Great Weekends in Torquay!

What a busy weekend on the English Riviera! We held a fabulous wedding here at the Lincombe Hall Hotel in Torquay on Saturday.  For the evening guests, instead of the usual buffet, we had our first ever Hog Roast in the grounds of the hotel, Andy from Hog Roast South West did an amazing job, and it proved a huge success with everyone and the weather stayed fine!

The weekend also saw the finals of the Miss England Competition, and for the first time ever it was held here in our very own Torquay at the International Riviera Conference Centre. The winner was Kirsty Heslewood a 24-year-old from Hertfordshire who won the crown from 59 others at a gala night at the Centre. The event was also streamed online around the world. Kirsty will now get a shot at the Miss World title which will be held in Indonesia. She also wins an all expenses paid trip to Mauritius. Lucky her!!

 ​Miss England was streamed around the world by Plymouth based Silverstream TV
Let’s not forget the Super Weekend, held at the Princess Gardens in Torquay.  The weekend saw the arrival of top names in the car industry, and all of them displayed along the seafront at Princess Gardens for us to look at, sit in and admire.  The French market was also there, so some great food on offer too.Don’t worry if your Torquay break missed last weekend because we have another fantastic week and weekend to look forward to with the Babbacombe Festival Marquee Events – Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd June 2013.

Wednesday 19 June – “AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BBC WILDLIFE FILMS” with Andrew Cooper
An evening of wildlife films, stories and chat with Andrew Cooper, well-known broadcaster, presenter, writer and international award winning wildlife film-maker. 

Thursday 20 June – “A STEP BACK IN TIME”. From 10am to 1.30pm there’s all sorts going on. There are film shows from the series “Torquay – a decade of Change”. A Guided Walk sets off at 10.30am and lasts around an hour taking in local places of interest. There is an exhibition of historical pictures of the area & an opportunity to delve into your family history with experts from the Devon Family History Society.

Friday 21 June – A DEVON CREAM TEA FOR CLIC SARGENT. From 11am to 3pm come and enjoy a delicious cream tea, 2 scones, strawberry jam and Devon clotted cream with tea or coffee at £4 per person. Musical entertainment along with crafts and a table top sale, this promises to be a lovely way to spend the afternoon whilst helping to raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent 

Saturday 22 June – TORBAY ARMED FORCES DAY. Babbacombe is proud to host this great day once again to honour and celebrate the work of the UK Armed Forces and those that support them. This year’s event is themed “Battle of the Atlantic” and will be a real family day out that you will not want to miss. With the Veterans’ Parade, live music and fun static displays you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for plenty of exciting surprises! Starts at 10am on Babbacombe Downs.

It’s Festival Funk Party Night in the Marquee with disco, DJs and live music on offer. The bar will be fully stocked and will feature a host of real ales and ciders. Fantastic band Funkty Dumpty will headline the evening. Over 18s only. Tickets just £8 each. 

Sunday 23 June – HANBURY’S FISH & CHIPS MUSIC FESTIVAL. Fabulous live music and entertainment all day long from a host of great bands. Buy your fish and chips from Hanbury’s and eat them in the Marquee enjoying the entertainment and soaking up the atmosphere. All in aid of local charity, the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network. With a fantastic auction and raffle there are loads of great prizes up for grabs. Starts at noon. 

For more information about the festival or to buy tickets visit, or phone 07977 535563.

So the South West and English Riviera really is the place to be this coming week and weekend, why not stay down a few days and make the most of all that’s on offer.  Here at the Lincombe Hall we are a stones throw from all the action on the Babbacombe Downs, it’s not too late to book a short break in Torquay and enjoy the party!


Great Restaurants in Torquay

Not only are there some fabulous award winning Hotels in Torquay but we are also home to some outstanding restaurants, in fact, far too many to visit in one holiday on the English Riviera. If you come down for a short break in Torquay why not try eating out at one of the many highly acclaimed restaurants.

If you like fish then No 7 Bistro is a must, a small family run Bistro style restaurant providing fresh fish and shellfish either from local boats and markets or Scotland, they are 5 minutes from the town centre on Beacon Terrace and well worth a visit.

If you are looking for fine dining then The Elephant is a two storey fine dining restaurant with the more informal brasserie on the ground floor and the Michelin starred, The Room on the first. The Elephant was the first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin star. Run by head chef, Simon Hulstone and his wife Katy, the restaurant overlooks the beautiful Torbay harbour, situated along side No 7 Bistro, on Beacon Terrace.

