and you can watch the progress. More 

Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Amazing food. Great service. Brilliant value for money. Perfect for ice cream stop in the summer or a coffee stop in the winter. Views are amazing!

Thank carsonjodie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$10
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 324025
Open 364 days a year serving freshly cooked breakfast, lunch, homemade cakes and scones. Ice cream kiosk open all year with 22 flavours of icecream and milkshakes available. Uninterrupted views over Lyme Bay from floor to ceiling windows and a panoaramic view from our outside terrace. All meals are cooked to order and we use fresh locally sourced ingredients.

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