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“The Pack O' Cards Combe Martin” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pack of Cards

Pack of Cards
Ranked #5 of 14 Restaurants in Combe Martin
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The Pack O' Cards Combe Martin”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

Average to good rating - just on four stars. Looked this place up after the holiday and it's a historic site. The head sheds seem a bit up themselves to be honest, which is probably why Pub chains take their business away . Been meaning to rate these places and forgot, while browsing TripAdv. we remembered being there twice in August 2013. :) We went there August 14, which IIRC was a Wednesday evening, and a week later but they weren't serving food that time. Holidayed around there summer 2013, boarding at Ilfracombe. Food? okay, ours was just warm and not really hot. I paid around £15 for steak and drink, can't remember the rest but it was pricey for what it was. Cold. Plates were all cold at service. Bar, restaurant, ambience were all okay.

Staff were the best part, all smiley and welcoming. Boss lady seems a bit snobby, one of those who looks you up and down with a sniff, just a personal experience I remember v. well. Obviously the owners are not "mein hosts", hardly saw them and we weren't welcomed or spoken to. This is where the Wetherspoons will take the local business, there was a big site set aside for their new Pub on the Ilfracombe sea front last year. They will win because they can welcome people and serve anything, not lahdi dah bosses, not at inflated pretentious prices, and do it fairly well.From what I experienced, Ilfracombe/Coombe Martin needs to sort itself out.

Pack.o.Cards customers were friendly. Great big garden at the back for the kids with smoking and play area and some kinds of huts, not sure what that was about. While that's all great - they don't make the most of it. This was a family trip which the kids liked, I wouldn't choose it for business though. All in all not bad. They could do so much with that place and with the menu, shame the food isn't red hot too, it's very simple to talk to people visiting your Pub and to get hot food out.
Terry, Lincoln. Sales Manager.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Terry B
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Rutland, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
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“Pack of Cards Combe Martin - Good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

In our opinion, the Pack of Cards Combe Martin has it all, dining experience, good food as far as we can tell, quality of restaurant, cleanliness, atmosphere and venue. This time our service was wonderful. To be fair, running Pubs with food is a tough gig but it's how you do it; consistency, hot good food, friendly service, affordable, clean and welcoming comfy atmosphere. that makes the difference. Every single paying customer is a valuable customer that talks and reports. It seems the "Pack" Combe Martin gets it right. We should feel at home and part of the family, with a great, hot, affordable dinner just like we get at home. Music and entertainment is welcome, we have to pay sometimes but it's about a fiver and the bands have to be paid. Best in Combe Martin or Ilfracombe (which is just sad), we think. Thank you.

Yes, our subsequent visit was better, and markedly so early in December. Last visit, we had one experience which rather belied their claims and "great Chef" (you're serving people who've been in hospitality and professional catering for several decades). But at the beginning of this month one of us had a warm reception and a truly delicious Sunday dinner at the Pack of Cards, Combe Martin. In our opinion this is the best of the lot because the local Cafes and the Pubs, are on half-hearted winter mode in Combe Martin. Same every year. Why not do it properly, or just close?

The "Pack" is trying hard. Not all of the day-time local drinkers there are savory, but ignore one or two and it's fine. On our last visit we had a great Sunday roast with all the trimmings and condiments for around a tenner: a great big plate of vegetables, roast potatoes and a lovely side dish of cauliflower cheese. They weren't just any veggies, and this is not a run of the mill meal. Yes, they do have great Chefs and staff. Their meals are usually hot and delicious, which isn't hard to do, but truly hot food including *hot* meat ((75-90 degrees C.) is a rarity in restaurants, which will spoil any visit.

Well done, and we understand you're having Christmas events and opening up. See you then :) Replies and opinions to these reviews are equally accepted and taken on the chin .

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pamela h
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Bath
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Ok for pub grub on the go”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

Stopped to eat at this pub twice while we stayed at a local holiday park, the food was average but the pub had a great beer garden to sit in, recomend the pack burger..

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Roystonbic
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Farnham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Nice place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

Nice staff, good beer prices,friendly locals only saw 1 person out of order but he was soon put in his place by his friend. didnt feel threatened and felt welcome. Very clean and was allowed to park the car there for a couple of days at a small price.

Visited November 2013
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Thank Gary B
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Rutland, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
110 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Pack of Cards Combe Martin”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

Fail, actually. This Pub is famous round these parts and the staff are friendly. It's a well known landmark in Combe Martin, the food is not great but not bad and the staff are okay, let's be honest. The Pub has a nice back garden great for the summer, and music during the week. But they rest on their laurels and status: true to form, waitresses turned away single last Sunday lunch , waitresses claimed there were "no tables" when there were several free spaces. (we know, because we tried them out). Big Fail guys , sorry. The new Wetherspoons in Ilfracombe will not turn people away, they will accommodate us. You didn't, just like the George didn't on the very same day, up the road. Luckily we all went in to the restaurant as a group and hey presto, suddenly a table appeared out of the blue on speck ;) Was that magic? No.....it was prejudice.

We here have almost nothing in Ilfracombe, since it appears too many can not run Pub business properly, and Wetherspoons have barged in with a development completing by next summer.Our local Pubs and restaurants will have to up their game and attract customers, if they want to challenge Wetherspoons's cheap fayre and beers. , Not Reputations and complacency, not Obstructive staff and cherry picking will help you! Think on.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pamela h
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