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Thomas Carr at The Olive Room

56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9DJ, England
+44 1271 867831
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  • Excellent88%
  • Very good8%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (32 reviews)
“parfait” (10 reviews)
18:30 - 22:00 Hours
Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9DJ, England
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Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Wonderful food and great service - very personal attentive. Everything was perfectly cooked and we even got a sneaky set menu even though it wasn't strictly available that day. Not too fancy to serve chips, and great chips at that!

Thank Screenname62829
Rich E, Guest Relations Manager at Thomas Carr at The Olive Room, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thanks so much, and no problem on the secret menu! Don't tell everybody though! We look forward to seeing you again soon. RE

Reviewed 23 November 2017

A warm friendly welcome was indicative of the evening to follow. Each course of the 7 was a masterpiece; food being excellent with delicious enjoyable flavours and the care, design flare and artistic appearance being quite awe inspiring. All washed down with a lovely Rioja...More

Thank stablecottage39
Rich E, Guest Relations Manager at Thomas Carr at The Olive Room, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thank you so much for the review, and sorry it's taken until now to respond. We're happy to hear your comments, and we are very proud! We look forward to seeing you again soon. RE

Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Been wanting to visit here for a while & had very high expectations ! However we were slightly disappointed. As per some of the other reviews I expected the service & atmosphere to be more of a high standard . The food itself was excellent...More

Thank TheShoeman
Rich E, Guest Relations Manager at Thomas Carr at The Olive Room, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit, and for the feedback. As we strive to maintain the standards we've become known for, it has been necessary to focus all attention on the chef's tasting menu as this is what we find most...More

Reviewed 18 November 2017

Most reviews of this restaurant seem reasonably accurate. The menus were well balanced. Fish courses especially are cooked superbly well. Wine list isn’t massive but a fair choice with reasonable prices. We enjoyed our evening and this really is a little gem of a restaurant....More

Thank JulesWarwickUK
Rich E, Guest Relations Manager at Thomas Carr at The Olive Room, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thank you so much for the review Jules. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope we might see you again soon. We're working on extending that wine list! RE

Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We had the 7 course set menu and each course was delicious, well cooked and beautifully presented. Super fresh fish and lovely ingredients. The restaurant itself was fine but didn’t match the quality of the food; we love a more casual restaurant but at this...More

1  Thank Chips_with_Jam
Rich E, Guest Relations Manager at Thomas Carr at The Olive Room, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thank you so much for the review, and the constructive feedback. It's really wonderful to get such input, and we'll certainly take it on board as we look to push to the next level in 2018. We hope we'll see you again soon. RE

Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Booked the evening at Olive Rooms and stayed the night upstairs at the Olive Branch. The food was sublime - it's a tasting menu on Friday nights which takes the drama out of wondering if you made the right choices. Each of the seven courses...More

Thank brendanc982
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

I mean, wow. Booked a lunchtime visit with a client and this place blew me away. As unpretentious as a Michelin star place can be, with exceptional service and out of this world food. £50 for 3 courses which is also pretty reasonable for such...More

Thank oldburyblue
Reviewed 4 November 2017

So to the food. This met expectations. Each dish was well presented, well balanced, well structured and well executed. However no one dish stood out as a 'wow' dish that had any of us salivating and asking for more which is quite unusual for a...More

1  Thank Boothtel
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Loved this place. Food was superb and presentation exceptional. Menu creative. Staff were friendly and helpful. Restaurant is small but has a cosy atmosphere. Will go again.is on the pricey side but worth it.

Thank kevinmatthews8678
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Brilliant and delicious. Very nice space, brimming with locality (even the lovely pictures surrounding the walls were taken by a local) Service was astounding, and the food was delicious. I don't enjoy fish/seafood at all however the amuse bouche which was a fish cake was...More

1  Thank _1983bjc
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Stephen H
24 October 2017|
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Response from Leo J | Reviewed this property |
They served homebaked bread and an amuse-bouche
Gideon Z
14 July 2017|
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Response from Derek M | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do, just ask before booking though
Mark Y
4 April 2017|
Response from happyholidaygirl059 | Reviewed this property |
I have been away no holiday so sorry for slow reply. I do not know if the restaurant is open then but they should be as it is a Thursday - you need to crack on and book though they get very booked up
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$67 - US$112
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
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
  • E-mail
Fine dining restaurant specialising in seafood - exacting standards recognised with a Michelin star. The restaurant offers large rooms above, providing a 'restaurant with rooms' Dinner+Bed+Breakfast package, ideal for the perfect luxurious mini-break on the stunning North Devon coast. All double rooms have views of the coast, roll-top baths or jacuzzi baths and Nespresso coffee machines. The Michelin Guide: "A simple, homely restaurant set in a 19C townhouse and run by experienced local chef. Ultra-fresh seafood is the focus. . . Bedrooms have a pleasant period feel, and some have great views.." The restaurant is situated ten minutes from 'Woolacombe Sands' consistently rated as the number one beach in the UK, 20 minutes from Exmoor National park, a day boat trip from UNESCO designated 'Lundy Island' and on our doorstep we have 'Verity' an 80ft tall sculpture gifted to the town by Damien Hurst - arguably the most famous living artist in the world.
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