John Burton-Race Hotel and Restaurant

John Burton-Race Hotel and Restaurant: Torquay’s unexpected delight

With striking period architecture and fine dining courtesy of John Burton-Race and team … traditional indulgence is part of the package when you stay at this hotel.

Located in the heart of the English Riviera, the location is perfect for exploring Torquay’s tumbling coastline and beautiful beaches. Though if you’re feeling particularly placid, you can get your dose of the great outdoors with a stroll around the traditional English lawned garden, followed by a dip in the heated pools and soothing soak in the hot tub.

Having traded as a hotel for 110 years, the recently rebranded John Burton-Race Hotel and Restaurant (which originally started life as two villas) has been lovingly restored to maintain its historic charm: Victorian opulence is in abundance – spot the elegant proportions and period features around the property.

All that sea air means there’s a plentiful supply of local fodder to take advantage of. The hotel works on three simple rules when it comes to produce: local, fresh and sustainable. Sample hotel-made chocolates, jams and chutneys to take home as a flavoursome reminder of your stay.

In the restaurant, you can expect a fine dining experience fusing all that lovely produce with Michelin starred experience. Its been garnering a fresh foodie following since the appointment of John Burton-Race, who brings a passion for cooking with creativity and flair to the south Devon kitchen.

And with a healthy serving of fabulous events lined up including fairs, parties and balls, there’s never been a better time to sample the John Burton-Race experience.

Insider’s tips

Check out the elegant new refurb of the ballroom, lounge and bar

Belgrave Road, Torquay, TQ2 5HG

08000 052244

Chef: John Burton-Race

Owner: Mr Keith Richardson

Bedrooms: 47

Bedroom rate: from £69 B&B

  • Kids welcome
  • Dogs welcome
  • Wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Outside catering
  • Parking available
  • Private dining available
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Gluten free options
  • Wedding venue
  • Exclusive use
  • Online shopping
  • Online booking


2 AA Rosettes.
John Burton-Race received a Michelin star.

Sample menu


Burrata, peach, candied walnut, fricassee of vegetables, £9


Creedy Carver duckling breast, celeriac, turnip and apple millefeuille, foie gras, £28


Raspberry and chocolate hazelnut meringue, chocolate ganach, English raspberries, raspberry sorbet, £10

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