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    John Burton Race Hotel & Restaurant

    For a culinary experience of true beauty, look no further than our brand new John Burton-Race Hotel & Restaurant. Subject to a major refurbishment, the new Hotel & Restaurant offers its diners a space that is both as elegant, as it is cosy. Warm colours and ornate open fireplaces create an easy ambience, while John’s menu offers patrons a perfect selection of innovative dishes with a strong emphasis on flavour, alongside a fun and playful nature.

    To complement John’s cuisine the hotel’s wine list has been expertly selected to showcase the very best fine wines and vintages as well as a range of accessible New World table wines.
    This is a restaurant where you can enjoy delicious food at the highest standard while feeling completely at ease.

    Located in the heart of the English Riviera, the new Hotel & Restaurant is perfectly situated to explore Torquay’s beautiful coastline, stunning beaches and local attractions. Our on-site leisure facilities include heated indoor and outdoor pool for those wishing to unwind.

    Most of all, our experienced team pride themselves on offering our guests the warmest welcome and an exceptional service. The hotel is subject ongoing restoration, therefore a number of our bedrooms have been recently renovated.

    The 3 star John Burton-Race Hotel & Restaurant offers our guests all the comforts of home and is dog and child-friendly.

    Book a table by calling 01803 294 373 or email reception.jbr@richardsonhotels.co.uk



    John Burton-Race Hotel & Restaurant originally started life as two Victorian Villas, The Glefinnan and The Roslin Hall. Due to the expansion of the Great Western Railway and the turn of the century tourist boom in Torquay, they began trading as hotels around 110 years ago. Eventually, they were then joined together to create The Roslin Hall Hotel, which was renamed, The Grosvenor some years later. The building has striking Victorian architecture and many of the bedrooms still retain their elegant Victorian proportions and features as does the ground floor hallway.

    Finally, the Grosvenor Hotel was brought into the Richardson Group in the Autumn of 2012, it was in a poor state of repair so the Richardson group has invested in substantial renovation works. Most recently in January 2017 works continued and include remodeling of the bar, restaurant, lounge, ballroom and kitchen, with bedrooms all also being renovated on a rolling schedule.

    2017 ushers in a new chapter for the hotel, with the opening of John Burton-Race Hotel & Restaurant. Following substantial renovations, the new restaurant offers diners a chance to relax in stylish comfort whilst enjoying an exciting, seasonally-focused menu and innovative wine pairings. The new space offers an entirely new dining opportunity for Torquay, and promises to be a destination for both locals and tourists alike.



    Rooms are available from 3pm on the day of arrival.  Check out is 11am. In addition, we can offer late checkouts, which can be booked no later than 1pm with £25 charge.

    Due to the Victorian architecture of the hotel the property is not fully accessible for wheelchair users. As a result, no lifts or ramps can be installed. Please note that there are steps up to all public areas and all hotel rooms.

    We also have leisure facilities such as a heated indoor & outdoor swimming pool & well-equipped gym for you to relax and unwind.  Wi-Fi is available in all the public areas.

    We welcome well-behaved dogs and charge £15 per dog per night. Please inform our reservations team, at the time of making your booking, if you are bringing your dog/dogs because we have allocated ‘dog-friendly’ rooms. Please note dogs are not permitted in the formal dining area, but are given access to the communal areas such as the bar / brasserie.

    Parking is available at a charge of £7 per day and includes a valet parking service.

    Nearby Carparks

    Abbey Park
    Belgrave Road, Torquay TQ2 5HZ
    28 spaces.
    Situated 2 mins down the road
    £5 per day

    Shedden Hill
    Shedden Hill, TQ2 5TY
    258 spaces.
    Situated a 5 minute walk from hotel
    £5 per day


    The Richardson experience

    Finally, because we have a passion for great British hotels.  All of our properties have stunning period architecture and individually appointed bedrooms. While all our award-winning restaurants use the best locally sourced produce crafted but a team of expert chefs. We are committed to providing excellent service and the best possible experience to all of our guests.  At Richardson Hotels, our team is a family and we look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends.

    Keith Richardson.








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