The Elephant Restaurant by Simon Hulstone
“Assured cooking by the sea” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Torquay can think itself very fortunate that Simon Hulstone has made his base here for over 15 years. A relaxed brasserie-style vibe permeates The Elephant, a split-level room overlooking the harbour with elegant period features combined with contemporary touches. The cooking has a maturity and confidence, so expect precise dishes with elegant presentation, starting with Orkney scallops, seared foie gras, pumpkin and date with sherry vinegar jus. It could precede an impressively tender Crediton duckling with brown butter hispi, pickled walnut, shallot purée and Granny Smith. Strawberry and camomile tart, strawberry sorbet and pistachio is a typical dessert.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 75
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: First 2 weeks January
- Wines under £30: 30
- Wines over £30: 24
- 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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