South Sands Hotel Restaurant

3.9
103 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
Our restaurant has one of the best views in Salcombe over looking the sea. We specialise in seafood and use the freshest ingredients sourced locally where possible.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, English
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 7:30am - 10am, 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
01548 845900
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Allister Bishop
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Private Party Contact
Sarah Bishop: 01548 845900
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Catering
Events office to be contacted.
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Parking Details
Secure with pass code, disabled access and lighting.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 103 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.3
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SN
2.0
Dined 2 days ago

Had insects on my strawberry desert to be told they wouldn’t harm me didn’t bother in the end. Not a very varied menu all very rich need some more basic food on menu also overpriced

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L
3.0
Dined 3 days ago

Did not notice when paying bill gratuity was already charged, although I noticed when home on the bill it is discretionary. (Who would be bold enough remove it at this point is questionable) However there was also a tip plate at the point of paying. A suggestion of a gratuity would be a more acceptable when settling the bill. I wonder if the staff get any of the gratuity as it seems odd to add an additional plate for any further contributions!!! which we ladies did.
No problems in tipping staff they work hard for their pay but needed to point this out.
Our starter was enjoyable but the hazelnuts were forgotten and the goats cheese was minimal. Not good value for money although we enjoyed the ambience of the dining area.
Dress code as advised on booking was really not needed as anything seemed to be acceptable on a hot day!! We ladies are always dressed appropriately.

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a
London
4.0
Dined on 14 July 2018

Good fish, nice views outside. Not the cheapest meal to be had in Salcombe but the location is worth it

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KS
5.0
Dined on 12 July 2018

We first ate here over 18 years ago, we love the setting and was disappointed when it closed for a while over the years. However it’s open and with different management it is still as impressive, excellent service and food!!

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SF
1.0
Dined on 9 July 2018

Took my sister and her fiance for a special dinner as they’d just got engaged. Expected great food and service but was completely disappointed. Service was appalling - we didn’t get our first round of drinks until 50 minutes into the meal. Terrible communication by the staff. Food was ok but for 50 quid a head for starter and desert it was terrible value for money. Will not be returning.

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PP
3.0
Dined on 2 July 2018

Great location overlooking the bay. Interesting design to hotel and dinning room decor. Good quality food but very small portion sizes. Top end pricing but not Michelin standard.

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Dorset
5.0
Dined on 2 July 2018

An idyllic setting overlooking the South Cove bay. Great seafood and very attentive service. Worth a nice walk from Salcombe at any time of day and probably the best restaurant in the area. Given the type of summer customer they have in town the prices are to match (£70 for a full lobster!) but for an occasion it is hard to beat

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Cornwall
5.0
Dined on 1 July 2018

we found the staff very friendly and helpful where nothing was too much trouble for them.
The food was great and really tasty and enjoyable.

A great all round experience

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m
2.0
Dined on 23 June 2018

We ate of the 3 course for £43, both starters were really small and lacked punch, the Scallops were nicely cooked but under seasoned. The Gurnard was nicely seasoned but the garnish was lacking in flavour, the pickled cauliflower wasn't pickled and the cauliflower couscous was bland.

The mains were a good size but my Lamb rump was overcooked and the rest of dish lacked seasoning. The Mushroom wellington was good and both the white choc mousse and cheese board were nice.

Overall great presentation but let down by simple seasoning issue and cooking of the meat, which at a 2 rosette restaurant you expect better.

Service was good, waitress very friendly and helpful.

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RP
3.0
Dined on 23 June 2018

Average food very expensive great location right on beach.

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LW
5.0
Dined on 9 June 2018

Fabulous food, service and views. Excellent menu choices.

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RK
Bath
4.0
Dined on 24 May 2018

My husband had the crab claws as a starter and it was delicious. The goats cheese panecotta lacked some flavour but was well presented. we both enjoyed the delicious duck breast cooked perfectly

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Dorset
2.0
Dined on 6 May 2018

Sadly, we felt rushed and the portions sizes were not great for an evening meal out when you purposely haven’t eaten to save yourself for a supposed dining treat.

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SH
3.0
Dined on 5 May 2018

Having been seated between to a very lively table of 22 and a barking dog, my date was some what ruined.

:-(

Shan't bother again.

