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“A terrific culinary experience”
Review of La Gendarmerie

La Gendarmerie
Ranked #20 of 120 Restaurants in Ilfracombe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Northampton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A terrific culinary experience”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

I am bemused by the 'poor' reports I've read - the food is modern and superbly presented. Frankly, if you want cod and chips go to a fish and chip seafront café. This restaurant is about a culinary experience - good ingredients cooked simply but very well indeed. Good food is about high quality - not 'pile it high and sell it cheaply'. I loved this experience so much I booked again for two successive nights before I go home. If you only ever 'splash out' once on a first-class meal go to the Gendarmerie. If you have any sense of taste at all you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Alan F
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lagendar, Owner at La Gendarmerie, responded to this review, 17 May 2014
Dear alan f

i would just like to say what a pleasure it was having you dine with us three nights running, and hope to see you again sometime in the future
paul & sarah
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English first
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Anniversary Dinner”
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

This was our third visit & as always the food was excellant and for a mitchelin restaurant very good value for money keep up the good work & we will be back in Setember :)

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1 Thank JaniceAPalmer
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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A fabulous friendly french restaurant”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

We booked here for a treat, and weren't disappointed! The food was superbly presented and tasted even better! There was a choice of 3 starters and main courses, with dishes to suit all tastes. The wine list complimented the menu too. Very reasonable price for the standard of food and wine served.

Visited May 2014
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Thank NormanJRS
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UK
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61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Best food we had in Ilfracombe”
Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

We manage to book a table at this place on Easter Sunday.
First advise is book in advance to avoid disappointment.
From the moment we arrived to the momwnt we left we were welcome and serve very well, the service is good without being intrusive.
We had the 5 courses meal for reasonable price.
Wine list has an ok selection.
The food was very tasty and presented very well, as expected the portions aren't huge but having 5 courses you dont really need bigger portions.

Excellent food quality, very good service and reasonable price.
I wish La Gendarmerie were closer so we could visit them often.

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Thank gemini22Uk
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Cleobury Mortimer, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“just ok”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

Dined at this restaurant last week, food was just ok, did not warrant £27.00 for a 2 course meal, Leek and potato soup follow by belly pork. will not be visiting again

Visited April 2014
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3 Thank jannick10
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lagendar, Owner at La Gendarmerie, responded to this review, 13 April 2014
Thank you ever so much for your review, it was an absolute pleasure serving you last friday, its always fulfilling for us as restaurateurs, enticing new guests and entering a culinary journey together, and showing the wonders of new ingredients such as gherkins & apple. as apparently you hadn't discovered these new world ingredients before, and asked the waitress what they were, also i find the descriptions of the 2 dishes you had "leek & potato soup" & "pork belly" much more clearer & more refined than how they actually appeared on the menu & the plate which if i remember was "Leek & potato soup with pigs on toast, cured ham & parmesan" & "pork fillet roasted with sage butter,pork belly crackling, creamed potato, cider & quince" i do hope you enjoyed the free canapes & homemade bread though because we do like to send these out inclusive of the set menu. so again we would hope to see you again sometime in the future to maybe try one our new dishes, which will include a prawn sandwich with "2lb" of prawns in.
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