The Headland Hotel & Spa

Sun, sea and spa bliss

Located above the charming seaside town of Torquay, The Headland Hotel & Spa crowns two rolling acres overlooking the renowned English Riviera.

Agatha Christie found great inspiration for her popular page-turners in this part of the country and, if you should spend an afternoon on the terrace soaking up the views and flicking through a great book with a G&T at your side, you too will be wooed by its rousing setting.

Adventure seekers and keen walkers are equally inspirited by the network of nearby coast paths and beaches to be explored. Neighbouring Babbacombe and Oddicombe offer long stretches of sand, sweeping costal views and unmissable natural spectacles.

However you choose to while away the hours on the south coast, one or two should be set aside to partake in a traditional afternoon tea at the hotel’s Gallery Lounge. When the sun’s out, we recommend enjoying the delicious selection of fluffy scones, finger sandwiches and perfect pastries on the Sea View Terrace.

Traversing the luscious landscape and indulging in handmade fancies can be tiring stuff, so soothe away any stresses with a well-earned visit to the Headland Spa. Deluxe treatments include the Decléor Paris facial, blissful Swedish massage and aromatherapy sessions.

Feeling utterly refreshed and revitalised, guests can look forward to spot of palate pampering, courtesy of head chef Robbie Patterson-Hill, in The Romanoff Restaurant. The kitchen team take pride in their use of local produce and proudly parade their AA rosette dishes via the six course Table d’Hote menu. After something casual? Check out the menu of traditional tapas plates which includes Spanish stalwarts such as chorizo cooked in red wine, bravas potatoes and deep fried calamari.

Insider’s tip

Take a trip to 12th century monastery Torre Abbey for wonderful art exhibitions and extensive gardens.

Daddyhole Road, TorquayDevon, TQ1 2EF

01803 295666

Chef: Robbie Patterson-Hill

Owner: Providence Hospitality

Bedrooms: 78

Restaurant opening hours

Lunch: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Afternoon tea: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Tapas menu: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

  • Kids welcome
  • Wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Spa
  • Gluten free options
  • Wedding venue

Sample menu


Loch Duart salmon terrine, caviar dressing, pickled cucumber


Griddled Lathy Farm tenderloin of pork, potato rosti, buttered leeks, brandy and peppercorn sauce


Coconut pannacotta, rum and pineapple compote

3 courses £20

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