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j
2.0
Dined on 5 May 2018

we were offered the set lunch menu, not over imaginative, expensive with very little fish.
It took a long time to be told there was also a bar menu, this was better but expensive.
We were told the crab salad was large by the waiter but it was small and the crab was already
mixed with mayonnaise. We were a party of 6 and we were all disappointed.
The waiter was new but should not have been serving until he had been better trained.
One drink was completely forgotten by the waitress who took the order.

Our daughter and three of her friends also had lunch on the same day and were very
disappointed, this is such a shame as the location is great.

The restaurant was pretty empty, it was a bank holiday, so perhaps word has spread that
South Sands is not value for money.

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RA
3.0
Dined on 29 April 2018

The view from the restaurant was superb. We did not feel welcomed as a family. The food was very average but pricey. We do not expect dry burgers, hard burger baps, 1 sausage for £9 (kids meal) for the prices charged. The barman tried charging us for an additional £6 drink, which we did not have. Overall, we have eaten at plenty of pricey establishments but would not return to SS, despite its beautiful setting.

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LW
4.0
Dined on 28 April 2018

Great food and nice atmosphere - we were just a bit smoked out by the log fire!

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OT
5.0
Dined on 19 April 2018

Excellent Birthdsy lunch right on the beach
Great food
Beautiful place

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E
London
3.0
Dined on 14 April 2018

We had a nice dinner at South Sands though ambience somewhat hampered by the over lit dining room. Service and quality of food was ok.

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AM
5.0
Dined on 14 April 2018

Eight of us ate at the Hotel on Saturday night as part of my wife Mary's 60th birthday celebrations. It was a stylish and enjoyable experience and we thought the Restaurant was very professionally run. The portion sizes are now about right and the menu very varied. I chose the crab cake and then a rather unusual choice- a mini steak suet pudding, both of which were delicious. The tomatoey "amuse- bouche" and provision of a slice of special bread with spicy butter were a good idea. Others enjoyed their fish and duck mains. Everyone enjoyed their desserts which were very well presented and delicious. The South Sands have gone for the idea of a South Sands House wine at £23.50 for red, rose and white and that helped to keep the cost containable; we liked the Rose and White one particularly. I think the prices need to stay as they are for the foreseeable future to keep your growing customer base on board!

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TD
3.0
Dined on 10 March 2018

The food was good, but not as good as I’ve had there in the past. Also over priced for what you actually get on your plate.
The dessert menu was a big let down, definitely need to bring Cheese cakes back to the menu they were stunning every time I’ve had one before. How ever the staff were lovely, and the hotel and views are simply beautiful as always. Undecided if we will be returning any time soon.

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NH
5.0
Dined on 9 March 2018

I have never been disappointed with this hotel! You are greeted by a warm and pleasant atmosphere in a very well decorated venue where a high class of food and service is given without being pretentious. Always so welcoming and friendly and for me in particular I cannot thank the staff enough for always going above and beyond to cater for my long list of food intolerances even developing an individual menu for myself. It is well worth a visit and if you can a stay! I would recommend this venue to everyone and wish I lived closer so could come more often. The manager and staff should be proud of the service provided!

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B
London
4.0
Dined on 12 February 2018

Food was a little disappointing this time. The amuse-bouche was lovely, and the starter (Mushrooms) was also excellent, but the main course (Gurnard) was a little overcooked and served on some tired and rather tasteless risotto. Creme-brulee for dessert was also disappointing. The atmosphere and service were, as usual, excellent. We go there often and are usually delighted with everything, so this was unexpected, which perhaps makes it worse.

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 4 February 2018

A fabulous spot for lunch. A firm favourite for both quality food and excellent service.

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JH
London
4.0
Dined on 30 January 2018

Excellent fish and superb wine. All local and fantastically fresh. This was a special get away for my husband and I and it absolutely delivered.

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OT
Cornwall
5.0
Dined on 30 December 2017

We just love it hear. Never a bad visit. Will be back in 2018!

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OT
Surrey
5.0
Dined on 29 December 2017

Brilliant location could not be nearer to the beach, food was very good and the staff were exceptionally friendly, we enjoyed our 2 day stay

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e
London
4.0
Dined on 26 December 2017

This is now our 4th visit to South Sands - we always love coming here and it is so dog friendly that it is a pleasure to bring our dogs with us. We wanted to have Xmas lunch here but they were only allowing hot guests to have lunch on Xmas day. We booked lunch on Boxing Day. We arrived expecting to find the usual Xmas lunch type menu but were delighted to find a good selection of local fish dishes and a much lighter menu than Xmas lunch.

