The Ness

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355 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Scenic View
  • Cosy
  • Special Occasions
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With beautiful views, a fantastic terrace, warm interiors and ample parking the Ness is arguably the most beautiful pub-restaurant in England. Situated right on the water, overlooking the Teign estuary with its flotilla of yachts the Ness is the perfect pub for lunch, dinner and drinks.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept online table bookings for our outdoor tables.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 8am - 10am
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 3pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 6pm - 9pm, Friday & Saturday: 6pm - 10pm
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Phone number
01626 873480
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
Over the road from the Ness, you will find a pay and display car park with plenty of spaces.
If you would like more information on staying in the area and local attractions, call us and we will be happy to assist with your booking.
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Public Transit
Bus Stops in Shaldon village about a 1/4 of a mile away.
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Special Events & Promotions
For Christmas party and Christmas Day reservations please contact the restaurant directly.
Additional
Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

A delicious meal for Mothers Day. Fantastic service too. Tasty food and drink and all very good value for money. We sat in one of the boat tables which gave a lovely private dining feel and we were able to enjoy family conversation over lunch. A special small gift cracker made the whole experience at The Ness even more special....Thank you to all of the staff you are all doing a brilliant job

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

lovely warm and welcoming interior. Very friendly and helpful staff. Absolutely lovely food. Fab.

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2.0Dined on 10 March 2018

We had a very mixed experience here, the welcome was good and we were sat at our reserved table promptly however we were not given any menus or any offer of a drink. After collecting our drinks and menus we then ordered the meals, My smoked haddock dish was ok if a bit expensive but the burgers were awful and very overpriced, the staff were willing at times and unresponsive at other times,all in all this was a very average and expensive experience.

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Enjoyed a lovely meal with the missis, great service and nice atmosphere

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3.0Dined on 21 February 2018

We love the Ness for its ambience and views. However the food on this occasion was very poor- fish very over cooked to. The point of being blackened, whitebait greasy rather than crispy.... and no one came to check if food was ok. This is not the first time food has been below par. A shame as this is our favourite place.

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4.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Lovely location especially on a sunny day. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is very good and the menu varied. The best Yorkshire Pudding ever ! Will most certainly go back and recommend.

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3.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Wine wasn’t chilled, main course was tasty but no very warm, plate covered with finger marks. Pudding disappointing- lots of cream very little meringue- may have run short of meringue.

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Great atmosphere, wondeful food , super service, beautiful location. Had a wonderful time and would recommend the Ness to anyone looking for an intimate atmosephere.

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3.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Sadly my husband had to leave our table, go to the bar and chase up the wine we ordered 40 minutes earlier. However, the wine arrived quickly with the compliments of the house, nice touch. When we came to pay the wine remained on our bill! Food was pleasant, could had been hotter.

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

We have popped into this charming pub/restaurant many times, with and without our small dog for a drink or 2! First time we had eaten there on this occasion, everything was perfect from the service to the food...highly recommended

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4.0Dined on 13 February 2018

Always worth a return visit freshly cooked food and good choice of specials. friendly helpful staff and a beautiful view across the bay

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5.0Dined on 11 February 2018

A fantastic place , have been twice now and both occasions warm and friendly staff , amazing food and a great view . Will definitely recommend to others and will soon be paying another visit it’s that good and worth the drive

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4.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Improved since our last visit three years ago The staff were attentive and friendly but the menu was not as inspiring as I would have liked , though we were all happy with the meals we had . Lovely view .

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5.0Dined on 2 February 2018

fabulous views , great room ,
all the staff very friendly and welcoming , nothing was to much trouble to make our stay short enjoyable
food was excellent, a good menu choice and well cooked , well stocked bar to !
would recommend to anyone to stay and enjoy the experience

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5.0Dined on 23 January 2018

Lovely place and the food is excellent. Would recommend the pie. Staff were excellent

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3.0Dined on 20 January 2018

The service was very good, however there was so much not available on the menu that our choice was somewhat restricted which we felt was poor. The meal itself was very good but there was a very long list of things that weren’t available including steak, which was disappointing.

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2.0Dined on 6 January 2018

Appalling service. Very slow. And after ordering a dessert, it took 15 minutes for them to tell us there was no more left of our choice. The dining area we were seated in was draughty and very cold.
Then as we paid our bill, had to wait 5 minutes at the bar as nobody was manning it. I could very easily have walked out without paying...i wonder if this has happened to them? Wouldn't surprise me.
I won't go back.

