The Elephant Restaurant by Simon Hulstone
“Long-running harbourside venue with modern brasserie food” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Torquay can consider itself very fortunate that Simon Hulstone has opted to build a long-running enterprise here at his very attractive harbourside venue. Inside, it has a breezy brasserie air, with large gilt-edged mirrors reflecting the scene, and staff who keep things informal and friendly. Glimpses into the kitchen pass at the back reveal a small brigade working in productive harmony to construct modern, locally sourced dishes of obvious allure. A pairing of braised pig's cheek and black pudding is sharpened with pickled apple and textured with hazelnuts, after which a main course like perfectly timed halibut with herbed crab tortellini, fennel and carrot in fragrant lemongrass sauce offers flawless balance. Guinea fowl breast with wild mushroom pithivier in truffled jus is a richer option. Dessert brings refreshment in the shape of thin-shelled lemon tart with passionfruit and banana sorbet and a flat disc of lemon verbena meringue.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 75
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 30
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 8
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About The area
With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.
Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them.
Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.
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