If you are looking to eat closer to the Lincombe Hall Hotel, then two lovely restaurants that spring to mind are The Orange Tree, just down the hill and left on Parkhill Road, and  The Old Vienna, just up the hill at the top of Lower Woodfield Road. Both within a 2 minute walk of the Lincombe Hall.

The owners of The Orange Tree Restaurant, husband and wife team Sharon and Bernd Wolf, use the very best of fresh seasonal produce to provide an imaginative and individual style, retaining the qualities of classical cuisine.  The Old Vienna, run by chef/proprietor Werner Rott, has been completely refurbished to a high standard with elements of traditional Austrian décor, with seating for just 20 diners, you will have to book!

So if you decide to take a holiday in Torquay why not come and stay with us at the Lincombe Hall Hotel, and go and try one of Torquays award winning restaurants.



Torquay’s Agatha Christie Festival What’s On!

Agatha Christie, was born in Torquay and the famous festival brings visitors from all over the world to Devon’s English Riviera and this year will be no exception, it’s predicted to be better than ever!  The festival gained two prestigious awards last year including ‘Visit Devon’s Tourism Event of the Year’.

The English Riviera Tourism Company have just announced the amazing line-up of stars and events taking place in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham on 15th – 22nd September 2013.

Festivalgoers will also be able to visit Greenway, her stunning holiday residence located on the banks of the River Dart, referred to by her,  as ‘the loveliest place on earth’, visitors can also meet Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard as well as the one and only Hercule Poirot (actor Martin Gaisford).

World renown authors will include Kate Mosse and Simon Brett plus top crime and thriller writer, Val McDermid.

For theatre lovers, the Princess Theatre, Torquay will be hosting ‘Go Back For Murder’, presented by the official Agatha Christie Theatre Company.  A true Agatha Christie classic.  Book your  seat for opening night on Monday 16th September at 7.30pm.

Jump aboard the Riviera Belle Dining Train for a murder mystery dining evening, in conjunction with the Candlelight Theatre Company and Hennessy Restaurant, Torquay, book your table today to guarantee a great evening of entertainment and wonderful food, Tuesday & Saturday 17th & 21st September, 7.30pm.

If you are visiting the Agatha Christie Festival in September why not stay at our hotel in Torquay. There is a huge range of events to attend, fancy dress, fabulous food, literary fun and so much more and is available to the whole family.

So don’t delay book your fun filled weekend in Torbay today and enjoy the Agatha Christie Festival.

English Riviera scoops Tourism Awards

The English Riviera has had a phenomenal past year, with awards for all areas of hospitality streaming in, with Torquay standing out as amongst the very best place to visit this coming summer.


Following the ‘English Riviera and South Devon Awards’, seven local businesses then made it into the ‘Visit Devon Tourism Awards’ which took place in November last year, a total of eight nominations were put forward and we scooped an amazing 2 commended and 3 silver, the Somerville taking gold for ‘Bed and Breakfast and Guest Accommodation of the Year’, the ERTC taking gold for the ‘Agatha Christie Festival Tourism Event of the Year’ and Claire Preece of Kents Cavern also taking gold for ‘Outstanding Customer Service Award’. Well done to everyone!

Following on from this were numerous awards in the ‘South West England Tourism Excellence Awards 2012/2013′ in which the English Riviera again proved it is one of the very best tourist destinations in the UK scooping 2 highly commended, 1 bronze and 2 silver awards!

Most recently in the ‘Visit England Awards for Excellence’, Claire Preece won the ‘Tourism Superstar Award’ for Kents Cavern. Well done Claire! 

The Lincombe Hall Hotel in Torquay, South Devon, is delighted to have received three Hotel Tourism Awards following the £1 million refurbishment. Winning ‘Hotel of the Year for South Devon and the English Riviera’, followed by Bronze for ‘Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2012′, and then a Highly Commended place in the ‘South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2012-2013′. What a great year….





Great Golfing Breaks in South Devon

With the sun finally shining, there is no better way to spend the weekend than donning your shorts Torquay Golfand getting out on to the local golf course. South Devon is fortunate to be home to numerous top golf courses, some only a short drive away and manywith  amazing sea views. There are also numerous pay and play courses and smaller family par 3 courses for those that just want a fun game with family or friends.

Why not book a short break in Torquay and combine it with a game at one of the courses local to the Lincombe Hall Hotel.  Our Reception team will be only too happy to book you a tee-time.  Here are just a few listed below.

Torquay Golf Club, St Marychurch – 01803 314519

Churston Golf Club, Brixham – 01803 842751

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club, Totnes – 01803 712686

There are many more to chose from, dust off those clubs and get out on one of our local fabulous courses, so book your golfing break in South Devon today.