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The Start Bay Inn

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Torcross, Torcross TQ7 2TQ, England
+44 1548 580553
11:30 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 23:30
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Looe, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited for a drink on our way to a fish and chip takeaway and stayed for a meal. The beer was good, I chose a beer from the South Hams brewery and enjoyed it. The cloudy cider went down well too. We had the fish cakes as a main course and they were very good. The service was good... More 

Thank marcpen
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Have visited before and always had great fish and chips. We love this place but it just wasn't as good as last year. Hopefully it was an off day and when we return it will be better. Fish just not as fantastic as it used to be. Mushy peas however are fabulous!!

Thank Tracey F
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been staying in Streete and know the area very well but have never been to the start bay inn. However, after visiting a few nights ago for a drink we thought the menu looked delicious and decided to come this evening for dinner. We were not disappointed! We had salt and pepper squid to start which was absolutely... More 

Thank Hayleigh R
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are plenty of other fresh fish offerings on the menu (and a few meat options if I remember rightly) but we all opted for cod and chips and were not disappointed. Beautifully fresh and tender cod and great chips - simply perfect! IT does get very busy, and the small bar copes well with the masses, but if you... More 

Thank O5113AWrob
Blackborough Devon England
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85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Local pub that is a first class fish restaurant. Specials board with locally caught fresh fish. So you never know what will be on the specials menu as it will be what has just been caught and landed locally, often on the beach infront of the Inn. They certainly know just how to cook fish perfectly as well. What you... More 

Thank Gerry L
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This well organised pub is run by a friendly land lord and his very well trained staff. All meals are freshly cooked, the only criteria is you have to have a very healthy appetite. We have eaten there twice and can't find fault.

Thank Keith G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The stench of cooking fat outside ought to have been enough of a sign to walk away but having enjoyed dining in the pub area a few years back we didn't let it put us off. How disappointing it was then to take 11 of us for a treat to unanimously agree that every meal was over fried and tasteless.... More 

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82 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch here today and arrived very early (11:45) so we could be sure that we could get a space in the car park which is often full by 12:00. To my surprise I was the first car in and after we had strolled along the beach and back it was still only half full at 12:15. Once inside... More 

Thank Michael P
Exeter, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to take my elderly father to The Start Bay in for his birthday treat as it had been recommended by friends for its superb fish, my fathers favourite. It certainly didn't disappoint, table straight away. Service all round was cheerful, friendly and prompt. Dad and I had skate and my husband and son had large haddock. Amazing quality. Our... More 

Thank TravelLizzy5
Frome, United Kingdom
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266 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are 2 parts to the Start Bay - one is more 'cafe' and the other pub. The cafe is very family friendly and, at the time of our visit (7.00pm) was full of families with young children whilst the pub was full with other diners - they don't allow children under 14 in the main pub so, if you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 23
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Torcross, Torcross TQ7 2TQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Torcross
  • Phone Number: +44 1548 580553
The Start Bay Inn is a family run unspoilt pub right next to the beach which specialises in seafood.It has been run by the Stubbs family since 1977.We serve fish and chips to die for with a portion size to suit any appetite. We also serve an extensive choice of locally caught seafood which is displayed on our specials board. The scallops are hand picked from the Start Bay sea bed by Paul Stubbs the previous Landlord and dressed by either Clair, or Gail his daughters or Stu who are partners in the business. All the crab is dropped off live in the back yard where we dress it. We serve non fish choices with local steaks and burgers being favourites. Vegetarian options are also available.A children's menu is available and if you don't want your little ones having chips again then salad or jacket potato is offered as an alternative. Our sweets cabinet is always well stocked and local ice cream available year round.The bar has a good selection of real ales and local cider and a reasonably priced wine list.Seating is either in the bar where in the winter we have an open fire, the children's room or outside on the patio on the sea front.We pride ourselves on reasonably priced generous portions with good service by happy staff.We are not a restaurant or a gastro pub. We are an honest pub serving good food at reasonable prices which is why we are busy.

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