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The Ugly Duckling

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2 The Lawn, Dawlish EX7 9PW, England
+44 1626 437343
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Burnley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice location near the black swans. Fairly pleasant staff, food to an average standard. Would come back if in town again.

Thank darrenhedge
Essex, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good foods and also family business are friendly!!! Also I went there a few times!! Last time I went there for pot of tea with 2 scones with clotted cream and jam yummm

Thank janebplumley
South Wales
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302 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in here for a light lunch. We did not try the carvery this time but it did look quite nice. We had a mixture of toastie, baked potato and soup. All were tasty and well presented. Staff were very friendly and attentive, so no issues in recommending, Very nice indeed and they even had a couple of Welsh ducks... More 

Thank Andrew J
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across the restaurant by chance and saw that there were a lot of full tables (always a good sign). We were given a very warm friendly greeting. The restaurant was very tidy and clean and well laid out. We had a carvery meal that was delicious - a choice of two meats (four at weekends apparently) and six... More 

Thank Jenny R
Devon, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for lunch, good menu choice, food was alright. Decor is a little dated which is weird but quite cute! Obviously family run and staff were friendly and the service was good. I so wanted to give a 'very good' but I just don't feel it was! Considering the competition for tea shop/restaurants in the area I feel they could... More 

Thank Milotigertoes
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Last day at Dawlish so we popped in for lunch .. We had a very nice steak and kidney pie and it was very nice , All in all a great place for lunch or dinner . My little boy loved his nugget meal which is always a good sign..

Thank julian d
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We visited this restaurant once during the summer of 2016, the food was nice but the meat portion was sparse, however the atmosphere was very nice and the staff were very nice and friendly.

Thank Mike T
Christopher J, Owner at The Ugly Duckling, responded to this review

So sorry you felt the portion a little sparse. When we serve the meat, we usually ask if that is enough and if asked, we will always add a slice. We do receive comments from customers, on many occasions, about how we manage to do two locally sourced meats from our selection, a choice from six vegetables, roast potatoes, new... More 

Street, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Popped in for just a quick drink & a cake. All tables said reserved so said we would go elsewhere but they assured us it was fine. We squeezed into our table which were all very close together & in the walk way of all the staff. What a nightmare that was!!! Order was taken & double checked with us... More 

Thank EmFinn
Christopher J, Owner at The Ugly Duckling, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of our very busy and popular restaurant. You clearly paid no attention to the question when we asked, as we always do, if everything was to your liking. However you chose to hide in the anonimity of Trip Advisor. Furthermore, if I had to wait for thirty minutes for a helping of FRESH scones, I would... More 

Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Family meal, gorgeous home cooked food. My fussy 4 year old had lasagne, 9 year old claims it was the best cheese burger she's ever eaten & my fiance had steak & kidney pie which he absolutely loved. I had chilli with half rice half chips & a lovely fresh salad. All scrumptious! Nothing was too much trouble. Will be... More 

Thank sammybinding
Daventry, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Another visit to Dawlish and another eatery to try....and this time really enjoy. On entering we came across a large family settling in to a festive meal and the owner with a welcoming smile. A nice warm welcome is always a perfect start. Given a choice of tables, we were there very early evening so it wasn't too busy. Our... More 

Thank Alan R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 The Lawn, Dawlish EX7 9PW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Dawlish
  • Phone Number: +44 1626 437343
Here at The Ugly Duckling Restaurant, we pride ourselves on the high standards of our mainly British cuisine and the friendliness of our personal service. Our speciality is our daily carvery, served from 12.00 noon, which also includes our home cooked "Dish of the Day", and on Sundays we have our famous "Four Meat Carvery". The Carvery is in addition to our comprehensive, all day menu. We are open from 8.00am daily,(10.00 on Sundays)for fine coffees, to drink in or takeaway, and traditional breakfasts. We currently open every day except Mondays, and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through to 7.00pm. We are fully licensed and stock some excellent wines. Look out for our special evenings which include a French night to welcome the Beaujolais Nouveau in November and Burns Night in January. We look forward to seeing you, but you are strongly advised to book if you are coming for lunch.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?