The Cary Arms

In a dramatic setting below a steep cliff near Torquay, this small hotel has been given a modern make-over with a nautical theme by Lana de Savary. It is approached down a narrow, vertiginous road; the 'welcoming' young staff will unload luggage and drive visitors' cars to a private car park. The bar/dining area is a 'contemporary take on the original 19th-century inn': stone walls, wood and slate floor, wooden tables in alcoves; a conservatory dining area. In the restaurant, chef Ben Kingdon serves 'good gastropub food' using locally sourced fish and meat. His menus might include smoked mackerel, beetroot and horseradish relish; fillet of Devon beef, Parmentier potatoes and spring onions, shallot and red wine sauce. All the bedrooms face the sea; some have a private terrace or balcony. A large room with light panelled walls had 'a big, comfy bed; a good bathroom'. Breakfast is 'very good, wholesome but not over the top': on the bar a buffet with a fresh fruit, jugs of freshly squeezed juices, ham on the bone, smoked salmon. 'Good' cooked dishes brought to the table. (CJ, and others)

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Contact Details

The Cary Arms

Beach Road BABBACOMBE Devon England TQ1 3LX

Telephone

01803 327110

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information

Bedrooms

8, 2 on ground floor, plus 4 self-catering cottages.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounge, bar, restaurant, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, garden, terrace, treatment room.

Background music

occasional live jazz.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed in 6 bedrooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2013] per room B&B £175-£375. À la carte £29. 1-night bookings refused weekends.