South Sands Hotel Restaurant

4.1
93 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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 93 People Are Saying
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3.6
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Fabulous food, service and views. Excellent menu choices.

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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 19 April 2018

Excellent Birthdsy lunch right on the beach
Great food
Beautiful place

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on 4 February 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on 30 December 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on 25 November 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on 26 July 2017

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

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5.0Dined on 2 July 2017

We went for a Sunday lunch and were very impressed. Good choice on menu starters and desserts were to die for!! Well worth a visit and will definitely come back!!!

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2017

To go with a spectacular view, the food was fascinatingly complex and beatifully presented.

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2.0Dined on 19 June 2017

We went for my husband's birthday while on holiday nearby. We've been before - a few years ago. The service was patchy - nuts requested with pre dinner g&t in the bar were forgotten, ladies toilet had empty soap dispensers ehich when I told Reception they apolgised for as theyd meant to replace them. Food was 'fine dining' 'chefy' style - i did enjoy my lamp rump dish but found the mackerel starter just ok - fresh and light but a bit acidy. The dessert of chocolate tort was dense and rather heavy. The dining room is a pleasant airy space and stylish with views out over the very pretty beach and estuary. We thought the price point wasnt reflected in the quality of the meal. Thats Salcombe for you! The hotel and restaurant have the potential to be really special. Sorry to be harsh in my comments but if to wants to charge full prices it just needs to turn it up a several notches in terms of food, value and service. Come on guys!!!

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4.0Dined on 17 June 2017

Super venue, lovely food, great service and even the weather behaved!!

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3.0Dined on 17 June 2017

Portions were very small, fish was over cooked. I would expect a much better experience for the price.

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2017

We booked for Sunday lunch including my 3 year old daughter. Fantastic friendly welcome and the staff went out of there way to ensure my daughter was happy. This of course made our meal the most relaxing and enjoyable we had for a very long time. Thank you from a very happy mummy

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3.0Dined on 29 May 2017

Stayed for one night. Hotel is very comfortable but restaurant is weak link. Food is ok but staff are very inexperienced. They're young and very friendly but have no idea about how to run a restaurant.

Nobody knew anything about the wine list at dinner and we were interrupted by a constant stream of the youngsters asking if everything was alright. At breakfast they took 20 minutes to produce two soft-boiled eggs, which (when they eventually arrived) were rock solid...

:-(

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5.0Dined on 17 April 2017

Absolutely fantastic meal! Great staff and fabulous food...

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4.0Dined on 15 April 2017

A fine meal at a leisurely pace. Service a little slow (Easter Sunday) but the staff were aware and apologetic. Food was delicious.

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2017

We have been to the South Sands on many occasions as it is such a wonderful and picturesque location, looking over the beach and sea. The restaurant cope very well with children and are very laid back. However having ordered the children's food ahead of our own, for obvious reasons in that they were hungry and its much easier to get them sorted before the adults can enjoy their food, they still served the adults starters before the children!!!!! why is this so difficult to organise? Also the starters were miniscule and out of very few choices for main they had no beef option available... My crab risotto really lacked flavour and the table next to us had mussels which weren't even on the menu, which seemed very unfair as we would have loved mussels as a choice.

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