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Torquay may be synonymous with Basil Fawlty and co, but The Elephant has put this Devon seaside stalwart back on the foodie map for all the right reasons. Boasting a gorgeous location overlooking the English Riviera, here is a capacious modern destination with lots of possibilities for those who are after something to eat and drink. The two-tier arrangement has been scrapped and the action now takes place exclusively on the ground floor – a bare-boarded room with harbour views and a Michelin-starred menu of bang-up-to-date brasserie cooking fuelled by pickings from chef/proprietor Simon Hulstone’s 69-acre Devon farm: a starter of sticky braised pig’s cheek is served with celeriac and horseradish ‘risotto’, smoked pancetta and crispy shallots; poached Brixham plaice is partnered by elderflower hollandaise and a salad of cucumber, radish and gooseberry; Credition duck (breast and leg croquette) comes embellished with spiced heritage carrots, pak choy and salt-baked beetroot – in short “keenly priced” high-class modern food for grown-up palates. “Always a wonderful dining experience”, enthuses one fan.

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The Elephant

3-4 Beacon Terrace ,Torquay TQ1 2BH

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Where was everyone?

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Jul 2015

The name suggests a sense of humour and it must have a certain amount of weight as intriguing publicity. Our curiosity has been aroused, and a visit to the English Riviera gave us the chance to try out the restaurant. The Room was surprisingly devoid of other diners when we arrived and, on enquiring if we were really the first there, we were amazed to be told that although the restaurant had been full the previous night (sadly perhaps because Wednesday is free wine day) this evening we were going...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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Essential Details for The Elephant

  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Area: Devon
  • Price: £45
  • Wine: £19.5
  • Champagne: £52.5
  • Lunch: £14.50/16.95 (2/3 courses)

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