The English Riviera: Torquay

Torquay is a pretty good base for exploring Torbay (aka the English Riviera).  This was our first visit to Torquay and I have mixed feelings about it.  The harbour is very pretty, spoilt a little by the ferris wheel.


It’s a working harbour so nice to see the fishing nets on the quayside.


Crab picking is very popular here and we had fabulous crab open sandwiches at the Pierpoint café on the front.  Lots of people were hanging crab lines into the water right on the quayside, so I guess there must be good pickings to be had.


The town centre itself I thought was pretty awful – not a destination for shoppers! The seafront though is lovely, with well thought out planting, including these beautiful agapanthus.


We stayed at the Haytor Hotel, a very friendly and well run hotel, about ten minutes walk from the harbour.


We paid £89 a night for B&B.  Our room was a little bijou, but nicely decorated.  If we return, we’ll pay more for a bigger room as the bed was a bit too cosy and the bathroom had only a hand held shower.  This is by no means a criticism. We travel on a budget on the understanding that by choosing the least expensive room, we get to go away more often.



The owners, Roger and Peter are exceptionally friendly and helpful and you do get great service.    I can recommend this as a place to stay if you need a base from which to get around.  I much prefer a small hotel to a large anonymous chain.

The Haytor has lovely gardens and I was particularly smitten with this alpine!


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