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1.0Dined on 28 December 2017

We arrived at 12. 55pm for our 1pm booking. Numerous items on the menu were off - there were so many, we lost track. Our starters arrived at 1. 55pm - nearly an hour's wait. The main course 20 mins later - a rather luke warm coq au vin. The bill arrived 3 mins after asking for it. And that sums up our experience. It was my husband's birthday and it turned out to be a very disappointing one. We are pensioners and don't dine out that often and when we do we expect something nice. You failed in that The Ness so we cannot recommend you nor are we likely to ever return.

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3.0Dined on 28 December 2017

We visited the restaurant on Thursday 28th December at lunchtime. Unfortunately the service was very slow between courses. They admitted they were very short staff and had over loaded themselves both in the kitchen and front of house. Many people walked out before their food arrived and complained to the manager as too how long they had to wait for service. We have visited the hotel on a few occasions in the past and have been very pleased with the service. The hotel is situated in a lovely position overlooking the sea and hopefully if we were to visit again we would not be disappointed.

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3.0Dined on 16 December 2017

Cosy place, but we'd expected the food to be made in-house and it seemed more like pre-prepared food. Nothing wrong with it, but not as fresh and tasty as homemade food. Good service, though, very nice people.

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4.0Dined on 28 November 2017

The staff were very attentive, polite and friendly but not over the top. The food was delicious & the view across the estuary amazing. Being November, it was very quiet. So the service may well not be so efficient and personal at busier times. Plenty of vegetarian options. A great occasion place but perhaps a bit expense for every day dining.

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4.0Dined on 8 November 2017

We like going to the ness purely because of its setting and atmosphere. The food is above average and the service we received by a waiter on this particular night was very good. He was very sweet and tried his utmost to provide the best service possible.

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5.0Dined on 21 October 2017

Having seen the Ness from the outside earlier in the year it looked very good. We were not disappointed when we visited it on Saturday 21st October. The staff were excellent , the service excellent and the food excellent and very good value. We will definiteley be going back.

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2.0Dined on 17 October 2017

The Ness is beautifully situated with stunning views and attractively furnished. However the evening we ate there the service was very slow and abrasive and the food although good was pricey - £15 for fish pie. There seemed to be a lack of staff and a lack of organisation. When we left we had to wait some time at the bar to pay the bill as there wasn't a member of staff in sight. It would have been very easy to simply walk out without paying and I don't think the staff would have noticed.

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5.0Dined on 19 August 2017

Went to celebrate a friends birthday. Friendly welcome with balloons on the table got us off to a good start. The waitress was excellent with a very friendly manner. She made sure we were looked after and at no time made us feel rushed. We had three courses all of which were well presented and very tasty. Nothing to find fault with at all. The view out to the estuary was brilliant and made the whole meal seem very special. There were outside tables as well although we had a reserved table inside. I would very readily return in the future after a very pleasant lunch and service

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4.0Dined on 17 August 2017

Great setting and a lively atmosphere on a Thursday evening. We were seated in the conservatory, with lovely views looking across the water to Teignmouth.
The bar and waiting staff were friendly and attentive, throughout our meal.
Good food and a nice selection of dishes on the specials board in addition to the main menu, although a couple of the most popular choices had already sold out when we ordered.
Especially liked the cheese and beer croquettes (main menu) and the lemon sole (specials board).
All in all a really enjoyable night - we will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2017

It was awful weather outside and we turned up an hour early for our table. We were able to take the table early or wait in the bar so we chose the bar. We had 2 children and a baby with us and we were able to relax in a warm cosy bar area, the kids had a choice of board games and we had a nice view of the estuary. The food was good quality, served quickly and the service was good. Can't fault it, will definitely be back. Only downfall is that you have to pay for parking in a pay & display near by but this isn't related to the quality of The Ness.

