“ Newton Road, Kingskerswell, Torquay „
This is a large family pub/restaurant on the outskirts of Torquay (On the Newton Road, Kingskerswell). It has a large car park at the rear with some more parking at the side and front. It has a garden area with benches and tables and an outside children’s play area. The menu is extensive, and even the children’s menu is quite good. They do beans or spaghetti on a toasted bun as well as the usual burger, nuggets, fishfingers etc. The children’s menu items are pictured with smily faces potato shapes with chips available as an alternative. This makes a nice change from the kids menu’s only including chips. And the sauce comes in bottles, not the irritating little sachets. The adult meals are excellent value for money. You get a choice of chips or Jacket potato, veg (peas and sweetcorn) or salad, and the portion sizes are large. No-one that I know has had a bad meal here. They do steaks and curries, chicken and fish, and have a really yummy desert menu. On a Sunday they do a Roast Dinner. One of the things that I find annoying in some restaurants is when they put the food on very small plates to make the portions look bigger and you can’t eat your food without some of it falling off of the edges. This does not happen in this restaurant. The portions are big, but the plates are bigger. On a Monday and Tuesday (excluding bank holidays) some of the items are cheaper, including some deserts. Another thing that they do that I think is really good is refillable coke, tea and coffee. It costs 99p for tea or coffee and you can go back and fill your cup as often as you like. The same applies to coke (from the pump) at £1.25 a glass. I have seen some people get a refillable coke, and then ask the bar staff for empty glasses, but I haven’t had the nerve to do this (I make them share the glass!) I think this is really useful as people that are not drinking for whatever reason a re usually penalized by pubs. You can’t book tables so when it starts to get busy people ‘hover’ around the table they want, but when it gets really busy, you don’t get to pick which table you want, they take your name and table size and you sit at the bar until the next appropriate table size is available. This is a very family oriented restaurant, and there is no problem about children running in and out of the play area and making normal children noise! So if you don’t like children, I would not recommend this restaurant, if on the other hand, you have children, then I would thoroughly recommend the Hungry Horse. The only problem is when it rains. There is no indoor play area, and my children are not very good at waiting for food to arrive.