As always the food was lovely - service was great. Really helpful and pleasant European staff who couldn't do enough to help. Lunch was £45 pp excluding booze. Total bill for 5 was £325 which was pretty good value at this time of year.

It is always such a pleasure to come here.

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EZ
London
5.0
Dined on 15 December 2017

Lovely dinner for my husband’s birthday. Great service and one of the best meals we had in salcombe

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Cornwall
3.0
Dined on 25 November 2017

Really disappointing food. Flavourless overchilled starters. Rubbery chocolate tart . Cold room.

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c
London
4.0
Dined on 30 October 2017

I thought it was very expensive for quite a light lunch, but the sea view was wonderful and the service was friendly and helpful.

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C
London
3.0
Dined on 29 October 2017

We stayed at the hotel as we were recommended it for our anerversary, I thought it was overpriced for what it was offering, with regards the meal it was ok but nothing to write home about, food was not very warm, very small amount, the desert was lacking imagination and the cheese and biscuits was very bland, on the upside the staff were very helpful and seemed happy to be working there

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OT
Cornwall
4.0
Dined on 13 October 2017

Thoroughly enjoyable evening- good simple well cooked food with a dash of excitement. Always well looked after. Fantastic views in the light summer evenings.

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Buckinghamshire
5.0
Dined on 29 September 2017

An excellent meal and wonderful setting overlooking the sea. Very helpful and courteous staff. The only thing I was surprised about was that yapping dogs were allowed in the restaurant. Otherwise I would thoroughly recommend South Sands for lunch.

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Buckinghamshire
4.0
Dined on 15 September 2017

great view over South Sands. Staff and service very good. Menu has wine recommendations for each course by the glass which is novel and helpful. Food very good. Overall quite pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

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OT
London
3.0
Dined on 15 September 2017

After staying at South Sands hotel in October 2016, I decided to return with my nieces from Scotland for a special birthday lunch for them both. I had booked the table 2 months in advance and had asked three times (twice via email and once on the phone) if the chef could write a 'happy birthday' messages on their dessert plates. We had lunch there on Friday and the location, service and food were lovely, but I must say I was really disappointed that the chef didn't write a birthday message. I did not comment at the time, because I thought two emails and one phone call to remind them, would be suffice, but sadly it wasn't. Nevertheless, the experience was lovely and the food good. The food and service is a tad expensive, but a good time was had, so was worth the £200 lunch bill. Many thanks

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Cornwall
5.0
Dined on 26 August 2017

Cannot over exaggerate how wonderful we found your Restaurant. It was our Wedding Anniversary and your staff made us and our guests feels so welcome. Best table in the house and a delightful greeting came to us on a plate with chocolate writing and four French Macarons. Yum. Food was beautiful and the recommended fizzy wine - Lyme Bay - expensive but worth it. All in all a thoroughly pleasurable experience and one which we would happily repeat in a heartbeat. As locals from Dartmouth we have already recommended it to our friends. As you can see we gave 5 Stars in every category. Incidentally the location is beautiful and conducive to relaxing, fine dining. Loved it! Loved it! Blue Cheese Panna Cotta - how clever and simply delicious. The luncheon only went on from there to bigger and even more luscious plates of beautifully prepared food. Don't take my word for it, folks. Go there.

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Cornwall
4.0
Dined on 23 August 2017

When we arrived the table they offered us was right next to two other large groups and so it was very noisy. They were great about finding us another table that was quieter for us. Food was good, wine list very interesting and excellent service.

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OT
London
4.0
Dined on 17 August 2017

Most enjoyable meal and all very well presented and one of our family said the fish finger sandwich was the best they had ever had. I personally enjoyed the crab arancini...a new one for me. Service was good to begin with but as the restaurant started to fill up it became slower and slower and when we had ordered some cocktails they completely forgot to put the order in at the bar. Puddings also on the pricey side and are higher than some London restaurants. We have been before and would definitely go again. Decor is up to date and being on the waterfront is just lovely!

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P
London
5.0
Dined on 26 July 2017

Lovely food, really enjoyed our meal and the spectacular views... worth a visit

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