Copyright © 2015 Oaktree Restaurant

Opening Hours

Wed-Sun 4:30pm - Late

Mon-Tue Closed

Food Served 4:30 - 9:30


01803 556600


29 Hyde Road,

Paignton, TQ4 5BP

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Hi, my name is Claire Preece and I am the Front of House Manager of the Oaktree Restaurant and one of the proprietors with my husband James, cousin Amanda and her husband John.

I am a local girl born and bred living in Paignton all my life. Having a fun, bubbly, personality I always felt my true vocation was going to be in customer service. After many years in this sector, I was given the opportunity 8 years ago to work at one of Torquay’s largest tourist attractions, Kents Cavern, as their Front of House Manager eventually progressing to Hospitality Manager. In my time with them I have won many awards, with the highlight being Visit Tourism Superstar 2013.

In 2009 I met a wonderful man, my future husband James. James is City & Guilds trained as an electrician and has been involved in this industry all of his working life getting more involved in the fire and health & safety aspect of this sector.  He was born in Swindon, but has lived in South Devon for the majority of his life.

I persuaded James to help out at Kents Cavern from time to time which was his first introduction into hospitality. This stirred our passion into talking about getting our own business together. We got married in 2012 and had our lovely daughter, Jodie in 2013.

Having met Amanda and John on various family gatherings we joked about setting up our own business, the pinnacle was at Amanda’s parents Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration when we had a serious discussion regarding this. John later approached us with the idea of putting life back into the Backstage Bistro. Things have escalated since then and we have finally put our dream into practice which has resulted in the Oaktree Restaurant.