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4.0Dined on 27 July 2017

Visited for Mums birthday, food and atmosphere were amazing; staff were fantastic. Unfortunately service was a little slow and we had to wait for meals as they weren't all served together. Also had to ask for a second round of drinks twice. Would attend again but hopefully next time this would improve

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2.0Dined on 27 July 2017

A very disappointing experience ! We were seated in a very dark area of the restaurant and were refused the option of moving to another table even though there was one available for our number in the party and which was still empty when we left - I presume we were put at the back out of the way because we had 2 children. The 2 dishes we had specifically come to the Ness for were not available! The fish & chips were the worst we had experience during our stay in shaldon - the vid was grey- the batter soggy & the chips were hard. The pie available , chicken was most disappointing along with the sauce that accompanied it which hadn't been cooked properly & was still floury! Having said all that about the food the staff in fact were most friendly and did their best apart from moving us when requested! I don't think we will return.

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4.0Dined on 24 July 2017

Very pleased with our visit to the Ness, the food was good, the table and the view over the estuary was excellent. The staff were very helpful and when one of our meal orders was incorrectly passed through to the kitchen, we were not charged for the corrected order because it arrived later to our table than the others.

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2017

Lovely evening overlooking coast and country with good reasonably priced food, service was efficient, well paced and friendly.

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2017

The ness do a fantastic lunch menu so I was sorely disappointed with the evening menu. There wasn't really a lot of choice and the food is very over priced for what it is.

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3.0Dined on 20 July 2017

Sorry but sadly lacking. Good was very mediocre. We had the steak pie. Meat was tender but pulverised with no texture. Veg (carrots and broccoli) al dente, almost to point of being undercooked. Veg, mash and gravy all on the plate, like a school dinner, prefer vegetable dishes and gravy boat. Looked very uninspiring and sadly was. Also just about hot, more like warm. People sat behind us returned their food twice, first time for partially incorrect order and col chips. Second time for chips still cold. They declined to reorder.
On the plus side, the decor and layout is attractive, staff efficient but not overly attentive, pleasant though.
You need to improve the quality and standard of your food. Appreciate you may feel that being in a tourist area, your turnover is sufficient but you could significantly improve your profit margins by serving good quality, well presented, hot food. Sorry

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4.0Dined on 18 July 2017

The Ness is in a fantastic position with stunning views. It has a good atmosphere with attentive waiting staff. The food is quite good but not special and quite pricey. The dessert, which I know was only a mini pud, was very minuscule, and I think overpriced at 2.95. I know that restaurant prices have increased a lot in the last year but there is a lot of competition out there and you need to be competitive. Having said that it is somewhere I would visit again but possibly only for a drink.

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3.0Dined on 16 July 2017

The standard of the food was really high and cannot be faulted.

However, the service needs improving, the service was extremely slow. it took two and half hours for us to eat a two course meal.

It is a shame, as i mention the food was good but i can not recommend anyone to eat here based on the poor service received.

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3.0Dined on 16 July 2017

Great views and really friendly staff but incredibly slow service for everyone that night. It's not been very quick when we have been there in the last bit an hour to wait for our food was unacceptable. Food was largely ok but the veg had seen better days. Hope they are not resting on their laurels as this is potentially a lovely place.

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3.0Dined on 16 July 2017

Average at best. 6 adults and 2 children for sunday lunch in a lovely setting, we were set for a treat. Unfortunately the food did not live up to the standard of the surroundings. We last visited The Ness a year ago when we were last in Shaldon for a family holiday and, unfortunately, had a similar experience then too. The Sunday roast seemed like it had been sat out for hours under a heat lamp and the meat had gone all dry. Certainly not worth the £12 price tag. If you want to visit a great pub with superb food may I suggest Coombe Cellars two miles up the road.

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4.0Dined on 16 July 2017

Reservation was very simple with an e-mail response within minutes. Very warm greeting on arrival and shown to our table. Good menu available - Sunday lunch preferred on the day. Asked for a smaller portion - however adult portion delivered. (I hate leaving food on the plate). Broccoli and french beans hard and under-cooked. Member of staff informed us that the Chef had been informed.
All in all had a very good lunch. Thank you

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1.0Dined on 9 July 2017

Dreadful food and service with over an hours wait for food with out any explanation! Very rude waitress! Will not be going back again!!

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2.0Dined on 9 July 2017

The Ness was very busy. Booked for 2.15 p.m. Was told no food available for 45 mins.
Food arrived at 3 p.m.. Apologies from staff and when asked if we would like a sweet, we had to decline as the car parking ticket was due to run out because of the delay.

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