Welcome to the Elephant

About Us

The Elephant restaurant is a bright, informal seaside restaurant which overlooks the beautiful Torquay harbour.

Run by chef proprietor, Simon Hulstone and his wife Katy, it was the first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin star which it has maintained for 13 years.

The Elephant is relaxed, friendly and serves the best value Michelin starred lunch in the UK. 

We aim to source our ingredients locally and sustainably, many from the restaurant’s dedicated farm in Brixham but we do look further afield if it’s something we’re really excited about. All the dishes change regularly depending on which locally grown and reared ingredients are at their best.

The Elephant welcomes children of all ages and well-behaved dogs with advance notice.

Simon Hulstone

Simon has been cooking professionally since his school days and is one of the UK’s most decorated chefs.  

By his early teens he already had several World Junior titles to his name and until 2011, he was the only British Chef to win gold in the World Skills in France. In 2003, Simon won the Roux Scholarship and he went on to win the Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year award in 2008. Simon has twice represented the UK in the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most challenging and prestigious culinary contest.  He was captain of the British team in the Culinary Olympics and was also captain of the English Culinary Team at the Culinary World Cup in 2010 and 2012.  

Passionate about the local produce and area, Simon is a self-made ambassador for the English Riviera and its fantastic produce. He especially champions the ingredients grown and reared on the restaurant’s dedicated farm in South Devon. 

Upcoming Events

Still a few places left for Steve Smith dinner

We are very excited to have one of Lancashire’s best chefs cooking for us on Wednesday 5 December. Steven Smith and his team craft the finest seasonal ingredients into a truly gastronomic experience and the pub has earned many accolades over recent years. It’s the number one eating establishment in the Ribble Valley according to the National Restaurant Awards and won the AA Restaurant of the Year in 2017. We still have a few tables available for those keen to try the best of Lancashire cooking. The menu will be priced at £65 per person with wine pairings available for £35 per person. Please email or call 01803 200 044 to book your table.

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Join us for our final guest chef of the season Steven Smith

    Join us for our final guest chef of the season Steven Smith. Steven Smith is the Chef Owner of the multi award winning Freemasons at Wiswell. Steven, born in Blackburn, learned his craft in some of the North’s top establishments before going solo in a quaint Lancashire village of Wiswell

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