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The Ugly Duckling

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2 The Lawn, Dawlish EX7 9PW, England
+44 1626 437343
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Last day at Dawlish so we popped in for lunch .. We had a very nice steak and kidney pie and it was very nice , All in all a great place for lunch or dinner . My little boy loved his nugget meal which is always a good sign..

Thank julian d
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We visited this restaurant once during the summer of 2016, the food was nice but the meat portion was sparse, however the atmosphere was very nice and the staff were very nice and friendly.

Thank Mike T
Christopher J, Owner at The Ugly Duckling, responded to this review

So sorry you felt the portion a little sparse. When we serve the meat, we usually ask if that is enough and if asked, we will always add a slice. We do receive comments from customers, on many occasions, about how we manage to do two locally sourced meats from our selection, a choice from six vegetables, roast potatoes, new... More 

Street, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Popped in for just a quick drink & a cake. All tables said reserved so said we would go elsewhere but they assured us it was fine. We squeezed into our table which were all very close together & in the walk way of all the staff. What a nightmare that was!!! Order was taken & double checked with us... More 

Thank EmFinn
Christopher J, Owner at The Ugly Duckling, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of our very busy and popular restaurant. You clearly paid no attention to the question when we asked, as we always do, if everything was to your liking. However you chose to hide in the anonimity of Trip Advisor. Furthermore, if I had to wait for thirty minutes for a helping of FRESH scones, I would... More 

Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Family meal, gorgeous home cooked food. My fussy 4 year old had lasagne, 9 year old claims it was the best cheese burger she's ever eaten & my fiance had steak & kidney pie which he absolutely loved. I had chilli with half rice half chips & a lovely fresh salad. All scrumptious! Nothing was too much trouble. Will be... More 

Thank sammybinding
Daventry, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Another visit to Dawlish and another eatery to try....and this time really enjoy. On entering we came across a large family settling in to a festive meal and the owner with a welcoming smile. A nice warm welcome is always a perfect start. Given a choice of tables, we were there very early evening so it wasn't too busy. Our... More 

Thank Alan R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

A great place with equally great people. Home cooked food is great with locally sourced products. A good find.

Thank DickSpiller
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

We are fairly frequent visitors to the area and often look for somewhere to eat. We have eaten at several cafe/restaurants in Dawlish but this was our first visit here. Staff were friendly enough on arrival and it was positive to see plenty of reserved tables, must be a good sign. At the time three other table were occupied, we... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Have been to the Ugly Duckling restaurant in Dawlish on a number of occasions and never been disappointed. On this occasion we were seated next to an elderly lady who had mobility needs. We were very impressed to see the owner go outside to retrieve the ladies mobility scooter and drive to the restaurant door and move her table and... More 

Thank NickJB1234
Swansea, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

always busy .great welcome .food as always like home made . great place .do not hesitate going to dine here .

Thank neilden
Coventry, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We went in to The Ugly Duckling looking for a cream tea at the beginning of our holiday, but when we saw how lovely the carvery looked we immediately changed our minds and tried one. It was delicious with home cooked everything.To follow it we had the bread and butter pudding, which was also terrific.The ladies that were running the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 The Lawn, Dawlish EX7 9PW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Dawlish
  • Phone Number: +44 1626 437343
Here at The Ugly Duckling Restaurant, we pride ourselves on the high standards of our mainly British cuisine and the friendliness of our personal service. Our speciality is our daily carvery, served from 12.00 noon, which also includes our home cooked "Dish of the Day", and on Sundays we have our famous "Four Meat Carvery". The Carvery is in addition to our comprehensive, all day menu. We are open from 8.00am daily,(10.00 on Sundays)for fine coffees, to drink in or takeaway, and traditional breakfasts. We currently open every day except Mondays, and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through to 7.00pm. We are fully licensed and stock some excellent wines. Look out for our special evenings which include a French night to welcome the Beaujolais Nouveau in November and Burns Night in January. We look forward to seeing you, but you are strongly advised to book if you are coming for lunch.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?