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Thomas Carr at The Olive Room

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56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9DJ, England
+44 1271 867831
Tue - Sat 18:30 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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210 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food is always good with Thomas at the helm. Sometimes there is a wait between courses but everything is prepared from scratch.

Thank wiselady1950
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding meal, friendly, polite, at tentative staff, will definitely want to return one day. There was a large table of 12 also booked to arrive half an hour after us, which we were made aware of, just in case we felt put off because of the size of the group and the noise they may make, or any hold ups... More 

Thank SamParr1979
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit late posting but well worth the drive from Lynmouth on a wet October evening. The food and service were excellent, the only down side was a large table which given it is a small restaurant meant we had to listen to everything they had to say! We had the tasting menu which was good value given the quality... More 

1 Thank Brasser T
Poole, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We went for a meal for two here on a winters day (we pre-booked) and we weren't disappointed. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere with attentive staff who know the food they are serving, the menu was brilliant but it was a hard choice deciding what to choose! i think another visit to try something else will be on the... More 

Thank s_b_carpentry
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

A wonderful dining experience in the new "foodie quarter " of Ilfracombe. Served by knowledgeable and the most friendly of front of house staff. Utterly beautifully crafted and delivered menu comprised of locally sourced foods. Delicate fish, succulent meats and to-die-for deserts. Book ahead and treat yourself to the most exquisite restaurant in North Devon! I can't wait to return!

1 Thank Joanna H
Devon, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I just realised I hadn't reviewed the meal we had here in September, not long after Thomas Carr at the Olive Room got his Michelin Star. We had visited previously and it was fab, but this meal was the best of my life.... so far :-). Seven courses of stunning delight - even the two desserts - I'm not a... More 

1 Thank Keith N
Combe martin
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Back again first time since recieving michelin star, the front of house staff very friendly and knowledgeable, we had a parsnip and olive oil appetiser nice and light to start. The starters were exquiset. The mains excelent. The wine list as a good choice and range, to finnish Apple brandies yummy. Can't wait to go again, thank you thomas.

Thank CombemartinDevonian
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We opted for the 7 Course Taster Menu and every single course was an absolute delight. This was food elevated to a very special level. It is no surprise that this quaint little restaurant near Ilfracombe's harbour has been so quickly recognised. Never mind waiting until you are close by, make the trip. You won't be disappointed. Booking definitely advisable.... More 

Thank DavidEJM
Bradford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

4 of us had the tasting menu and it was brilliant. The menu started with beetroot and salmon and even though I hate beetroot I really enjoyed it. We then had 3 further fish courses and each one seemed better than the next. We then had venison and 2 fantastic deserts. The staff were knowledgeable and very friendly and made... More 

Thank Ian H H
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139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

We went there for a Christmas treat with some friends.Its is a nice small friendly intimate Dinning room. The staff was very friendly & Curtis. The description on the menu doesn't do the food justice really. All the food we had was very well cooked and seasoned very well. There were very well executed. They all looked really nice and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$45
European, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
18:30 - 22:00
18:30 - 22:00
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9DJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Ilfracombe
  • Phone Number: +44 1271 867831

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?